Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
–William Arthur Ward
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
Adversity is the first path to truth.
Clearly, there is something to be said about strength through weakness, success through failure, and triumph through loss. Each challenge, failure, loss, and even tragedy is an opportunity for truth qua self-enlightenment in the rawest possible sense. Key to all of this is a critical discernment of the transcending element towards our newly recognized strength, success, and triumph.
Some might identify the transcending element as perseverance, tenacity, or even stubborn will. Others might identify it as courage against seemingly insurmountable odds. Ultimately, it could be the truth of our raw vulnerability – as our common human condition – daring us to hope and strive relentlessly.
The SWF Examined:
While overcoming adversity might be the case for some, it is not the case for the majority. The aftermath of this is painfully observed by most. Too often, we come across – and avert our attention away from – those who give up and succumb to their respective challenge, failure, loss, or tragedy.
Beyond exposing our raw vulnerabilities, the treasured underbelly of adversity is opportunity. Indeed, the opportunity to choose which direction to turn when loaded with the bricks of insurmountable odds is our fortunate happenstance. It is fortunate because we have a choice in all this. It is happenstance because the reality of our coordinate locus in time, space, and geography presents us our uniquely defining moment. And the choice made at that moment very often determines the entire course and trajectory of our life path.
Circling back to those who gave up and succumbed, choosing to preserve their adversity in perpetuity, there is a greater lesson to be learned. In their tragedy, we can discern trenchant poetry, compelling pathos, and even argue persuasive logos. Ultimately, what we learn from their example can be summed up in one word: truth*.
The SWF Answered:
The point of all this is to delve into a fundamental causal phenomenon affecting every individual at any given moment of their life. This phenomenon is best illustrated as follows:
Test of Adversity →
Exposure of Raw Vulnerability →
Opportunity of Fortunate Happenstance →
Defining Choice of Truth*
*Beyond our human condition, the defining choice of truth enlightens us with meaning. This meaning appears as our purpose, legacy, and our role either as an inspiration or as a lesson.
Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) empowers all individuals to realize their creative potentiality (ICP) towards ultimate freedom (UF) of and from the self. In creativity is a world of extraordinary prosperity, refuge, wisdom, and resilience. In freedom is absolute transcendence over the world of extraordinary prosperity, refuge, wisdom, and resilience. The most direct way to break free from necessity is to ingest it in its entirety, fully realized.
And through his example, the individual will inspire others to follow suit as a ripple to outwardly concentric waves…
And so to the marriage of adversity and IPT, we would state:
After the fortunate happenstance of truth through adversity comes our absolute liberation from necessity and its compelling need for meaning; an ultimate freedom indeed!