The Blacksmith – Where are we going ?
The Knight – To war. To knowledge. It’s the same.
In our conversations, The Knight consistently used the words “man of power” and “man of knowledge”, but never explained to me what he meant by that. I asked him in that morning.
The Knight – A man of power, a man of knowledge is the one who, most of his life (if not all of it), has followed truthfully the craft, the secrets and the hardships of learning. A man who has gone as far as he can in unraveling the secrets of power and knowledge. Without rushing, without faltering, without fearing.
The Blacksmith – Can anyone be a man of knowledge ?
The Knight – No, not anyone. And I’m very glad you started with knowledge. Let’s leave the power alone, for now.
The Blacksmith – Then what must a man do to become a man of knowledge ?
The Knight – He must challenge and defeat all his five natural enemies.
The Blacksmith – Will he be a man of knowledge after defeating these five enemies ?
The Knight – Yes. A man can call himself a man of knowledge only if he’s capable of defeating all five of them.
The Blacksmith – Hmmm … Just to be sure, can anybody who defeats these enemies be a man of knowledge ?
The Knight – Anybody who defeats them becomes a man of knowledge.
The Blacksmith – Are there any special requirements a man must fulfill before fighting these enemies ?
The Knight – No. Anyone can try to become a man of knowledge, but extremely few actually succeed. And this is the way it should be. It’s one of the many immutable laws of universe. Because the enemies a man encounters on the path of learning to become a man of knowledge are truly formidable. And as a fair result, most men succumb to them.
The Blacksmith – What kind of enemies are they ?
He refuses to talk about enemies. He said it would be a long, long time before this subject and this approach would make any sense to me.
But I tried to keep this topic alive. I insisted … because I knew I was ready.