The editing of NWR is taking longer than expected, or the book is finished and I'm making you wait. In the meantime, don't cry about it. Relax, get a geisha, and read the glossary.
UPDATE: NWR is available now.
In the world of the New World Ronin nothing is as it seems, and everything is as it seems. The true story is always found just below the surface.
Ronin = One individual New World Ronin.
NWR = NWR refers to every New World Ronin who walks the earth. Group. Gang. Brotherhood.
ARTIST – Artist refers to the creator of any type of artistic work, specifically Full Color Work. Many artists have yet to reach full color enlightenment and make only B&W art. In NWR, artist is a word used to describe someone who engages in Full Color Work or otherwise does the work very well.
ATTITUDE – Attitude is unfulfilled passion manifesting as boredom.
BLACK & WHITE WORK / B&W WORK – B&W Work is work that can be accomplished when given a set of instructions. Any competent soldier can do B&W work given the right directions and guidance. B&W Work is the day-to-day handling of business affairs. B&W work does not require the seclusion that Full Color Work requires. B&W Work is not the same a living in black & white, nor is it the same as b&w ghosts.
THE BLUES – Everyday life with a 9-5 job, a mortgage, a car payment, 2.5 kids and a wife.
BLACK AND WHITE GHOSTS – B&W ghosts are normal people who are unsatisfied with everyday life but do not know why. They feel something is missing but they do not know what that something is. B&W ghosts have the potential to become either soldiers, or NWR in time. Aimless ronin who have been betrayed by inferior masters. (Part 2 of the 3 types of the unenlightened)
THE BRAND – The brand is a proxy God. The brand is the business of the ronin. The ronin will become the brand which will develop his character even more. The brand can mean the same thing as ‘the business.'
THE BUSINESS – The business is the way the ronin makes money. Entrepreneurship.
CHARACTER – Character is what is referred to when the ronin in training reaches enlightenment (self-made and self-paid) and has freed himself from any remnants of the ghost mentality. The only way to develop character is by undergoing hardship, and by making enough money to not care about daily bills. The ronin in training develops his true self when he has both developed his character and become a true NWR. Character can also simply refer to any person in the story.
CORPORATE SEPPUKU – Seppuku means suicide, to commit corporate seppuku means to leave the life of the 9-5 job and enter the world of the ronin, the self-made and self-paid entrepreneur.
DESTINY – Destiny is the goddess who sees all and knows all, the creator and the destroyer. Destiny can be your master or your mistress as she is female and responds to strength and weakness the same way a living female responds to them.
FIRE – Passion. Attitude.
FULL COLOR – Full Color means enlightened. It can refer to the process of seeing the world as 3 dimensional rather than as 2 dimensional. When one stops seeing things in either black or white, one can see in full color. A full color person is one who is enlightened, intelligent and capable.
FULL COLOR WORK – Full Color Work is any high-value, high-level activity performed in an intense state of concentration without any distractions. Full color work is work that brings in new money to the company and it is work that can only be produced by the mind of a genius.
THE GAME – The game is the business and life of the NWR. The game is for players who dare to play. Normal people are not players of the game.
GEISHA – A soldier's girlfriend, wife or mistress. A good little soldier of the mission.
GEISHA MENTALITY – Geisha mentality is another word for resistance or an “I can't” attitude. The geisha mentality exists to be broken and dominated repeatedly.
GENIUS – Genius is another word for a ronin or a shogun who creates a full color masterpiece. Genius can also refer to the actual work rather than the creator of the work. For example – New World Ronin is a Full Color Work of genius.
GHOSTS – Ghosts are normal everyday people, typically invisible and faceless to the players of the game. Ghosts serve as reminders of what NWR once were and never want to return to, which is why normal people are referred to as ghosts – to keep a healthy fear alive in the soul of the NWR. (Part 1 of the 3 types of the unenlightened.) The ghost's human name is Ghost Johnson.
What ghosts find delusional, ronin and shogun find to be simple, daily reality. Ghosts can only conceive of their own reality. When they say “you will never achieve that” what they truly mean is “I cannot possibly conceive of such a thing, therefore you will not achieve it.” It is therefore commanded that a ronin in training must be completely deaf to criticism.
GO GHOST/GOING GHOST – To ‘go ghost' means to go into total seclusion to create a work of art.
GOOD LITTLE SOLDIER – Wife, girlfriend, mistress of a ronin or shogun.
HUNGRY GHOSTS – Hungry ghosts are the haters, spiteful critics, mean-spirited people who enjoy talking a young ronin out of the business and into the blues. Hungry ghosts are the mortal enemy of the mission, all NWR and all types of creatives, leaders and up-and-coming ronin. Hateful people, critics. (Part 3 of the 3 types of the unenlightened.)
I – Victor Pride, the creator of New World Ronin.
IDIOT – An idiot is a person who does not know you and therefore has the ability to see the immediate truth about you. It does not necessarily mean a stupid person as much as it means a stranger.
ISLANDS – Islands are the metaphorical training facility of the ronin. The islands can be literal as a ronin is encouraged to wander the earth, ronin are adventure seekers and suffer from the affliction of wanderlust. This time spent walking the earth is necessary to develop the character of the NWR and to advance him from ronin in training to NWR to shogun. The islands are where venture and adventure become one. The islands may also represent a way to re-charge and rejuvenate.
JUNGLE – Jungle is another word for islands, which means training in seclusion. It can also represent change.
KILL – To conduct business in a ruthless manner.
LABORATORY – The private office of a ronin or shogun.
LEVEL CHANGE – A level change is when one of the players of the game rises a level, either by making more money, creating new work, or by receiving fame and acknowledgement.
MASTER – Master refers to ronin or shogun who have either achieved mastery in a craft or developed the brand to a high-level. All who play the game understand the master mentality, but not all were born to be the master. Another word for shogun.
MASTER MENTALITY – The master mentality is the understanding that all have free will in choosing to be a master or a slave, ghost or shogun, pro-active or re-active. Master mentality does not necessarily mean dominant, it does mean one understands the structure of power. Another way to say shogun mentality.
THE MISSION – The mission is any task or set of tasks that advance a player or character to the next level.
NEW WORLD RONIN (NWR) – A New World Ronin has cracked the code and learned the ways of walking alone and has spent his time in the jungle, working alone and getting paid. Financial status- well off. Self-made and self-paid. Entrepreneur. The New World Ronin sees in full color.
NORMAL PERSON / NORMAL PEOPLE – A normal person is a ghost of the game. A person who watches from the sidelines. A person who works a normal 9-5 job, and it unsatisfied with life in general. Though there is often disdain for normal people by ronin and vice versa, the NWR do not hate normal people. The NWR find it difficult to relate as a normal person possesses the slave mentality rather than the master mentality. Ghost.
NWR – NWR is both singular and plural. The NWR is both singular and plural. A/An NWR is referring to one single NWR. NWR may refer to a lone ronin, New World Ronin or shogun. All on the team are NWR but it is sometimes necessary to distinguish between soldiers, ronin in training, New World Ronin and shogun. NWR is also the brand, the proxy God.
PLAYERS – Players are anyone who plays the game without a safety net. Players are those who have skin in the game. They are not curious onlookers; they are in the game to stay. Players can be either NWR or they can be players of their own brand and business.
PRIDE ZEN – A form of Zen Buddhism developed by Victor Pride, without ever studying Zen Buddhism. The philosophies of Pride Zen and Buddhism happened to be very similar. An example of similarity between the two: Pride Zen refers to ‘Full Color' as the process in which one should live life. In Buddhism this is called ‘The Middle Way.'
RAMBO RONIN – A Rambo Ronin is one who has the nuts and the guts to make his own way in life. Another word for ronin or NWR.
RED IS GREEN – Red is green refers to the sincerity and honesty it takes to break through as an artist and achieve financial success while keeping integrity. Red is green is integrity on display. The artist bleeds for his art and is rewarded financially, hence red is green. Another way to say ‘nothing is as it seems and everything is as it seems'.
RESISTANCE – Resistance is self-sabotage. It is the act of convincing yourself not to do the work. It is a mortal enemy of all who play the game.
RONIN, RONIN IN TRAINING, THE RONIN, NWR, NEW WORLD RONIN – All of these words and phrases may be used interchangeably to mean ‘he who walks alone' with the intention of learning the ways of the self-made and self-paid.
RONIN IN TRAINING – A ronin in training is one who is training on the islands to become a New World Ronin. The ronin in training is always NWR in spirit and in practice and can always be referred to as NWR. The ronin in training may or may not be a soldier.
RUTHLESS INTEGRITY – Ruthless integrity is the code of the ronin artist.
SAMURAI – A samurai is a soldier who loves to kill for the cause. A soldier who loves to do the work and thrives in the confines of strict rules and codes. The samurai is happy as the samurai and is not looking for a level change. Samurai are true warriors, and true warriors thrive inside the confines and constant momentum of the work. Samurai do not want leadership roles; they want to serve the mission. Black and white.
SHARK – A high-flying businessman who plays the game and never stops moving forward. Another word for ronin or shogun. Sharks are black and white but only on the surface. The shark's human name is Shark Jackson.
SHOGUN – The shogun is a former NWR turned business magnate. The shogun controls a large staff and is a planner and a delegator, though not necessarily a creator of the work. Reaching shogun is the final level in NWR though a shogun may or may not still strive to reach the next level. Financial status- wealthy. Boss. The shogun sees in full color.
SHO'GUNNA MENTALITY – The Sho'Gunna Mentality is the mindset of the shogun. An “I can and I will” mentality.
SLAVE – Slave refers to a normal person who does not understand the slave master mentality. A slave is someone who is “asleep” to the true way of the world. Slave does not refer to employees, soldiers, or other subordinates in the game. All players of the game are in a hierarchy, even the lone ronin.
SOLDIER – Soldier is the first step towards becoming a true NWR the same way a general's first step is as a soldier. It is imperative to the NWR to develop the discipline, the ferocity and the physique of a soldier. A soldier may represent a ronin in training or a soldier may be happy with the mission and not aiming for a level change (yet). The soldier's work is black and white. Follow orders, complete the mission. Employee. Being a soldier represents paying your dues.
SOLDIERS OF THE MISSION – All who play the game are soldiers of the mission.
SOLDIER OF GOD – One who is very dependable. Can also mean samurai.
TIGER – Death or a near-death experience. Tigers can be other players of the game, trained killers who are waiting for the ronin to slip so they can steal his soul. The tiger can also represent inner demons. The tiger's human name is Tiger Smith.
TRAINING – Learning, apprenticing, wandering the earth. Always in search of truth, justice and getting paid.
YOU – The reader, assumed by the author to be ronin in training, though ‘you’ may also refer to ronin, NWR and shogun.
VICTOR PRIDE – Creator of the way of the NWR. The shogun of the mission.
VISIONARY – Visionary is someone who has played the game for a long time and has successfully created his own reality and future, usually many times.
WANDERLUST – Wanderlust is the feeling of discontent when a character stops moving forward and starts standing still. It is the experience of once being in motion and moving forward and then stopping. The need to be in motion.
WAR ROOM – War room is another word for laboratory, which is the private office of a ronin or shogun.
THE WAY – The way of always moving forward is the philosophy of the NWR. The way is the path, if we stay on the path we will advance. The way advances us through our own story. The way is your new set of rules. The way is how we advance towards our mission.
– THE WAY VS THE MISSION – The way of the NWR is the true purpose; the mission is not the true purpose. The mission is how you advance levels. Missions are black and white, the way is full color. The way is the true story, it is something you will never get but will always be chasing. The mission advances the plot but it is not the true story. The mission is there to advance the main character, the ronin, from level to level.
WE – The NWR as a whole. Every ronin who walks alone is considered NWR and may choose to represent the NWR or a different brand. In spirit, ronin always recognize ronin.
RONIN IS ONE, NWR IS ALL. Everyone who is part of the game represents the NWR. It can mean one ronin, it can mean a group of ronin or it can mean all ronin. It is used interchangeably to describe one person or many people, or to describe the way, or the path. NWR is a philosophy. It is a lone mission, and it is a brotherhood. It is all parts of the way and represents all players of the game.
NWR is WAR.
War is coming soon.
Pretty soon = chick-chick-BANG!
Relax, get a geisha, and be patiently impatient.