Hey again, so I'm writing up a little "Ultimate unofficial guide to the Ultimates faction" I was working on breaking down or outlining the original philosophy of Manu Bhattacharya suggested in his book "Eternal Struggle, Eternal Growth" aka "a codiﬁed set of ideals and organization for a model society that would promote self-improvement and reward those that maximize their potential." his Philosophy was described as "His personal philosophy of relentless self-improvement, evolutionary ﬁtness, and preparedness mixed with objectivist thinking, free-market capitalism, Confucian philosophy, and even the divine right of kings that he encountered in his research and business dealings. He argued that the most capable can and should rise to power and must exercise it as they see ﬁt in order for humanity to advance, even if it means taking action that violated the freedom or sovereignty of less-ﬁt others." and in reading this line "They model themselves to be philosopher-kings and warrior-ascetics that are accomplished in all areas." I decided to look up info about "warrior poets" and "warrior-ascetics" and ran head first into Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior is a book concerning the Shambhala Buddhist vision of founder Chögyam Trungpa. The book discusses addressing personal and societal problems through the application of secular concepts such as basic goodness, warriorship, bravery, and egolessness as a means toward the creation of what he calls "enlightened society". the book was written in 1976, and though I could see some of that entering into the Ultimate's philosophy most seemed like new agey compassionate warrior gish. but the idea of Shambhala drew a little more interest and I found this... "The Buddhist myth of Shambhala is an adaptation of the earlier Hindu myth of Kalki of Sambhala found in the Mahabharata and the Puranas. "Shambhala is ruled over by Lord Maitreya. The Kalachakra prophesies that when the world declines into war and greed, and all is lost, the 25th Kalki king will emerge from Shambhala with a huge army to vanquish "Dark Forces" and usher in a worldwide Golden Age. Using calculations from the Kalachakra Tantra, scholars such as Alex Berzin put this date at 2424 AD" um.... wow... was just kind of blown away by this, and could easily see a sort of Ultimate brinker cult forming around this idea. any comments about this or maybe your thoughts on Ultimate's philosophy would be great to hear.
—"what do I want? The usual — hundreds of grandchildren, complete dominion over the known worlds, and the pleasure of hearing that all my enemies have died in highly improbable accidents that cannot be connected to me."