Adopted May 27, 2019
I. The Choice
Every Hero must choose to become a Hero.
When Herakles was young, Virtue and Vice visited him. They asked him to choose.
If he chose Vice, his life would be easy and filled with pleasure. He would live to a ripe old age.
If he chose Virtue, his life would be filled with pain and sorrow. But he would live to accomplish great things.
He would help countless others.
He would become a legend.
Herakles chose Virtue.
We who have adopted this manifesto have chosen Virtue.
We have chosen to become Heroes, in order to fight the Sixth Great Extinction and to preserve and celebrate civilization; and to preserve and celebrate all sentience on the Earth.
II. The Sixth Great Extinction
The Earth is undergoing an extinction event—the sixth such event in its long history.
This extinction event has been triggered by humans.
If nothing is done, humanity will almost certainly go extinct.
We have chosen to do something about this.
III. Becoming a Hero
We walk a path called the Path of the Hero.
The Path of the Hero is a path of deep and meaningful spiritual revolution against a flawed destiny and a destructive future.
We walk the Path of the Hero in order to preserve civilization from runaway climate change, species extinction, pollution, threats of large-scale state violence (including nuclear violence), unequal distribution of wealth and resources, and the destruction of the rule of law and human rights in favor of authoritarian and tyrannical social structures.
We walk the Path of the Hero in order to celebrate civilization and build a meaningful and dignified human existence.
We fight for the possibility of joy, civilization, and spiritual transcendence.
We dedicate our lives towards the defense of democracy, and building peace and sustainability.
We cast off the Sleeping Mind, in favor of the Hero Mind.
The Path of the Hero is a perilous path. It is a path filled with sacrifice and fear.
Sacrifice is required, because every person’s journey on the Path of the Hero is unique: as unique as that person.
It may mean dedication and mastery of a specific skill or trade that is not usually in demand.
It may mean turning down lucrative job offers in favor of a less defined economic path.
It may mean losing touch with people who, in their own way, become obstacles to a path of peace and sustainability.
It may mean being harassed or even persecuted by powerful business or political forces who favor a flawed status quo.
It may lead to physical pain, torture, or early death.
Such is the fate of Heroes.
V. Walking the Path of the Hero
How does one start walking the Path of the Hero?
There is nothing that needs to be done, other than to tell yourself that you wish to dedicate this lifetime towards defending democracy, and building peace and sustainability.
That you wish to preserve and celebrate civilization.
That you wish to fight against extinction; and fight for the possibility of human existence far into the future.
That is enough.
VI. The Inner Battle and the Outer Battle
Every Hero must recognize two great battles: the Inner Battle, and the Outer Battle.
The Inner Battle is the inner journey of cultivating a relentless courage and a relentless faith—that the world can be changed, that the future can be re-written, and that civilization can triumph over chaos and violence.
The Inner Battle comes first.
When you have attained a deep courage and a deep faith, you are ready to change the world on the outside: the Outer Battle.
Without courage and faith, your efforts will fail on the outside.
You can only change the world after you have changed yourself.
You must accept this truth or your efforts will end in failure, or even disaster.
VII. The Order of Guardians
The Order of Guardians is our mystery tradition. Like Gnosticism, Sufism, and yoga, the Order of Guardians permits our adherents to explore reality at a deeper level.
We invite you to join the Order of Guardians by taking this life-long oath:
"I hereby vow that I will dedicate this lifetime to defending democracy and building peace and sustainability on the Earth."
Other than the oath, nothing else is required to join the Order of Guardians.
There is great power in this oath. The oath will change your life.
Take the oath when you are ready.
You will know when you are ready.
VIII. The Phoenix and the Motto
We use the phoenix as the symbol of both the Path of the Hero and the Order of Guardians
The phoenix is a mystical creature that is destroyed by fire but than rises from its own ashes.
The phoenix represents that every day, we arise with a consciousness that is capable of new things, and that even in the face of great trauma, that trauma does not destroy our capacity for joy or our ability to engage in good works.
Use this phoenix to identify yourself to others on this Path.
We use as the motto of the Path of the Hero and the Order of Guardians the phrase, lux in tenebris lucens, or, "The light that shines in darkness".
Use this motto to identify yourself to others on this Path.
IX. Duty and Destiny
We are born into a reality that contains vast amounts of suffering. There is trauma across the planet: physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental.
And everywhere, that trauma spreads.
By walking the Path of the Hero, we aim to heal trauma.
We are Heroes against pain and suffering, who are committed to the defense of democracy, and the cause of peace and sustainability.
We acknowledge the magnitude of the challenge that awaits us. Perhaps it is like attempting to row a small boat through a tsunami.
But in our own way, we can find a certain peace of mind in undertaking this sacred mission, regardless of the outcome.
We know we may never succeed in our attempt to preserve and celebrate civilization. To many people, it may seem like a Fool’s errand to even try.
But like the warriors of old, we believe in the power of duty . And we gladly accept this duty, because no one else will, and because we can.
We are leaders in an age of extinction.
We believe there is a link between duty and destiny. Those who have chosen to accept a profound duty can then walk towards a higher destiny. Not just for themselves: for the planet as well. For all sentient life.
It is only by being tested, that someone can discover their power.
It is only because of darkness that the light can discover how brightly it can shine.
And when it is very dark, even a little light will go a long way