Each system, or tribe, or group we take part in has embedded in it its own set of rules. Some are written, or proclaimed, while others carry, generationally, as an omni-present mutual understanding and natural order.

It’s difficult to comprehend the law without full emersion, but we’re often better to participate in groups based on the rules rather than basing our decision to enter the group on perceived outcomes that stem from their function.

Ask yourself, what are the rules of my Pack? What are the expectations upon its members, and have I done my part? Rudyard Kipling is controversial in some circles, but as an allegorical writer, he’ll make you think about who and what we rely on and interact with as social beings.

Every few months, I read a collection of Kipling’s work, “The Law of the Jungle”. It fascinates me. In it, the immutable standards and social contract that the Seonee Wolves live by. For some, it feels confining and unfair, while for others, it feels like a depiction of some dystopian necessary order —the Law— we all must follow if we wish to thrive.

I could dissect Kipling’s work for hours, and I have, but I’ll let you decide how his 100+ year old writing might relate to today’s world, and in particular, you’re life. It’s worth taking 5 minutes to read the entire (collective) piece if you haven’t—click here to read it.

Here’s the opening passage:

Now this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.

As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back —
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

What laws do you abide by? Who sets them? Do we have a say in writing the rules? Should we? Is it possible that the law is natural, not up for interpretation?

I don’t know the answers to those questions, but it’s worth considering when we think about what people and environments we interact with most.

For a deeper dive on Kipling’s work and “The Law of the Jungle” by John McGivering and John Radcliffe, click here.

About the Author Jakob Gollon

I have re-written this section countless times. This is the crisis of our generation, defining one's self in an 'about me' box knowing that 95% of our peers will log that as 'who we are' without ever speaking to us, because reading the long-version is just too cumbersome for our over-crowded, busy lives. // In short: I'm a polymath with a hyperactive mind, curious about and fascinated by the complexities of, basically, everything. I'm firmly committed to living a life of "areté"—omnipresent excellence, and my mottos are 'making the best of this life' (Mt. Botl), and "Do it now or forever wish you had". // I had a 'famed' basketball stint (captaining the 2014 Mercer team that upset Duke in NCAA Tourney + winning a Nat'l Title as a coach). I quit the sports industry all-together, cold turkey, soon after. I had an existential crisis with 'glory' and 'meaning' and other challenging thoughts revolving around how many hours (90+/week) I was spending trying to 'win games'. // Since 2017, I've been in pursuit of several entrepreneurial ideas and am educating myself on a few new areas of focus. The following is a condensed list of the countless curiosities and industries that I've explored, worked in, or studied the last 3 years (of which I will need to choose 1-3 of to focus on sooner than later). Writing, Podcasting, Teaching—Adjunct College Professor, Public Speaking + Workshops, Building & Construction, Sustainable Real Estate Development—Industrial + Urban Repurposing in particular, Negotiation, Marketing—Branding/design/communications, Woodwork, Gardening, Permaculture-based farming and homesteading, Psychology, Industrial Engineering—Process Improvement + UX consulting, Project Management, Renewable Energy, & Executive Coaching for (select) clients focusing on leadership, personal brand + career development, health habits, productivity, networking, and communication skills. Yes, all of it, and since I sleep minimally, and my mind races like an ostrich all day and night, I know a fair bit about each of those topics. I have an obsession with learning. I'm always looking to connect and have conversations with folks, so, hit me up. I hope my work brings you joy, value, a challenge, or a ripe perspective. Much love, Jakob

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