David Navarro López

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Can the Character be Forged?

Can the Character be Forged?

cb41662f.jpgIt is obvious that surrendering to our own emotions, desires and external influences, 

can modify our way to understanding life and our subsequent reactions to it, 

and somehow, forge our character. 

Of course, that is the easiest way, 

but allowing it can drive us to a point of which we could hardly recognize ourselves.

A little note about metal forging

Cold Forging. It is used to give shape to metals using compression, but depending on the metal and the compression given, an opposite compression can bring the metal to its original shape.

However, Hot Forging, using fire and hammer, it changes not only the shape, but as well the mechanical properties, and its aspect.

This technique requires high precision on the working temperature and the pressure or hits given, in order to obtain the desired result.

Of course, a hot forged metal will not come back to its original shape easily, and much less by Cold Forging.

Forging the Character is not much different


Allowing others or the circumstances to forge our character, or as in the simile, “the Cold Forging of the Character”, 

won’t give the desired results, and furthermore, will not last when we will undergo real “Fire and Hammer” in our life.

In order to shape our character to our will, we will have the need to put ourselves to “Red Hot” and “pound” ourselves repeatedly.

Same way as on metal forging, constancy, and hard work is required, but it is within reach of us all.

Only 3 things are needed:

1.- Be realistic

We can’t pretend a real and lasting change if we deny our own reality, our starting point.

No excuses are allowed here.

2.-Define how you want to be, and how you not.

As a start, we could observe the inception of our reactions, to which human values they correspond, 

discarding or enhancing them accordingly to our goals.

3-To copy.

As simple as it sounds.

Once defined how we want to be, most practical thing is to observe the people who have the qualities you want to have, and to copy the way they cultivate them.

If you are reading this, most probably your character is already forged, 

so there is no time left to make “test-error”experiments.

You better copy from the ones who are successful on it, rather than boosting the illusion that you are a genius and getting lost on trying.

You will have work enough on forging your character.


The good thing about it is that forging a character, unlikely to forging a metal, it has no end.

You can always “go on pounding” and convert an ordinary piece of metal in an extraordinary Katana.

It’s up to you.


David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #14

As long as nobody is perfect, there is always something one can improve. The better we think we are, the more difficult will be to forge our character to improve. So nobody should be at ease on working hard to improve and grow as human beings.

Ali Anani

vor 7 Jahren #13

Thank you Sushmita Thakare Jain for your kind mention

CityVP Manjit

vor 7 Jahren #12

We have iron in our blood, that is fact that makes our blood red - otherwise nature could have chosen copper and our blood would be blue. Iron in our will is a different story because the forging of that is in our mind, that is something that is individual. The classic character speech from The Big Kahuna speaks to the X-factor of character that goes beyond meaning and strength and takes us into our daily day-to-day experiences https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PkOc-B64dY

Ali Anani

vor 7 Jahren #11

Dear David Navarro L\u00f3pez- I mentioned this great buzz in my buzz of today on Finding Answers to Simple Questions: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/finding-answers-to-simple-questions

Ali Anani

vor 7 Jahren #10

One thing I am sure of is that you have a hotly-forged character with great purity and self-transformed with great attributes dear David Navarro L\u00f3pez

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #9

That's interesting, dear Ali, I did not know about Emily Dickinson. To write the post, I took my inspiration of a much older book, the bible. On it, many references about it can be seen, using gold and silver as a metaphor for character, and how making ourselves to become red hot in a melting pot would separate the "contaminating" parts, and reveal purity.

Ali Anani

vor 7 Jahren #8

It was Emily Dickinson who first introduced this metaphor. One aspect of this metaphor is "This is when the iron ore grows impatient. It has become too hot for the forge to handle and soon the lighted ore is released from the forge. This describes the longings in the soul. In time these passions become too heavy and too pain the bare. The only way to stop the pain is to succumb to the desires" .https://americanrenaissanceii.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/the-metaphor-of-the-iron-forge/ May be this exlains thecmment of DILMA BALBI -Contratos e Gest\u00e3o David Navarro L\u00f3pez- I enjoyed gain the explanation of cold and hot forging. Yes, it is painful to change permanently and this why we fall back sometimes to what be were and not what we aspire to be

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #7

Mr Randy Keho, I am sorry I don't know about Colin Kapernick, but I understand your point. This is precisely what I meant, that there is a work we need to do with ourselves, and that is to mold our character according to our will and convictions, no matter what other people say. This is what is nice of being a human being. You have the right to be unique, and no one has the right to tell us who should we be otherwise. Am I or are you a bit off-center? No, i am sorry. Nobody has the right to say what the "center" is. (I know what irony is, I am Spaniard, you know?, but precisely with the people who want you to be like they think you should be, the ones who think having the right to set what "center" and "off-center" is, one can not go with irony. Irony is for intelligent people. They aren't)

Ali Anani

vor 7 Jahren #6

The whole posts must be read in its integrity my friend David Navarro L\u00f3pez to enjoy it. I read it in Google Translate first and then in English and I find it a very thorough post that deserves full attention.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #5

Dear Ali Ali Anani I am afraid I do not understand fully your sentence "Your reasoning in strong and extracting scattered points from this well-thought post is unfair"

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #4

Thank you Praveen for your deep thoughts which it worth another buzz. I agree that, in your words "we are born into a certain family, in a certain place, at a certain time", and it could determine the type of character it should be forged. Nevertheless, some human values are universal, love, respect, you name it, valid for any culture or place in time. The process you mention "It is Character that drives the Will to shape the hot smouldering metal of Desire into something that would translate its intent into being." it is, effectively, how it should be. My question is, what if you have fallen into a type of negative/destructive character? For the same reasons, you would follow this pattern on and on, and it must be a point on which you need to stop, start from scratch , and breakthrough this process. Otherwise, your own survival would be at a thread. Then is when it comes the choice you mention, I suppose, and were your destiny can be changed, don't you think?

Randy Keho

vor 7 Jahren #3

Character building is all about choice. If a person does not, or refuses to, "do the right thing." they are deemed of low moral fiber (character). If a person, in the face of peer pressure, fear, or whatever, chooses to "do the right thing," they are deemed of high moral fiber (character). However, the line between the two has become blurred. Is Colin Kapernick, the controversial professional football player who is refusing to honor the American flag, of high or low moral character? Some, even though they do not agree with his actions, accept his choice because of the freedom's provided by the Constitution of the United States. There's also a difference between having character and "being" a character, although "being" a character does not mean you are of low moral fiber. It simply means your choices may appear a bit off-center. For that, I am often guilty as charged.

Ali Anani

vor 7 Jahren #2

I love your metaphor dear David Navarro L\u00f3pez. We have saying in Arabic "hammer the iron while hot". You present a great verification of how powerful your metaphor is. Your reasoning in strong and extracting scattered points from this well-thought post is unfair. I call upon readers to enjoy reading it in full..

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #1

Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD we have been talking about it in one of your buzzes, and since then I wanted to expose these ideas more properly. Hope you like it, and look forward to your comments.

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