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THE 100 LESSONS

In Fundamentals by Ivan Throne

1. The universe is impersonal. You must accept that the universe does not notice your pain, your angst, your frustration or your screams. Operate within this frame of neutrality.   2. Ruthlessness is natural. Nature does not have pity or …

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THE NINTH LAW IS NO LAWS

In Fundamentals by Ivan Throne

The man fell to the floor as his adversaries plunged bitter steel into his limbs, his abdomen, his groin. Blood drenched his rich robes, glistening in dark rivulets and pooling on the marble floor. Steel flashed and drops of crimson …

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THE EIGHTH LAW IS PREPOSTEROUSNESS

In Fundamentals by Ivan Throne

The doctor was the best in Manhattan. He was renowned for his insight and experience and had great reputation in his field. His advice was clear and unmistakable to the man and woman who sat painfully before him in his …

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THE SEVENTH LAW IS POWER

In Fundamentals by Ivan Throne

“They are pulling my Daddy’s fingernails out.” The words of the five-year-old were calm but the sadness in his eyes spoke volumes as he repeated himself, standing there in my dining room. “They locked him in a bamboo cage. Now …

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THE SIXTH LAW IS FREEDOM

In Fundamentals by Ivan Throne

“Don’t you dare let that happen again.” My mother’s words were severe, fierce, even harsh as she instructed me. “Don’t you dare let anyone, ever, tell you what you can or cannot read. And never let anyone tell you what …

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THE FIFTH LAW IS POSTURE

In Fundamentals by Ivan Throne

“Hold on a moment!” I exclaimed. “Let me get this right: “You’re telling me that I have sole custody, but alimony to her is twice the amount of child support? That means I have to raise him with no financial …

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THE FOURTH LAW IS ENDURANCE

In Fundamentals by Ivan Throne

The long flight home landed well after dark. I had been in Manhattan as part of a political delegation from the Western states, representing a civil rights organization at a public event before the United Nations. It had gone well, …

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THE THIRD LAW IS PURPOSE

In Fundamentals by Ivan Throne

I did not know what real pain was. I thought I did, but I was a fool. Dark men exist who are masters of pain. And pity is not part of their training. Little did I know that my purpose …

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THE SECOND LAW IS CONCEALMENT

In Fundamentals by Ivan Throne

We moved the guns and ammunition well after midnight. There were six or seven of us, garbed in layered clothing against the dropping temperatures of the high altitude environment. It was a clear night and our voices were subdued as …

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THE FIRST LAW IS SURVIVAL

In Fundamentals by Ivan Throne

The sick and desolate men marched with grim and sickened futility. Rancid wounds festered under sticky, putrid bandages. Hot and bubbling feces ran unwiped down their legs, for dysentery was rampant in the ranks and there was no time to …