I just wanted to share some things that I have recently come across that are exponentially decreasing the time it would normally take for me to attain my fitness goals. I believe it can help anyone interested. Continue reading “How to Reach Your Fitness Goals Faster”
I apologize for being MIA for so long. I have really had to focus on school and internships for the last couple months, but I’ll try to grind out some high-quality blog posts while I have this short break! For this post, I wanted to give you all some exceptional books that I suggest EVERY person read. I believe having a decent-size library is one of the many keys to a fulfilling life. Continue reading “Suggested Reads (I’m back!)”
“Character of the Happy Warrior” was inspired by the inspirational leader, Lord Nelson. Known for his exceptional leadership, unconventional tactics, and excellent understanding of strategy, he won many battles. He rose through the ranks of the navy very quickly due to his reputation of valor and firmness. He continued on fighting battles even after losing an arm in one and sight in his eye in another until his death in 1805. He was killed by a sharpshooter which ended in a victory for Britain and solidifying his legacy in England. Continue reading “Week of Masculine Poems: “The Happy Warrior””
While Kipling did address this poem to his son as fatherly advice, it is said that he was inspired at the time by Leander Starr Jameson. Jameson led a raid to violently overthrow the Boer government. He pushed to within 20 miles of Johannesburg before being forced to surrender. There was a trial for him but he was already being praised a hero by London. He served only fifteen months in prison. Once out, he had a successful political life, eventually becoming the Prime Minister of the Cape Colony. Continue reading “Week of Masculine Poems: “If””
Hello fellow stoics, I apologize for the prolonged hiatus. I have been busy with college as well as recruiting but it is all winding down now so I expect to be back into the swing of things soon. For now however, I thought I would ease into routine posting by sharing with you some of my personal favorite poems. Let me know if you all have a poem you read often in the comments. Now, without further ado, here is the first one of the week! Continue reading “Week of Masculine Poems: “Prometheus Unbound””
Originally posted on CharlesSledge.com
Idleness kills. Overpreparation can quickly become counterproductive. You can read copious amounts of information but if you never enact the philosophies you learn you only set yourself in the same situation if not further back. On the other end of the spectrum, acting without thoroughly thinking about the consequences could do the same damage. It is not enough of to be a man of wisdom in today’s society; you must be a man of action. In order to be a leader, you need to have the archetype of a scholar and a warrior. Continue reading “The Art of the Scholarly Warrior”
Be a Rational Sociable Creature:
Do not regard anything to be advantageous if it shall require you to cast away your faith or your modesty. Do not engage in something that causes you to hate, suspect, or curse any other man. Do not lust after anything that requires secrecy; if it cannot be spoken of comfortably in public, do not partake in it. He who pursues a virtuous life shall never grieve, cry out, nor sigh to others. Be indifferent, you should not prefer solitude or company and you should live without fears and desires. Always occupy your mind with the intention of being a proper and sociable man.
Do Not Shame Others Nor Yourself:
In the last few Daily Stoicism posts, we have learned that it is not the event that causes us emotional distress, but our attitudes towards them. The same applies to people. Small minded people are always quick to point their fingers to others for their downfalls. A man gains nothing by blaming others or even himself. Daily awareness of our attitudes are needed to make sure we are not overtaken by emotional outbursts.
See Things For What They Really Are:
Take what you get, things won’t always meet your expectations. Events occur the way they do. People behave the way they do. Become aware of this and you save yourself from fake attachments and avoidable sadness. Think about those closest to you. They are mortals, so they shall pass. Now think about your favorite cup, if it were to break you could cope. So, if death is to arise you should be able to bear it in the same manner. It takes practice and you have to practice coping with things building up from the cup. When “devastation” occurs, the only control we have is over our mentality. It’s not the events that stress us, but our interpretation of them. Things, events, and people are not how you desire them to be.
With the influx of mental disorders and the abandonment from any particular faith, people are collectively accelerating our world into more depravity. When we unlatch the shackles of consequences we feel free to act however we please. When this occurs we enter our reptilian brain and only pursue unhealthy dopamine spikes, whether by immoral intercourse, gluttonous eating, or sedentary living. I will discuss how we have abandoned responsibility. Continue reading “Civilization’s Abandonment of Responsibilities”