Author: Victor Amerigo

Week of Masculine Poems: “The Happy Warrior”

Week of Masculine Poems: “The Happy Warrior”

 History

“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””

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Week of Masculine Poems: “If”

Week of Masculine Poems: “If”

Background

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””

Week of Masculine Poems: “Prometheus Unbound”

Week of Masculine Poems: “Prometheus Unbound”

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””

The Art of the Scholarly Warrior

The Art of the Scholarly Warrior

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.

The Separation

Let’s look at some applicable modern examples. Think about the men of wisdom in the 20th and 21st centuries. Nikola Tesla, a genius inventor, died in a destitute state. Elon Musk, a entrepreneurial genius who puts in 100 hours per week, is more or less sitting on top of the world with wealth from Zip2, PayPal, and Tesla Motors. We can estimate from royalties that Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, has a net worth of around $4 million. 50 Cent on the other hand, a man who lives the 48 Laws of Power is sitting at a net worth of about $15 million. What differentiates these men?

The Scholar

Being a scholar will allow you to communicate well with others, thus establishing good friendships and having a decent quality of life. Expanding your knowledge allows you to break the mold of specialization and be sufficient in many fields. This also allows your brain to acquire new talents with minimal effort.

Being a man of supreme intellect may definitely take you far, but if you never take action then your ideas and dreams will most likely die with you. The Scholar has read enough to be able to know not only from their own experience, but others’ as well. Although this may sound like a good thing, many times this makes them risk-averse and even a cynic.

The Warrior

A true warrior is bold and confident enough to give his ideas to the people without troubling himself with the idea that it will not be well received. He knows that he will not achieve perfection so he puts out what he has now. The warrior is risk-seeking which results in his life being more fulfilling.

In some instances, the Warrior may be too brash, resulting in monumental consequences. The impulsivity of the Warrior can sometimes cause great harm to those around them. The self confidence of the warrior can be overbearing to those he meets and may lead to minimal interaction with others.

Uniting the Scholar and Warrior

You can be a good man if you embody only one of these archetypes, however, the greatest men of history have personified both. The greatest leaders educated themselves on communication, politics, philosophy and history while not getting trapped in the void of continual education. The scholarly warriors did not keep their knowledge to themselves; they utilized it in every aspect of their living.

Reading some history, our founding fathers may have doubted the efforts of a revolution but with the warrior archetypes inside them they acted on their impulses. Their impulsive act of declaring independence started the Revolution. Nathanael Green and George Washington’s use of guerrilla warfare is greatly attributed to the victory of the Continental Army, a tactic that is popular in Sun Tzu’s “Art of War.” They had to have been familiar with the East’s philosophies of war in some way. The point I’m getting at here is to not pigeon hole yourself into one genre of literature. If you only read one genre of books then that is a hobby; if your library is diverse then you are attaining fulfillment.

If up to this point you have been nothing but a hermit reading, you are in dire need of strenuous activity now in order to develop your inner warrior. Do not use your weak body as an excuse to never start for even the most brute giants have all started as weak, defenseless infants. Look to Theodore Roosevelt for inspiration; the man who could speed read three books a day but was asthmatic, weak, and often picked on as a child. He realized his downfalls so he picked up boxing and many other martial arts until he became known as a “locomotive in human pants.” In many lists he is in the top five of all presidents and this is attributed to his “go get ’em” attitude and uncanny intelligence.

Conclusion

By now hopefully you understand the importance of the integration of the scholar with the warrior. Many of us in the Manosphere have the scholar quite mastered but some of us never act. We are on the verge of achieving greatness and all we have to do is tweak our inner warrior a bit. There is no reading you can do to achieve this. Be active, get a workout split/routine and stick with it. You can be intellectual and have great ideas but people tend to be persuaded by someone of a healthy, large stature more than a weak and frail one. In order to become a great leader you have to find the healthy balance between your inner scholar and warrior.

Daily Stoicism: Marcus Aurelius

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.

Daily Stoicism: Epictetus

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.

Daily Stoicism: Epictetus

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.

Civilization’s Abandonment of Responsibilities

Civilization’s Abandonment of Responsibilities

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”

Daily Stoicism: Epictetus

Desire Demands Its Own Attainment:

Most of the time, our desires are just habit so we must train ourselves to abandon these habits. When we have desires that are unattained, we become upset, and when we attain something we’ve tried to avoid, we become stressed. The Stoics teach to only avoid undesirable things that harm your mental, physical, and spiritual health that are within your control. If you avoid uncontrollable events like death, illness, or other similar misfortunes, you only suffer more than you need to. Be superior to your desires. If you desire something out of your control you only set yourself up for disappointment. That energy trying to get/avoid something out of your control can be put to much better use. Focus your desires only on what you can control and go about it with great prowess

Daily Stoicism: Marcus Aurelius

Have True Liberty and Unvariable Steadfastness:

Do not esteem anything at all but right and reason. Also, no matter what ailments may come of you, whether a loss of family or disease, remain the same man. Be both vehement and remiss; do not be fretted and offended by your peers inability to understand your discourses. No matter how highly you are regarded by others you must not overly esteem yourself. You will achieve the highest freedom when you are self-reliant