Category: Knowledge

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””

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.

What The 2016 Election Taught Us About Debating People With Different Views

What The 2016 Election Taught Us About Debating People With Different Views

The 2016 election featured what was undoubtedly one of the most tumultuous and volatile political campaigns in modern history. Never before has the country faced a choice between two candidates that held such decidedly different and opposed views, and whose moral compass’s seemed to lie on the far end of each political spectrum, depending on the viewpoint which your average voter in question held. These circumstances created an environment that allowed an innumerable amount of heated and brutal debates to flourish, where facts and logic seemed to be sucked into a violent death spiral fueled by irrational, emotional, partisan, and reactionary talking points parroted back to you as quickly as they could be regurgitated by the friend, family member, or twitter drone whom you happened to be arguing with. While there is much to be gleaned from this election in terms of political stratagem and the importance (or lack there of) of conventional political wisdom, and the merits of each candidates and the values they promoted, this article will instead focus on what we can learn on a successful way of debating both political opponents and people who hold opposing viewpoints on a variety of issues that you may come across in your day to day life.

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The Power of One: How to Change the World

The Power of One: How to Change the World

Changing the world is not for everyone. It is an ambitious goal but we all have the innate ability to do it. We must use every moment we have to attain this goal. Behaviors of true revolutionaries like Marcus Aurelius, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Theodore Roosevelt, and so on are what we need to imitate. These men were educators, inventors, writers, philosophers, politicians; the list goes on. In order to change the world you must hone every skill you have. You must not only focus on one strength. Specialization is for ants. Continue reading “The Power of One: How to Change the World”

Why We DO Need Equal Amounts Women and Men in Some Fields

Why We DO Need Equal Amounts Women and Men in Some Fields

Despite what feminists say, with many jobs it really does not matter if it is dominated by men or women, so long as they get their jobs done well. It is only when you see people in their respective fields doing a disservice to those they serve that you can start to question if having that field dominated by one sex is bad or not. Typically these are fields that deal with the human mind, not tangible objects. A road is a road, whether it was constructed by a man or woman. However, it is possible for a boy to not become a man depending on whether his teacher is a man or woman. Continue reading “Why We DO Need Equal Amounts Women and Men in Some Fields”

Top 5 Ways to Identify a Pseudo-Intellectual

Top 5 Ways to Identify a Pseudo-Intellectual

As media becomes increasingly viewed among the masses, you should notice “intellectuals” seem to appear more and more out of the blue. The first question you should ask is, “Why are these intellectuals broadcasted on mass media?” The second being, “Who are they and why should I care to hear what they have to say?” Continue reading “Top 5 Ways to Identify a Pseudo-Intellectual”