Category: Knowledge

Suggested Reads (I’m back!)

Suggested Reads (I’m back!)

Hello all,

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!)”

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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. Continue reading “The Art of the Scholarly 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”