The Logos and The Dao |A Stoic’s Perspective on Daoism(Taoism)

As somebody who is interested in Stoic philosophy and who tries his best to practice the Stoic way of life, I have found the insights and teaching of Lao-Tzu, the founder of the philosophy of Daoism as inseparable from the Stoic teachings. Two intertwining philosophical views that complete one another. Where Stoicism fails in its rejection of mysticism, is where Daosim completes it in its spirituality, where Daoism fails in giving clear instruction, Stoicism is firm in the rules it's followers must follow to achieve their goals. The two philosophies carry a very similar message, and stem from the same roots, although they grow in the gardens of two different cultures, in the modern age they combine well into a full spiritual and philosophical approach to life.

A Zen Hobby for a Modern Man | My One Year Experience of Pipe Smoking

A year ago I've started my journey into the hobby of pipe smoking. Influenced by a few people from within that community that described pipe smoking as a zen type of relaxing hobby, a low-effort, end of the day relaxation after a busy working day that any man can enjoy. On my year long journey my perspective on pipe smoking has somewhat changed, I still do it, but in a different way than I used to. My first text about smoking pipes was written last March, about Benefits of Pipe Smoking and you can read it here, let's say that that was me being excited about my new hobby, and this is me talking about how to do that hobby well, and how to truly engage in it.

Opinions of Other | A Stoic’s Guide to Not Giving a Fuck

The opinions of others is the one thing that we have the least control over in our lives. We can only influence them through passing conversations or through rumors we spread about ourselves by our words and actions. Yet, many men today seem to be greatly disturbed by the endless struggle to try and control the opinions of other people. The one, most important, thing that the Stoic philosophy teaches us is that we should only worry about the things which are in our control, these wise words echo through the ages from the mouths of the wisest sages who walked this Earth to the ears of the modern man who is trying to find a way to be the best man he can be. This great Stoic advice, which in my opinion could be the only advice one ever needs to adopt in order to live a good life, directly goes against the notion that we as men should worry about the opinions of other. As I've said, this thing is so far out of our sphere of control that spending any time at all thinking about this issue leads to nothing but misery and burn-out.

Goal Setting for 2020 | Men’s Guide to New Year Resolutions

The cycle of 356 days that we call a year has come to an end. And as if the counter has been reset, we again start with 1. This cycle repeated for millennia, and will repeat for millennia outside our control and outside the scope of time that our minds are comfortable thinking about. As … Continue reading Goal Setting for 2020 | Men’s Guide to New Year Resolutions

Live For the Thrill of the Fight, Enjoy the Daily Struggle

f we few who are dedicated to being the best men we can be really wanted to live up to the greatness of our forefather, we must learn to embrace the struggle and go not only a step, but a mile beyond where every other man falls from exhaustion. The effort that we put into our work doesn't always pay itself back. But the very act of putting so much effort into the daily struggle of our lives, into our work, our hobbies and even our thoughts creates from as better man who can endure more without being broken, and so plants in ourselves the seeds of success, those being good discipline, motivation, mindset and work ethic.

Discussing the Concept of the Alpha Male

I would argue that having an alpha male in a group, be it a nation or a group of peers, is actually a natural and beneficial thing to us human beings. Having one strong figure who is feared as much as he is beloved, who is well-educated, wise , strong and brave, who can rally his people behind him in times of crises, and protect their freedom and well being in times of peace is a thing that comes naturally to us humans. All nations strive for a great leader, all people have the cult of the great ruler, no matter your political opinion we all have in our mind the one person who best represents our interests, and whose rule we would gladly accept.

Benefits of Being Alone | A Stoic’s Guide to Loneliness

When a man spends time with himself, he comes to know and appreciate himself more. When meeting a new acquaintance, we often undervalue them because we know so little about them, once we sit one-to-one with that person, and we get to know them a little better, their true value and virtue is revealed to us, and they might even become so dear to us that we may call them friends, thus this also happens to ourselves, the less time we spend alone with our own self and our own thoughts, the less we value ourselves, and by spending time alone we get to know ourselves better and to see and judge our own virtues and sins to our own standards, thus we become more dear to ourselves and our own inner-self becomes our friend.

Be Aggressive | Why Men Should’t Avoid Conflict

It's the primary trait of an alpha male to take what he wants without asking, it's the only way one can get the things one desires, be it status, wealth or respect, nobody is going to give it to you if you don't take it yourself, if you don't demand it, and these 'men' would rather die hungry then fight for a piece of bread. I used to be one of them, I too was born and grew up during the time of soft men, the peaceful and comfortable time in which men don't learn the traits needed to survive in this world. But though hard work on improving myself, both mentally and physically, by working to overcome my fears and challenge my enemies, I learned to embrace conflict, and by doing so grow both as a man and as a person. The answer to the mediocrity that is killing this society is to always strive for greatness and virtue, no matter the amount of conflict you as a man need to engage in, for you were created to be the predator of attrition, the one who takes the blows and deals them back twice as hard.