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An Epic of Masculinity IV: Scholar

An Epic of Masculinity IV: Scholar

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We need to get back on track, by looking to history with respect, and to the future with realism and idealism. This is the masculine ideal for the path of the scholar. To history, with respect; to the future, with enlightened realism.



But this is something you must pursue on your own, as there are no institutions today calling upon any of us to do so. But why is this the case today? Why is this mature, balanced, thoughtful outlook so absent from the powerful corners of our society today?



While complex phenomena always result from many causes, I believe that there is one significant aspect that poorly shaped the intelligentsia, and therefore what we call “education,” today: risk. Or, to borrow from Taleb, there is no skin in the game.



Today I’m going to share with you stories that have stood the test of time. Those that you can apply to your own life, in your own way, right now, and forever. And best of all, it’s free. The venerable courts make up the ground we tread on everyday. They are simply waiting to be picked up and respected once again. And as your respect for these ancient wisdoms, and the true path of the scholar rises, so too will the ground beneath you. You will have a vantage point above and apart from triviality, insecurity, fear, and the greatest enemy to living an extraordinary life – blandness.



Welcome back to Hardcore Philosophy and part IV of "An Epic of Masculinity," Scholar.

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When good men sit down, bad men stand up. When masculine virtues are ignored, masculine vices reign. When kings are told to go away, tyrants take their place. This is not just a description, but a strategy.This results in a world where a plurality of masculine figures without virtue are in leadership positions in governments, companies, and organizations. This structure is incentivized to forward and repeat the societal talking points whereby masculinity is defined as toxic. This narrative helps prevent good men from rising up.The toxic masculine narrative is the norm, of both history and today.I'm going to crush this status quo, by uplifting masculine idealism.It is a simple formula. Competence + Ethics. This is the masculine ideal.We are a species that doesn’t do well with nuance. We see so many bad men in the world and in the news, and we drift towards simple answers: men are bad. With this we forget that our last and best hope against tyranny is the development of masculine ideals and virtues.It is for this reason that stories about the positive masculine (and omens about the negative masculine) have survived and thrived for thousands of years.I’m going to crush the historic and modern status quo that defines all men as toxic, not by offering my critique of their position, but by offering the alternative. The alternative are these stories and lessons from history, philosophy, and idea. These stories have one purpose: uplift the positive masculine, and teach masculine ideals.

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An Epic of Masculinity IV: Scholar

An Epic of Masculinity IV: Scholar

Evan Thomsen