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Cyropaedia: The education of Cyrus and the ideal prince

Cyropaedia: The education of Cyrus and the ideal prince

Update: 2018-02-231
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This is part 1 of a 3-part series on the Cyropaedia, or ‘the education of Cyrus.’ The Cyropaedia for some is a historical document, for others is a political philosophy, and for a few is just a dramatic or romantic political story with no basis on actual events. I agree with all three positions. But the purpose of this episode is not to settle this debate or make my own on these grounds. It is to tell the story and uplift the meaning found with the Cyropaedia. This story is not merely of Cyrus, not merely of the histories of ancient Greece and Persia. It is much more than that. This text is meant as a model for leaders, a model for generals, and in many respects, a model for men.

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An Epic of Masculinity
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.

An Epic of Masculinity

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Cyropaedia: The education of Cyrus and the ideal prince

Cyropaedia: The education of Cyrus and the ideal prince

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