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The passions of sport and "The Football War" of 1969

The passions of sport and "The Football War" of 1969

Update: 2018-06-151
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There is a quote often attributed to Plato that says "you can learn more about a person in 1 hour of play, than 1 year of work."



There doesn't seem to be any record of Plato saying this. Quote investigator places it as a derivative from some English educator in the 16th century. Ultimately, it's a fake quote. But it doesn't have to be, because it's a good idea. So let's just attribute this quote to all of us. From our experience as children, to our experience in life. We learn more about each other through play, through games, through a cooperative competition, than in any other form.



Nowhere is this more true, or more impactful, than a global game. And there is no global game quite like the World Cup.



Now sport is often scoffed at from, well, I suppose people that have Philosophy podcasts!



But as the record shows, the history of the World Cup is filled with stories of the best and worst of us. And new stories are being made as I speak. So join me in this brief series of Hardcore Philosophy, featuring the World Cup.

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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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The passions of sport and "The Football War" of 1969

The passions of sport and "The Football War" of 1969

Evan Thomsen