Do you know what it means to be a man? A masculine man? Today, most guys have no idea what it means. They’re looking for an answer to the question how to be a masculine man. But, there is no common notion about masculinity today. All the masculine role models seem to have died out. It’s a very confusing time to be a man. I found the answer in the past and I will share it here with you.
What is Stoicism? Search for a Stoicism definition on the web and you will find few results. Almost all are academic; too academic. They are strong compressed and hard to understand. The answer is actually easy.
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius
The key to an easy to understand Stoicism definition is not to compress it into one sentence!
There is no how to for happiness. There is no magic pill that makes happy either. Instead, there are key factors that influence happiness. One of the most influential key factors is expectations.
As you may have noticed I end all my articles with the phrase deo volente. Recently I started to use it in my private messages. Many people asked me what it means and why do I use it. So I’m going to explain what it means here.
Porn is one of the biggest problems today. Most people think porn is harmless, but it isn’t. It affects us negative in many ways. It makes it hard to be masculine and impossible to be a stoic. If you want to be, like I, masculine and a stoic you have to stop watching porn. But first, you need to understand the toxic influence porn has on your mind.
“No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions.” – Patrick J. Kennedy
Most men are PUSSYS! Most men are weak, emotional cowards, that follow the masses. Stoicism demands to live according to nature. Man’s true nature is to be masculine! Man’s nature is to be strong, courageous and to lead. Embrace your masculinity to live according to nature!
Today’s meaning of human nature is the complete opposite to the meaning in ancient Greek or Rome. Both interpretations make sense and are valid. Yet, they lead to different meanings for “living according to nature.” But, they are not mutual exclusive. Actually, I think both meanings belong together. I think we need both meanings to live happy and good lives!
Stoicism is a philosophy with great focus on the mind. The Stoics found and used many psychological techniques, like negative visualization. The Stoics also gave practical, pragmatical advice on various topics like grief, anger and life itself. Applying the techniques and advice leads to a virtuous life. But, all that plays in the mind. I want to introduce some tangible tools to stoicism: The Stoic Thinking Tools.
We need a more powerful and new stoicism! That insight leads us to following question: How do we create the new modern-day stoicism? Simple! We answer the same questions as the old Stoics with our modern-day knowledge.
Ancient Philosophy vs Modern-day Philosophy
Why did the Romans adapt Greek stoicism? Simple. The Romans adapted Greek stoicism to fit their needs. That insight raised one question: Should we adapt both stoic schools to fit our modern-day needs? Yes. I think so. Here are my top 3 reasons why I think so.
The world has changed much over the last 1500 years
“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius