Tanner at Masculine Style recently posted an image of a pair of dueling pistols
which set my mind to consider duelling. Men in fine suits firing finer pistols at one another for the sake of some sort of aetheric essence known as honor always holds a certain amount of fascination. One does not over exaggerates to say that every society which allows a recourse to single combat for such offenses against its men shows an underlying health and that a society that disallows such a recourse is on its way down. Consider that our modern decline began around the turn of the 19th Century, around the same time the suffragettes were out in droves and that the duel receded into some strange place between illegal and accepted. That men accepted the laws which made illegal the provision which they had enjoyed to protect their honor, their masculinity, their ability to be men reveals the first pass into femcentricism. Shooting pistols at one another is apparently “bad,” while eternal solipsism is “good.”At SoAG it is understood that a certain amount of mental proclivity engenders society, that such maintained the state of the ante-feminist Western man for millennia need not be made more apparent. However, peering back through the pages of history it is clear that the cultured man, the artist, the poet, the statesman, will not arise of his own. That is, the cultured man must be won out from the mindless denizens of the world, his is a position earned, either of his own volition or the chance of his forefathers. Leisure time, that coveted necessity of lettered men, is a hard won prize that by its ample supply in the west has become poorly valued; like the summer soldiers and sunshine patriots of Paine’s call to arms, the lazy leisurely western half-man values little want cost him little. He, with all the niceties of modern life has time upon time to waste on cat videos and porn and little incentive to do otherwise. So let us leave of the mental calisthenic for the time.
It is better to be strong than to be smart if one could only be the one and not the other. For the price of the latter must be paid of the former. Strength purchases leisure which might be spent on learning and letters, but letter and learning will not buy what sweat and vigor alone can procure. It would be better that the Manosphere be filled with fools than that it be filled with manginas.
This is where much of the chagrin at A Voice For Men comes from. There is patent weakness which exudes there. Strength is the only force which sustains society; society is a costly endeavor which is founded on strength. This is why, this and a greater resistance to hamsterbating solipsism, that men are the society builders and the great benefactors of the intellect.
Veritas numquam perit,