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I am a rope stretched over the abyss.

Stoic Ethics

Finally! At long last my video on Stoic Ethics is up!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59TLOLO5mjM

I’ve compiled my Introduction to Stoicism videos into a playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLd9Iy2jGcyBU-leKECfFzBnPrO2f5H8Yh

I’m going to check all the great feedback I’ve gotten to date, and if there’s enough material I’ll do a quick Stoic Q&A video.

Otherwise the video channel will move on to another topic. Thanks for all the great questions and of course just for watching. If you want to parley you can find me at https://parler.com/profile/GreatNoontide/posts, in addition to here, YouTube and my FB page.

Stoic Logic

As promised, here’s an overview on Stoic Logic.

This one is a little dry, but wait for the Easter egg at the end!

Sorry about the awkward jump cut at the conclusion. My focus was starting to wane and I don’t want to take the time to re-shoot. Hopefully the next video will be a little cleaner.

Megara: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megara

Resources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoic_l…

https://www.amazon.com/Stoic-Logic-Be…

https://www.amazon.com/Concise-Introd…

https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-P…

Philosophy and combat sports

My friend The Mountain Stoic on the relationship between philosophy and the practice of warriors.

Mountain Stoic

“The art of life is more like the wrestler’s art than the dancer’s,in respect of this, that it should stand ready and firm to meet onsets which are sudden and unexpected.”

— Marcus, Meditations, Book VII


This weekend I am headed to Philadelphia to compete in the US Amateur Nationals Competition in Japanese Sumo Wrestling. I have been training in Sumo for a short six months, and competed in two regional competitions so far. Sumo is a bit more complicated than the American stereotype: there are 82 different winning moves, and more than a handful of moves which cause you to immediately lose. It is the successor to a Shintō ritual, a cosmological archetype of law vs chaos. The Way of Salt, is quite a thing to become familiar with.

Many ancient philosophers participated in or used as reference combat sports. Plato was a boxer, the Cynics and Antisthenes literally…

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Daduchos

Our world is dying.
The gates have fallen.
The home-front lost.
No more can we tell friend from foe.

Our leaders are well-heeled parasites.
We lift fools up high and give them crowns,
if only they entertain us with their foolishness.

We admire nothing more than the mimic,
the successful imposter.
For we all feel imposters now.

We hold firm our faith in nihilism.
We pray that life has no meaning,
for we cannot bear the thought
that we have squandered it.

We still want to believe in the good story:
the chosen people,
the one true savior,
the master race,
the classless society,
the singularity,
the light fantastic.

We bear aloft these idols.
We nail ourselves to these crosses.
The Gods look down and laugh, and weep.

With increasing frenzy the masses rush the edge.
They do not know why, but they love the feel of falling.
They have lost the taste for stillness.

Once men fought for glory, then God, then the abstract good.
What will they fight for now?
What has this world given them worth fighting for?

A world is the conquest of earth by heaven.
A world is made by fighting men carrying the banner of love.
A world is born in fire, ends in fire, is reborn in fire.

This world is dying.
Pick up your torch.