Happy Wednesday folks! I’ve been planning on writing an entry on some cool things happening lately (HabitBull is quite effective), but for now I’m going to repost what I wrote in my pen and paper journal for the Art of Manliness Day Six Journal Challenge. I learned about these daily journal prompts it through the Crazy Kettlebell Girl’s month of doing the challenge. I thought it was a great idea. While I’m writing these mostly in my personal journal, I plan to post entries that I find that I feel are the creme of the crop, like my entry below for day six.
Day 6: Pick a quote from our 80-ish quotes on manhood and reflect on why it stands out to you. Does it reflect a man that you aren’t yet, but hope to be? Does one of them remind you of a great man in your life who you’ve tried to model? If you can’t seem to reflect on a single quote, just take the time to write out a few of them that you like. Doing so will keep them top-of-mind and perhaps lead to some thoughts later down the road.
“Strength, courage, mastery, and honor are the alpha values of men all over the world. They are fundamental virtues of men because without them no higher virtues can be entertained. You need to be alive to philosophize. You can add to these virtues and you can create rules and moral codes to govern them, but if you remove them from the equation althogether, you you aren’t just leaving behind the virutes that are specific to men, you are abandoning the virtues that make civilization possible.” – Jack Donovan
Why does this quote speak to me?
What honestly captured my attention was the “alpha” part. I want to be a bad bitch, an alpha female, and the best possible person I can be.
Strength + Courage + Mastery + Honor = a virtuous life
After leaving organized religion, it is difficult finding a personal code of ethics by which to govern one’s self. I know I can be a better person. I am on my way to being that better person. I wonder why Jack Donovan penned/said this quote. It really speaks to me, not necessarily in the context of manlihood (like the prompt was asking about) but in terms of mankind. If everyone applied this principle, myself included, we’d be much better off as people.