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Virtue is Strength

If you had to define virtue in one word it would be “strength.” In English we use the same root word when we say virility. Virility means a special kind of power. So does virtue.

The Stoic School teaches that strength is a good thing. This is basic to human nature and Nature in general. Nature rewards the strongest in a species with survival and progeny. Nature is a place of struggle. The earth is a place where all animals must exert constant activity to live and must exercise great strength to get ahead. Those who lose their energy fall behind and perish. 

Human society also rewards athletes of great strength or speed. You don’t find yourself wishing you were weaker, do you? 

But, the Stoic School teaches about a strength more powerful than muscles.

First, think about an army. History shows that the most athletic soldiers do not always win. A smaller army with better strategy and equipment often defeats a larger force. Why? Second, a runner or boxer who has beaten a certain opponent previously might lose to him during the Olympics because the opponent trained harder and kept a stricter diet. Third, a weaker army can rout a greater one when the stronger flees the battle field.  Fourth, The ancient play The Suppliants by Euripides illustrates a special kind of power. In the play, the women have no physical power to retrieve the bodies of their dead loved ones who were killed in a battle, because the victors wanted them to rot in the open and be eaten by animals, so what mysterious strength empowered the mothers, wives, and daughters to win?

Our cultural grandparents called the first kind of strength “Wisdom,” the second “Temperance,” the third “Courage,” and the fourth “Justice.”

1) Wisdom is “being smart,” “thinking things through,” “making good decisions.” 

2) Temperance is self-control, self-discipline, and the ability to choose the difficult path that is good rather than the easy paths that are bad.

3) Courage means fortitude, bravery in the face of danger and pain, and risking personal safety, wealth, and reputation in the interest of something more noble.

4) Justice is doing the right thing, recognizing a higher morality than even human laws, and successfully harmonizing with Nature rather than only reading and talking about it.

The Stoic School teaches that the purpose of human life is Virtue. 

Even in human society, Nature requires constant energy to live, to be healthy, to be wise, to control yourself, to be brave, and to be fair to all.

An evidence that Nature intends mankind to be virtuous is that Nature gave humanity the potential for all these strengths. We know of no other creatures with the potential to develop the four Cardinal Virtues as we mean them here. Nature has attributes that can only be understood by those who practice wisdom, temperance, courage, and justice. We live in Nature more and more only as we grow in Virtue more and more. 

Another indication that Virtue is our purpose in life is that virtues bind us in stronger friendship with our fellow citizens, our friends, and our family. We are political animals. Nature provides no other species with a social structure anything like human society. There are no other species with commerce, technology, musical instruments, clothing, conversations, etc. anything like human society. But, along with our need to socialize in our uniquely human way, we see that virtue is what binds us together in the bonds of good faith necessary to produce thriving human societies. Individuals who practice Virtue are bound with their friends in stronger bonds of friendship and are praiseworthy among their countrymen. Those who practice vice suffer in their public and private relationships.

We call Wisdom, Temperance, Courage, and Justice the Cardinal Virtues. They remind us of the cardinal directions North, South, East, and West. With only four directions you can get from wherever you are to wherever you need to be in two-dimensional space.  In life, you need a different dimension of directions – virtues.

With the Cardinal Virtues, you can get from any circumstance you are in to where you need to be. The four virtues form a coordinate system that surely navigates you through your entire life, with “magnetic north” being the Good. Whatever crisis or reversal befalls you, the way to maintain happiness and to get where you need to be is always a combination of these four virtues.

The mother of all the virtues is Gratitude. All virtues are a combination of Wisdom, Temperance, Courage, and Justice, and those Cardinal Virtues come from Gratitude. Wisdom, Temperance, Courage, and Justice are the natural response to gratitude for what Nature has done for us, what our friends have done for us, and what our country has done for us.

Coexistence failures for 250 years

- by Cicero

The United States has documented almost 250 years of bending over backwards to make other races happy.

The American Declaration of Independence (1776)

The Declaration boldly declares that the United States is identified with a particular ethnic group of people. It declares, “Nor have We been wanting in attentions to America’s British brethren,” and, “They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.” Both "brethren" and "consanguinity" refer to a literal blood relationship that identifies "The United States."

The US Constitution (1789)

The preamble to the Constitution explains that everything that follows is to form a more perfect Union, “and secure the Blessings of Liberty, to ourselves and our Posterity.” “Posterity” means the biological descendants of a people.

In the US Constitution, Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3 addresses representation in Congress regarding “Indians” that were exempt from paying taxes and “all other Persons” not part of "ourselves and our Posterity."

Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 mentions commerce with “the Indian Tribes” as separated from "ourselves and our Posterity."

Summary

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written by the Founding Fathers. You can agree or disagree with the Fathers’ conclusion, but the fact remains that they tried to deal with the Indian race by dealing with them as domestic nations that are dependent on but separated from the race of "We the People" of the Father Land. The tribes would have sovereignty within their territories with certain duties toward the United States such as trading. Mast of the later Indian wars were because the Indian tribes did not keep their part of the bargain to engage in commerce of the natural resources on tribal lands such as gold, lumber, and buffalo. That was part of the deal in acting as a domestic nation dependent on the United States.

The “Civil War amendments” (1865 – 1870)

The “Civil War amendments” are the 13th, 14th, and 15th. The United States tried a new approach to other races.

Shocking to many, the 13th Amendment leaves open the possibility of slavery, but only “as a punishment for a crime,” rather than as a right of conquest as the West had always accepted.

The 14th Amendment, Section 2 guarantees representation for “the whole number of persons in each state," including ethnic groups that were not connected by family relationship to Europe.

The 15th Amendment guarantees rights to persons regardless of if their race or color indicates they have no blood connection to Europe.

Summary

So, 90 years after the Declaration of Independence, a new generation of Americans decided to write into the Constitution a second approach to race relations. The Indian method of dealing with the tribes as sovereign nations segregated from the rest of the United States as much as possible wasn’t making the Indians happy. The United States decided to guarantee all ethnic groups equal rights under the law in a culturally diverse America.

Maybe the West finally had found the key to racial harmony. Nope.

Civil rights acts of 1964 and 1968

One hundred years after the Civil War Amendments, race riots swept across America. These federal "civil rights" laws laid the ground work, for the first time in Western civilization, for preferential treatment for every non-European culture. Privately owned businesses were forced to hire multicultural workforces. “Diversity” was forced on Federal grants. Universities awarded special scholarships to non-European races. Neighborhoods had to become racially and culturally blended. On and on ad nauseam.

Finally, the West might have found the key to racial coexistence. Nope.

Western race relations today

Fifty years after the civil rights acts, nobody would say the Indian tribes, the African Americans, or the Arab Muslims are happy with European culture. Marxism is a planned racial culture war. Islam is a racist culture war. Listen to rap music and black lives matter protesters and you will understand that they are fighting a racist culture war against the West. This is happening in every Western nation and only in Western nations.

What to do?

Fight back

Data from the past 500 years shows a comedy of errors in trying to accommodate the ungrateful. Each Western nation has the responsibility and absolute right to secure its people, their posterity, and their common culture.

Each Western government must meet force with greater force and violence with greater violence.

Those who hate Western races or values or culture must be sent back to their countries of origin that they seem to love so much.

As the movie Gladiator puts it, “People should know when they’re conquered.”

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