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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.

East and West are Incompatible

- by Cato the Elder

British police have identified the Muslim serial killer responsible for the London attack as 52-year-old Khalid Masood. Here is proof.

How does this indicate that the East and the West are incompatible?

Police said in a statement that Massood was born in England. In other words, this serial killer was born in the West and was immersed in Western civilization for 52 years. Nevertheless, something inside him was incompatible with Western civilization. He still had a murderous rage to hurt anything Western, even innocent people he knew nothing about. His rage to hurt Westerners was so great he did not want to live anymore. He did not want to leave the West and live in any other culture, because he still would have been enraged that Western civilization existed. His view of the world, to him, was incompatible with living in a world were Western civilization existed.

Rule or ruin the West or commit suicide and live forever with dozens of whores at your beck and call. It really is a thoroughly thought-out view of the world that appeals more and more to Eastern minds the more they think about it. Here is proof.

Even his method of mass killing was not unique but is part of a plan that appeals to these Easterners. Regardless of how foreign this serial killing is to Western sensibilities, look at the facts.

  • March 22, 2917 - A Muslim car ramming and stabbing attack in London.
  • December 19, 2016 – A Muslim truck ramming at the Berlin Christmas market.
  • November 28, 2016 – A Muslim car ramming and stabbing attack at Ohio University.
  • December 21, 2014 – A car ramming in Dijon, France dedicated to Allah
  • Etc, etc., etc.

If you see a pattern, pat yourself on the back. Pattern recognition is a fundamental part of intelligence and is the main thing IQ tests measure. Since 1986, Muslims who imitate Muhammad’s life have been celebrating serial killers who use vehicles and knives. Here is proof.

These tactics are not Western, but they seem like a good thing to do to these Muslims. And it seemed like a good thing to Khalid Masood, who was born and raised in the West for 52 years.

The East and West are incompatible.

Furthermore, Sharia must be destroyed.

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