the Art of Manliness | Thoreau, Plato & Hobbes

There is this website called the Art of Manliness which i enjoy the quality of the posts. Its one of the best sites i found for we the men *and the women that love us*.

From time to time, i have found their posts beneficial and indeed helpful.

For example, the site had this feature on

100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man’s Library

This was a very interesting post to me! The books i love the most were featured including Plato’s The Republic , Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations and Walden by Henry David Thoreau!!!

Since every man can use a fair portion of philosophy in his literary diet, the origin of legitimate western thought might be a good place to start. Plato’s most well known work breaks down topics of which you should have a fundamental understanding such as government, justice, and political theory.

The Compilation did not miss the mind-boggling book i acquired recently: Leviathan 🙂 by Thomas Hobbes

Written during the English Civil War, Hobbes’ work is one of the foremost authorities in political theory and contributed greatly to Enlightenment philosophy. Leviathan’s primary concern is the centralized power of the sovereign state existing to maintain order and peace both within and without. A valuable resource, as a man never knows when he is going to be commissioned with the task of forming a new government.

“In the first place, I put for a general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death.”

It was with great delight when my mind was refreshed on the works of Aristotle! More so in The Politics

Look at this:

“Now if some men excelled others in the same degree in which gods and heroes are supposed to excel mankind in general… so that the superiority of the governors was undisputed and patent to their subjects, it would clearly be better that once for all the one class should rule and the others serve. But since this is unattainable, and kings have no marked superiority over their subjects… it is obviously necessary on many grounds that all the citizens alike should take their turn of governing and being governed.”- Aristotle,

Who can forget George Orwell! Author of Animal Farm. That was a great allegory.

Lastly but not least, they featured the book that has inspired that line on the header of the UjenziBora Blog, The Bible!!

I enjoy taking counsel from it and taking heed to straighten my crooked paths.

In addition, the Bible is full of ancient counsel and advice that is applicable to today’s man, whether you’re a believer in God or not.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things. – I Corinthians 13:11

On July 28, 2010 The Art of Manliness covered yet another great feature where they gave us a look into

14 Famous Man Rooms

Thomas Jefferson’s Study

The author of the Declaration of Independence also was a master architect. Jefferson designed the home that crowned his beautiful Monticello estate.

Jefferson’s man space was his study where he’d read about, write about, and ponder liberty and other profound principles in solitude. The busts of great men served as muses for Jefferson. One of the unique aspects of Jefferson’s man space is how it’s connected to his bedroom. He placed his bed in an alcove in the wall between his study and room. That way Jefferson could roll right out of bed and start working or if he needed to take a power nap after hours of manly meditation and study, he could lie down for a respite.

Henry David Thoreau’s Cabin

My good Sir was not forgotten AGAIN!!!

Tired of the distractions of modern living, Henry David Thoreau went to the woods to live a deliberate and simple life. He borrowed some land near a pond called Walden from friend Ralph Waldo Emerson and built himself a simple 10′x15′ shack. The inside was furnished with a bed, a table, a desk, and three chairs. That’s it. Total cost to build his man shack? $28.12. It was in this small hut in the woods that Thoreau would get the inspiration he needed to write his most famous work of Transcendental Philosophy, Walden, Or Life in the Woods. Thoreau’s rustic man-hut has inspired men for generations to tear out into the woods, build a shack with their own bare man hands, and start sucking the marrow out of life.

Closing Note:

The Art of manliness is a great Website!!!

It inspires the Man in me…

Kindest regards

@UjenziBora

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~ by ujenzibora on August 6, 2010.

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