Those of us who live in civilization are soft and we have had to create artificial hardships to make the body strong again. This is nothing new, it has been this way since the beginning of civilization. The gilded cage that comes with a life of ease. Now, this has nothing to do with good or bad, it simply is, and once you accept this fact it simplifies life.
Now even inside civilization, are occupations that lead to a strong body. Many do not actively think of going into these careers to build the body. It just a side effect of the manual labor they are putting in and even as technology increases these manual labor jobs have become less prevalent. Looking at you garbage men.
Hardships of the day.
We often say we are not made to sit all day long looking at a computer screen. Well, that is partially true in that it is not good for us to do that. This does not mean we are not built for it. As is often talk about here in these pages, balance is the key. If your job requires you to sit and work at a screen, then just do things to counter the effects on your body.
What is the difference between you sitting looking at a screen or working on a project and sitting around the fire chatting with a friend and working on a project? Beyond the social aspect (you can have this at work also) it was something done in years past till today. which negates saying we were not made for it.
Now on the other hand is it healthy to look at pixels all day long. More than likely not. This is where moderations come in.
Challenge of Hardships
We as men need to continue to challenge ourselves, to push our limits to see what we can accomplish through hardships we put ourselves in. With both short and long goals to attain. You do not build houses, cut big trees down, work in the iron mill, or bail hay all day to build a strong body. That is ok, gyms go back 3000 plus years to when civilizations started to come about.
Even then men knew they needed to push their bodies to be the best. That sitting around all the time leads to slothfulness. You need a strong body to house a strong mind.
Military from their very beginnings pushes the recruits to become stronger, to build muscle memory and connection. Do you want to be like men in the military? Then you push your body. Be the leader and warrior of your home? then you need to train like them. Pushing your limits, building the skills.
Hardships of the Mind
Keep things simple if you want and just be told what you do all your life. There is a possibility you will be happy in that frame; I would say you are lying to yourself if you think this is true. Men continue to push the boundaries of their minds in all things they do. Do not ever let anyone pigeonhole you only one line of thought
Do you need to read thousands of books? Do you need to master the game cards or chess? Do you need to learn to write and debate? No, and I could go on for some time with these questions.
Maybe you enjoy an instrument and you want to become a Master of It. Your growth could be building little birdhouses, making a leather pouch. Drawing a picture of the skyline. Writing a book, creating a video, learning a new language
The key is to continue to push your mind and continue to learn, taking what you learn and put it into action.
When you have faced no hardships either created or thrown upon you, there is no growth in you as a man. The great thing about artificial hardships is that you can control them a certain extent taking what you need from them. Casting aside what is harmful to you.
When you are forced into the hardship of either mind or body. The learning curve becomes quick for overcoming it. Making a failure into an exercise in learning instead of crushing you under its weight.
For each hardship, you endure you will continue to become stronger. You tap into the inner barbarian that is in you. You become a force to be reckoned with.
Agnitio Veritas Macto
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