The Agoge was the training place for young men. It was where you learned to handle hardship and discipline. If you did not end up in tears and struggling to complete a task, if you did not feel you were being pushed beyond your limits, then it was not doing its job.
Which was to prepare you to be a man within the community, to defend, to protect, and to work.
The defining characteristic of men today is that they are effeminate, and effeminacy is defined as an attachment to pleasure. It is the opposite of sacrifice and taking responsibility, which are the two main hallmarks of being a man. I get asked quite a bit by men on what they should be doing to improve themselves as men. Well, the first thing that you need to do is to wean yourself from your attachment to pleasure. This attachment obstructs your ability to develop as a man, as it is through the hardships that we face as men and the great things that we achieve by the sweat of our own brow that enable us to become men.
Remember the age old truism – men make themselves; women find themselves.
So on this Easter Sunday which is a symbol of rebirth and the beginning of growth, let us examine some of the ways in which you can break free from your attachment to pleasure and to begin your development as a man.
We need to first consider the various forms of pleasure that men engage in today. The obvious one is the physical act of pleasure, whether that be from sex or from other things such as food or wine. One of the great pushes by the counterculture movement in the sixties was the embracement of the hedonistic goal of free love. This in of itself was an inversion and thus a perversion of actual love, a good reminder and yet another example of the truism that everything that our enemies declare is the opposite of what is claimed.
I'm reading American Pilgrim right now, and one of the things that is fairly obvious is that Roosh came out of the pit of despair physically frail. He is markedly unfit. Throughout the book (I am partway through so a review will be a long way away) he is warned that he will be under severe attack because he has moved from promoting sin to preaching against it, and that his soul is at mortal peril.
You need to have a fair amount of time in the woodshed to stand up and proclaim the gospel right now. It takes courage -- which Roosh has in spades. But you need to be spiritually and physically fit.
And this is where we can all refine what we are doing.
Kea and I have Easter "off" which means we have been sitting in the family crib, hosting visitors most days. We have attended a healthy church. I have continued the lectionary but done very little else.
And this needs to change.
In a similar manner, we need to be fit, physically strong, so we can do what is needful -- from shiftig firewood to furniture to, if needed, defending our churches. We need physical strength to do our work.
This is not a matter of appearance or vanity. There is a whole subsection of every socail media relating to fitness and practices, usually with someone perky leading the exercise. As if being perky is the goal.
It is not. It is having the ability to overcome obstacles. Generally when you have done that, you do not look pretty or cute: you look exhausted.
But it is pushing at the needed time to exhaustion or past it that makes things change: in your life and in those around you.
And this society is effete. They are not prepared to put the work in.