Praxis.

Praxis is the practice of craft, in this case the craft of living. This world does not want you skilled in anything, immature, tossed in the waves of fashion. No man should be such. Men should know who they are, and provide security for women and children.

Women? To quote Elspeth, Ask your husband.

The need for Philia.

Young men need an apprenticeship, challenges, exams, and an element of physical risk. Initially with their father and uncles, then at work and study. The feminisation of the education system has not helped here: the old colleges with chapel, an expectation that one would be involved in some sport and some art, and communal meals provided this, as did the guilds. Since we have lost this we have but mentoring, and this must be done by married men. This builds up the brotherhood.

Teenage boys not only lack any rites of passage or initiation into manhood, but they also now lack the critical benefits that male friendship and bonding provide to develop the character of men. But this is where I see philia as the key to turning back the homosexual tide. Philia is masculine. Philia is noble. Philia is strength. Philia is brotherly affection. Most importantly, philia is love. We need to use this ancient word to help lift up our fellow men so that they can actively pursue those friendships that are all important in regards to how men interact not just with the material world, but also with the spiritual one. And by doing so we will defeat and banish the homosexual stench whose taint has become almost ubiquitous. So start using the word, and teach it to those boys who come under your care or tutelage. Make male friendship noble again.

Adam Piggott.

We need to start this by being grounded in truth. You need to expose yourself to the bible and have habits of prayer, and you need to be consistent. As with fitness and diet, consistency matters. I would add that the feedback from the brotherhood is also essential.

One of the most consistent pieces of advice I’ve received since getting baptized in the Orthodox Church is not to live alone. Satan will make easy work of me, and my experience in a mountain crackhouse confirms that the demons step up their attacks against you when you are alone.

Roosh.

True. The trouble is that this world has deemed any manly fellowship as part of the rancid rainbow. They cannot leave anything alone. We need to redeem our friendships. Because they have nothing to do with their sexual proclivities.

The structure of the week.

Normally, my week is structured by what I do in the office, and by Church. Many other activities I used to do are not happening under COVID restrictions, or are regulated by them. When we are in lockdown we need to consider how we structure the week, and the tasks for each day.

FIrstly, start with worship. Though this may be online because all the churches have been forcibly closed. You can still worship. Your home is a church. Secondly, regular prayer as a family or alone. If you use a liturgy or not. Kea and I have an old shorter book of common prayer and do the morning prayers — an electronic link is here. Thirdly, spend time meditating on scripture. I use the lectionary posts for this.

After this, add in a combination of low intensity workouts (walking, cycling, running, swimming, tramping (hiking) and strength work. You don’t want to be paying for crossfit to injure you. You don’t need much gear.

Write this down and plan it.

Then add the work tasks and work meetings you need to do.

Then do what you have planned.

Errors — too much weights, overuse injuries, demotivation — mean you refine what you do. Simple is generally best.

An example: we went for too long a walk after fighting off the local bug (not CoVID because we were tested) and it knocked us for some days. I’m injured at present. This requires modification of what we do.

But you can control the habits of your life. These habits build over time. And eventually, your praxis becomes ingrained, and you change accordingly.