I am not talking about the obvious: love God. Ignore the elite. Stay in as small a community as you can while remaining employable.

The list will improve.

Aphorisms

  1. Don’t sweat the big stuff
    You will be told by many that you should fear the enemy of the day: a virus, global warning. If there are not reds under the bed, there are haters. But you cannot do a thing to alter the climate of this planet, or the spread of a virus across borders. This is outside your area of control. All you can do is pray.
  2. Sweat the little stuff.
    What you can control and act on, do. This will generally involve your work, your family, your neighbours and your church. There you can do good. It is far better to do good locally than it is to signal virtue on a global issue.
  3. Use the road.
    You have to do some bulk aerobic work. Walk, run, swim, cycle, but a fair number of hours a week using large muscles at a level where you can still talk. Not competative. Not exhausting. If you can’t turn around and do the same workout again, you have gone out too hard.
  4. Love Iron
    No, not spinach. weights. Lifting heavy stuff. Probably only once or twice a week, but high intensity. This is why you belong to a gym, and have a coach: as you fatigue your form will fail and the risk of injury increases. You can’t afford injury or the physiotherapist bills that follow it. So leave your ego at the door and work on form.
  5. Do a team thing
    This can’t happen in lockdown, but do something that you have to cooperate with. Be in a band (or orchestra). Play a team sport. In fact One sport: one art is a good guideline here. But you also need.
  6. Do something active that is solo
    Preferably artistic and or physical. The reason you walk and run is so you can hike: have an art where you practice (solo) or work on it solo. Having two sports and two arts means that if the social one falls over, you still have the other.
  7. Do not lie to yourself.
    You are not perfect. When you are a doofus, it is your fault. When there is damage done, undo the damage and own your fault. Lying and weaseling is a good way to end up lonely and screaming on Twitter to show that you have virtue… when your life indicates you have none.
  8. Do not get a PhD
    This is a research degree, seen by academics as a basic qualification to apply for a job on soft money during which you will be competing for a shrinking number of jobs with tenure. As the Tertiary sector will implode, just don’t. If you have a need to be a scholar or get advanced training, get either the relevant certifications for your trade or speciality or something cheaper and more effective. Such as short courses. Losing five years of peak earning and parenting time to call yourself “Doctor” and to snark and your GP is simply not worth it, unless you are a nerd afflicted with the research bug. Even then, there are better ways to get training.

Other resources.

I don’t necessarily agree with everything on these lists, but wisdom is where you find it.

  1. Adam Piggot’s 28 traits for modern men. His implicit wine snobbery is misplaced: some of the best local wines don’t have a cork because of spoilage. People who ride motorbikes are classified as useful donors (liver, heart, lungs, kidneys, corneas): get a electric or analogue bike instead. If you shave, do it daily. If you have a beard, ensure it is not a hipster one
  2. The Social Justice Warriors Survival Guide. Do not apologize to those who want to micromanage your life. Assume that they will be able to get HR to hound you out. And keep records: whenever possible live in peace, but if they do not want peace, do not do them a small harm
  3. Vox Day recommends iron, marriage, brutal honesty, loyalty as a friend and having a dog. And more. His 12 rules for life: far better than that fraud Petersen