This is part three of a multi-part series which discusses a method Ben Franklin used to develop his character as a man. Today I’ll go over the next three: Industry, Cleanliness, and Tranquility. Franklin provided a quick explanation of each virtue, but I will provide my own interpretation, as well as how to employ these virtues in your life, and how it relates to red pill theory as a whole.
Virtue 6: Industry
Lose no time; be always employed in something useful, cut off all unnecessary actions
I agree with Franklin here. While the need to simply relax and wind down is very important, far too many people screw around with their time. Time is a motherfucker in the sense that once its gone, it never comes back. What you choose to work or focus on should be something to benefit you.
I think a further point can be made here by learning how to cut negative things out of your life. It can be easy to recognize a problem, but simply recognizing it isn’t enough. It takes balls and determination to realize you are doing something self destructive, but then doing whatever it takes to make you right again.
I don’t think we need to be machines all the time. Getting to enjoy life is one of the best parts of it, but just make sure you’re not pissing your time away. Get out and see what’s out there. Try something new.
Virtue 7: Cleanliness
Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
Pretty self explanatory but we’ll dive in. Taking care of yourself shows that you have pride in your appearance. We’re social creatures, and things like being well kempt and clean says a lot to others. Keeping your hair, beard, and fingernails trimmed is a basic thing all guys should be doing. I don’t care if you’re bald or have dungeon master long hair, make sure its styled correctly. Seeing the way some of these guys walk around today means just taking care of yourself in a normal way will set you apart.
As for clothing, I’m no fashion expert (Jak need your input on this), but I know how a man should dress. How you dress says a lot about what you project to others. While every guy should have a nice suit or two, just wearing clothing that fits you well is a start. Baggy clothes look horrible and super tight clothing tends too weird. Simple, fitting clothing is the way I go. Casual or formal, I feel the fit is so important.
Lastly, Franklin says to keep your home clean as well. I know for myself that I cannot even think straight in a room that is messy and cluttered. Find a place for everything and if you run out of space, you can probably eliminate some clutter.
Virtue 8: Tranquility
Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable
A truth in this world is you’re going to screw something up at some point. Everyone does, and it sucks. The message we want to get across here is to not sweat small things, but more importantly, when the serious things come up, don’t let it affect who you are and how you view yourself. Dealing with your stress and how you handle it is part of our Way of the Warlord homework this week. Check it out if you haven’t already.
A person I know never seems to be able to solve any task given to him because he gets so upset and into a fit of rage when hes asked to do something. He lets external shit affect his overall mood and often he seems like hes about to explode.
The key message in this virtue is to always remember that if it isn’t going to kill you, then you’ll make it through. Things might suck for a while, but you’re still you, and you need to cut through that shit.
Today we looked at Industry, Cleanliness, and Tranquility. To recap:
Industry: Don’t waste your time on things that hold you back. Learn as much as you can. Do something with the time you have on Earth.
Cleanliness: Don’t live in filth. Keep yourself clean cut and dress the way a man should.
Tranquility: Don’t expect things to always go your way, use it as a way to show how you handle shit.
Drop a comment below. Next time I revisit this series, I’ll be reviewing: Silence, Sincerity, and Justice