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Published August 19, 2019 by tindertender

Written by Huntsman@Flyover_Country

Leadership is one of the key concerns of those who wish to explore the totality of the masculine experience.

This is specifically for the man who wants to step up and be a respected leader of other men, as well as women and children.

This is NOT for the guy who wants to argue the utility of ethics.

If a discussion of ethical leadership threatens your worldview enough to attack that frame, this isn’t an emotional safe space to work out your dissonance.

Onward.

Because modern man’s views are inherently informed by pop culture, let’s broadly introduce this discussion around two models of “leadership”:

Maximus and Commodus, from the film Gladiator.

They are strongly archetypal, and well-acted by Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix.

When we meet Maximus, he is preparing to lead the Roman legion into battle.

He is calm, sober.

He knows that death is an old friend who calls us in our turn.

As he rides the line doing his final inspections, the men salute him.

They will die for Rome, and for him.

Maximus calls his men to silence.

He and his cavalry unit are the teeth of the Roman tiger, and will take heavy casualties.

He reminds them that Elysium, their paradise, awaits those who fight bravely:

“π–π‘πšπ­ 𝐰𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐒𝐧 π₯𝐒𝐟𝐞 𝐞𝐜𝐑𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐒𝐧 𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐒𝐭𝐲.”

This is no mere call to arms.

It’s his ethos, and that of the warriors who follow at his side.

It is their tie that binds – the reminder that however different they are individually, they are brothers, covered in the same blood spilled in the same mud.

Persuasion – and thus the right to lead – begins with ethos. It is the essential character, or statement of purpose, to the group.

From this we derive “ethics”, or specific commonly-shared standards that tether individual action to the group’s ethos.

Upon the murder of the emperor by his son, Commodus, the honorable general Maximus is captured and sent for execution.

Even in that moment, Maximus’ servant Cicero is ready to pull his sword and kill the multiple captors, knowing he would die in the process.

Maximus escapes, but is taken into custody by the owner of a gladiatorial ludus.

Here again proves himself a man for whom other men will die, using his leadership to help the men survive the arena.

He leads, because his ethos demands that he do what he believes is right.

Commodus, the prince who murdered his father to gain the throne, is the antithesis of Maximus.

He is vain in the extreme, first seen arriving late to the battle, then later showing his “prowess” at choreographed swordfighting.

He has no ethos – only his own self-interest.

His father the emperor wished to return Rome to a republican system, led by the senate and held in trust with Maximus as regent.

Commodus, seeing his moment to become emperor vanish, kills his father and attempts to eliminate Maximus, who knew of the emperor’s plans.

With Maximus in exile (presumed dead by Commodus) and his father dead, Commodus establishes himself as the new emperor.

His purity of commitment is undeniable – he is actualized to his own radical self-interest.

But he builds his empire on a pile of bodies to do it.

In the end (because it’s mostly a fictional story and the good guy always wins), Commodus and Maximus die by each other’s blades.

Maximus is feted and carried out as a hero, Commodus dead on the sand.

The reforms are made, spurred by the example of noble Maximus.

And while a blockbuster like Gladiator must certainly follow major beats of the Hero’s Journey to ensure audience engagement, the film resonates deeply with men in particular because it is rooted in our cultural and ancestral memories of what it means to be a “good” man.

In this instance, “good” and “ethical” are broadly similar.

Maximus shows a willingness to put his life on the line, just as he asks the same of his men.

To stand against the royal might of an empire, avenge his family and mentor, and bring new hope to Rome.

Contra Maximus, Commodus is a caricature of pure self-interest.

Narcissistic and brutal, ambitious.

His father says “Commodus is not a MORAL man.” to justify the structural change in governance.

He is unethical, unfit to lead, because everything is a means to his own end.

This is the primary takeaway of the Gladiator example:

An unethical man is not a “leader” in the traditionally-masculine sense.

He can be “alpha”, and have primacy of position and status, but the rank and file are not followers – they are subjects.

The subject/follower dynamic is critical to distinguishing what a “leader” tends to mean to the average person.

A subject is obligated.

A follower volunteers.

The ethos must be clear, and the ethical expectations enforced, for a leader to maintain primacy.

Understand, an ethos and ethics can be polarizing to some (or many) people.

Hitler built power through ethos (however horrific) to attract a certain type of “true believer”, but also used terror and coercion as weapons to maintain the balance of the population as subjects.

The key is that the ethos and ethics are congruent to the leader and enough followers to achieve a certain threshold of power and influence.

Note: This diversion was needed to forestall the inevitable whataboutism from drive-by critics.

Returning to our frame of ethics being a concept that carries a traditionally-beneficent context…

We may assume that someone who pursues primacy of a group out of pure self-interest MUST hurt people to do so. However, their pain does not factor into his calculus.

The average person would say that the wholly self-interested man is acting “unethically” when he takes primacy by means other than acclamation of the crowd.

The truth is that most people will not follow a man who openly admits to embracing harm as a valid means to primacy.

As social creatures, humans have a combination of inborn and cultural factors that reinforce in us a general desire to avoid actively harming others.

Marriage, family, religion, education – the foundations of ethos/ethics – are mitigating influences on our primal biology.

We co-evolved notions of ethics alongside social structures as a species-enhancement (or survival) mechanism.

Thus, a man who wishes to be fit to lead willing followers has to embrace and enforce an ethical code based on a palatable/desirable ethos.

Even in situations where a body politic resorts to force to achieve its ends, as the Romans did in the Germanic forests where we meet Maximus, it is the individual ethos and ethical code embodied by Maximus that compels his men to follow and fight so fiercely.

Even in situations where a body politic resorts to force to achieve its ends, as the Romans did in the Germanic forests where we meet Maximus, it is the individual ethos and ethical code embodied by Maximus that compels his men to follow and fight so fiercely.

If a leader cannot abide by an ethical code, the only tools remaining to maintain control are:

– Transactional means

– Manipulation

– Force

Each is also self-limiting because it cuts against the natural behaviors of most civilized people.

To avoid loss of primacy, it is both practical and “good” for a man to develop within himself the behaviors and mindset of a beneficent monarch.

Leading is a lonely, difficult thing.

Challengers, externalities, and the inertia of life start fires constantly.

Still, decisions must be made. Actions taken. New decisions are made and actions taken based on observation and orientation from previous experience.

And an effective organization or team MUST have a single point of leadership at some level to get anything done.

Without a leader, the Bystander Effect kicks in.

Everyone assumes someone else will do the work.

This holds increasingly-true as the emotional intensity of the task is elevated.

Someone must still ride to the front of the column and lead the charge.

The cult of leadership theory that has arisen in our industrial and post-industrial age has made major science out of basic ethics, by and large.

I’ve even been published in a book about applications of principles of military leadership.

The body of knowledge is extensive.

And yet, we watch Maximus utter a few simple words…

“π–π‘πšπ­ 𝐰𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐒𝐧 π₯𝐒𝐟𝐞 𝐞𝐜𝐑𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐒𝐧 𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐒𝐭𝐲.”

…and we connect with the ethos and NECESSITY of such a man.

We would jump into the screen and charge headlong into clashing steel for him.

No fancy words. No dogma. No regard for the intellectual rightness or wrongness of the action.

It is an ethos and applied ethics that are compatible to the shared culture of leader and led, which drives cohesion and action.

This is why I disclaim, reject, and advocate against any system that attempts to diminish or eliminate the notion of ethics.

It is a rejection of both common sense and cultural behaviors that have provided practical utility since the dawn of civilization.

A man can only go so far alone before he runs out of options or capacity.

He can stare at that wall and justify to himself why it is the right choice to stay there.

Or, he can do what great men have always done, and enlist the help of others to move forward.

We require those ties that bind – ethics – to achieve great things together, even to survive as a social species.

Radical self-interest can work for a man so long as he can rationalize to himself the emotional, mental, and physical consequences of being limited and alone.

Even the concept of “enlightened self interest” is a weak attempt to have it both ways.

There will always be times when a man must choose to submit himself to loss or pain for the good of his followers, or sacrifice them to his own needs and wants.

And the leader is free to do that, so long as he also accepts the consequences of not reconciling those competing interests via ethics.

He will:

Fail

Be deposed

Succeed by leveraging mercenary behaviors

None of these achieve long-term stability and success in one’s life.

To become a true leader of men, a man must focus on embracing accountability to himself, and those he wishes to lead.

He must maintain balance of his own self-interest and that of others.

He must be willing to put himself to the fire first, and eat last.

Above all, the ethical leader – the man who would be Maximus – must know who he is inside.

He must be honest with himself if he is up to the lonely, painful life of a leader.

He must have the strength to carry those who can’t carry themselves, and leave hope in his wake.

For an excellent long-form discussion on some of these points, click through to the YouTube link of a podcast I did with https://twitter.com/bethmartens. She’s a wonderful lady doing good work in helping both men and women find the leader within themselves.

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Published July 4, 2019 by tindertender

To make this perfectly clear: a FALSE god is ANY being in existence that you pledge allegiance to. There is only one universal creator, that is the god-family collective of which you are members. You are the gods of creation.

It is time to remember and stop handing away your crown in return for bread and circus. We create all things and manifest all things into reality.

Your brothers and sisters are the aether particles who are here only to serve you and only when you personally take the actions needed to serve yourself. Save the prayers and get up off of your knees if you seek change.

NO journey ever taken ever led to that person winding up where they wanted to be without taking the first step, and until you do, the aether IS NOT CONVINCED that is where you want to be.

Actions are the ONLY words that the aether can hear.

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Free Energy ~ Are You Open To Change?

Published May 23, 2019 by tindertender

The world is filled beyond imagination with free energy from everything functioning on electrostatic cold fusion.

Every tree in your yard could be powering your house.

A bowl of lemons on your table emits many times more POR orgone into the air than a bowl of crystals.

The beach is nothing but pure, raw energy being discharged every few seconds on a massive scale with each wave. One beach could produce more energy than a line of nuclear power plants a mile long.

A single stretch of desert subjected to continuous wind (such as the middle east as a result of Erra’s nuclear attack) produces enough energy to power the entire world continuously from secondary emissions.

Every car driving down the road is subjected to SET static electret transfer enough to more than power that car.

It’s only a matter of harnessing the energy through sympathetic harmonic resonance or optic fiber dielectric permittivity. This is our next big leap forward in technology.

~Decoder @EmeraldLawofOne

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https://www.hindawi.com/journals/physri/2014/253435/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permittivity

Want To Help? Become A Physicist

Published April 30, 2019 by tindertender

The periodic table shows only some of the elements. The most important ones are not even listed because they don’t want you to know about them.

Information is the most valuable thing in the cosmeias. Knowing how to create a single chemical can be worth more money that exists in all the world to certain companies, because humanity doesn’t understand there are minerals and compounds that can allow a human to fly, to translocate, to turn invisible, to visit other timelines, eras and planets.

The lithium they tell us about overlooks the dilithium they really use called Aniline which powers supertankers and cruise ships, tens of thousands of passenger airliners, black ops helicopters, fighter jets, rockets, magrav supersonic subterranean bullet trains, and more.

All while costing exactly nothing and is more readily available than vegetation. They use zero point energy right in front of our faces every single day and scrub the internet from every trace of reference back to the minerals that allow this to occur.

Humans need to become physicists.

Not because we want to, but because if we don’t, we will never learn the secrets hidden within a reserved language used exclusively by the gods of Hermetic Occult Alchemy that divides the super rich from the rest of the poor, huddled masses who are starving to death every single day.

You are surrounded by more free energy just within your bedroom than you could ever use in an entire lifetime and you sit there and starve anyway.

~ Decoder @EmeraldLawofOne

Imperfect Perfection

Published March 22, 2019 by tindertender

How often do you catch yourself saying, “I’m not perfect”, or “It isn’t perfect, but it’ll do”.

When young it seems that many see their flaws. People are so focused on their imperfections they fail to see the beauty in themselves. Society looks at them and validates their opinions about lack or insufficiency, rather than encouraging and uplifting.

Fortunately, no-thing in this world is perfect … or what we’ve been told ‘perfect’ is. This fantasy people have built in their minds of what things are supposed to look like usually causes disappointment and gives rise for complaint … about themselves, and about the world and those in it.

Life … it is not perfect … and that is exactly what makes it so exquisite. It is the one thing in this world that is simultaneously both … Perfectly Imperfect.

The poor Bumble Bee was just added to the endangered species list … poor human … the majority have no idea that their lives are being exterminated. Proof of this is everywhere as insects and other animals become endangered and then extinct. Life is dying all around us, we see the evidence in the sick and dying forests, and the animals that once lived there, no longer found in the abundance they once were. Silence ~ it surrounds us when we dare to immerse ourselves in the wilderness. Once we step away from the city, it is eerily quiet in many places.

A man writes a song, musical notes and lyrics. It’s more than simple notes and words … it is a story about the love he has for a woman, he would do anything for her. He writes it, sings it, records it ~ decades ago. Today when it is heard by others it may tickles the ears and spark emotion. There are many who this song has an emotional affect on. All experiences are different and depend on current circumstances, health, or happiness. In this manner music transcends time. As emotions are stirred decade after decade, people are linked to the artist, the their story, and to its affect on them. With this, all who listen are transcending time, all linked with energetic cords.

Can you imagine being an artist with the task of coming up with original songs and sound after decade upon decade of people creating music?

It may seem that things are getting quite extreme … people have always gone to extremes. More people being extreme makes it more pronounced, easier to be seen or heard, but it is nothing new.

If people truly understood the mechanics of the mind they would know that what goes in also comes out and they would be more careful about what goes in. Television is garbage nowadays, but then I’ve never been overly entertained by those who pretend to be someone else … and to think this ‘skill’ is being paid millions in the box office. It’s absurd (my opinion) although I must say I loved the Wonder Woman movie and a handful of others.

Soon it will become apparent to many people that what they have been hiding is actually seen, and they will let go of the story and allow the reality of what is to emerge. For some, this will be destructive… heck, for all of us it will be destructive, for the illusion will come crumbling down and the basics will be what is left. There will be a lot of things emerging which were stuffed and hidden, altering previous behaviors will be intensely uncomfortable at times. It will happen … whether people fight against the changes or not. Better to learn how to flow, like water … practice swimming, not sinking.

Destruction is all around us, it is also happening within us as we ingest toxic foods and breathe toxic air. It has the appearance of being extreme and wrong, it feels extreme and wrong as people become ill, and perhaps even die. While this is being orchestrated people deny its truth, no one wants to believe that such sinister agendas exist, it’s hard to imagine for in the hearts of the majority there is song, there is love, there is care. Innocence cannot see the destroyer for the destroyer does not reside in their heart. But once the destroyer gets ahold of them, they plant seeds in that heart and those seeds fester and cause infection, spreading like a wild fire … and this is the state of the world.

Is it imperfect? Or is it perfectly planned?

We Will Heal This Land

Published February 19, 2019 by tindertender

Such a beautiful lady sending a powerful message in the song above.

When people release the need to hoard that which they have, when we choose instead to gift of ourselves and our possessions to others, the world heals ~ a little bit at a time.

It is not always monetary gifts that make the biggest changes. It is the smile, the time we take to just sit with someone, acknowledging them as a vital part of the world.

Let us not forget to do the same for ourselves, we must find value in the beingness that we are. We are a portion of something so very fantastic! LIFE!!

We breathe this life in, every day, every moment … ALL of us. No one person is more deserving of this than any other. This same principle applies to shelter, to food, to loving kindness and compassion, and to recognition for the specialness that each individual holds within their hearts.

Let us practice seeing the good in each other. If we are not paying attention we may miss something so amazing! Look for it, see that wonderful spark that comes out of everyone you meet … even if you only watch from a distance, watch for it. It is beautiful to see!

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