“It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” – Seneca
Based on the analysis done in part 1 and 2 of the series, it can be gathered that Stoicism offers men a unique perspective to life and how to carry about one’s self. The philosophy urges men to elevate themselves to greater than the average both mentally and physically.
One of the main beliefs Stoicism teaches that relates directly with the Red Pill is the concept of Frame. The philosophy teaches men this concept through the concept of following the hands of rationality in all things. Regardless of the circumstance, Stoicism instructs men to not to fall prey to our strongest psychological impulses. However, It must be noted that Stoicism does not teach one to become emotionless/autistic, but rather to understand emotions at their source and act/react accordingly. The view is that man should not be psychologically subject to anything – manipulated or moved by it, rather than yourself being actively and positively in command of your reactions and responses to things as they occur or are in prospect. It implies a sense of mastering self-sufficiency in life, which is also what the Red Pill advocates. Moreover, Stoicism also instills the concept of having an abundance mentality. The philosophy preaches that men should not to become too attached or bothered by objects/individuals outside of oneself as it will all one day be separated from us. This outlook pushes men to realize that there should not be the pedestalization of persons or things as this will only cause grief.
Lastly, both philosophies teach the refocusing of one’s energy to things that last. As such, both encourage men to continually self improve through the implementation of activities such as working out, learning different languages and mastering your specific craft. The aforementioned does not provide instant gratification but assists men in truly experiencing extraordinary changes in their lives. The philosophy’s ideals on what makes man truly happy is a breath of fresh air in the consumerist world we live in today. It is no coincidence that with the rise in consumerism, people have become less happy with the lives they live. This is due to finding happiness in external sources that do not last.
However, though material wealth objects should not be the source for man’s happiness, some of Stoicism’s greatest philosophers have had positions of power and wealth. Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor never relied on his wealth or status to be happy with life but still strived for excellence and is still deemed today as the one of the most praised and respected emperors to have lived. Niccolò Machiavelli named him as one of the Five Good Emperors who were adopted emperors that earned the respect of those around them through good rule. Seneca, another famous Stoic, lived a life of wealth but was never carried away with a life of grandiosity. At the end he lived such a masculine life that his wife attempted to kill herself when he was forced to commit suicide. As such, Red Pill aware men should indeed push to become the best of men and enjoy the luxuries of life but should also be conscious enough to understand that happiness is not found through materialism.
The Stoic philosophy is one in which every man can adhere to, some deeper than others but the fundamental teachings of the philosophy will help men gain and retain a masculine mindset towards life. In becoming the best version of oneself, I personally see Stoicism as something that at its core, Red Pill aware men should be knowledgeable about because it benefits the way in which life is viewed.
Pertinent Material on Stoicism:
- Marcus Aurelius – Meditations
- Ralph Waldo Emerson – Self Reliance
- Seneca – Letters from a Stoic
- Epictetus – Enchiridion