The 4 Tactical Virtues of Masculinity | The Art of Health with Alexander Cortes

Key Takeaways

  • Fathers should teach their sons the 4 tactical virtues mentioned in the book The Way of Men by Jack Donovan:
    • 1) Strength
    • 2) Courage
    • 3) Skill
    • 4) Honor
  • If you raise your son according to these 4 virtues, he’ll do well in life
    • “He’s going to have some level of success in life or at least he’ll be able to support himself and be self-sustaining and be independent” – Alexander Cortes
  • 50% of self-improvement for men comes from lifting weights
    • Lifting weights makes you stronger and teaches you that your body can adapt and improve
    • “Go lift something, go challenge yourself…once you start inserting challenges in your life you’ll probably look for them in other areas” – Alexander Cortes

Intro

  • Alexander Juan Antonio Cortes (@AJA_Cortes) is a fitness and health blogger
    • Check out his website and sign up for his daily newsletter
    • Also, check out the Podcast Notes from Alex’s appearance on Modern Wisdom

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What Should Fathers Teach Their Sons?

  • Fathers should teach their sons the 4 tactical virtues mentioned in the book The Way of Men by Jack Donovan:
    • 1) Strength
      • Being a coward or a weak man increases the chances of you getting killed or outcasted by society
    • 2) Courage
      • We have a tendency to valorize acts of bravery
    • 3) Skill
      • To be skillful is to be intelligent and a man who is constantly trying to get better
    • 4) Honor
      • Honor is respecting oneself and others
  • These tactical virtues have emerged from our primal environment
    • If you raise your son according to these 4 virtues, he’ll do well in life
      • “He’s going to have some level of success in life or at least he’ll be able to support himself and be self-sustaining and be independent” – Alexander Cortes

Additional Notes

  • “Competence is confidence”Alexander Cortes
    • “If you want to build confidence in a man, give him a skill. Make him skillful. Allow him to learn something and become masterful at it” 
  • “We live in a world in which most men are weak. They’re mentally weak and they’re physically weak.” – Alexander Cortes
    • Additionally, many males don’t have good male friends that they can look up to
  • 50% of self-improvement for men comes from lifting weights
    • Lifting weights makes you stronger and teaches you that your body can adapt and improve
      • “Go lift something, go challenge yourself…once you start inserting challenges in your life you’ll probably look for them in other areas” – Alexander Cortes
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