Now that we have entered a new year, 2022, here is to the hope of new adventures! At this point we do not know what will happen or what we will come across, but that new challenges will confront us is assured. How we respond to those is what is not assured. Let us hope we are up to the challenges
This is always one of the best nights of the year! Following three days after the winter solstice, this night has for many of us (even those as jaded and degenerate as Racer X) deep meaning, long lasting memories, and the symbolism of eternal joy and hope and happiness.
This is a nice photo of the Via Appia in Rome, (also known as the Appian Way) one of the worlds oldest roads. First begun in the year 312 BC by the Roman consul Appius Claudius, the rode provided a paved route from Rome to important strategic positions to the south. Today parts of the road remain paved, and even used by cars, especially the section right outside of Rome itself. Other sections, like this one, are nice walking tours for those interested in exploring and experiencing the ancient Roman world in a first hand way.
It is always amazing to realize how old the Pyramids are. Imagine, these structures were built around 2500 BC. That is, as of today in 2021, 4500 years ago. Imagine, these structures have existed through nearly all of recorded history, and have been seen by every generation from times and places so different from ours. It boggles the mind.
There is certain mysterious beauty to such ancient structures! It never gets old to appreciate them.
Perhaps not too scary, but at least the photo has the right colors!
A new year and a new decade has arrived. And with a new year there comes new territory to conquer. Alexander the Great is a good model to follow in such endeavors.
This painting is fanciful reproduction of a famous mosaic of Alexander (356-323BC), on horseback (on the left), defeating the Persian King Darius III at the battle of Issus in 333BC. Alexander eventually went on to subdue the entire Persian Empire, a remarkable feat when you consider that he died at age thirty-three. The original mosaic is from a Roman house in Pompeii from about 160BC. I prefer the more fanciful painting.
The point is: there are new things to do in this coming year and new paths to take. Although I cannot conquer territory in the sense of Alexander, there are other areas of life where conquest is still possible.
Steve McQueen was one of the great alpha males of a now bygone Hollywood era. When we see today’s pathetic examples of “males”, the feminized soyboys, weeping Willies, and androgynous, man bunned, pussy hat wearing SJWs, we can only wonder if the decline in testosterone driven masculinity has not been some gigantic scheme by the Western globohomo elites to destroy millions of years of male evolution.
Just a few short decades ago a man like Steve McQueen was the epitome of American masculinity: fiercely independent, a true free thinker, someone who would have despised the gigantic, socialist nanny state for which so many of his present day Hollywood cadres so long. He was both a man of action, as well as an artist of the highest rank. It was rare back then, and it is even rarer today.
Anyone who has seen his movies knows that the world he portrayed is a world now largely lost. I say largely lost, because there are still some vestiges of this world, but one must look and search and be unafraid to explore. This was a world where a man was unafraid to take action, whatever the consequences, and as ruthlessly as needed, in defense of himself and the promotion of his own interests.
To sum up his approach to life, McQueen once said:
“I live for myself and answer to nobody”.
This should be the code that every man lives by. Few will dare to do so. Those who do will find true happiness in life. This is why the alpha is a truly rare breed.