How to Build A More Virtuous Society

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Stephen and Brian from The Vital Masculinty Podcast to discuss how we can build a more virtuous society. On their podcast, they focus on helping men become more virtuous, and I think that our society would benefit from more virtuous men. If we want to change the culture, I think we each have to play our part and grow in virtue. A society is simply the people in it. In order to change a society, we must each choose to choose virtue.

What Does a Virtuous Society Look Like?

You can’t build something if you don’t know what you want to build, but sometimes things are fuzzy. The picture may not be clear, but we have to take action anyways. With that said, I think we can agree that a society filled with Justice, Prudence, Courage, and Temperance is good. These cardinal virtues are the center of a virtuous life, and therefore, a virtuous society. A virtuous society will have strong families, tight-knit communities, respect for differences, and healthy politics. So, how do we go about creating that?

You can watch the interview on YouTube here to learn How to Build a More Virtuous Society.

The Building Blocks of A Virtuous Society

A society is just a human beings in relationship with one another. The family is the building block of society because its the first relationship one has to other people. But, we can only control our own actions – so if we want to change the society we live in, we have to change our behaviors first. That’s why I like the Vital Masculinity Podcast‘s emphasis on each man attaining virtue. So, if you want to see how you can do that, listen to this episode and check out their work as well.

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Finding Community as A Man

One thing I struggle with is finding like-minded men to fight alongside me. We want a band of brothers, but often don’t know how to find that. Plus, it doesn’t help that men aren’t the best at building bonds and putting themselves out there. If both parties aren’t reaching out, then no new bonds will form. So, the guys and I discussed this issue in light of their recent series on friendship and my observation of the breakdown of communities.

200. Restoring Old Homes with Beauty and Purpose Conversation of Our Generation

I've talked to a couple of architects and discussed the charm of local neighborhoods. In my conversation with Bill Martin, we discussed restoring old homes. And, we talked about his philosophy on how to do that in a way that serves his client and is in keeping with the neighborhood. Furthermore, he does this with sustainability as a primary focus as well. If you're interested in learning more, listen below to understand his philosophy. You can also find more about Bill's work here. https://conversationofourgeneration.com/2021/03/01/restoring-old-homes-with-beauty-and-purpose/(opens in a new tab) "Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness." -Frank Gehry Restoring Old Homes After a while, homes need to be touched up. Even if they're in good shape, people may want to change them to fit a new style of living. So, restoring old homes is important if we don't want to tear down and rebuild. It is also a more efficient and sustainable way of updating a home than tearing down and rebuilding. The practicality of restoration, I think, is clear. But, there is something to maintaining the character and history of a home and not getting rid of it. Doing it With Beauty And Purpose Bill does this with beauty. He focuses on creating an aesthetically impressive home that is in keeping with the neighborhood. Instead of trying to fuel his ego, he seeks to build something for the client and the community. Building with purpose is another part of this, ensuring that his building serves the client and the community. His approach that recognizes the need to balance these different uses and economic factors is unique. More architects should learn about his philosophy, which he calls E-FABism. "Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart." -Arthur Erickson — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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