Going Maximus is a contradiction of terms. What it means is that to build the best you, you have to get rid of all the external things that may be holding you back.
You have to go minimalist to be Maximus.
I am starting by getting rid of everything that I have that is not doing me any good. This means giving away old clothes, taking notes from any books that I would like to outline, and scanning old slides from Korea and saving them on an external hard drive.
One thing strange that I’m going to master is vegan recipes using tofu.
I need to make tofu a part of my diet on a daily basis, and the easiest way is to bake tofu and add it to my salads.
Although I’ve done a good job of keeping my blood sugar under control, I still haven’t broken the back of diabetes.
To do this, I have to put in my own system. What I need to do is not eat any meals until my blood sugar is under 100. what that will likely mean for some time is that I will heat only one meal a day.
Adding tofu to my daily tray should keep my sugar number under control and give me enough protein so I can start building a little bit of muscle at the same time.
What is practicing poverty?
Practicing poverty is one way to test minimalism or even an ascetic lifestyle.
This is especially important in a world where we’re taught that the only way for the economy to prosper is for everyone to keep buying useless stuff that we don’t need.
One way I practice poverty is by building out a backpack which can keep me alive for about 3 days no matter what emergency happens.
I think everyone needs an everyday carry bag, a small bug out bag, and a big bug out bag peruse if you’re never coming home .
Seneca was one of the most famous Stoic Philosophers. He also advocated that instead of merely thinking about what it would be like to lose something, we should periodically “practice poverty”.
“The man who has anticipated the coming of troubles takes away their power when they arrive.” — Seneca
With lockdowns, social distancing, wearing masks, hand washing hands, who doesn’t believe that the government is not going to do this again?
One thing each of us can do as individuals used to do a little bit of prepping and practice poverty.
“Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with coarse and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: ‘Is this the condition that I feared?’” – Seneca
Born over 2,000 years ago in Spain, the son of Seneca the Elder, Lucius Annaeus Seneca had a varied reputation.
Seneca would recommend that during good times that people periodically practice poverty I wearing coarse clothes, eating basic foods, and staying outdoors. I guess he was practicing being homeless and living under a bridge.
The strong interest in Seneca is today not surprising. Seneca not only wrote on philosophy but used it the way it’s meant to be used, to handle and navigate the upsides and downsides of fortune.
Of course, Seneca was an extremely complicated individual.
On one hand, there is incongruity between his principles and his life. For example, take his association with Nero. In 41 A.D. when Claudius became the emperor, he exiled Seneca to the island of Corsica for allegedly having an affair with Caligula’s sister.
He stayed in exile for over eight years, until Agrippina, the mother of the future emperor Nero, secured his release to become Nero’s tutor. Nero would go on to become one of the most infamous and tyrannical emperors in the Roman history, a fact that caused many people to charge Seneca with hypocrisy.
Seneca lived through many of the downs. Under Nero, he became fabulously wealthy and one of the richest men in the world.
In 65 ad, Nero believe in Seneca was part of a plot to have him removed as emperor, so he demanded that Seneca commit suicide.
Satisfaction kills desire. We long for what we don’t possess, and once we attain it, we’re satisfied for a brief time. But desire will always come back bigger and stronger.
And this vicious cycle fuels our modern society.
I see this most often when people spend hundreds or even over $1,000 on a smartphone. Unless you are using that phone for your entire online business, there’s nothing you can do that my $30 phone can’t do.
Most people cannot even comprehend going a day without their phones or Facebook.
You don’t have to get rid of all your belongings to become a minimalist. Ascetics are different animals though.
The main goal of minimalism is to learn to appreciate the things you already own, to get rid of the stuff you don’t need, and stop bringing more objects into your life.
Poverty is a mindset, as well as a condition.
Poverty as a mindset is a factor of believing there is never enough, and that you have to desperately protect everything that you own or possess.
The poverty that Seneca is referring to in his work is poverty as a condition.
The fact of being willing to give up all the “riches” that you may have is an impetus for understanding what other people go through. It also allows you to regularly refresh your perspective on material things.
I’ve been thinking about practicing poverty a lot lately, but how could I not have been thinking about it.
When people are forced to quarantine at home, poverty can become a way of life. The trouble is that forced poverty is not the same as practicing it on your own. It just makes you more resilient when it does come your way either through natural causes or by government action.
Just as people abstain from food by fasting, or even the “technology fast” that has been increasingly popular, choosing a regular interval to fast from extraneous things helps us to remain resourceful in the way that we approach life.
Here are some of our favorite quotes from Seneca. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to dig a little deeper into the mind of this great thinker. (I’ve included some of his recommended works below.)
“Time discovers truth.” — Seneca
“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” — Seneca
“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” — Seneca
“We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.” — Seneca
“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.” — Seneca
“All cruelty springs from weakness.” — Seneca
“As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.” — Seneca
“If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.” — Seneca
“He suffers more than necessary, who suffers before it is necessary.” — Seneca
“Timendi causa est nescire — Ignorance is the cause of fear.” — Seneca
“It does not matter what you bear, but how you bear it.” — Seneca
“The man who has anticipated the coming of troubles takes away their power when they arrive.” — Seneca
“The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.” — Seneca
The Wise Survivalist must now determine where they stand on the continuum from prepper to survivalist and what they must do to not just survive but thrive.
No matter where you stand on the political spectrum from left to right, you can be sure of more unrest, lockdowns, and economic turmoil is on the horizon.
What you must do to protect yourself and your family if you are to determine where you now stand on the continuum from prepper to survivalist, and what you must do in the coming months to not just survive but thrive.
So, while I’m not spending my time in the gym, I am usually hiking some place or the other, either investigating what I can find in my surroundings or harvesting edibles from the forest and from what others waste. I’m not on the treadmill, I’m actually walking! Not to mention all that work in the garden.
No matter who you are, no matter how well prepared you are, tragedy and unexpected misfortune can befall you. The trick is to pay less attention to what you DON’T have than you pay to what you DO have.
The survivor’s focus should always remain on the solution rather than the problem. Survival is a constantly creative endeavor. Our primary strength as humans is our adaptability.
It is not always the person who has put aside the most extensive cache of supplies who survives but the person who is adaptable and willing to pay attention to how survival can be accomplished.
There are a million websites out there dedicated to helping you make more money and that is often an essential part of setting your budget right. But even more important, in my opinion, is saving money.
Here are a few reasons why:
You can’t be taxed on money you don’t earn or spend
You get to spend more time with the people you love
It’s usually easier to cut your budget than add to your income
By reducing spending, you’re automatically better prepared for a financial rainy day
Living thrifty is often much healthier
You can teach your kids about money and handling a budget
There are many more benefits to saving money. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the most important.
“The only thing the left wants people to do is protest. They don’t want you to go to church. They don’t want you to go to work. They don’t want you to go to school. And now they’re trying to come after your Second Amendment liberties as well,” Jordan explained. “The same old left.”
Seneca writes about a fire that broke out and destroyed the city of Lyons. Lyons’ citizens were not prepared for its destruction, even though it was preceded a year earlier by the Great Fire of Rome. If only they had listened to Seneca. He’d been saying it since the first time he was exiled: premeditatio malorum, “Nothing ought to be unexpected by us. Our minds should be sent forward in advance to meet all problems, and we should consider, not what is wont to happen, but what can happen.”
Seneca said we should be routinely peering ahead, planning for the unexpected, running these war games. Like Lyons burning to ashes or global stay-at-home orders, it’s hard to fathom some of these things actually happening. But that’s precisely why we have to be ready for them. You have to put yourself in the position that Epictetus said we must be in—the only position that lets you greet adversity with the expression, “You are precisely what I trained for.”
Back in March 2020, the entire country was being asked to just stay home and self quarantine.
According to the CDC, isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure two other people who may have the Coronavirus. isolation supposedly separates six people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
We Know Better now.
Families are not able to isolate individually. so if one person in the family has been exposed to the virus it became very easy to transmit that exposure to other members of the family.
It was even worse and nursing homes. In New York, the governor even transferred people who were old who had the disease into a nursing home to free up Hospital space. I wish there was plenty. Many more people died as a result. What better way to spread the virus among the most vulnerable people than to keep a bunch of elderly in a nursing home and let the medical staff Pastor disease around.
Quarantine can separate people and restrict their movements. That’s for sure. but unless you do like India and be poor people for going outside trying to find food, all quarantine is going to be limited.
Quarantine goes Way Beyond just people staying home and hiding from the world. In our modern world, you have to go to the grocery store, you have to go to the gas station, when you basically just have to go and sit on the beach and look at the waves crash on the shore.
What we have had is social distancing and the wearing a mask and the canceling of all the events and make living among other people enjoyable.
of course, nothing that we are ordered to do like self quarantine is without a price.
Families are at each other’s throats. Children are bored and not learning anything through online learning. husbands and wives are contemplating divorce when these lockdowns are over. Suicides are up. And happiness is down.
Wearing masks staying six feet apart from other humans might be okay involuntary monastery but it’s no way for social beings to live.
The quarantines are mostly gone except for people testing positive for the virus. My nephew lives in my house along with my mother and he has been exposed and tested twice in the past 2 weeks.
Both tests came out negative, but he is a waiter in a major restaurant chain. He’s lucky to be back at work, but four or five of the employees were exposed at the same time. Now the restaurant is at half staff, and he is staying home for 2 weeks.
Because my mother is 92 and we have to take care of her, we end up wearing masks a lot more than we used to. My belief is at the wearing of masks is just so much b*******.
Over the past four months, the medical experts have been telling us all that mass work, or that mess don’t work or just wear them anyway.
I basically only wear the mask when I go out to a store where I’m required to have a mask on or I can’t go in. that does make it a choice. I can choose not to go into that particular business.
Actually, let me take that back. For every business open to the public at this time in Florida, masks are required.
At this age, part of the problem of learning new content systems is not knowing if you’re wasting your time or not. Which one works? And which one doesn’t?
Many of the content gurus claim that users should stick to one system. I can understand to a large extent, because everyone tends to get distracted by multiple blogs in multiple niches.
I will go ahead and spend the year learning the SBI way to build websites. Next, I have to go with the Thrive architect plugin I start making videos also.
The videos and the websites are fairly closely related.
I will be able to test this whether or not I’m better off with video or text. I will keep both after 1 year if they are both making money.
Cross-pollination is key.
At the same time, I need to take my fitness and exercise to the next level.
When I concentrate on creating 3000 plus words per day, I get a lot more done. When I sit back, eat crappy food, and watch TV, I get nothing done.
As much as I don’t want to do this, I have to punish myself physically and mentally for the next 6 to 12 months to be able to achieve Perpetual traveler status.
Over 100 countries have currently restricted Americans from traveling there without a Visa. This is all due to the virus.
SELCO: Someone WILL Enforce the New Rules When the SHTF…And You Probably WON’T Like How They Do It
“There will almost certainly be little-to-no time without rules of governance. There will almost always be rules that you have to be aware of quickly and obey in order to stay safe. Usually, the more challenging the event or time, the more oppression will be used to establish ‘order’. Alternatively, you will make the conscious choice to avoid the rules, hide from them, or fight against the rules AND the structures that enforce them.”
This is where ascetics come in the extreme. The best way to fight back against new rulers is by not participating. If you have nothing that anyone wants to steal, and you live with a small footprint, people will basically leave you alone.
When people say they want to own a home, I have to laugh.
This article states clearly what I’ve always known, which is that property taxes make home ownership impossible.
If you don’t pay your taxes, men with guns will come and take it away from you.
I wonder if we even own our own bodies. If state governments can make laws against suicide, and assisted suicide, then we don’t own our bodies.
I am seeing some news that we may be getting another $1,200 stimulus check sometime in the near future.
It seems the President and the House of Representatives are fighting over the latest package. Both sides want to include the individual checks.
The trouble is the Congress is putting in so much pork that the two sides are about 2 trillion dollars apart.
What I would like to see is the individual checks go out, and then this discussion takes place after the election about going to Universal Basic Income. I don’t believe we can avoid a revolution without it.
Now that we have less than three months before the presidential election, it is time to get fact-checkers busy correcting all the false charges that are going to be flying back and forth.
We have become a society where even the so-called fact-checkers are biased either left or right.
An honest bipartisan fact checker could get rich in the next 3 months.
Practicing poverty is now more important than ever.
Well I believe that we will get another stimulus check before the November election, it will only help relieve some of the pain until the current president is re-elected or the new president comes in.
Make no mistake. Even if the economy comes back strong, which it won’t, practicing poverty is a way to reduce stress in your life and to determine exactly what is important.
Everyone needs to be able to practice poverty, and to have your supplies in place, before another lockdown is forced upon us. I don’t know how anyone can believe that once politicians get used to wielding unconstitutional power, that they will voluntarily give that up.
To understand practicing poverty, I need to go back to Seneca.
Many people have practiced poverty over the Millennia. Seneca is just one of the most famous. As part of my new business which starts Monday, I need to be an expert in a few things.
The first is becoming a master at Solo Build It!.
I have to make sure that burned down the freaking mission is my base page for stoicism.