Posted on November 6, 2021
As is my custom, I thought to share some thoughts regarding the latest Legio Gloria releases. I will get straight into it by presenting the Yggdrasil Enlightenment Hoodie, which has been very well-received, and understandably so; it is a great design.
Yggdrasil Enlightenment Hoodie
Yggdrasil – the World Tree in Norse mythology – is on proud display. Odin’s ravens, Hugin (thought) and Munin (memory), are also present; one is vanquishing a serpent of deceit, and the other is gazing out into the world.
The design also pays aesthetic and poetic homage to J.R.R. Tolkien, whom we all know and love. The Yggdrasil tree has a similar style to that of the White Tree of Gondor, and the runes say the following:
‘From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king‘
Which is a quote from The Fellowship of the Ring.
In my humble opinion, J.R.R. Tolkien’s work can be classified as myth rather than fiction. The Lord of the Rings is, just as the myths about Perseus and other heroes from antiquity, a story that has the power to appeal to entire generations – admittedly, in the case of our generation, much thanks to Peter Jackson’s films.
It is a powerful and inspiring story – a story about friendship, loyalty, overcoming of hardships. It is a story about good versus evil, order and beauty versus chaos and degeneration.
It is not strange that the powers that be now seek to bastardise it (I am referring to Amazon’s upcoming series). It is quite similar to how they (BBC, to give an example) replace Europeans in history or how mobs tear down statues.
Male friendship (especially as shown in Lord of the Rings) is something that any regime fears. And for the dysfunctional young woman or man who has no conception of true friendship, seeing love between men must always be explained (in a joking way) as having to do with homosexuality. Presenting such an attitude (i.e. that tight-knit male friendship groups are ‘gay’) is very convenient for any regime – they would rather have men isolated and weak.
Much more can be said about Lord of the Rings and similar myths, but suffice to say it should come as no surprise that the enemies of European civilisation attack both our history and our myths.
Perseus’ Triumph Hoodie
The Perseus’ Triumph Hoodie is an updated version of the popular Perseus’ Gym and Exploration Hoodie. The new version is a bit different. The garment is in a lighter grey (making the artwork stand out clearer), and the front of the neck has more cloth – making it more comfortable and adding a bit of extra protection to the neck. The design itself is an homage to classical Europe in addition to the ideal of overcoming yourself.
The Perseus’ Victory – T-Shirt is also a favourite. It will be restocked in all sizes come spring.
I am currently planning the May 2022 linen collection, which is a great joy. Linen is a truly great material, so I am genuinely happy and excited to plan it. If you have not already done so, be sure to read the following article: 5 Reasons to Wear Linen.
The next big release, except for Dauntless: The Wild Hunt Edition (which will be out in about two weeks), will be in January. That collection will feature historical designs – Teutonic, Slavic, Wallachian. It will be good! Between January and May, we will see even more good stuff coming out. Feels absolutely great. As I have mentioned before, the success of previous releases enables bigger and better things to come – this momentum is truly something glorious!
On a last note regarding the Legio Gloria webshop, we added SEK (Swedish Kronor), USD, and GBP to make payments smoother and to save time. We also added Swish as a payment method for Swedish customers (also to make payments smoother and faster).
Posted on October 16, 2021
Dauntless: The Wild Hunt Edition will be out in a few weeks (it is currently being printed in good old Latvia). The new edition contains plenty of new content – the first edition is around 53 000 words, and the new edition is around 75 000 words. The new edition also comes with updated grammar and with a new and improved style to make it more beautiful and more comfortable to read. Truly a work of art, if I may be so bold!
A new Legio Gloria woollen garment is now available: Atlantic Merino Wool Sweater.
100% Merino Wool. Proudly made in Ireland.
I am happy to present all Legio Gloria garments, and sometimes I am extra happy to do so. This is a personal recommendation – do yourself a favour and order one.
Lir’s Merino Wool Sweater is also back in stock in all sizes.
A Note on YouTube and Twitter
I will be back on Twitter once Dauntless is released. Honestly, I do not particularly miss being on Twitter. However, it is still a platform where the metapolitical battle must be fought – thus, I must be active there.
Videos, however, are something I enjoy making. I will resume the video production when Dauntless comes out as well. I am shadowbanned on YouTube (I have been so for a good while now), but I can still reach many people there, so making videos is a worthwhile endeavour. Also, whenever I make a YouTube video, it gets automatically uploaded to Odysee (follow me there if you have not already).
Lastly, a new Podcast episode (on martial arts) will be out in a few days. If you have not already listened to Episode 12. The Greatest Glory yet, do so before listening to the next one.
Posted on September 2, 2021
Recently, Chinese authorities announced a three-hour gaming restriction per week for minors (see the announcement here).
Since I have commented on the gaming question on numerous occasions – in Dauntless* in particular – I thought to share my take on the matter here as well. On a personal note, I probably spent more than three hours of gaming per week in my teens. This did not cause any issues for me. In fact, I am supremely grateful for having been able to play games such as Age of Empires and Total War growing up. However, I also did many other things in my youth, and I was quite physically active.
That being said, gaming is a problem for many youths today, and I do believe it was, overall, a good call by China to limit the time minors are allowed to game. Had I been an Enlightened Despot (more on that in Podcast Episode 13. Archetypes), I would not necessarily have put an as strict restriction on gaming as the Chinese government. The focus must be on presenting attractive alternatives. For teenage boys, sport is the primary alternative. Team sports are fun and have similar aspects as online gaming (many online games resemble team sports).
Schools also have a responsibility to improve the health of the youth.
- More classes outside
- More outdoor activities
- More athletic activities
The Libertarian Argument
Should the government decide how minors spend their free time? Yes. In limiting the amount of time spent on gaming, the minors will be forced to come up with more creative and active ways to spend their time. There is nothing morally wrong with the state limiting certain negative activities.
What is wrong, however, is when the state restricts the freedom to participate in healthy activities. A good example of this is the various Covid lock-downs we have seen since 2020.
The Enlightened Despot’s Plan
Had it been up to me, I would have approached the question in two ways. Restrictions in addition to promoting other fun activities. A reasonable restriction could be a total of seven hours per week.
For example: a group of friends will decide what to do on a Wednesday afternoon after school. They know the following:
1. That they are restricted to seven hours of gaming per week.
2. That there are many fun after-school activities to choose from.
What do they do? Most likely, they will save their gaming allowance for the weekend for longer gaming-sessions, and choose to participate in another activity instead. Even if they choose to play for an hour in the evening, they will still have extra time to do other things.
The Board Game Alternative
On a last note, board games are, in most ways, superior to computer games. The social aspect is, on a biological level, more pronounced when playing a board game in the same physical space with your friends – as opposed to playing with them online. The social interaction in a board-game setting is different to the interaction online.
Moreover, the constant strain on the eyes that comes with a marathon gaming-session will not be present when engaging in board games.
I am personally an enjoyer of Warhammer Underworlds (for two players), Britannia (for four players), and Diplomacy (for seven players).
* Note, I am currently re-writing Dauntless; the new edition will be out in November this year.
Posted on August 8, 2021
Step 1 – Athletic
- Start training MMA, BJJ, or any other grappling-oriented sport.
- Set a new personal record in chins (chin-ups).
All your friends must learn the basics of grappling well enough so that you can train in your Männerbund without the need of a club or coach. The optimal scenario is, of course, that you train at a club as well, but sometimes that is a luxury that is not available.
If you do not have access to a martial arts club, train hard outdoors instead. Chins and dips are great exercises. Thus, you should not lament the inability to train in a gym. Make the most out of the situation and set a new record in chins instead!
Here is a quote from the passage I mentioned in the video:
You have no idea how good-looking he was, both above the neck and below. A body like a statue by Phidias, a regular Apollo – he took your breath away! Strutting around here naked every day, challenging all the boys to wrestle him, celebrating his wins by quoting Homer.Steven Saylor – A Gladiator Dies Only Once
Perhaps you should not necessarily strut around naked, but you should endeavour to perfect your physique, train wrestling, and to be able to quote Homer. Be a Cultured Thug!
Step 2 and 3 – Books and Physique Post
Read a book.
Post physique to Gab the last Friday each month. Simply post a physique picture – preferably in nature, and preferably wearing Legio Gloria clothing – tag with #FizeekFriday. For this particular Wild Hunt Challenge, the date is the 27th of August. Be sure to follow me on Gab as well: https://gab.com/TheGoldenOne
In your physique post, write a few thoughts about the book you have read. It doesn’t need to be anything long, just a few thoughts and whether you can recommend it to the other participants. If you find some epic quote, you can include that in the post as well.
Step 4 – Read My Book Reviews
There are currently seven book reviews available on this site. You can read them here: https://thegoldenone.se/category/book-reviews/
If you don’t, you are a horrible person!
Step 5 – Get on Telegram
Install Telegram directly from their page: https://telegram.org/ (I use Telegram both on my phone and computer). Installing it directly from their page instead of downloading it from the app stores will allow you to see channels that Apple and Google censor.
Invite one friend, whom you are currently communicating with on Facebook, to Telegram, and keep your ongoing conversation there instead. Facebook is out of control in terms of censorship. I got my Facebook fanpage (22 000 followers) removed (without warning or reason) a while back, and Survive the Jive also got his two fanpages removed a week ago. They even removed his and his wife’s personal accounts.
Also, follow my Telegram channel: https://t.me/thegoldenone
Posted on July 31, 2021
I celebrate my birthday (turning 32) by announcing the latest Legio Gloria releases. It feels especially good to have the release on a special day!
As with basically all products, be they Legio Gloria or Jotunheim Nutrition, I first ask myself: what do I want? Then I work towards it. This is the result: New Releases
White Fleur-de-lis – T-Shirt
The Royal Fleur-de-lis – T-Shirt was a success, so I wanted to release a similar design. The reason for going with white this time is due to the dying process – this particular design works better on white. The navy of the previous design did not keep its colour as well when washed in higher temperatures. It is still one of my favourite garments, but I wanted to optimise the design, and this combination turned out really well.
Made from the same batch of organic cotton, the Fleur-de-lis Stringer works well both inside and outside the gym. I am wearing an XL in the pictures, but an L would serve me better (since most of the cloth of a stringer is in the lower part). Accompanying the outfit is the Belt Bag of the Ages.
Black Questing Shorts
Handsome in a plain way. The previous version of the Handsome Shorts, although well-loved, needed an update. These are made in the same way as the Questing Handsome Shorts – Navy that were released earlier this year. 100% cotton and a bit more durable than the previous version.
The Athena’s Athletic Tanktop is an organic cotton version of Imladris Athletic Tanktop.
Spacious around the shoulders, it is supremely comfortable and allows for unrestricted movements. The difference between a tanktop and a stringer (by my definition), the amount of material over the chest – a tanktop covers more, whereas a stringer covers less.
In regard to the name, I decided to honour the ancient city-state Athens, hence the description:
Channel the power of ancient Athenian heroes, Theseus and Themistocles, among others, to fuel your ascent to glory.
These are made in the same way as the Epona’s Gym Shorts.
Whereas the green of the Epona’s Gym Shorts made me think of Gaul, so did the black of the Myrmidon’s Gym Shorts make me think of Achilles – hence the name (the Myrmidons were the men Achilles led into battle).
All new releases are available here: LegioGloria.com
Posted on July 23, 2021
I have read Conquerors – How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire by Roger Crowley. First and foremost, I can definitely recommend the book. It is well-written and exciting. Below are some interesting insights I thought to share. I recommend reading this article prior to (or after) listening to Podcast Episode 12. The Greatest Glory (available on Patreon, SubscribeStar, and Gumroad). Pictured below: yours truly in Lisbon in 2016.
Understanding Portuguese actions in the Indian Ocean and North Africa can only be done when looking at the nation’s most recent history. Portugal, like the various Spanish kingdoms, had long suffered under Muslim occupation. A common misconception is that a golden age occurred during this time, this is thoroughly debunked in the book The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise by Dario Fernandez-Morera. This had two effects on the Portuguese psyche – they were battle-hardened and they were driven, to a large extent, by an ethno-religious hostility towards Muslims.
Another aspect to keep in mind is that slavers from the Barbary Coast raided the coasts of Western Europe. Thus, the threat from the south did not end with the conclusion of the Reconquista. For a brief overview of the Reconquista in video format, you can watch my video The Visigoths and the Reconquista.
Between 1801 and 1805, the United States, Sweden, and Sicily fought the Barbary Wars against the corsairs. This was the first United States military land action overseas. The brutal slaver raids from the Barbary corsairs did not end until the French conquest of North Africa in 1830.
Although the author does not go into length about the transgressions being done to the Portuguese, he acknowledges that a long-standing rivalry between the Portuguese and various Muslim nations had an effect on Portuguese fervour in the fighting against other Muslims in the Indian Ocean.
Prince Henry the Navigator
Henrique, more commonly known as Henry the Navigator, was a key individual in facilitating the Age of Exploration. He was also a warrior prince of note – he was 21 years of age when he accompanied his father King João and his brothers in the conquest of the Moorish port of Ceuta in 1415.
His mother was English and he was cousin to the great Henry V, most famous for his heroic triumph at Agincourt. Perhaps his Norman blood fuelled his desire for glory! Although the desire for glory and honour was not confined to the royal family…
Gold and Glory
In understanding the daring voyages done by the Portuguese, there are two aspects to highlight. They happen to be the same as for many other cultures – the Norsemen of the Viking Age to name one. Gold is easy to understand, the search for another way to India (to avoid the Ottomans and Mamluks in the east) was the primary catalyst for the first voyages. The successful voyages to the east brought power, prestige and splendour back to Portugal. Lisbon rose greatly in prominence as a result.
The yearn for glory is easy to understand for those who understand the essence of glory. Being the first to discover new lands, to conquer, to show one’s qualities, was a great motivating factor – as it has always been for high-thumos men. The search for new trade routes may have been the catalyst for the Age of Exploration, but the fuel for the explorers’ ambitions was a great desire for glory.
A good quote about glory can be found in an interview with the late, and great, French historian Dominique Venner in regard to the Iliad.
“He sings about bravery and cowardice, friendship, love, and tenderness. Of the need for glory that pulls men up to the height of the gods.”Dominique Venner
The need for glory that pulls men up to the heights of the gods is a profound passage that can explain many a valiant action throughout history. It can certainly go a long way to explain the valour and bravery of the Portuguese.
Chivalry and Honour
Chivalry and honour are concepts closely related to a worldview based on the yearn for glory. Chivalry was still a prominent feature in Europe at the time. Again, Henry the Navigator was the cousin of England’s Henry V, and for these Norman royals, chivalry was a defining characteristic.
The Portuguese were so driven by honour that they, on at least one occasion as detailed in the book, neglected to sink an enemy ship with their superior fire-power, in favour of taking the ship in melee combat. The author also mentions that the berserker mentality and courage of the Portuguese made discipline harder, but served them well anyway in the type of warfare that took place in the Indian Ocean at the time. The aggression and bravery of the Portuguese gave them a fearsome reputation.
“Glory came from individual courage, hand-to-hand fighting and the winning of booty.”Roger Crowley
The Portuguese were also devout men who believed in their divine mission to conquer in the name of their king and in the name of God. As mentioned above, the religious aspect of the warfare (likened to a crusade) is not to be underestimated. So, just as the desire for glory, faith was also an important fuel for their conquests.
Dom Francisco de Almeida
Viceroy of India
Who never lied or fled.
To never lie and to never flee. Noble principles of chivalry and honour to live by.
For anyone familiar with the disastrous Fourth Crusade, which ultimately led to the sack of the glorious city of Constantinople in 1204, it is clear that the Venetians had a tarnished reputation in the eyes of many. In this book, the author describes the various attempts by the Venetians to stifle Portuguese access to the lucrative spice-trade. The Venetians had long enjoyed a dominant position in regard to the east-ward trade. Thus, they saw the Portuguese expansion as a threat to their own wealth and power. They even sought to work with the Mamluks of Egypt to hinder the Portuguese. In order to not bring the scandal of working with the Egyptian Mamluk sultan to light, the Venetians had to keep their dealings as discreet as possible.
The Mamluk dynasty came to an end in 1516 when they were conquered by the great rising power of the day – the Ottoman Empire. Although the Portuguese were better fighters than the Ottomans, the latter proved to be a tougher enemy than the Mamluks that had faced them when they first came to the Indian Ocean.
The author, Roger Crowley, has written a book about Venice as well, perhaps I must read it and find a way to present the city in a better light!
“A very white and beautiful people, who wear hats and boots of iron and never stop in one place.”Sinhalese description of the Portuguese
Spice Trade and Inspiration
On a personal note, I get motivation when reading about spices routes and exotic trading posts. My aesthetic motivation for the Golden Coffee Company is the East India Companies of the 18th century. So, even if those voyages were undertaken later than the Portuguese era of exploration, I still get the same good vibes when reading about it. When I drink coffee, I always view it as a colonial luxury (which it is). If you decide to try the Golden Coffee Company gourmet coffee, I recommend accompanying the coffee with some fine chocolate for an optimal experience. The gourmet coffee is available for Swedish customers here:
https://jotunheimnutrition.se/, for European customers here: https://www.jotunheimnutrition.de/, and soon for American customers here: https://jotunheimnutrition.com/.
Reading about the valour of heroic and daring men is inspiring. This book contains many more interesting insights and stories than I have highlighted here and in the Podcast episode. I will probably return to the topic in coming posts. Again, I can recommend the book. Reading history is both important to understand the world and to get some perspective upon our own time.
Posted on July 11, 2021
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Yesterday, to our horror, the Legio Gloria Instagram account was removed – just as with my personal account, no warning or reason was given.
Since January, I did not even run the Legio Gloria account myself, and the account only featured clothing and supporters wearing Legio Gloria clothes. Being attacked on a financial level is vile in a special way, but I have come to expect nothing less from the honour-less regime.
The sight of so many good-looking, healthy, young European men must really have made their blood boil – remember, as I have said before, they want you to be docile and submissive slaves, I want you to be forces of nature. This is what was being presented on the Legio Gloria account, completely unpolitical, yet a message that goes completely against their designs.
What is next?
With or without an Instagram account, Legio Gloria will continue its ascent. We just had a great release of various garments (which can be seen here: Legio Gloria New Releases), and we have more high quality garments incoming. This will be the subject for another article, but here is a hint of things to come:
- Wool garments
- Underwear in organic cotton (loose fitting)
- More shirts and polo shirts
- Garments containing silk
- More t-shirts and hoodies with new designs
Stay tuned! Big things to come. The Primordial Beast demands organic clothing!
A last note
To end with a positive note, a Flemish friend just sent me a picture of one of his best friends proposing to his girlfriend (she said yes) whilst wearing the Celestial Blue Men’s Shirt. It put me in a better mode.
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We are currently looking for a reasonable alternative to Instagram (i.e. a photography based platform).
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Posted on June 24, 2021
Behold! The greatest Legio Gloria release to date. There are many new garments, so let’s get straight into it. The one you see above is one that has been in the making for a long time. The Celestial Blue Men’s Shirt is a classic shirt that fits most occasions, either on its own or together with a blazer. The cut is fitted.
All new releases are proudly made in Poland. Moreover, as I have mentioned before, these new releases have been made possible by the success of previous releases. So, I want to aim a shout-out to all loyal Legio Gloria enjoyers!
Celestial Blue Men’s Shirt
Polo Shirts in Organic Cotton
These two classics are back, Burgundy Polo Shirt and Imperial Polo Shirt. This time in organic cotton and with a cut that is more spacious around the shoulders. Most Legio Gloria guys like their shoulder-presses, so the new cut was necessary! Note: organic cotton is a quite sensitive fabric, so make sure to not wash them in a higher temperature than 30 degrees Celsius.
Thor and Jörmungand – Swimming Shorts
The iconic clash between Thor and Jörmungand – the Midgard Serpent – from Nordic mythology. I asked my designer, Paszkal to simply make an epic artwork that suited a pair of swimming shorts. The result is highly epic in my humble opinion. These fit like regular swimming shorts, and have a cut at the side for better flexibility. I am looking forward to seeing many aesthetic physique posts in these!
Gym Tanktops + Belt Bag
Lacedaemon’s Fitted Tanktop
Lacedaemon’s Fitted Tanktop has the same cut as Saturnus’ Fitted Tanktop (the navy version). This model is an altered version of one of the oldest Legio Gloria garments (dating back to 2017).
Lacedaemon was a mythical king of Laconia and son of Zeus in Greek mythology. He was the father of King Amyclas of Sparta and Queen Eurydice of Argos.
Odin’s Berserker- Tanktop
Odin’s Berserker- Tanktop also has the same cut, but with a different design.
The symbol is inspired by the Vendel-era Torslunda helmet, which was found on the Swedish island Öland (located in the sacred Baltic Sea).The runes say Legio Gloria.
The Belt Bag of the Ages is a completely new item to the webshop. Belt bags have been requested, and I have wanted one myself (for having when the pockets are not enough). The design is beautiful in its simplicity – black with a golden embroidery.
Gundobad’s Burgundy Sweater
As seen in my latest Gains Kitchen video, a burgundy sweater is now included in the collection.
Gundobad (452 – 516 AD) was king of the Burgundians, hence the name!
All new releases are available here: https://legiogloria.com/
Posted on June 23, 2021
I have read Yukio Mishima’s classic, Sun and Steel. Below are some interesting insights I found in the book. This is the first book by Mishima I read, and thus, these are only my first impressions of his writings. Should I read more of his books, I might return to the subject with a deeper analysis. With that being said, let us delve into the book!
The Body as a Garden
Mishima refers to the body as a garden surrounding the self. It is common to hear references to the body as a temple, but this is the first time I heard it referred to as a garden. In the opening page of the book, he observes that he could either cultivate the garden (sculpt a glorious physique), or leave it for the weeds to take over (accept physical decadence). It is a quite aesthetically pleasing mental image!
Cynicism and Hero Worship
The most profound quote found in the book is one I have stumbled upon before (or at least the first part of it).
The cynicism that regards hero worship as comical is always shadowed by a sense of physical inferiority. Invariably, it is the man who believes himself to be physically lacking in heroic attributes who speaks mockingly of the hero.Yukio Mishima
Anyone who has, in some capacity, been involved in political or philosophical discussions will know the truth of this statement. Irony is often used as a shield to hide behind for those without the guts to truly stand for something (except for whatever the mainstream culture tells them). Perhaps hero worship per se is not as common today, but the same can be said about the bugman’s criticism of traditional values.
My own personal experiences are congruent with this. My supporters are, in basically all cases, jacked and good looking. My detractors (whenever I have seen how they look) are, in basically all cases, deformed in some way. This might sound a bit arrogant, but it is simply the truth.
Romantic Death and a Heroic Physique
A powerful, tragic frame and sculpturesque muscles were indispensable in a romantically noble death. Any confrontation between weak, flabby flesh and death seemed to me absurdly inappropriate.Yukio Mishima
This is an important quote to understand Mishima’s view of the importance of a heroic physique. In regard to death, there is an interesting interview (Yukio Mishima on WWII and Death) where he expresses his fear of dying an unromantic death by disease. Mishima would not die of disease, but would commit ritual suicide (seppuku) after a failed coup in 1970.
As I mentioned in my Podcast Episode 11. Demigod Mentality (which I highly recommend listening to, either before or after reading this article), my own perspective when it comes to an aesthetic physique is that it should be suitable to represent the ancient European ideals of the classical hero (or even a Nordic or Greek god). It is quite simple, if I (in this case) am to extoll the virtues of training hard and living a healthy life, I simply must be healthy myself. So, just as Mishima viewed it absurdly inappropriate to meet a romantically noble death with an un-aesthetic physique, so do I view it inappropriate to champion a certain lifestyle without emulating it myself.
Mishima on Action and Art
Mishima talks about action and art, and the balance between the two. He refers to the sword as the flower of physical perfection, and the literary principle as its opposite. The flower of action perishes with the blossom, whereas literature is an imperishable flower. This is connected to the aforementioned romantic death.
These thoughts reminded me of two things. First and foremost, about the destiny of Achilles, who had the choice of a short, but glorious life, or a long life without renown.
Secondly, they remind me of what Jonathan Bowden referred to as Lord Byron’s Cultured Thug, which is an ideal of someone who possesses both cognitive and physical prowess.
Mishima describes his own ideal style (in terms of personal aesthetics) in a poetically beautiful way.
My ideal style would have had the grave beauty of polished wood in the entrance hall of a samurai mansion on a winter’s day.Yukio Mishima
Sun and Night
Mishima contrasts the day versus the night. He mentions his own dusky and dark room full of books, and that his mental starting position was one of the night. But, as he contemplated the matter further, he came to the conclusion that those who indulged in nocturnal thought were physically unimpressive, lacking the power and vitality he craved. Thus, he gravitated to the sun (as opposed to the night).
This reminds me of the contrast (popularised by Nietzsche) between Apollo (god of light) and Dionysus (god of wine). Apollo, in this sense, represents order, discipline, and the sun. Dionysus, in this sense, represents chaos, debauchery, and the night. Much more can be said about the relationship between the Apollonian and Dionysian aspects of men. A wise man I met in America a few years back said that he was Apollo every day of the month except one. On that one day, he let his Dionysian spirit come to life (in celebrations with his social group). It stuck with me, especially since the man who shared it with me is an impressive individual.
I mention this since most readers of this article might be more in tune with Apollo (I certainly am), but even for us, it might be good to not completely neglect Dionysus. This will be a topic for a coming podcast.
It is easier to understand that Mishima’s starting position was one closer to the night when keeping in mind that he was, first and foremost, an author and a poet. The sun and the steel came to him later in life. One could argue that many artists are closer to nocturnal Dionysus than to daybreak Apollo.
The Teachings of the Steel
Mishima connects the physical attributes of the body to the metaphysical attributes of the spirit. Feeble emotions correspond with flaccid muscles. And a muscular and fit body corresponds with an intrepid fighting spirit. Although this is, generally speaking, true, I must point out that there are plenty of muscular, strong, and fit guys who are, when push comes to shove, cowards. That being said, a healthy soul exists in a healthy body.
A certain body allows for a certain way of thinking. The way you view yourself influences the way you view the world (as I talked in the previously mentioned Podcast episode). Politics is biology, changing people’s political views is easier if they have a corresponding biology. A man lacking in the necessary physical requirements will be harder to convert to a righteous way of thinking. Adequate levels of testosterone are related to a stronger sense of justice (to give one example). A low-testosterone man might thus gravitate more towards left-wing thought. It is well known that right-wing men possess more physical strength than left-wing men.
Mishima also notes that the teachings of the steel are akin to a classical education, with the focus on progressively adding weight (or knowledge in the case of an education).
My own thoughts on the teachings of the steel (or in my case iron) will be familiar for those who have read Dauntless.
The Iron is truth in its purest form; it cannot lie. 200 kg will always be 200 kg. If you are weak; if you have failed to prepare properly, the Iron will not show any sympathy. If you are strong; if you have taken adequate measures of preparation, you will be rewarded accordingly.Dauntless – Marcus Follin
In my work, I have always used Iron to refer to weight-training (The Temple of Iron = the gym), Mishima is using Steel for the same purpose. In purely aesthetic terms, Sun and Steel sounds better than Sun and Iron. So, I endorse the use of steel in this context. Moreover, it might be worth pointing out that I am currently rewriting Dauntless (as mentioned in this video).
Additional Note. I received this message from a supporter living in Japan (thank you, T)!
I thought you might be interested to know that while the English translation of the book is Sun and Steel, the original Japanese title is; 太陽と鉄. The character ‘鉄’ actually means ‘Iron’ and not ‘Steel’, which is of course a different word,‘鋼‘. As you mentioned in your article, I imagine that the word Steel was chosen purely for its euphony. Furthermore, the original title is pronounced Taiyo to Tetsu, and the translation Sun and Steel does a good job of capturing the original title’s alliteration.“
At 100 pages, Sun and Steel is a quick, albeit complex, read. Certain passages might have to be re-read to capture the essence of Mishima’s thoughts. It bears pointing out that the book was originally written in Japanese, thus, certain nuances might have been lost when it was translated into English. It should also be pointed out that the book is beautifully written, as one would except from a true poet, with many immersive passages. I enjoyed reading it and can recommend it to anyone interested in the topics mentioned above.
Below are two videos which Mishima might have looked upon approvingly! I thought to include them should you be unaware of my own artistic work.
Posted on May 31, 2021
Linen is a clothing fabric that has stood the test of time. Beloved since time immemorial, it now makes a triumphant return. Below are five good reasons to wear linen. For a more health-oriented list, check out this article as well: https://juliaswellnesstips.com/2021/05/28/8-reasons-to-wear-more-linen/
1. Organic Fabric
If you want to wear as much organic material as possible, linen is a great choice. Organic materials such as linen, wool, and cotton are recommended fabrics if you want to limit your skin’s exposure to synthetic materials. In certain situations, such as when training MMA and grappling, it may be suitable to wear synthetics (polyester for rashguards etc.), but otherwise it is advisable to opt for organic fabrics.
2. Ancient European Garment
Legio Gloria linen garments are made in the ancient and heroic nation of Lithuania. All Legio Gloria clothes are made in Europe, which means that the products are made according to certain standards, and by people who receive a fair wage. The same cannot be said about clothing made in the Third World, where production standards are not regulated, and where the sweatshop workers are, most likely, not receiving a fair wage.
Moreover, Baltic linen has a long and illustrious history. During the Middle Ages linen was traded by the powerful Hanseatic League. The Hanseatic League was a trading league consisting of cities connected to the Baltic and the North Sea. Linen has been found in Swiss lake dwellings dating back to as early as 8000 BC. Linen garments have also been found in ancient Egyptian tombs. Epic!
3. Stylish Yet Comfortable
Linen is, as the title above suggests, both stylish and comfortable. Wearing linen is thus suitable when you want to wear a shirt, but at the same time be a bit more relaxed and casual. The only downside to linen is that it gets easily wrinkled, but since this is common knowledge, it will not make a linen shirt appear untidy. Moreover, linen as a fabric will look good even if it is a bit wrinkly (one could even say it is part of the charm!).
4. Perfect in Warm Weather
Just as wool keeps you warm and dry in cold and wet weather, so does linen keep you cool and fresh in warm weather. Linen as a fabric is both strong and breathable, this makes it ideal to wear during summer. Moreover, since the linen is breathable, it doesn’t allow moisture to build up, which makes it harder for bacteria to grow. So, if you have a sensitive skin, linen may alleviate certain symtoms.
So, if you intend to embark upon an expedition to an exotic destination, be sure to bring some linen garments.
Linen is known as the world’s strongest natural fiber and is more durable than cotton. Linen garments will serve you faithfully for a long time, if treated with care. Make sure to not wash it temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. Treat the linen with care and it will reward you with loyalty!
The Lilac Linen Shirt, Atlantis Linen Shirt, and the Hyperborean Man Summer – Linen Trousers are available on the Legio Gloria webshop: LegioGloria.com. Some more aesthetic garments will arrive soon as well, so stay tuned!