Hi all, just me again. We've gathered an incredible group of people in this group, and we've discussed some of the bigger and smaller philosophical (and sociological) questions. I thought that in order to strenghen our identity as one of the main groups here at AoM, it would be an interesting excercise to come up with a motto. So, have any of you got an suggestions?
The reason I ask, is that I was thinking back to my school days this weekend, and remembered my old school motto...Fiat Lux (Let there be light). I've always had a fondness for that motto, even though as a teenager, I never gave it much thought. It's one of those things that you learn to appreciate with age, I suppose.
Since this site only exists for males trying to be improve themselves, and be men, something along the lines of self-improvement would work. If we want the motto to be in Latin, then I offer the following:
Nosce te ipsum(Know yourself)
Mens sana in corpore sano (A healthy mind in a healthy body)
I like merda taurorum animas conturbit and aude sapere. I think the motto should be able to encompass a man's pursuit of confidence through intellectual and philosophical curiosity, some personality, and a laborious effort to build an understanding of things. Kinda like: no pain, no gain for the brain.
Carpe diem just makes me want to shut off my computer, so I can go out and build a bridge in Ghana. Nosce te ipsum is too abstract; people may not get it.
It's tough to make a final call. I can settle for aude sapere. It's like a challenge we must man up to.
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