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Anomie spurs jihad recruitment?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Oscar Coles Jan 9. 6 Replies

Watching the news this morning about the Paris terrorist attacks, my thoughts wandered. I began to wonder about the motivation of the Americans and Europeans of non-Middle Eastern ethnicity who have…Continue

Activity trackers - Basis Peak

Started Jan 6 0 Replies

For those who use activity trackers … which is your preferred device?  I have a Fitbit One which I have found useful.  However, I do a fair amount of running and I would like a device that tracks…Continue

 

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John L replied to Cory Ross's discussion New to AOM
"Hello Cory and welcome to AoM.  I have the impression you are a loving father and husband; I applaud you on that.  I've no doubt you are a fine role model for your son.  I have a daughter and two sons and I'm quite proud of…"
Jan 27
John L replied to John L's discussion Code of honor in the group Chivalry
"I like all three of your alternatives.  The first two are pithy and, so, have the virtue of being easy to remember -- a useful quality for a code that serves as a lodestar for one's daily behavior. The third is more akin to what I…"
Jan 19
RJ Price replied to John L's discussion Code of honor in the group Chivalry
"I like everything in your manifesto....but it's too much for a "code".  Examples: The Templar Code Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Stand brave and upright, that the Lord may love thee. Speak the truth always, even…"
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Code of honor

Has anyone here tried his hand at creating a “code of honor” for the modern, chivalrous man?  Drawing inspiration from some of Brett’s posts as well as from “The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man’s Guide to Chivalry” by Brad Miner, I thought I would give it a shot.  Below is my attempt (and, I reiterate, only an “attempt”) at a  “gentleman’s manifesto.” The Gentleman’s ManifestoI solemnly swear to live as a complete gentleman — that blend of warrior, lover, scholar, and chivalrous man who…See More
Jan 18
Oscar Coles replied to John L's discussion Anomie spurs jihad recruitment?
"I'd be hard pressed into trying to find a unifying reason as opposed to a varying amount of them.  In my opinion I believe the increased level of radical muslim extremists can be seen in a number of reasons. One of them being the greater…"
Jan 9
Sir replied to John L's discussion Anomie spurs jihad recruitment?
"This may be right.  But it is supposition.  This is important enough stuff that we should look for answers backed by evidence.  what feels right to us is not enough."
Jan 9
Regular Joe replied to John L's discussion Anomie spurs jihad recruitment?
"Thanks!"
Jan 9
Sir replied to John L's discussion Anomie spurs jihad recruitment?
"I think the general answer is "The most effective recruitment for jihad is whatever the party I don't like in my country does." To avoid that kind of silliness, we'll need some hard data.  Imagining it won't do it. I…"
Jan 9
Regular Joe replied to John L's discussion Anomie spurs jihad recruitment?
""Could the laissez-faire boundary-lessness of modern Western culture be at the root? With people adrift in nations that have few culturally imposed limits, restless youths are searching for something, anything, larger than themselves to believe…"
Jan 9
John L posted a discussion

Anomie spurs jihad recruitment?

Watching the news this morning about the Paris terrorist attacks, my thoughts wandered. I began to wonder about the motivation of the Americans and Europeans of non-Middle Eastern ethnicity who have traveled to Iraq to enlist with the jihadists. In some respects, it would be simplistic to reduce their varied rationales to a single motive. Still, I can't help but believe there to be an underlying commonality. Some shared disenchantment, perhaps? I thought of Brett's essay on anomie. Could the…See More
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"Iron sharpens iron." A place for men to impact each other by debate and exchange of ideas. This is a group where no ideas are off limits. If your motto is, "I never talk about politics or religion," this group is probably not for you. A "gym" for thinkers.See More
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"Thanks, Mike, for the friend invitation. I plan to become more active on the site, so I look forward to "seeing" you around."
Jan 7
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Activity trackers - Basis Peak

For those who use activity trackers … which is your preferred device?  I have a Fitbit One which I have found useful.  However, I do a fair amount of running and I would like a device that tracks heart rate, etc., to give me better data on and help me track workout intensity.  I have heard the Basis Peak may be the best.  I would like to hear the thoughts of those who use it.  Does it work as well as advertised?  If you were to buy again, would you choose the Basis or another tracker?Thanks.See More
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Chivalry

For discussion of the warrior code of Medieval and Renaissance Europe, its sources and how it applies to the modern person.
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At 10:22am on January 16, 2010, Michael J. Austin said…
Hello and welcome to the site !!!!
At 9:22pm on January 15, 2010, Brett McKay said…
Welcome to the community, John. My wife and I started ballroom dancing this week and we're really enjoying. We're leaning the waltz and foxtrot this week. How long have you been ballroom dancing?
At 12:40pm on January 15, 2010, Don Davis said…
Welcome to AoM, John!
At 10:34pm on January 14, 2010, Dwane Lay said…
Welcome to AoM!

If you're a reader, we've started a book of the month club. Link is below, hope to see you there!

http://community.artofmanliness.com/group/bookofthemonth
At 8:59pm on January 14, 2010, Herb Munson said…
Hi John. Welcome to AoM. Also, thought I'd give you a friendly invite to check out my relatively new group, The Great Debate. Just click on "Groups." It's the one with the colorful galaxy picture. It's also one of the most active groups on AoM. In any case, great to have you aboard.
At 4:02pm on January 14, 2010, thehuhman said…
Welcome to the AoM Community, man. We're glad you're here!
 
 
 

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