The virtues of the wolf are his duty to himself and his pack. They are the guidelines that lay the foundation for the thoughts that he thinks, the words that he speaks, and the actions that he takes. His commitment to them and his ability to live by their code is equal to his value as a wolf. Each of his brothers are sworn to this duty and their success as a group depends on every individual’s bind to that oath. There are five main virtues of the wolf and we must explore each of them in depth. Only through a clear understanding and constant meditation on their meaning can these principles begin to manifest our power.
Over the next few weeks, I will focus on delivering in-depth explanations of these virtues and their sub-virtues. It is my goal to inspire you to think about these ideas and how you are currently applying them to your own life. Or how you could improve in the areas you need to work on. Only through these virtues can we maximize our development to its full potential.
Honor : Courage – Truth – Sacrifice -Loyalty – Duty
Wisdom And Mastery : Discipline – Temperance – Patience – Commitment
Strength : Industriousness – Perseverance – Self Reliance – Fitness
Compassion : Self Love – Love Of Kin – Love Of Heritage – Selective Empathy
Brutality: Peace through violence – Acceptance – The Greater Good – Protection
From these virtues, we can also conclude their opposites, which should be met with powerful shame and a just punishment. To tolerate them within your ranks is to poison the whole of the group and to strip yourself of your own honor.
Dishonor: Betrayal – Insincerity – Failure To Duty – Shameful Action
Stupidity: Self Deceit – Willful Ignorance – Lack of Strategy
Weakness: Defeatism – Sloth – Frailty – Unskilled – Unwilling
Selfishness: Pretentiousness – Entitlement – Individualism
Cowardice: Inaction – Safety Over Sacrifice
Now that you understand what the virtues of the wolf are, we must explore them further and clarify what they mean, as well as how they are earned or lost.
Honor is at the top tier of wolven virtue, as it depends highly on the development of the other virtues to maintain. Cultural distinctions might vary the philosophical and moral guidelines of men, but the virtues I’ve offered you above are universal to most masculine European cultures. As with any title or reputation, honor has no value unless it must be earned, and furthermore, there must also be a risk of having that reputation taken away.
Honor itself cannot be stolen by any man, as it must be bestowed upon him by something greater than himself. Usually by his brothers, his community, his nation, his king, or his family. It is something that demands continuous effort to maintain and will demand your strength of will, of body, of spirit, and of character.
There are two types of traditional honor that we must explore:
Horizontal honor is the kind of respect and value we place on those who have proven to be our equals. They have met the minimal standards that we require of our kin and have been allowed to enter into our inner circle. They know what is demanded of them and what is at risk from not meeting those demands. They place significant importance on not disappointing their brothers or bringing harm to their reputation. A man who does not care for the opinions of his brethren, or his place among them, is a man who is incapable of having honor. He cares for nothing but himself and will likely find himself alone on his deathbed.
Vertical honor is how we acknowledge those among us who have not only met the minimal requirements of our respect, but have also gone above and beyond our own achievements. Out of our desire to obtain a higher self, or climb within the ranks of honorable men, we show praise to those who model more significant standards than our own. Or who have earned mastery in areas we have yet to earn ourselves.
It is the kind of honor a student shows to his master or the respect of a warrior for his lord. By honoring those above us we continue to honor ourselves and our pack. It shows our initiative to take personal responsibility and set higher standards of our own. This responsibility is also the sacrifice of our ego to our tribe. Our willingness to admit our weak areas is the only pathway to conquering them, and in turn, strengthening the tribe as a whole. Resentment for those who have earned their power is a weakness within ourselves and that weakness will strip us of our honor.
Restoring Honor In The West.
The idea of honor in Western culture has been watered down to become synonymous with our integrity, or the quality of our “goodness,” as it is measured by the majority. But honor is not dependent on the rules of the dominant moral paradigm. Or even the demands that have been carved in stone by the divine. Often groups of bandits, pirates, mobsters, or barbarians have a stronger sense of honor than the average domesticated citizen. Their brutal lifestyles depend on the strength of their honor to maintain a specific level of success, which allows them to survive and thrive.
True honor is immune to the lies of egalitarian fantasies. At its core, it is a hierarchical concept that determines the value of a man. Honor measures us and separates us into categories which are equal to the quality of our being. It acknowledges that you might be honorable, but another man might be more or less honorable. It is the space that separates the contrast between the traitor, the peasant, the warrior, and the Emperor.
On an individual level, honor-based tribes are formed as a benefit to everyone involved. It is the idea that we are stronger together than we are on our own. Men are competitive creatures and do not waste their energy by investing it where it will not also produce a benefit for themselves. The desire to go beyond the least amount of effort required and obtain higher levels of honor within a group is a combination of both selfishness and selflessness. It is a mix between a sacrifice for your people and the competitive drive that gives us access to more of the available resources. It is a quest for glory and the desire to leave behind a legend worth remembering.
Those with the most honor are also the most valuable to the foundation of the tribe itself. What they have to offer is rare and will serve to heighten the prosperity of everyone involved.
A dishonorable man is the weak link of the tribe, whose thoughts or actions sabotage the strength and reputation of the group. There are many levels of dishonor, and its severity directly coincides with the consequences to it. Dishonor ranges from not fulfilling your duty to yourself or your people, to cowardice when courage is necessary, and at the most extreme end of the spectrum – treason itself. Which, in the days of our ancestors, was always met with one of the following punishments: brutal reparations, banishment, or execution. Often banishment was not much different than execution, perhaps even worse, since it does not promise you a quick end to your suffering.
Treason itself comes in many forms. This can include making your tribe look weak, sabotaging their affectability, or outright putting them in danger. The only way to repay this debt to them is through suffering or blood. Whether it be in the form of taking responsibly for your actions and meeting the consequences that come with them, or through a self-sacrifice that restores your honor and benefits the future of your people. Men without honor cannot be tolerated, as allowing diseased rats to live among you and poison your people is an act of dishonor in itself.
Obviously, the harsh demands of honor are difficult to apply in our modern world. Man’s taming of the wild has forced honor to be reevaluated for a less violent environment. Without the need for hunting parties or tribal warriors, honor itself has been lost to individualism. When there is no one around to hold you accountable for your actions, there is no honor to be earned. Even worse, the average man is left wandering aimlessly, searching for his purpose in this world. Not only does he not know what honor is, but he does not place any value on achieving it.
As a result, we have witnessed the devolution of men and masculinity. A wide majority of men never experience their masculinity outside of the simulated worlds of their video games. Or from living vicariously through the actions of their sports heroes and favorite television characters. They are barely fit to take care of themselves, let alone defend their tribe from hungry saber-toothed tigers.
The Call To Honor.
Many have doubted that honor is capable of being restored to our decaying society, but their doubt shows a lack of conviction. It is necessary that those of us still committed to the standards which made our ancestors great, continue to follow their path, and demonstrate that power to the world. Through our actions, we will outwardly display the qualities of a higher culture, which are developed from the application of our principles.
It will inflame the desire for greatness that lays dormant in the European spirit and sound the horns of war, calling men of valor into action. Their determination to meet the demands of this call will be the single factor that separates the man from the wolf. If you are reading this now, that horn sounds for you.
What will be your answer to the call?