Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lest We Forgot

"A Stotan is one who hardens, strengthens, toughens and beautifies the body by consistent habits and regular exercises, which are consciously and irrevocably made part of the life plan of the individual, as well as consciously determining that the mind will be cultivated upon such abstractions as purity, beauty and logic. Erudition, in as complete a degree as possible shall be the lifelong aim: Truth, in relation to all aspects of life, the unending search.

Stotans will, by virtue of their philosophy, be nature lovers, with a respect and appreciation of all evolved or created things. They will appreciate the sanctity of creative effort both in themselves and in others. They will strive to understand the significance implied by reality, will be able to discern the real from the spurious, and see no anomaly in nudity, either in body or mind. But neither will they cast pearls before swine."

The above was written by Percy Cerutty. As I said before, I have written much on the Stotan philosophy in my blog--To Run is To Live---It is not my intention to be repetitive but there are some bedrock principles that must be known.
Toughening of the body and mind, an understanding of the necessity of living close to nature and the recognition that learning is a lifelong process, are the main tenets of Stotanism. To a lesser degree, you could also add anti-materialism and simplicity to the list. With each passing year, modern civilization has become more advanced and complicated while its people have become increasingly frustrated and unhappy. There is a way that is challenging, fulfilling and satisfying, it's called Stotanism.

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