The Art of Manliness: The Law of Sacrifice

I have been a huge fan of the Art of Manliness site for some time. Check out this Manvotional, it is truly awsome, well worth the time to read it all…

The Law of Sacrifice
So if that is the definition of sacrifice, what is the law of sacrifice? The law of sacrifice says that you cannot get something you want, without giving up something in return. In order to attain something you believe is of greater value, you must give up something you believe is of lesser value.

Society today tries to deny the law of sacrifice at every turn, promising people that they can fulfill their desires without having to forsake anything at all. “Lose weight without giving up your favorite foods!” “Get ripped without long workouts!” “Get rich without having to work hard!” The denial of the law of sacrifice is at the heart of things like our soaring credit card debt (US citizens currently hold $886 billion of it), not to mention our national debt. The fantasy that you can have whatever you’d like without ever paying for it is an incredibly seductive fantasy.


About cptcaveman

An Army Major, my family and I are in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. We enjoy photography, cooking, reading and outdoor sports like hunting, fishing and trapping.
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2 Responses to The Art of Manliness: The Law of Sacrifice

  1. Pathfinder says:

    Major, paying for things and sacrificing for them are 2 completely different things. Great points tho, and a great link.

    We just finished year 2 of the Men’s Fraternity program at church, and this is Robert Lewis’ Paradox Principle – you have to die a little to really live. A powerful precept to say the least.

    Like the old adage says, anything worthwhile is going to take some effort!

  2. cptcaveman says:

    I think what he intends is, the man with money sacrificed time or hobby or family to make the money to buy the thing, so still a form of sacrifice or at least value decision making. But, point taken.

    Thanks for the pointer, I will look up Lewis, I havent heard of him.

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