What is Andreia?
ανδρεια is required to counter faint-heartedness, laziness, and over-attachment to pleasure. It involves an attitude of ‘taking the fight to the enemy’, where the enemy is ones own foolishness, vice and ignorance. Misused ανδρεια manifests itself as anger, aggression and military vain-glory. Properly used it involves self-directed, constructive anger.
ανδρεια also manifests itself as a willingness for, even a love of, toil and effort. It is one of the four cardinal virtues, along with prudence (phronesis), temperance (sophrosyne), and justice (dikaiosyne). Aristotle noted that, as with other virtues, ανδρεια is an optimal level (a “mean”) between the extremes of too little courage (cowardliness) and too much courage (rashness).
This perfect description comes from John Uebersax. He is a Ph.D. who studying Greek Philosophy in Psychology.
The Andreia Philosophy Creed
An Andreian is an individual who voluntarily identifies with SFTA, The Andreia Philosophy Creed. You don’t have to identify to read our content or associate with us. Identifying as an Andreian is for those who resonate deeply with the concept and want it to become part of their identity.
Self-Fulfillment Through Accomplishment is the way, but “accomplishment” is whatever you define it as. Accomplishment doesn’t have to be tied to making more money, excelling in your career, or getting married. Accomplishment in The Andreian Philosophy is whatever you want it to be.
The Andreia Philosophy Pillars
Musashi was a Samurai-turned-Ronin wanderer who traveled the land to master the sword. He sought schools & masters to train under and worthy opponents to defeat. He killed 61 men in one-on-one combat. He killed his first man when he was fifteen years old. He killed one opponent in a duel with a wooden ore. His opponent had a real weapon.
Musashi dedicated his life to the sword and he was fulfilled. We know this from his work in The Book of Five Rings; a code every Andreian must read. What many don’t know is Musashi also dedicated his life to other pursuits, like calligraphy. He believed, “The way is the same in all things.”
The Andreian Philosophy contains three pillars: Mind, Body, and Spirit. It is recommended you select a path from each pillar. Three purposes, three paths that develop together. It’s very unlikely you will burn out on three different paths at the same time. The purpose of having a path from each pillar is so you can chase masteries in completely different skillsets while minimizing burnout. If you are stuck in one path, you can follow another; and you may find the breakthrough to Spirit in Body, or Mind.
You can pick whatever paths you want and your life will be fulfilled because they are your paths. With three masteries you walk forever. If your body falls apart, you still have your mind and spirit; you have flexibility. You will begin to notice patterns in each discipline: “If you know the way broadly you will see it in all things,”
We recommend picking a minimum of three things–even if you are a prodigy–but not more than six to master. Anymore than that and you’re spread too thin to do anything fulfilling. Any less than three and you limit your possibilities for breakthroughs.
The Andreian Code
The Andreian Code is a guide to help fulfill SFTA. It isn’t finished yet, but you can sign up for the mailing list for updates. The code will be free and for everyone. It will come in different formats and will be designed to be a lightweight reference as opposed to a book. Content written here will enforce the code as the code will inspire content here. The free versions will be monetized through tasteful affiliate links that do not impede experience. “Ad Free” versions will be available for purchase in different formats at a low cost.
The goal of the work presented is to live the SFTA Creed while sharing this message with whomever may find it useful.