Although it’s now “cool” and “edgy” to mock all things religious, one of the best guidebooks for a man is the Bible. I re-read the Proverbs at least once a year.
Go to a meeting of the skeptics and proclaim, “It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.” (Proverbs 21:9.) Or, “Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house [with a brawling woman].” (Proverbs 17:1.) See how fast the “open-minded atheists kick your ass out of the group.
People still read the Bible today – and I read the Proverbs – because its wisdom is timeless. Although we modern men like to think our complaints about American women are exceptional, the Proverbs were written over 2,000 years ago. They were written by old Jewish men about old Jewish women. Our complaints about American women apply to all ages and all cultures.
My approach to male friendship comes directly from the Bible. People think I’m harsh when I tell them that no one is immune from eviction. I don’t talk to my younger brother because he is a fuck-up. If I give a guy a chance and he fucks up, then we just never talk again.
I am the first guy to both do another man a solid and the first guy to kick fuck-ups out of the crew.
You should always give a person a chance to rip you off. Just do a small favor or give them a small amount of money. If they cheat you on small matters, they will cheat you on larger matters.
This approach comes directly from the Bible. Enjoy!
Parable of the Talents/The Parable of the Bags of Gold
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability.Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’