Roosevelt on The Strenuous Life

In 1899 Theodore Roosevelt gave an important speech on the virtues of personal growth and effort. He was taught to work on developing himself in order to achieve great things. He came to enjoy to efforts he made and ended up becoming a great man and politician.

While 'The Epoch Times' is a far-right newspaper that is a great sponsor of Trump, it has published an article worth reading on the speech that Roosevelt made. Although the concept of personal, individual effort is a true right-wing approach to the improvement of society, it has some lessons on an individual, non-political level. Beware, though, of applying these lessons to society as a whole, that is a route to the problems that the USA faces right now.

Individual effort is important in the development of a man, not in relation competing with other men, or with women, but in competing against himself. I am a great believer in personal growth and trying that bit harder.

I enjoyed the article and the speech and see the attitudes expressed in the context of the late nineteenth century.

Enjoy the article.

The Epoch Times

Roosevelt’s Ode to the Strenuous Life

by Ryan Moffatt

'I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.'

Read the full Roosevelt speech at The Roosevelt Association - The Strenuous Life.