This is not written, to demean traditional masculine virtues, or behaviour, and to raise the feminine as superior. I’m not interested in the modern women’s studies theories, nor am I glorifying every aspect of the patriarchal social system. This is also, not a negative critique of “Masculine Virtues” vid, by Cultured-Thug, but commentary on it, and about Minerva. There are several others things, to agree with in the video, but the video is here, to basically, get us, to think about the cultural and social contexts, in which these mythological characters, we embrace, were depicted. The kind of strength, and violent action, or chaotic warfare of the gods, is often encouragement, for me, in the battle and survival of life, in general. We look into virtue, using goddess, Athēna.
Athēna and Minerva are ‘solar-goddesses’ of the Graeco-Roman cults. In a painting of Jacopo Robusti, called Minerva drives away Mars, or in other paintings of Athēna against Arēs, the socio-cultural system, or context of the time, is p a t r i a r c h a l. This term is used often today negatively, but we are not using it, in that sense.
Athēna, or Minerva both possess, what have been traditionally, regarded as masculine qualities, and virtues and feminine virtues. She is a warlike divinity, and was depicted in myth, as having no sympathy with Mar’s love of violence and bloodshed. Apollo, a sun-god, is bi-sexual (not a reference to sexual preference), being that the sun-goddess is merely the sun-god depicted in myth. Many goddesses are depicted as goddesses of wisdom, or agriculture, i.e., fertility. Phallic symbolism is also, usually depicted, hence the theogony of gods, in the mythical fables, involved in all kinds of mischievous sexual relations.
This is aimed at one ignoramus, who stated to us, that “Minerva was a whore,” as if Minerva is a real being.
It was understood, that males could possess some feminine virtues, as the female could possess some masculine virtues. However, Minerva represents something entirely different. It is the Divine Intelligence of God, or God’s Wisdom. Minerva, is born out of the brain of her father, Jupiter, and has the virtue of courage. Minerva is depicted as a warrior, but it was the men, who were the warriors. Courage is the most essential quality, perhaps, above all else. The female warrior would be, resultantly seen as possessing the masculine virtue by the society surrounding her. Another Graeco-Roman goddess, was a goddess of the hunt, named Artemis, or Diana; and several women are known in ancient warfare, as great warriors on the battlefield. So, there were ideals of virtuous women.
Now, in spiritual matters, courage is essential. The same sense of questing, and relentless dynamism to climb the tallest heights, is noble, but it must be accompanied by other qualities. The quality of ‘compassion’ seen as feminine, but can be felt by any sex, is just as important as will-power in our philosophy. To bull-doze through nature, and treat the wild as something to conquer is a characteristic or stereotype of the Westerner.
“Femininity” is traditionally seen as weak. Classical Daoism, and tao chi, e.g., teach about the principle and ability of balance, adaptability, calmness, fluidity of mind and technique. W i n g c h u n, was seen as a female’s style, and was created, or passed down by females, according to legend. “How can wing chun, beat the fist of a male?”
 By skill.
 By poise.
 By observation and speed of the one adapting the style.
This is tactical intelligence, that requires high mind function. When we use Minerva, or Athēna, it is not to appeal to a particular sex. Arēs (Mars), represents the ideal many modern men have of themselves, or embody, such as over-reliance on analytical skill, anger, fervour, and forceful power. These are however, not the sole way of discipline, nor winning in combat. This is why I like the underlying ‘symbolism of Minerva.’ This principle represents sublime wisdom, graceful, strategic and calculated intellect in battle. It was the principle of spirit, that checked the extremities of the qualities most associated with Mars, and the destructive nature of man.
Minerva saw ahead, what the intellect could not observe alone, because she is WISDOM.
This is the symbolism underlying Minerva, rather than, as one suggested, due to Roman myths, that Minerva was a “whore.” Herakles was crowned a hero, then made into a drunk, a madman, a rapist, and murderer. The humanness in the myths of the ancients, reveal something about us, more than any gods. Men today, should look back at those traditional virtues. The sense of dynamism gained from that, should be checked by the virtue of wisdom and courage — Athēna, against those attributes of Mars.