THE HUMAN COMMONWEALTH: Progress from Conception to Actualization

In his natural state, man is antisocial and disordered,
Falling into anarchy, brutality, conspicuous consumption,
Life, health, and wealth ruefully plundered –
Without any hope for redemption.

In seclusion, on he poorly fairs,
Feigning happiness where none exists,
Living, as it were, on antiquated fares –
Withering from the rudimentary tools he enlists.

In time, society forms law and order,
Forever binding man to man, neighbors alike,
Liberating those who’d act as fodder –
Were they from this social structure to take a hike.

The congruence of civilization soon breeds rot,
Degradation, and the violation of natural law,
Man against man, Earth up in a knot –
Vile competition for resources, destruction at the core.

Then, virtue denied space, hope completely vanquished,
Measly, poor, nasty, brutish, and short life becomes,
Death beacons to all, both lowly and distinguished –
Torrential bloodshed, earth yearns for prior calms.

Injurious infringement on humanity’s inalienable rights,
Fosters discontent, malice, and environmental degradation,
Letting lose hedonistic fights –
World disintegrates, nation against nation.

Innocuously, a small movement takes shape,
Formed by malcontents of the powers that be,
Liberators, forward thinkers, adorning that philosophical cape –
With one goal: a cleaner, safer, ordered earth see.

In these steps, collective action does arise,
Forced by the ravages of enmity, order is restored,
Leftists, right wings, all human excellence advise –
Wins: hope found, man protected, nature conserved, peace bestowed.

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Top 22 Men’s Clothing Items You Must Have Before Clocking 30

It is a truth universally accepted that clothing maketh the man. As you approach your thirtieth birthday, therefore, you should preen into your life and reminisce at the distance run. Thirty is also the age at which every man ought to spruce up their look – particularly with regards to dress code, accessories, and grooming habits.

To check if you are on the right path, open your closet and go through each item of clothing you find in there. If you are not happy with what you see, this post will help you effect the changes that will make you happier.

Read on to learn more:

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What You Wear Matters

As a 30-year old, you are no longer allowed to dress sloppily or slovenly. In fact, you are at a crucial point in your life where what you choose to wear will be judged by everyone you meet – friends, dates, potential mates, colleagues, or even your soon-to-be new boss/business partner.

The same allowance life has given you with respect to aging gracefully should be given to your wardrobe. Even though there are certain strings of gear that might not have seemed relevant in your 20s, you will soon land upon the discovery that these same pieces of clothing and accessories will turn into solid foundational pieces for your future look.

The List

Hopefully, most of the men’s clothing listed here are already stashed somewhere in your closet. Regardless, below are the essential clothing items every man MUST own by the time they clock 30:

  1. Tailored, Fitting Suit

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Everyone assumes that by the time a man clocks 30 their finances are in order. This financial stability ought to reflect in your dressing.

More specifically, you must to toss out “suits” that aren’t form-fitting or body flattering. Where possible, get a full suit that fits well. Of course, it would help if you got the suit specifically tailored for your body.

Recommendation: Get your suit tailored in gray or navy.

  1. A Nice Blazer

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With the perfect blazer, you’ll always have something to throw on when you need to dress for a special occasion. Whether you are headed out to brunch with your colleagues or you are meeting a date/your SO for evening drinks, a blazer will speak volumes about your maturity, sense of style, and levels of confidence.

What is more, a cute blazer will help you look smart and outstanding without going overboard – which would happen if you chose to show up in a full suit.

  1. A Mature Wristwatch

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Nothing quite makes a man look significant and mature than a nice timepiece. As a man in the prime of life, therefore, you might want to splurge a little on a watch that will mark you out on special occasions.

Even if you are not particularly enthusiastic about having something on your wrist, turning 30 means you are evolving into a world of conformity. The social circles you frequent, therefore, will expect you to be dressed up.

To this end, don’t be scared to spend some of your money on a pricey watch. Somewhere down the road, you’ll be glad you did.

  1. Black and Brown Leather Dress Shoes

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It is also imperative that you improve the quality of your footwear by the time you hit 30. Dress shoes, in particular, are worth more than their value in cash.

To keep up with your age, therefore, set yourself up with two suave pairs – one in black and the other in brown.

  1. Fitting Chino Shorts

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What will happen when you get invited out on a yacht, and you have nothing to wear? This is where a pair of fitting chino shorts will come into play. Although your age doesn’t  really allow you to go out in shorts (cargo shorts to be more specific), you never know when you’ll need a pair.

  1. Sturdy Boots

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The higher the quality of the boots you invest in, the better it will be for you over the long haul. Boots are essential, especially for fall and winter – or when the weather is too wet for your regular dress shoes. Further, the right pair will last you a lifetime – only if you take good care of them, of course.

  1. Proper Summer Shoes

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Whether it’s a pair of trusty moccasins or crisp white sneakers, you’ll never go wrong with the right summer shoes. If you can, get a couple of pairs to form the base of your distinctly personalized signature look for summer.

  1. Warm Winter Coat

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For most 30-year-olds, winter comes with a wide variety of events where you need to dress up before you rush out. Since the weather will be freezing, you need something to keep you cozy and warm without killing your style. This is where a winter coat comes in.

  1. Stylish Winter Coat

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Apart from having something warm for winter, you need another coat that will turn you from a regular Joe into an elegant gentleman – a stylish winter coat.

  1. Umbrella

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Although you have the option of carrying a collapsible everywhere you go, a proper umbrella will earn you major style marks after you clock 30.

  1. Duffel Bag

Whether you choose to invest in a leather carry-all or you decide to go for a fabric duffel bag, it is imperative that you have something that looks grown-up.

  1. Work Bag

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Never ever show up anywhere with a backpack. It will look tacky on a 30-year-old. Instead, get a proper work bag or briefcase for your computer and work accessories.

  1. Leather Wallet

Are you still holding on to your college wallet? Toss it into the trash and invest in a proper gentleman’s leather wallet.

  1. Belt

If you can, get a reversible belt with black on one side and brown on the other. Remember, the higher the quality of your belt, the fewer the times you are going to be forced to shop for a new one.

  1. Proper Tux

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When you get to 30, you should say goodbye to your neighborhood tux rental shop. Instead, get your own tuxedo – preferable from a renowned professional tailor. This way, you’ll never have to think twice when you receive an invitation to attend a purely black-tie event.

  1. Denim Jeans

Ever pair of denims you buy from hereon should be dark and go on your body like a fitted glove on Lady Windermere’s fanning hand.

  1. The Perfect Tee

Toss out or donate every unsightly t-shirt you are still holding onto, and a couple of perfect tees to your closet instead.

  1. Casual Jacket

Get something that you are going to love wearing when you go out. The style doesn’t really matter as long as the jacket is the right fit.

  1. Signature Shirt

Look for a casual albeit attractive shirt, buy it, and proceed to use it as part of your signature look. It might be an Oxford button-down, a Henley, or a sweatshirt. Whatever the choice, people will start spotting you the moment they colors hit their eyes.

  1. Swimsuit

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Similarly, look for a pair of swimming trunks that makes you look grown up at the beach or swimming pool without leaving you feeling self-conscious.

  1. Tie

Get a couple of ties that suit your tastes and preferences.

  1. Eyewear

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The eyewear you choose should not only make you look more intelligent and introspective, they should also fit your face structure correctly.

So, there you have it – the 22 clothing items that every man needs to have in their closet and on their bodies. Invest in these basics, and you’ll always look stylish and genteel from 30 onwards.

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15 Signs You Own a Business in Florida

Summer is instilled deep inside you. The sun energizes you and gives you yet another reason to get up early to go grind. Your customers are both fun to talk to and serve. These are just a couple of the signs that you were cut out to own and run a business in Florida.

That said, the business of running your company isn’t easy. However, the rich entrepreneurial culture in Florida is something you feel proud to have adopted. It runs deep in the bones, you see?

So, here’s to the millions of business owners in Florida – and the perfectly unexpected happenings that you undergo in your daily life, which add up to create the dream life you currently have. Here are the top 15 signs you own a business in Florida:

  1. Dress Code

Business casual is different for you. The Florida casual dress code has evolved over and beyond the culture of quirky, globalized startups. You define how the world dresses – at least the forward-thinking part of the globe.

Unlike Wall Street executives in their stuffy suits, you closet features graphic tees and flip-flops. However, that’s not to say that you’re cheap. After all, Mack Zuckerberg allegedly forks out as much as $2,000 for cashmere hoodies.

  1. Towels

That said, you have invested seriously in the towels you end up bringing to the beach for relaxation purposes after hours. If you don’t already have a circle-shaped one, you are out on the prowl for something priced under $100.

  1. Crowds

You have no qualms with the beach being packed or not. A beach, for you, is exactly that – a beach. You even have a personalized playlist specifically dedicated for the beach – because, you know, who wants to be in the sham and drudgery when you have more interesting, inspiring things to hear?

  1. Sharing

More specifically, the sharing economy gives you good and bad chills. While online platforms and apps like Airbnb and Uber continue competing with other similar small businesses, you know that you can still leverage on this economy to reduce your operating costs.

You even go a step further and use PostMates for shipments, TaskRabbit for finding new hires, Kickstarter for crowdfunding, and (best of all) Funding Circle to raise capital for your business.

  1. Tans

Getting a tan not only energizes you, it is also a part of who you truly are. Nothing positively rocks your boat – both literally and figuratively – as wearing one on your day to day business.

  1. Marketing

You are a master when it comes to your target market. In particular, you have learned how to sell to college-age customers. College towns exist around vibrant entertainment venues, retailers, bookstores, and cafes.

As the owner of any or several of these businesses, you have learned how to tap into the incredibly lucrative spending power of college students. With more than 100 universities and colleges in Florida, you have a rich diversity to pick from.

 What is more, most of your target clientele are conscientious, young, and love shopping locally. As a small business, you have gained incredible mileage from providing products and services these students need.

  1. Food Truck

At one point or another, you’ve seriously considered getting your food truck. Perhaps, you even run a food truck. With Florida being the epicenter of the food truck renaissance – and Californian metropole breaking smack into the top 25 food trucks per capita according to the Business Insider – it wouldn’t really come as a surprise that food trucks (for you) are an excellent way to add some income to your net worth.

  1. Keeping Up

You’re always ahead of every new trend. You are aware of what’s popping and what’s not. You know and understand the community you work in, basic marketing requirements, and the technology that cuts it for you.

For instance, if you sell remotely, you are still able to run a credit card right through your smartphone. Therefore, your business survival depends on your ability to tap into every single thing going on in the industry you serve.

  1. Employment Laws

With increasing legislation and lawsuits, you will never dare to err on the wrong side of the law where employment is concerned. You know that the law protects local employees and you already have outside counsel or an in-house legal team to ensure that your company is always in compliance with Florida employment laws.

  1. Yoga

Yoga is life for you; so much so that you’d attempted it at least once during a lunch break. Long before the world discovered the Downward Facing Dog, you had already started on Chaturangas.

Why? Because you understand that exercise increases productivity while cutting back on stress.

  1. Traffic

Staying in traffic is part and parcel of your daily routine. You’ve spent most of your time on it – especially when the rains come. If you live in Contra Costa or Riverside, then traffic is normal for you.

  1. Ice Coffee

You drink iced coffee religiously – but never from Dunkin’ Donuts. A recent survey of small businesses by Funding Circle found that 49% of small business owners take in 2 or more coffees a day.

With our iconic sunny weather, the caffeine you order is almost always on the rocks. After all, who wants to be sweating and sweltering over a business date? Certainly not you.

  1. Green’s Good

The environment matters greatly to you. As such, you compost and recycle to cut back on your environmental footprint. The law even requires that you institute a responsible recycling program because your business probably generates four cubic yards of solid waste a week (or more).

  1. Startups

Almost everyone you know assumes your business is an actual startup. Just because your company employs fewer than 100 locals, everyone assumes that you must be a startup. The fact that your business is in Florida further compounds the belief that it must be a startup.

However, they just might be wrong!

  1. Excitement

You’re not in it for the money as much as the passion, the opportunity, and the energy your Florida business gives you. As your own boss, you need to motivate yourself. Every. Single. Second. Daily.

And that, fellow Florida business owner, is why you are typically excited by what you do.

If you know any other small business owner in Florida, please share this list with them now.

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