Loricism is best thought of as a system of "martial arts of the mind" (it is modeled after martial arts in execution and teaching style), which combines inner character development, critical thinking, and communication skills. As a philosophy, it aims to provide actionable wisdom for everyday living through self-control, self-awareness, and self-confidence building. It places heavy emphasis on internal locus of control, and similar to Stoicism, strives to help practitioners determine and excise anxiety over that which lies beyond our control.
The purpose of Loricism is easiest to understand from the outside-in: it aims to change culture by "installing" principles of reason within the general populace. In order to do this, however, reason and critical thinking must first be taught to the general populace. It is easier to leverage emotion in order to spread an idea and influence culture, so Loricism must work against human nature by "hacking" it. Because humans are also tribal, and prone to groupthink, it is important to build individuals so they are capable of resisting social conditioning in favor of reason. These aims form the basis - and three components - of Loricism.
Improving the SelfEdit
Loricism starts with the self, and places a high value on the principle of reasonable individual autonomy (live your life as you wish doing your best to avoid inflicting suffering onto others). This is the first element of Loricism, called Ingenium (represented by the triangle in the symbol). Ingenium is comprised of 12 distinct virtues spread across 4 areas of focus (Autonomy, Duty, Will, Wisdom). By improving each of these areas, individuals move ever closer towards achieving self-mastery, which ultimately helps them resist cultural and individual manipulation and control, as well as achieving success in any other area they wish to see it.
As Loricism relates to the martial arts, Ingenium deals with self-defense of the spirit. In other words, where physical martial arts (see Viam Chao) helps defend against attacks on the body by external forces, and where logic and reason and assertiveness help defend against attacks on the mind by external forces, character development helps defend against attacks we make on ourselves through negative beliefs and other paradigms that crush our morale, or spirit. Thus, Ingenium is the self-defense against ourselves, and is the most important of the three.
This element is represented by the triangle shape in the symbol.
Improving Ideas and ReasonEdit
The second element of Loricism is Communicatio Ratio, or reasonable communication. Where Ingenium deals with the internals, this element aims to facilitate stronger and more effective communication skills. Here is a heavy focus on logic, rhetoric, and more cooperative interactions with others. The most important aspect of this is reasonableness and constant improvement of ideas. Many aspects of this tie directly in with the ingenium elements, such as dealing with manipulation and being assertive. As it relates to martial arts, this deals with self-defense of the mind.
Aristotle noted in Rhetoric, defense of the mind through logic and reason is more imperative than the physical kind, as attacks on the mind happen daily, where physical attacks may never occur at all. He reasoned that because of this, it makes more sense to train the mind than the body. This element deals with logic, reason, communication, sociology, and psychology.
This element is represented by the diamond shape in the symbol.
Improving the World and CultureEdit
The third and final element is Cultura, or building a culture of strength of character and reasonable interaction. The aim of this is to work toward eliminating toxic cultural attributes like extremism, inadequate or dangerous ideology, and unethical majority or minority rule. Like the other elements, the concept of reasonableness plays a major role here, as does the "Idea of Best Ideas." A strong foundation in the other two elements is necessary for Cultura to work, as individuals should be proficient in recognizing faulty premises, manipulation, and other devices used for the purpose of developing unreasonable cultural control. Individuals must also have the confidence and autonomy enough to withstand social and cultural influence.
This element is represented by the circle in the symbol.
Martial Arts InfluenceEdit
Much of the system inherent within Loricism is influenced by the physical martial arts. Only Loricism aims to provide a means of self-defense against negative thought and behaviors (Ingenium) as well as negative external influence against the mind (Communicatio Ratio). Because of this, a ranking system is built into it to provide practitioners with a means of gauging progress and goal-setting. It is also designed to be a continuous process, much like the martial arts, as mastery of these elements takes constant practice and learning.