A Salute to Socrates

The Relationship Talk Your Father Never Gave You was published today. Its publication brings to mind a number of things. One of which is the realization that Socrates has so much to say, even in the context of all the other incredible speakers at The 21 Convention, that I am literally at a loss of what to do with him as a speaker.

This is an amusing problem to have; one that brings a grin to my face. I suppose because I’ve simply never run into it before, and I never suspected I would. I’m thinking in the future I’ll have to figure out a way to double Sock’s speaking time, or have him present at multiple events, or SOMETHING. Maybe encourage him to write a book? Perhaps that’s the only medium that will have the capacity to capture the depth, scope, and complexity of his ideas in one epic sprint to glory.

In any case, the real point of this post is to explicitly and publicly thank Socrates for his ideas (and the indescribable quality of life improvement that has resulted from applying said ideas, and sense of life). I did this in person when we filmed Socrates The Documentary, and yet, a full year later, it feels more appropriate than ever to thank him once again.

I say “sense of life” because it is this aspect of Socrates in this context that may have had the biggest effect of all on me. And when I say “sense of life” in this context, I mean everything about Socrates as it relates to what he speaks about. The seriousness with which he approaches the topic, the courage to live it himself, the deep passion behind the presentation and communication of the ideas, his uncompromising and unyielding choice of words … everything all at once, at the same time.

Sock isn’t just a living expression of integrity, the speech(es) itself is, to the point they it nearly “overflows” with a commitment to and respect of, reality.

And so how has Socrates contributed to my quality of life? Simple : the only people living more responsible for the intimate relationship I am currently in, that has absolutely skyrocketed my quality of life and the joy I experience within it, are me, and my girlfriend.

No other third party on the planet is more responsible than Socrates for that relationship, and the joy it has brought us both.

As much as this says at face value, I think it speaks even greater volumes than it does at first glance. Greater because I have surrounded myself with some of the most intelligent men on the planet, on this domain of life, as well as others. I even had the opportunity to meet Nathaniel Branden, author of one of my all time favorite books, The Psychology of Romantic Love.

And yet, the efforts Socrates has made, as I’ve absorbed them, and applied them to my own life, rise above. They have been that important and crucial to my development, and the continued success of the relationship itself.

Indeed, Sock’s ideas are the relationship talk no one ever gave me.


Interesting side note, you can see my girlfriend interview me here about my speech in Australia, An Introduction to the Psychology of Romantic Love (the book as well as the subject). The interview came as a surprise — I did not expect her to interview me post presentation, due to the nature of the speech and how close it was to both of us. Boy was I wrong, and surprised : she insisted, was even determined to do the interview.

As the comments and video indicate, I look, and felt like hell. This is typical for me during and after The 21 Convention in spite of all the diet, training, and recovery in the world. T21C is owner-operated, and this is never more apparent than in the total biological stress toll on me; which is nothing short of *immense* leading up to, during, and post event.

I was an even bigger wreck post Austin. I think I experienced the first migraine in my life the day after the event, or whatever you call a 12 hour head ache from hell.

About Anthony Dream Johnson

CEO, founder, and architect of The 21 Convention, Anthony Dream Johnson is the leading force behind the world's first and only "panorama event for life on earth". He has been featured on WGN Chicago, and in the NY Times #1 best seller The Four Hour Work Week.    His stated purpose for the work he does is "the actualization of the ideal man", a purpose that has led him to found and host The 21 Convention across 3 continents and for 6 years in a row. Anthony blogs vigorously at TheDreamLounge.net and Declarationism.com.

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7 Responses to A Salute to Socrates

  1. John Rambo April 17, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    Arianna Pattek, a racist, man-hating feminist bitch

    In the above link, you will find evidence of her committing the CRIME of discrimination based on a man’s race.

    I have included her personal email, the email of her academic advisor, link to her Facebook account, link to her two blogs, and her pictures as well.

    I suggest you men write to her through her email, Facebook, and blogs, and tell her that you are reporting her for the CRIME of discrimination against men.

    American women are really evil bitches.

  2. Sock! April 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm #


    “You seriously lift!”

  3. Ondřej April 19, 2013 at 5:45 am #

    Book would be fantastic. I’d order one, it could be distributed like the Daygame book by Tom Torero, or through Amazon.

  4. Sock! April 19, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    I’m already doing that for free at my blog… you can print out each one and have a decent read. I try to focus on the ‘why’ rather than the ‘how’ as each man is responsible for his own journey, thus each man’s ‘how’ will differ specifically for him and will be incumbent upon him to determine exactly how that done (tailored to him, his ideal and values). Each blog post covers a specific subject and are grouped into subject based categories (the sexual market place, pre-relationship development, relationship skills, relationship management, relationship maintenance, etc,) . It’s a work in progress and I estimate another 25-30 post until this project is completed.


    • Anthony Dream Johnson April 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

      Hey Sock

      TOC looks slick. Had not seen it before.

      On that note, I would recommend giving Hyper-ink a look.


      Some example authors you are familiar with



      Obviously your blog is free (and I think that’s awesome). However, offering an e-book in *addition* to the blog is a way to

      A) receive compensation for your *miraculous* efforts (where do I swipe my card?)

      B) reach an even bigger audience

      People are more likely to print out a complete PDF vs. individual posts. Makes it super easy to read your ideas on the run too via Nook/Kindle/Ipad devices.

      From what I can tell Hyper-ink does almost all of the work for you – just takes a cut off the back end.

      I do not believe you started blogging to make a living (good luck haha!), but I think you would be pleasantly surprised by the number of books that sold if you went this route. I can guarantee you a lot of people have actively sought a way to compensate you for your efforts and how they have impacted people’s personal lives (mine included).

      Finally, I believe Hyper-ink allows for free-updates to the book over time. So you could simply re-visit the “book” every 6 months and incorporate all your new posts into the book, and all previous customers would simply get a notice that ver 2.0 was ready, etc.

      – Anthony


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