Terminalbeard (of terminalbeard.wordpress.com) recently shared some fascinating thoughts and measurements after a full year of unrestricted facial hair growth at his internet blog. He has not limited his quest for terminal length solely to whiskers, however; TB began his journey twelve months ago with a completely blank canvas: head, chin, even eyebrows. The resulting growth measurements will surely prove useful to research here, at The Center for Beard Related Studies, but we imagine that, as TB’s fieldwork progresses, the rest of the scientific and academic community will take note. To read more of the journey, and see the measured results for yourself, please head over to Terminalbeard’s Here is the Yeard. Beard on, indeed.
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The Hound has published some especially well-executed research and insightful interpretation on both the modern physiognomy and historical significance of beard growth over at The Catholic Dormitory. We highly recommend the read to all The Center’s students and faculty, but claim neither affiliation nor endorsement of any religious content printed therein in any official capacity. Theological inclinations notwithstanding, we find this portion, in particular, provides a quite thoughtful glimpse into the struggle all Beardivists face at one time or another:
The solution is to grow a beard if you believe it is what God is calling you to do. Look at your life and say, “will facial hair help me in a virtues life? or will it scandalize those around me and lead them away from the light of Christ? if my beard is not so glorious will it increase my humility? or if my beard is glorious will it fill my pride?”
Please do read on at The Hound’s The Beard and Virtue.
My Dear Beardivist Acolytes,
As the leaves in the trees begin to turn and the wind blows promise of cooler weather on the way, there comes a time at the beginning of every fall semester when we at The Center for Beard Related Studies find it necessary to review The Path for our newest initiates. The lessons of the coming school year will be, without a doubt, numerous and complex, but the following are the most essential of tenants to our teachings. In the absence of all else that you shall learn here, remember only The Path:
Resolve without Tyranny
What one has not resolved to do, one cannot celebrate when done. What one cannot do without tyranny, one cannot celebrate at all. Walking the righteous path requires power over oneself, but not power over others. Though you do not demand the approval or acceptance of others in your Bearding, you do Beard despite their advice or judgement.
Patience without Apathy
It is the patient Beardivist who finds his reward daily in modest progress and who thus accomplishes great strides by small steps. Apathy is the great enemy of patience, for both the patient and impatient alike may follow The Path, while those who do not care, wander and are lost. Beard without haste, but do not allow leisure to beget complacence.
Humility without Self-deprecation
The humble Beardivist does not overestimate his worth, for in doing so, he denies himself the opportunity to improve; and yet, self-deprecation does as much harm as arrogance. To deceive oneself about one’s place is to obscure the view of one’s destination. Your beard, as is the beard of everyman, is unique to your chin but also the same; rejoice in your brotherhood but celebrate your individuality.
With my most resolved, patient, and humble enthusiasm, I do welcome you, Class of 2017.
Associate Dean of Communications
The Center for Beard Related Studies and beardivism.com
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