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For example, it's very explicit in the first beard movement, because Hadrian was following the teachings of Stoic philosophy. The key to wisdom really was to understand and follow the rules of nature.
The Stoics were explicitly—in fact all the philosophers—were in favor of beards as a sign of following the rule of nature. So Hadrian was deliberately doing that, he was thinking, "I'm going to be a wise emperor, and I'm going to be wise because I follow the rules of nature." And he indicated that by growing his beard, and everybody followed suit.
Esquire: You write that "the history of men is written on their faces." Explain that a little."The history of men is literally written on their faces," he writes.While the surfeit of attention paid in recent years to a seeming bearded resurgence headed up by the world's hipsters, athletes, and celebrities might lead one to believe that we're living through one of the seismic facial hair realignments Oldstone-Moore identifies, we're not quite there yet.So it could be that cavemen trimmed, or possibly shaved, if they had a ritual reason to do so. Why does facial hair figure so prominently in religion, especially the Abrahamic religions? Well, certainly in the case of Judaism, there are actual statements, regulations in Leviticus.And there's something similar, although not in the Quran, but there's some similar kind of religious statement in the Hadith for Islam that seems to indicate what the appropriate management of facial hair is, which is a beard.