Mitigated emotional states for me. I don’t get giddy much because the drop is too deep and I hate climbing back up again. But – I’m usually happy. As far as settling for less? I think I always kinda did. Probably training: My 8th grade “big paper” was “The Power of Making-Do” and I credited my mother for teaching us about making do with less and finding the best in it, while also reaching for the stars.
The Idea of Idea is Plato’s so I give him credit for all Ideas. I’m a fan of embodied cognition which isn’t Ideal.
As far as a man’s man, wouldn’t a man’s man be a man’s gay lover?