12 Rules of Monk Mode #6: It’s Not About Doing

This is the sixth of a 12-part series remixing Jordan Peterson’s book 12 Rules For Lifeone chapter a week to coincide with the 12 weeks remaining for my one year celibacy vow.


“My position was terrible. I knew that I could find nothing in the way of rational knowledge except a denial of life; and in faith I could find nothing except a denial of reason, and this was even more impossible than a denial of life. According to rational knowledge, it followed that life is evil, and people know it. They do not have to live, yet they have lived and they do live, just as I myself had lived, even though I had known for a long time that life is meaningless and evil.” – Leo Tolstoy

To some philosophers, the presence of any suffering seems to negate any possibility that life can be considered Good. This matter is exacerbated when we conceptualize reality as a product of a persona-having God, as we can reason that they too must not be all Good (or perhaps more leniently, all powerful), since they have created such an imperfect mess that is our world.

But life can not truly be both meaningless and evil. To declare it evil is to give it meaning that it should be good. However, we can satisfy the claim if we observe life as meaningless in the objective sense, and evil in the subjective. Therefore, if Good exists at all in this world, it could be more accurately observed as a reduction on the total spectrum of evil. For instance, self-defense could be viewed as evil, as it also harms the instigating party.

In this way, all life forms cause suffering to others in order to survive, whether through direct consumption or self-defense/sustenance. You wouldn’t hurt a fly, but a fly’s nature is harmful to you, as they carry disease and filth with them (they prefer to breed in poop), and even regurgitate their food along the way. The seemingly non-sentient plants the vegans exclude from their self-righteous preservation of life also can produce anti-nutrients that can kill feeding insects (and severely damage the digestion process of humans) in order to protect themselves and sustain their own life as well.

But returning to our original point, the end of your rational knowledge should not point you to a denial of life. Your death is already an inevitable event as soon as you become alive, so how is it rational to deny life even further?

“How can a person who is awake avoid outrage at the world?…After the experience of terrible atrocity, isn’t forgiveness just cowardice, or lack of willpower?”

pp. 151-152

If you recall the scene in Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos and Stark meet, Thanos tells Stark that he is “not the only one cursed with knowledge.” Knowledge is a curse in the same way that ignorance is bliss, because while knowledge is power, power can also equate to responsibility.

Extremely intelligent individuals like Tolstoy beared the responsibility of ridding the world of evil, but as it is stated in The Dark Knight, “you either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

“People who experience evil may certainly desire to perpetuate it, to pay it forward. But it is also possible to learn good by experiencing evil.”

p. 153

The primary source of suffering for those taking a defeatist view on the evil nature of life is that they are allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good: Because perfection can not be achieved, we should simply flip the table on the game of life, rather than play things out along the course we have been set on, and especially recognize the progress that we are making along the way.

Suffering could very well be the bottom layer of life, in the same way that the base layer of a civilization is violence: a nation, in it’s simplest form, is an occupied land mass that is defended by a military. Without that defense, any state will simply be annexed by a bigger nation.

One could view this harsh reality as proof that humans are inherently violent and evil, but it might not be the whole picture, as plenty of Good, or less violence, can be achieved when warring tribes and states eventually do settle into large nations. World War II ended 80 years ago, and the only reason why the Cold War is described as such is because if arms were taken up directly, the presence of nuclear bombs on both sides would have achieved a little something called Mutual Assured Destruction.

Maybe “War is Peace” (1984) after all, or at least the threat of it.

“She says she hopes that all her suffering is her own fault…if it’s her fault, she might be able to do something about it. If it’s God’s fault, however–if reality itself is flawed, hell-bent on ensuring her misery–then she is doomed. She couldn’t change the structure of reality itself. But maybe she could change her own life.”

p. 154

Reality is indeed flawed. For what other reason do you suspect we created the concept of Heaven? But in the same way that is not rational to deny Life when that feature is already built-in through Death, it’s not rational to add to our suffering, especially and doubly so when we ponder about Life’s inherent suffering.

In this respect, all the non-physical pain we experience is merely a result of our intelligence: emotional and mental dissatisfaction.

The Buddhists have already studied this matter, and they’ve come to the conclusion that the source of suffering is our attachments/cravings/desires, but also our aversions.

It’s Not About Doing

This episode is titled as such because the suffering that comes from philosophers like Tolstoy is sourced from this belief that they are somehow responsible for the suffering of the world. However, this is not entirely unique when we also observe the burnout people are experiencing from the new social phenomenon of “Hustle Culture”. While we’re at it, let’s also throw in all the religious people in the confessional box disturbed at the thought that they are sinners.

It’s not about doing because there’s always some impossible standard we’re trying to meet to make ourselves better. There’s always someone telling you what to do and how to think and feel, myself included. But we hardly ever get advice that we should just be. We are Human Beings after all, not Human Doings. Now, you may think I am advocating for everyone to just sit on their ass and do nothing, but not quite, because to be Human, or anything else that is alive, is to always naturally be doing something.

“Change is life. Stagnation is death. If you don’t change, you die. It’s that simple. It’s that scary.” ― Leonard Sweet

Unless you have received some special training, if you want to practice some prolonged meditation or other inactivity, you will eventually grow hungry, and if you suppress that hunger you will eventually die.

There’s always going to be something that we want, and therefore something to do. But when these desires and actions are not presented to us in the correct way, without a sufficient level of self-knowledge, these actions encounter an incredible amount of resistance, draining more of our natural energy rather than fulfilling us, even if we have identified that the end goal is a particularly pleasing one.

Every person is too complex to know themselves completely, and we all contain wisdom that we cannot comprehend. So, simply stop, when you apprehend, however dimly, that you should stop…

Your experience will improve, as you stop distorting it with inauthentic actions. You will then begin to discover new, more subtle things that you are doing wrong. Stop doing those, too. After some months and years of diligent effort, your life will become simpler and less complicated.

Your judgement will improve. You will untangle your past.You will become stronger and less bitter. You will move more confidently into the future. You will stop making your life unnecessarily difficult.”

p.158

Recently, I reconsidered my entire view on the practice of No-Fap. Firstly, I had already begun reducing my porn and masturbation frequency before I ever knew about the community, and was proud of my moderation back then too. I was in balance.

However, joining No-Fap is high-highs and low-lows. Just look at the thumbnail below.

Think about it. Somewhere, there’s a guy who just fapped and went on with his day, but these No-Fap gurus fap one time in six months (or longer) and have to hide it from their subscribers for several days, making this whole dramatic show of it that they’re crushed but will come back stronger, and ultimately calling it a “relapse”, as if they actually had a genuine addiction in the first place that was crippling like their life, and not their own natural sexual urges that were just misdirected towards the internet.

It’s a complete joke.

These men are unbalanced. Find the real source of pain, what’s really missing in your life, and stop this dick measuring charade.

So It’s not about doing anymore. I’m not going to do No Fap.

Yes, No Fap did help me learn plenty about myself, but while doing the practice everything felt like it was about sex, but it was truly about my emotions. I may have touched on this in my previous No Fap updates, but it feels more clear to me now because I have let go of the aversion that the No Fap community has against the acts of watching porn and masturbation.

PMO isn’t that enjoyable now only for the sole reason that it feels like me just throwing a tantrum, because I know it’s not what I really want in life: It’s me settling for low quality instant gratification to distract me from some greater dissatisfaction I have with my life. But this has little to do with sex, and more to do with emotional escape, which takes many other forms which No-Fap alone will not allow you to capture.

We may want to hustle, desire perfection, or to become more like God, but if we have not gotten to know ourselves and nurtured our authentic expression through Monk Mode, such high pursuits, especially for prestige, could end up hurting us.

Julien Blanc once said that self-improvement is actually a form of self-hatred, as it’s an explicit belief that you are currently not good enough.

So how excellent would it be to somehow find the perfect balance in life, in which we are content with where we are but also striving for improvement at the same time?

I believe we can do this by simply falling in line with our nature.

“Alexander Solzhenitsyn had every reason to question the structure of existence when he was imprisoned in a Soviet labor camp, in the middle of the terrible twentieth century. He had served as a soldier on the ill-prepared Russian front lines in the face of a Nazi invasion. He had been arrested, beaten, and thrown into prison by his own people. Then he was struck by cancer…

Then he asked himself the most difficult of questions: had he personally contributed to the catastrophe of his life? If so, how? He remembered his unquestioning support of the Communist Party in his early years. He reconsidered his whole life…

Then he wrote The Gulag Archipelago, a history of the Soviet prison camp system…One man’s decision to change his life, instead of cursing fate, shook the whole pathological system of communist tyranny to its core.

pp. 154-155

The most powerful tool you will ever have in this life is the simple act of observing yourself, because the most power you have in this reality is in regards to yourself.

When you take responsibility and ownership, and wrestle it away from the hands of God, and the Devil, or the government, the Leftists, the Illuminati, and the mysterious and ubiquitous “They”, you become the most powerful and free Being in the universe.

All the things that you rely on, even positively, control you. The things that make you angry and uncomfortable control you too, and these states will remain until you can realize that it is not your circumstances that cause your suffering but your perspective on the circumstances and your attachment to the drama you have created within it.

It’s not about doing because your focus makes it into a problem, and we are unhappy until problems become solved. But when we settle into the present, when we just be, we are satisfied by progress and growth, in all things, and not just the cold dead end of things.

Perfection, in a way, is almost stagnation. But humans, and our flawed reality, is blessed to always be in motion.

You can choose to be dissatisfied with yourself and your circumstances, but you are always moving, and always growing, in some direction. And that direction is your nature, and Life itself.

So be quiet, be still, and listen to that inner voice, and feel from within to where the wind blows.


Meditate on these matters.

And I will not see you on the Far Side, but next week Sunday at 12PM, every week for the rest of this series.

Thank you for reading. – Monk Moon Base

“Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

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12 Rules of Monk Mode #4: See With New Eyes

This is the fourth of a 12-part series remixing Jordan Peterson’s book 12 Rules For Lifeone chapter a week to coincide with the 12 weeks remaining for my one year celibacy vow.

“When we are very young, we are neither individual nor informed. We have not had the time nor gained the wisdom to develop our own standards. In consequence, we must compare ourselves to others, because standards are necessary. Without them, there is nowhere to go and nothing to do. As we mature we become, by contrast, increasingly individual and unique. The conditions of our lives become more and more personal and less and less comparable with those of others.

…Symbolically speaking, this means we must leave the house ruled by our father, and confront the chaos of our individual Being. We must take note of our disarray, without completely abandoning that father in the process. We must then rediscover the values of our culture–veiled from us by our ignorance, hidden in the dusty treasure-trove of the past–rescue them, and integrate them into our own lives. This is what gives existence its full and necessary meaning.”

p. 89

Let me be the first one to tell you this: The past is dead and gone.

The second half of the quote is fully expected from a religious traditional conservative.

Jordan Peterson had a lot to say on nihilism in this chapter, and surprisingly plenty I agreed with, but when push comes to shove, he will still cling onto the simple social mechanisms of culture rather than the great expanse and freedom that is true nihilism.

I appreciate the tenet of deconstruction for reconstruction, but an individual self-actualizing from his current cultural paradigm just to embrace the traits of it that have decayed is not turning lead into gold; it’s just being lead back into the old. What use is it to break away from your current culture, to become individual and unique, only to conform to some arbitrary perspective of the past which you have now assigned existential authority?

If the full meaning of existence was to recover our past, then we would continuously live in some groundhog day sort of existence until we got it right. But that doesn’t really happen. The past, whether good or bad, gets left behind, eternally, as we unceasingly advance forward into the future.

Yes, without the past we would not have standards to aim for, but in this sense the past is merely a springboard.

There is just absolutely no guarantee that the individuals who lived in the past we idolize did not have the same dissatisfaction with its own standards at it’s time. It’s highly unlikely that we, as a culture, ever achieved perfection in our past, and then became complacent, resulting in our current circumstances.

Something was always wrong. Something could always have been improved. It is simply retrospection that is allowing the cream to rise to the top, and our narrow view of things that is selecting the one criteria our past was more successful at to declare the present’s deficiency.

So, returning to this Father analogy, we can leave the house of our Fathers by becoming Fathers ourselves. When we do so, our Father is neither abandoned, nor is some greater force rescued. A whole new category is created; The Child.

The Father, before he was a father, was an end within himself, and now has become a means to serve a new end, The Child. To Father a child is to extend yourself into a separate physical manifestation that will persist or surpass you in the future.

It is always about the future, and we are always creating new culture.

“It takes careful observation, and education, and reflection, and communication with others, just to scratch the surface of your beliefs. Everything you value is a product of unimaginably lengthy developmental processes, personal, cultural and biological. You don’t understand how what you want–and, therefore, what you see–is conditioned by the immense, abysmal, profound past.

You simply don’t understand how every neural circuit through which you peer at the world has been shaped (and painfully) by the ethical aims of millions of years of human ancestors and all of the life that was lived for the billions of years before that.

You don’t understand anything. You didn’t even know that you were blind.

p. 103

With this quote, there is now even less of a reason to travel into the past, as you are already quite clearly a product of the past, all of it, actually, considering indirect ways.

Your Father is already within you, (and you even have his Father, and his Father’s Father too). They did not move backwards to create you, therefore you can not move backwards to create anything new.

Peterson puts a premium on the past because without values, there is no meaning, and since our values come from the past, the past must hold our meaning. However, if our past values must be re-discovered (in other words, they are also separate from our current values), then this must mean that values are subject to change.

Peterson looks at the past as an immense abyss, and chooses not to contend with it, and accepts it as authority. But we can take a snapshot of any point in the past and see how it snowballed to where we are now. So therefore, where we are right now is also an equivalent snapshot with the same snowball potential towards the future.

“You might object: I should be winning at everything! But winning at everything might only mean that you’re not doing anything new or difficult. You might be winning but you’re not growing, and growing might be the most important form of winning. Should victory in the present always take precedence over trajectory across time?”

p. 88

To recover the past is to admit that we had won everything previously, and are merely returning to form. Therefore, winning in the present in this context is simply preservation. A task like this could be difficult, but it’s result is certainly not new. It is merely taking a snapshot of our favorite moment in time, photo-shopping ourselves into it, and then framing the picture.

The problem with Conservatism is that it wants to maintain standards, but ice eventually melts.

In fact, cool and orderly ice is actually used to chill warm, disorderly water. Of course, traditional men are the ice, and would love society to freeze again, but their rigidity, along with their utility and dependability, will be exploited in a much warmer society.

Like ice cubes in a cup on a humid summer day.

Seeing into the future, in this context, is to realize that the water is not going to freeze again, not yet, at least. Society will get warmer first, turning the water into vapor, and then the vapor will finally return back to solid form as hail or snow.

So if we really want to respect the past as this immense abyss, and try to recover something from it, maybe we should first recognize the more vaporous nature that came before the solid form of culture that we now depend on.

To avoid confronting this true abyss, we narrowly cling to what can resonate with us from the past, and we call this culture. However, we must also understand that the future, far future, is just as vaporous and abyssal as the past. The recognition, and the ensuing lethargy, of this eventual end point is what is commonly classified as nihilism.

“A cliche of nihilism, like the phrase, In a million years, who’s going to know the difference? The proper response to that statement is not, Well, then everything is meaningless. It’s, Any idiot can choose a frame of time within which nothing matters.

Talking yourself into irrelevance is not a profound critique of Being. It’s a cheap trick of the rational mind.

p. 87

They may oppose nihilism, but they can not help but admit it is the most rational perspective. If Nihilism is the most rational, then it is the only way to arrive at fundamental truths.

But the problem with fundamental truths is that they don’t readily bolster the ego, or provide foundations for society. They are just eternally still, incorruptible, virgin truths. Therefore we reject this path, for it is an end within itself, and not a useful means to satisfy our immediate goals.


Worthlessness is the default condition. What but willful blindness could possibly shelter people from such withering criticism? It is for such reasons that a whole generation of social psychologists recommended “positive illusions” as the only reliable route to mental health.

…If the internal voice makes you doubt the value of your endeavors–or your life, or life itself–perhaps you should stop listening. If the critical voice within says the same denigrating things about everyone, no matter how successful, how reliable can it be?”

pp. 86-87

Peterson, if that voice has managed to be prevalent in every person, then it has a 100% success rate, and is therefore extremely reliable. It is absolute truth.

That voice is the true voice of God; a calling to enter the doorway to discovering the nature of our existence.

But we don’t see that it is a door, because of our ego, so we created a different God, one that watches over us and gives us Meaning for the present, not the impartiality that denigrates our Being in the great expanse of time like Nihilism does.

So we take the Blue Pill. We enjoy the steak. We give up on seeking the Truth.

The void has no relevance to morality, so we need God, to enforce Order. The expanse holds no guarantee for your future, so we cling to things of the past to prop them up as worthy, survivable elements that will last.

But if you simply sit still, and allow yourself to be that point between the immense past and the abysmal future, and listen to that dark suppressed voice that permeates all, you will gain new eyes, true eyes, to see reality.

A Change In Perspective

“We can imagine new ways that things could be set right, and improved, even if we have everything we thought we needed. Even when satisfied, temporarily, we remain curious. We living within a framework that defines the present as eternally lacking and the future as eternally better.

If we did not see things this way, we would not act at all. We wouldn’t even be able to see, because to see we must focus, and to focus we must pick one thing above all else on which to focus.”

p. 93

The Buddhists will say that Life is suffering. Peterson called it “attendant upon existence as the irreducible truth of Being.”

And it is. Subjectively. All life forms experience suffering.

But objectively, viewed very far away, in the entire expanse of time, even before and after the existence of life forms, existence, and life being part of that spectrum of existence, is simply the very bold concept of change.

The plants and the animals that we eat indeed suffer, and conscious beings equally suffer for our participation in this cycle of suffering, but objectively, the energy within the plants and animals simply changed one form to another, into us. Life and Death is just change. What previously did not exist changed into something that exists, or what was infinite and unlimited changed into the finite and limited.

Life and existence can indeed be meaningless, but it’s still moving, regardless. And what’s even more important is that Life is indeed focused. We are not born God. We can’t see the entire expanse of time. We are only served with this single maniacally minuscule slice to enjoy at the kid’s table of existence.

It is only God, eternal beings, that really have to contend with the Nihilistic nature of existence. But us fragile humans are blessed with change. We have a limit. We have a focus.

But the truth is, that focus, is always out of focus.

“This is partly because vision is expensive…In consequence, we triage, when we see. Most of our vision is peripheral, and low resolution…We point our high resolution capacities at the few specific things we are aiming at. And we let everything else–which is almost everything–fade, unnoticed, into the background.”

pp. 97-98

So Peterson will reject nihilism, because without values there is no meaning, and therefore Life will not be in motion. But if you accept Nihilism, you will immediately gain the vision to see that all values are simply subject to change, meaning that the only value we actually have is change itself, or better yet, no values at all, and what simply persists is the act of evaluation.

So when you assign yourself the Meaning that you must rescue the culture of the past and integrate it, you are simply changing your present and becoming “The Past” 2.0. You think the past creates standards, and without standards, life is without motion. But truly life without change is one that is not in motion.

Jordan Peterson wants you to be the prodigal son, or Pinocchio rescuing Geppetto from Monstro, but I want you to be Nikola Tesla, no, I want you to be yourself, as any person that is willing to see with new eyes. Naturally, with sharper vision, you will be able to discern about the future, like Nikola Tesla, but time is linear, so this is common.

I want your eyes to see a completely new and different world.

“Now you’re on a whole different kind of trajectory. Before, what was right, desirable, and worthy of pursuit was something narrow and concrete. But you became stuck there, tightly jammed and unhappy. So you let go. You make the necessary sacrifice, and allow a whole new world of possibility, hidden from you because of your previous ambition, to reveal itself. And there’s a lot there…

This is not theology. It’s not mysticism,. It’s empirical knowledge. There is nothing magical here–or nothing more than the already-present magic of consciousness. We only see what we aim at.”

pp. 100-101

All our collective vision is actually narrow. As immense voids exist on both sides of time, beginning and end, the past is simply a tiny retraction, when we recall it, and the future but a ripple of our desire. None of it ever grasps the true ocean of existence. We only see what we aim at.

The past is merely a bow, the arrow is our future, and the passage of time until we hit our target is precisely our duration of life.

But when we aim at the world, there is no fixed target; Existence is change, or consists of changes.

But the arrow has already been shot. Life and existence has allowed itself to culminate and be hit as one single target.

You.

2Does the LORD speak only through Moses?” they said. “Does He not also speak through us?” And the LORD heard this… 6he said, “Listen to my words: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.” – Numbers 12:2&6

When Christians try to herd me back into their Faith, they urge me to continue reading the Bible. I simply answer them that if the Lord is real, then he should be able to be seen without the book.

I also like to say that Jesus’ only mistake was that he called his students his 12 disciples, and not 12 seekers. You are taught to follow, and not to see for yourself.

Narrowing our vision is natural, but many of us start with too wide of a view, and having things out of focus forces some to rely on the vision of others. This is the definition of religion, and when we widen our vision, we discover that creating religion is a prevalent phenomenon distinct across all cultures.

So let’s turn our vision back unto ourselves. Even if you are Christian, you must realize that you do come from the Father. Just like a DNA test will show a connection between you and your biological father, seeking within must also reveal a direct link between you and the source of all existence.

”There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.” – Miyamoto Musashi

Nihilism is a narrow view of the world as well, but a necessary one, so that you cease aiming pointlessly at the world, with it’s ever-changing direction.

Nihilism is the ultimate form of self-respect. While other religions place a God and prophets over you, Nihilism discards everything, with the only thing remaining being you. Existence is meaningless, and yet, there is existence, with you smack-dab in the center of it.

You were not born a God, able to see time and consciousness in its entirety, but were given full responsibility for just one limited vehicle of consciousness that you are currently inhabiting.

So how, and why, would you seek solace in existence anywhere else but your own?

“Everything you value is a product of unimaginably lengthy developmental processes, personal, cultural and biological. You don’t understand how what you want–and, therefore, what you see–is conditioned by the immense, abysmal, profound past.

“Finally, you might come to realize that the specifics of the many games you are playing are so unique to you, so individual, that comparison to others is simply inappropriate. Perhaps you are overvaluing what you don’t have and undervaluing what you do.”

p. 103 , 88

There is no free will. You were not asked for consent to be born. Your past, your culture and its traditions, were all determined for you, setting you on a trajectory, a block chain of decisions merely built upon the previous ones.

Yes, you do have a nature. You will intuitively resonate and repudiate. But your values were predetermined based on your circumstances, and what you will value should they change is based on those starting attributes. I only start to wear red since I have worn so much blue.

So you must also pierce into your heart that there is no inherent value.

The fact that values do change invalidates the existence of one value, and the prevalence of multiple instances of consciousness invalidate the presence of one consciousness. Comparing yourself, competing with others, is merely you trying to become one with others. A race is different paths leading to the same place.

But the Narrow Way is a path that can only be walked by one, because it is a full acceptance of one’s time and place of being born into existence, with the attributes given, and a dedication to express this unique and individual creative nature to its maximum output, or, to be witnessed internally, to its maximum visibility.

“Who are you? You think you know, but maybe you don’t. You are, for example, neither your own master, nor your own slave. You cannot easily tell yourself what to do and compel your own obedience…You are interested in some things and not in others…You have a nature

What is it that you actually love? What is it that you genuinely want? Before you can articulate your own standards of value, you must see yourself as a stranger–and then you must get to know yourself.

pp. 89-90

Convince me otherwise on how you are so familiar to yourself.

When you look into the mirror, tell me, can you remember when you designed yourself at the Character Select screen? When you wrote your backstory? Chose your amount of starting gold?

You are merely borrowing this time. If you, the awareness, not the ego, were once part of a whole, you are now divided into this singular perspective of existence.

Life is just a roller coaster you got strapped into, and you must go along for the ride with eyes wide open. Hands off the handle bars is even better.

You are a witness to your existence, so see it, clearly and unwavering.

Even when you finally do get to know yourself, to whatever functional degree, Life does not stop. Time still flows.

What need is there for news and gossip when you are instead eagerly waiting for your next unique and creative expression and impression for each individually passing moment?

What need is there to look at the past, when they were always peering forward towards you? And if you look far enough into the future, you too will see that they have their backs turned from you. Even if you are lucky enough for them to see you, their vision of you and your circumstances will always be incomplete and out of focus.

So stay with yourself in the present.

Nothing that you see around you will ever reveal it’s true properties until you first see the true value within yourself.

There is absolutely no reason to seek out anything in this world until you can properly see, with new eyes, whats behind the very eyes that even look at the world.


Meditate on these matters.

And I will not see you on the Far Side, but next week Sunday at 12PM, every week for the rest of this series.

Thank you for reading. – Monk Moon Base

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12 Rules for Monk Mode #2: Walk The Narrow Way

This is the second of a 12-part series remixing Jordan Peterson’s book 12 Rules For Life, one chapter a week to coincide with the 12 weeks remaining for my one year celibacy vow.

In the previous episode of this series, we detached from the pursuit of women using the Taoist Order & Chaos dynamic, as men being the masculine Order trying to control the feminine Chaos is wasteful, as Chaos has a natural potential to select itself into Order.

This episode will be applying the same dynamic to the whole of society.

Too Little Order

“Order is the stability of your marriage. It’s buttressed by the traditions of the past and by your expectations — grounded, often invisibly, in those traditions. Chaos is that stability crumbling under your feet when you discover your partner’s infidelity. Chaos is the experience of reeling unbound and unsupported through space when your guiding routines and traditions collapse.”

p. 37

Tradition, and expectation.

That is, in it’s simplest form, what society is surviving on. Believe it or not, without gold to back up the currency, tradition and expectation is also what’s behind the strength and trading of the US Dollar.

This same invisible quality is what sold you onto the Blue Pill idea. And what’s even more powerful about it is that it works in two ways: even if traditions are broken, the whole system could still survive solely on expectation.

So when it all falls apart, for sure this time, we deny it, try to bargain with it, curse at it, hide from it, and a few of us even die from it.

In the same way that us men have forgotten our instincts to not seek out Chaos (pursue women) but instead focus solely on expanding our own Order (which attracts them anyway), modern comfort has also led us to lose our place in society, forgetting that civilization is not one big umbrella Order protecting us, but that it is comprised of a multitude of tiny units of Order working together.

It’s a time when we should purposefully miss the forest and focus on our own tree. Otherwise, devastating effects will occur when a man who has forgotten his own sense of masculine Order suddenly finds himself within Chaos, “reeling unbound and unsupported” as the “traditions and expectations” he had for society have fallen through.

The high rates of male suicide are a prime example for this.

Too Much Order

“Order is the place where the behavior of the world matches our expectations and our desires; the place where all things turn out the way we want them to. But order is sometimes tyranny and stultification, as well, when the demand for certainty and uniformity and purity becomes too one-sided.”

p. 36

In Alice in Wonderland, after getting through the rabbit hole, Alice drinks a bottle that ends up turning her very small. The same happens to the men I described above after taking the red pill, in which they eventually feel small and fall into depression.

But in Wonderland, a few moments later, Alice ate from a cake that then made her too large, resulting in her crying so much that when she returned to her normal size, she was able to swim in her own tears. This too happens to Red Pill men during the anger phase of the grief cycle, or better known in this context as The “Red Pill Rage”.

A common criticism of MGTOW is that for a group of men supposedly detached from women, they talk an awful lot about them, and it’s true. But there’s also talk about other men (Simps), and my favorite giveaway for someone still attached to the Order of the system: “degeneracy.”

MGTOW was supposed to be the last place I would expect to see lamentations of such a thing, but the space has also become a meeting ground for disenfranchised traditional conservatives to vent their rage.

It is supposed to be your own way, which I would expect to be very narrow. But how wide does your way become when it concerns the behavior of Thots, Simps, and degenerates who are apparently beneath you? And yet, you do not notice that you still depend and interact with them.

Your taxes are going to Tyrone’s baby mama. The Simp is delivering your Amazon package. The degenerate bags your groceries.


So no, you are not going your own way. You just want things to go your way.

The first group of men that could not overcome the depression/”valley of suicide” phase suffered from a lack of internal Order, making them small, along with the loss of external Order that was previously directing them from society above. The second group of men in the rage phase have some internal Order, making them large, but still suffering from the same loss of external Order, and they spend their time swimming in their own tears.

If society has descended into Chaos, then you are out of place attempting to restore Order to it. If instead society is still somewhat orderly, but not to the quality you desire, you are applying Order onto Order, which develops into tyranny.

Order can not be restored, it is simply maintained. Chaos can not be controlled, it is simply allowed to fall in line.

Observe how liberal cities like California and New York are losing growth, and people (especially from the former) are fleeing to places like Texas, which is ironic, since Texas is notorious for its Conservatism (aka, its Order). This is Chaos falling in line.

The Narrow Way

“The Taoist juxtaposition of yin and yang, for example, doesn’t simply portray chaos and order as the fundamental elements of Being — it also tells you how to act. The Way, the Taoist path of life, is represented by (or exists on) the border between the twin serpents. The Way is the path of proper Being. It’s the Way as that referred to by Christ in John 14:6: I am the way, and the truth and the life. The same idea is expressed in Matthew 7:14: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.

p. 43

The Red Pill is simply knowledge (truth), but MGTOW is the way and the life, with Monk Mode being the narrow way that very few find.

Consider how actual Monks live in temples and monasteries away from society. Even if they reside in society, like a Church priest, the way they live their lives is so narrow, it’s almost impossible for mainstream society to recognize them as regular participants or common citizens.

It is true what Aristotle has said:

“Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god. ”

Monks are miniature Gods among us.

We in the mainstream over-consume on food, sex, and comfort, while the Monks have made a lifestyle of fasting, and abstinence. Some don’t even sleep on beds. Yet in our excess the depth of these alternatives slip our notice.

This is likely due to the Monastic habit of not imposing on society. They simply live the Narrow Way, and maintain their Order.

Heaven and Hell

“And even if we had defeated all the snakes that beset us from without, reptilian and human alike, we would still not have been safe. Nor are we now. We have seen the enemy, after all, and he is us. The snake inhabits each of our souls.”

p. 46

We can shame the Simps, trash the Thots, fight Feminism, end the welfare state, heck, even take women’s rights away. All of this could indeed bring our society progress, but this would not be going our own way, but whatever way the wind is blowing in society while we try to direct its course.

This is also too wide of a way because when the Order we are mourning in society is finally restored, it’s possible the previous way you were going will dissolve. We would have just been a fair-weather MGTOW, or a MGTOW in protest.

Which of course, at its heart, is not necessarily a bad thing. I myself am not teaching men to be adverse to women, marriage, children, or society. If any of these things are in your heart, I truly want you to be able to obtain them. But if you are just a MGTOW in protest, I must ask you, do you want you to become new, to become better, or return to the same?

“Strengthen the individual. Start with yourself. Take care with yourself. Define who you are. Refine your personality. Choose your destination and articulate your Being…

You could help direct the world, on its careening trajectory, a bit more toward Heaven and a bit more away from Hell. Once having understood Hell, researched it, so to speak– particularly your own individual Hell— you could decide against going there or creating that. You could aim elsewhere. You could, in fact devote your life to this. That would give you a Meaning, with a capital M. That would justify your miserable existence.”

pp. 63-64

The Red Pill was supposed to be a tool, an asset. But to become a MGTOW in protest, or any form of MRA, is to admit that the Red Pill has actually placed you into hell, which I will reiterate, is not a bad thing. You are attempting to return the world more towards your idea of Heaven, and I am probably on your side.

But I need you to seek further within yourself first; to go deeper into Hell. We are still only mildly among the flames, otherwise, we would not be comfortably barking about these other troubles. But if we were to truly commit to Monk Mode, to silence the world to see through to the very core of our suffering, I guarantee the men we would become would be far more silent, either from peace or determination, for all would wish for the way out of hell to be more narrow rather than wide.

“Take pain, for example–subjective pain. That’s something so real no argument can stand against it. Everyone acts as if their pain is real–ultimately, finally real. Pain matters, more than matter matters. It is for this reason, I believe that so many of the world’s traditions regards the suffering attendant upon existence as the irreducible truth of Being.”

p.35

Living Inside-Out

“Perhaps Heaven is something you must build, and immortality something you must earn.”

p.54

If Heaven must be built, then Monk Mode is simply the demolition to clear for its foundation.

Food. Sex. Comfort. This is what the Monastic Monks sacrifice to get into Heaven. What will it be for you?

You could start a strict diet or fasting routine. Take a temporary vow of celibacy, and abstain from porn and orgasm for a while. You could cut out movies and television. Take cold showers every morning.

These can all work, as it will be very difficult for you to care about the latest feminist outrage when all you want is a simple cup of ice water during a dry fast, but still these are only on the surface.

To find out what you really need to be free, identify everything that you feel has been or can be taken from you, especially after the Red Pill, and then freely give it all away.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and abstinence makes the fires of your individual Hell much hotter.

Hear the screams of your heart, and endure them alone.

Persevere through the pain, and then pursue more pain.

Do not be satisfied with the first answer, or the fifth answer, or the fiftieth answer. Continue to pursue the truth until your life becomes a singular point. Until the way goes from wide to narrow.

Chaos is also the formless potential from which the God of Genesis I called forth order using language at the beginning of time. It’s the same potential from which we, made in that Image, call forth the novel and ever-changing moments of our lives. And Chaos is freedom, dreadful freedom , too.”‘

p. 36

Why do you figure that mediation, a practice meant for the mind, requires stillness from the body? It is because the body is orderly, so much so that most of its processes can function without our control. We can breathe unconsciously. But the mind, however, is constantly racing, making it the Chaos, the “formless potential.”

So when we take the few limbs of the body we are responsible for and keep them still, over time, the Chaos of the mind also settles, as it follows the stillness established by the body. It was the mind, however, that instructed the body to be still in the first place.

In that same respect, there was a Chaos within your life that led you to discovering the Red Pill and later choosing to go MGTOW in an effort to re-order your life.

So, that is why we must walk the narrow Way, to find the absolute Order within us that provides the focus, clarity, and stillness that will govern our entire lives.

The Blue Pill was everything outside of us. It never cared about what we felt on the inside at any point along the way. Don’t complain, just follow the trajectory: Get married, buy a house, have kids. It was the perfect formula.

It was orderly. Too orderly.

So it’s no surprise to me that Chaos, the feminine, would rise up to disturb that Order. It wanted “freedom, dreadful freedom.” This Chaos destroyed your external Order, leaving you with internal Chaos. But just as Order became Chaos, through MGTOW Monk Mode, your internal Chaos will manifest into internal Order.

The break-up, the divorce, losing custody, it all left you alone. But you should be thankful, because alone was all that you ever really needed. The Chaos taught you that you can no longer rely on the external, and forced you to seek from within.

So will you take the challenge? Will you tame the Chaos inside of you instead of seeking to curb the Chaos of others? Will you no longer rely on external Order and simply expand the Order within you?

Are you willing to live on the inside-out, seeking only your truest genuine expression, and not from the outside-in, wanting to be fulfilled by tradition and expectation?

“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.” – Miyamoto Musashi

The Book of Five Rings

Meditate on these matters.

And I will not see you on the Far Side, but next week Sunday at 12PM, every week for the rest of this series.

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The Virtue of Youth: Brahmacharya, and The “Jeff Goldblum” Method

The deeper I go into Monk Mode, the more I lose the fear I mentioned having in Finding The Wall.

I was afraid when I first started Monk Mode.

I was afraid that I would find toiling away in solitude more preferable to socializing in mainstream society, and that I would find some knowledge, whether about myself or about the world, that would never allow me to return to normal everyday relationships with friends, family, and lovers.

Notice how my specific fear was knowledge, because once you know, it’s very difficult to continue living life under the same veil of ignorance; you have a responsibility to change. I have already experienced many red pills: government and politics, news media, female nature, heck even the keto diet.

I didn’t want to lose anymore by taking yet another red pill by observing the behavior of monks and considering prolonged abstinence or celibacy.

“Because you could not find joy, you settled for pleasure. Pleasure is not joy. It’s beautiful, but limited.” – Sadhguru

In this video, Sadhguru explains Brahmacharya, the “Bachelor Student” stage for spiritual practitioners, which is largely associated with its practice of celibacy. It’s a very profound explanation, but what I will take away for this message is the delineation between pleasure and joy. Essentially, pleasure seeking is always the procurement of external stimulus, whereas joy is something achieved from within.

He sums up the celibacy practice as a tool for reaching this inner peace, and it is not needed as a life long vow. The goal is only to become joyful by your own nature, as those who do not walk the path may find themselves attempting to extract joy from others, and relying on them for pleasure.

And it is precisely this reliance on the external that actually bonds you, Sadhguru explains. Naturally, we humans want to escape bondage, and have no problem breaking our unpleasant limitations, but unfortunately we celebrate our pleasant ones, making them much harder to break.

Consider how marriage is performed and celebrated, with each partner binding the other with a ring, with death being the only thing to sever the bond.

Another instance is the motto of the Blue Pill man in regards to women: “can’t live with them, can’t live without them.” Clearly, if you respect the path of the monks, you would know this to be untrue. If you no longer want to suffer, there is a joyful path to freeing yourself from your limitations.

I must reiterate that the Bachelor student phase is actually the first of four of the age-based stages called Ashramas. The next three are householder, forest dweller/retiree and renunciation, however, any of the first three can be started at any time interchangeably, or skipped altogether to get to Sannyasa (renunciation).

I need to say this to demonstrate once again that you can graduate from Brahmacharya and become a householder (family man) if that’s what you choose to do. If we substitute the word limitation we used earlier for attachment, then we would be more familiar in Buddhist territory, in which one of the Four Noble Truths explains that not only our cravings are a source of suffering, but also our aversions.

“The other problem pointed out by Buddha here, which is very pertinent, is that denying desire (or depriving oneself) is like denying life itself. A person, he said, has to rise above attachments and for that, he need not deprive himself. The problem arises when he does not know where to put an end to his desires. And when he yields into his desires, he becomes a slave to them.” – Zenlightenment

Rejecting sexuality does not have to be the goal, only non-attachment and discipline towards it. Spiritual science is incredibly thorough, and there are balanced and holy ways of conducting your carnal expressions.


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The Jeff Goldblum Method

So, how does the goofy and glorious Jeff Goldblum fit into all this?

Well, if you haven’t noticed, this article is targeted towards the MGTOW or Red Pill men who still want a family one day. However, those of us who are still very much intent on childless bachelorhood can still use this advice to ward off family members prodding us back onto the plantation.

At 62 years old, Jeff Goldblum conceived his first child with his wife, whom is thirty years his junior, and was blessed (yes, blessed, he’s pretty old!)with another child two years later. Goldblum was married two times prior to his current wife, but what’s special about it is that there was a whopping 24 years of single life in between his second divorce and his current marriage.

We already know that men hit their peak in the sexual marketplace around age 35-40, and it’s advised to keep spinning plates with women and don’t consider settling down until you get there. My method is to push the settling down age even further, because of Jeff Goldblum and my next idea about The Virtue of Youth.

The Virtue of Youth

Even if you disagree with the sexual marketplace, there is an indisputable biological clock for women that ticks down way faster than it does for men, in terms of sexual reproduction. So, if men can produce healthy children well into their 50’s and 60’s, then there truly shouldn’t be any rush to settle down.

I call it “The Virtue of Youth” because there is an obvious physical difference between the young and the elderly, and I have been contemplating what our youthful strength is meant for. The contemporary strategy is to exhaust your youth on working and saving so that you will have an income in your later years during retirement. If that is a man’s objective, then he is severely hamstringing himself by incorporating the costs of marriage and children before his retirement age. He simply won’t be able to contribute as much to his early investments and receive the most compound interest over the years.

Imagine having 25+ years of work into your career, with no wife and child. You could easily rise up the ranks and have time to pursue your other passions and interests as well. Without a doubt you would be rich and likely famous if you wanted to.

If you then decide to become a householder, you could afford to buy a house in cash, and support a stay-at-home wife and the subsequent children, and continue to supplement your income with a side-business that you have been nurturing over the years. This way, you’ll be able to actually enjoy your marriage and family a lot more than the average husband who is away for most of the day at work trying to keep the lights on.

Getting Your Youth Back

When I first mentioned this method to my family, their first response was unanimously in horror due to the fact that the women at that age wouldn’t be able to produce children. And then they were unanimously in silence when I respond that I just simply need to find a younger woman. The Blue Pill is such a constrained view of the world.

I personally think older people enjoy hanging out with youthful people to an extent. After your youth runs out following this method, it’s only fair and sensible that you also inject more youth into your life by having a younger wife and being surrounded by your children.

The only downsides to this method is that you are pushing the start of your family quite late, and there may be a chance you kick the bucket before you see your grand kids, especially if your sons come out as smart as you are. But hey, you can’t have it all. If you do pass early though, there’s a ton in the will to make sure your family is taken care of.

I personally think following this method will encourage you to stay healthy over the years, as you need to be in optimal health to produce children at later ages and you also want to make sure you stick around to see them grow. The average man is probably beaten down from balancing his work and family over the years and probably resigns in his later years in regards to his health.

But you truly get the best of both worlds with this method. Men who marry early have an uphill battle. If you follow the Jeff Goldblum method, you’re coasting through it all.

MGTOW

Will I adopt this method myself? I don’t think so.

Too many of our greatest thinkers, inventors, and artists were all celibate, and I can’t help but conclude this is the key to their success. The one married man I do admire the most is Marcus Aurelius, but he made the mistake of promoting his son Commodus to emperor, and his son’s subsequent assassination kicked off the Year of the Five Emperors, a period of civil war within Rome. Aurelius, ironically enough, was the last of the “Five Good Emperors” of Rome, a successful dynasty of emperors whom were all adopted.

I believe a man must choose to marry either a woman or the world. If I settled down with a family, then only a small group of people would gain my full attention and resources. But if I marry the world, everyone in it becomes my child. The world and all it’s secrets garners my full potential, in the same way Isaac Newton and Nikola Tesla’s scientific and technological advancements moved the world forward.

The advantage of having a family is that your wealth gets passed on to the people you cared about and invested in to continue your legacy. It would be a shame if all the wealth us MGTOW men are able to accumulate just gets absorbed by the bank after we die.

My plan is to make MGTOW my family. I’m young and broke right now, so it’s just a pipe dream, but if I turn out to have exceptional talent and success, I look forward to starting a fraternity or non-profit organization of sorts of MGTOW men, and when I pass, the money will go to the organization, and not squandered away by any of my blue pill family members.

It’s just too Blue Pill for me to consider genes being the only form of legacy. With every new generation, your contribution to the genetic code gets smaller and smaller over time anyway. And what about your consciousness? Your ideas? Your philosophy? Jesus had no children and became the biggest religion on the planet.

If you care at all about spirituality, you have to believe you are more than just your body. I refuse to rely on my genes and this material world. What if reality was actually an illusion? Then that would mean that we all actually exist as ideas, impressions, and concepts. Therefore, I’d much rather pass down my ideas.

And I don’t even care about leaving a legacy much honestly. Aurelius reminds us in his book Meditations that the people who remember you will also die one day, so there’s no point. Yes, I think even Jesus and Buddha will be forgotten in the grand scheme of human civilization.

Ah! But that’s too much nihilism for you! You’re not ready for that. I’ll stop here.

Whatever you choose to do, I hope it’s done virtuously and consciously, and in your own way.

See you on the Far Side… – Monk Moon Base.


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Functional Nihilism and Creative Hedonism

If you’ve read an earlier article of mine, The Nature of Reality and The Meaning of Life, you would know my core philosophy lies in nihilism, but I suppose it’s a bit unfair to drop a black pill like that without at least explaining how to navigate this new realm with out a floor beneath your feet and no roof over your head.

Functional Nihilism

I’ve chosen this name because the typical nihilist, I suppose, may present some lethargic or pessimistic qualities, giving the philosophical school a bad rep, hence, being called the dysfunctional ones.

The Nihilist half of my concept would be the full recognition that all efforts from myself, humanity, and nature itself are inherently meaningless and purposeless in the macro perspective, but the Functional aspect is simply not applying anymore unnecessary resistance to the fact that Nature has willed my existence to be.

Although it is our Reason that separates us from the more instinctual animals, interestingly, we don’t always use this Reason to our benefit, and we very often are the victims of our own consciousness. We assume animals operate on a lower state of Being, but that would at least save them from ever having to contemplate suicide, for example.

This is why I am tinkering with a model of Functional Nihilism, because I don’t want my philosophy to conflict with nature.

Creative Hedonism

With humanity not being tethered to an all-encompassing purpose, many take the stroke of luck that is existence as an all-out pass for a life of hedonism. I’m personally not opposed to this, argumentatively. As a nihilist, the monk and the prostitute are the same to me. The only difference between me and them is that I’m not particularly good at gambling. The monk gambles a life of material and physical pleasure for a non-guaranteed spiritual gain, and the promiscuous or other over-indulgent person gambles their own health for frequent physical pleasure.

However, I still am pursuing pleasure, but it is through creativity. Consider the quote, “I think, therefore I am.” Well, as a Creative Hedonist, my motto is “I was created, therefore I create.” I stretch this a bit, because materially this can be used as a reasoning for me to continue to populate the species. No, I mean I was created and create on metaphysical terms.

I write. I design. I create art. That’s what I’m talking about.

A life full of the creative pursuit is still Hedonism because the completion of my works provides no guarantee that I’ll ever step off of the hedonic treadmill, especially since my interests are so varied. Even if I struck gold on my first novel like Harper Lee, I would most likely pool my earnings to adapt it into a graphic novel, or start developing video-games.

Another reason why I consider my perspective on creativity to be Hedonism is because, well, the nihilism. I’m not banking on my artistic efforts to leave a great legacy. Yes, we remember Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo now, but we’re a relatively young species; I think even Jesus and Buddha will be forgotten one day, especially if we manage to outrun the sun in this universe.

The best thing I could hope for is that I do reach a point of satisfaction that I truly can create no more, similar to Quentin Tarantino’s recent comments that he’ll step away from the director’s seat after his 9th or 10th movie (He’s on #9 already, by the way).

But then again, you never know when he’ll come out of retirement (ahem, Hayao Miyaziki).

Conclusion

All in all, I think Creative Hedonism is the most productive of the other typical pleasure-inducing pursuits, especially since most of them involve direct consumption and are dependent on external sources.

It gives me a purpose, to strive for personal satisfaction, as opposed to fulfilling some unreasonable and egotistical grand role for humanity or the spiritual realm; a concept thankfully crushed by my functional nihilism.

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Dissolving The Ego: Ben Greenfield/Anti-Psychedelic Response

“Beware of unearned wisdom.” – Carl Jung

Unearned wisdom is exactly what I consider any delusions of enlightenment from drug use to be.

Plant medicine” advocates such as Joe Rogan, Graham Hancock, and Ben Greenfield have gone so far to encourage even the harder hallucinogens, specifically ones that contain DMT or mescaline chemical compounds.

Hancock has even suggested politicians shouldn’t be elected unless they have experienced the induced states from these drugs.

But here’s my question: If these powerful drugs truly have the power to grant enlightenment, why is it necessary to continuously experiment with repeated uses?

Greenfield himself has interesting habits with plant medicine, as he makes regular tri-monthly trips with his wife, and will introduce his children to it as a rite-of-passage, which he mentions in the podcast below

All of this in order to “dissolve the ego,” he claims. (22:08)

However, only a few moments later did Ben reveal that he has too much of an ego to adopt a more communal/free-love lifestyle some users adopt after experiencing the drug, as he would prefer to have more control over his family to further the “Greenfield legacy.” (31:17)

Huh? Legacy? Why would anyone with a “dissolved ego” care about legacy?

Here is precisely why chemically induced enlightenment is dubbed “unearned wisdom.”

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Now, I’m sure the native populations that used these drugs also did them quite often, (but they didn’t have the internet, so I won’t blame them), but they also built a culture that supported the intentions behind the drug.

When their ego was dissolved through the psychedelic experience, they returned to a collectivist society where last names didn’t exist or matter, children were raised by the village, and men and women both had multiple spouses.

There was no concern for an individual legacy.

In the same way that you are a multi-cellular organism that has combined into one singular entity that is your human body, each member of these indigenous tribes were just individual cells that sacrificed their ego for the good of the collective.

Taking DMT and feeling connected to the world and all of humanity is great and all, but if only a few days or hours later you are browsing Instagram at the airport on the way back home, this is not the best way to integrate this new enlightened persona you’ve temporarily adopted after using these drugs.

If I wanted a medicine to bring me enlightenment, I would want it to be a one-shot cure, and not a prescription drug.


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How I Used Vegeta Going Super Saiyan For Life + Fitness Inspiration

Another Anime/Dragon Ball article?! I know, I know, but trust me, this one’s good. But first, some build-up:

I’ve started the Athlean-X “22 Day” Ab Workout challenge:

On Day 3 I found myself quite lethargic, as there was just no sense of urgency for it, and I had to dig deep.

I used to have a few rivals to compete against physically, but to tell you the truth, being MGTOW feels like the ultimate victory over them already.

Anything more is kicking a blue-pilled man while he’s down.

I have a regular selection of Vegeta scenes from DBZ that I use for motivation, and some are more intense or thematic depending on my mood.

However, I still wasn’t resonating with any of them, so while laying down, procrastinating, I asked myself:

“Why do I really have to do this?”, and I answered, “Because you agreed to it.”

And so, I started the work out. It was difficult without any extrinsic motivations as well as no clear idea for an intrinsic purpose, but over time my pride and desire to complete the work out developed, and I eventually tapped into a deep-seeded anger within me that led me to completely dominating the work out.

I tapped into the evil in my heart.

Although I was about equal or slightly above my rivals in fitness, I now desired to completely blow them out of the water. And I went even further, including people that weren’t even exercising.

I specifically targeted a few people who were Christians, because I recently came out to my family that I did not believe in the Bible’s interpretation of God or the events about the life of Jesus.

These people claim to have this connection to the Holy Spirit, and yet they continue to make poor financial decisions, are unable to curb their diet, and are generally unproductive with their time.

So there I was, going Super Saiyan, with an M on my forehead, sharp breaths in between reps that I want to kill their God.

Fuck Yahweh.

And I have to say it felt pretty good.”


Day 4

I performed a chest workout the night before, and still felt motivated to show them all the true power of the Majin Spirit vs. The Holy Spirit, but after the workout was done I wasn’t interested in re-watching the motivational videos.

I took a cold shower and realized how big my life actually is, with all the other goals I want to accomplish, and my true purpose and ambition hardly concerns anyone else in my family.

Even during my nightly journal session, I just wasn’t on the frequency to criticize them anymore.

Arriving at Day 4 of the Ab workout, I hesitated to watch the Majin Vegeta video. For some reason, it felt like it was going to require more energy to get emotional about the whole ordeal, instead of turning my brain off and just going through the motions.

“I didn’t care anymore. I didn’t care about being better than Kakarot. I didn’t care about being a Super Saiyan. I didn’t care if I lived! I didn’t care about anything! And then, it happened.” – Vegeta

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Vegeta had always felt that Goku surpassing him was an insult to his birthright as “The Prince of All Saiyans.” But what Vegeta had to realize was that Goku was never gunning for that position; Goku was always in his own lane.

Goku doesn’t even use his Saiyan-given name “Kakarot”. The Saiyan race is effectively dead and Vegeta and Goku are the last ones left, as their children are half-breed. There is no kingdom left to rule.

Vegeta became Super Saiyan when he finally dissolved his ego, and let go of all those external motivations. He had the power level to achieve the state a long time ago, but it was his insecurities and mental blocks that prevented it.

When he no longer cared about that, when his external world crumbled to the point that it nearly got him killed, that’s when his mind was forced to retreat into the quietness of his inner world, and suddenly, he exploded back as a Super Saiyan.

Unfortunately for Vegeta, reaching his goal made his pride multiple times worse than it was before, which led him to taking actions that would heavily endanger himself and the other characters in later arcs.

And so, I will stop where I am now and use his lesson.

I do have emotional issues. Insecurities. Pride. But I have to let it go.

When the workout started to get tough, and the images of the people I was angry at flashed into my mind, I let them go.

“I want to become my own person.” I told myself.

I may not be able to go Super Saiyan in real life, but I can enter a flow state, and it always requires me to lose my ego:


From Wikipedia:

“Jeanne Nakamura and Csíkszentmihályi identify the following six factors as encompassing an experience of flow:[2]

  • Intense and focused concentration on the present moment
  • Merging of action and awareness
  • A loss of reflective self-consciousness
  • A sense of personal control or agency over the situation or activity
  • A distortion of temporal experience, one’s subjective experience of time is altered
  • Experience of the activity as intrinsically rewarding, also referred to as autotelic experience”

It’s possible that I could continue to use those dark emotional feelings as fuel to power my workouts to incredible heights, like how Vegeta’s fury kept him alive at 450x Earth’s gravity, but I don’t think that power comes free.

What I gain in physical power might result in a trade-off that holds me back emotionally. It would drain me spiritually. And just like Vegeta’s case, it could also end up backfiring and hurt me physically.

I have to thank Immortal Mindz. I feel like he supported my comment because he secretly knew what was coming next.

I won’t dissuade anyone from using these negative forces and external factors to motivate themselves for their goals. We all resonate with different frequencies, and Vegeta’s was particularly dark. He was outer space under a lightning storm and meteor shower for goodness’ sake!

But through the darkness came the bright light of the Super Saiyan.

See you on the Far Side… – Monk Moon Base

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The Way of The Sword: Part I

This story is titled part one because The Way of the Sword is something not readily apparent and required my meditation for some time. But perhaps I have scratched the surface now for some scraps to mull over today.

I know a little bit about Miyamoto Musashi, Japan’s all-time greatest swordsman, and desire to read his books one day. But I have decided to first seek within on this matter.

As a fan of martial arts, I was of course fascinated by his legacy, as many others are too, but I began to feel disturbed to derive inspiration from a man who has killed so many. Wanting to strike another man down, especially for sport, comes off as dysfunctional to me, and I know Musashi was not raised in a stable home.

But despite that, human nature does not automatically reject violence. The combat sport industry has been a successful one across many civilizations and centuries, including today, as we enjoy MMA/boxing bouts, and even the small scuffles in more tame sports.

So, was living the life of a dueling swordsman just about the thrill of combat?

A duel to the death must activate you in some extraordinary manner. Maybe it’s an adrenaline high that keeps them coming back? Even street racers could recognize this feeling.

But Musashi did not die a brute. He passed away as a dignified leader of a school, adoptive father, artist, serviceman, and published strategist and philosopher.

So, pulling back from just Musashi, and looking at all the men who participate in this sword dueling realm, I will give them more credit and ask, was it about human potential?

Is it possible that leaving one’s fate to the decision of the duel is the ultimate quest for seeking self-knowledge and fundamental truth?

Consider this, if you strike a man down in a duel, you live, and he dies. It is uncontestable who was better. That much is at least provable.

Life and death seem to be the only realms we can’t really argue about. You’re here and then you’re not.

However dysfunctional it may be resorting to violence in this manner, two men agree on an even playing field with both having something to prove. They both test their human ability, and only one is allowed to live with confirmation about the way he views the world.

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Something deep within me resonates with the definiteness and decisiveness that is the life and the Way of the sword.

I have found myself lately with a subtle aching to strike a man down, but not physically.

Let me explain.

Every man has their own worldview, and I believe the peak of masculinity is to commit yourself to see that world through.

My worldview, my beliefs, perspectives, and actions I take on my path, is my sword. Although I am mostly practicing my forms and sharpening my sword alone, there are many other men also trying to shape the world, and slowly I’m realizing that eventually we will have to cross paths.

That is when my world view, my masculinity, will be tested.

It won’t be life or death, but whether with a sword or a pen, a contest of ideas is the only way to know the truth about the path the man is on.

If he loses, he learns his method is incomplete. If he wins, he lives to seek another opponent, continuously, until he is the best.

The only danger I foresee on this path is to have rivals, because once a rival is defeated, I would be left without a purpose. Ego and emotional investment in the affair can be misleading.

So, I suppose the real fight is to discover the truth.

In the age of Miyamoto Musashi, using physical means was the easiest way to impose truth into reality. And the contest being within the threat of death was also the fastest way to activate the complete necessity of a man’s full potential.

But there’s no way it can just be chalked up to just mindless violence. There must have been something more ethereal, spiritual, about the Way that attracted so many men to it.

Whether he lived or died, the Way of the Sword granted a man the greatest opportunity to settle the incessant chatter within his head and uncontestably revealed to him his place within the world.  

The Way of the Sword requires 100% of you; a full commitment.

The Way of the Sword is putting everything on the line in order to know.


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Two Questions To End Old Habits and Re-Organize Your Life

There is little use in structuring your life on definitive statements.

“I’m going to lose weight this year.”

“I’m going to save more money.”

“I wont relapse again.”

We command ourselves as if we know and have full control of our behavior. We feel empowered in that moment to make these statements, and our resolve feels real, but how great are we really at predicting the future?

“A question opens the mind. A statement closes the mind.” -Robert Kiyosaki

Let’s stop acting like we know. At the very best, let’s commit to making an educated guess, or defer to the data we already have, and lead ourselves down a better path of self-knowledge and curiosity.

Here are the questions:

What is the end goal of this action?

and how does it develop my character? (Or alternatively, what does this teach me about myself?)


What Is The End Goal?

This question helped me to quit video-games (or at least put them on pause for a while), because I realized there was no end-game for the habit.

There are so many new games being released every month. And yet, there are also so many old games that I have yet to play. After I finish one game, I will just have to pull another one off of the backlog and finish that one too, while my wish list simultaneously builds up.

Never ending consumption.

So I’ve given away my Nintendo Switch. In my two decades of playing video games, I have surely accumulated enough data to at least extract a meaningful 20% of video-games that will encompass 80% of my total playing time now.

I have a Nintendo Wii with most of my favorite games on it already, and a CRT TV to reproduce the aesthetic feel. Why do I need anything more?

We may not be able to predict the future, but asking yourself what is the end goal? will most certainly stop you from an endless road of unceasing consumption. You may have already arrived. You may have all that you need for the right now.

How Does This Develop My Character/ What Does This Teach Me About Myself?

This is another great question to ask when you are faced with repeating your old habits.

Suppose you are committed to a new healthy diet, and suddenly you are craving something off the menu. Why should you indulge this craving?

You already know that you want this particular thing, how would indulging in it provide you with additional self-knowledge?

I love donuts. In my life I’ve eaten 1,000 donuts. What new pathway will be opened up if I go up to 1,001?

And there’s no need to commit or to promise never again to eat donuts, but simply ask what is the end goal of this donut? How will this donut develop my character?

It may not serve you now, but it could be relevant in another season. Don’t cry. Don’t run. Don’t have such strong beliefs for yourself.

Let’s just be open and try and ask more meaningful questions which lead to more meaningful resolutions.


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Is There More To Life? (Than Just Food and Sex)

“Is there more to life?” Is exactly what I asked myself, turning away from a very physically beautiful woman walking by me down the street.

What prompted this question was simply the sheer distraction I suffered from observing her, as my hormones locked in and generated the idea that being with a woman like her is the epitome of life.

And those hormones are 100% right.

After all, the end goal of such an interaction would literally result in more “life” (a baby).

But as a practitioner of fasting and meditation exercises, I’m not one to casually submit to my carnal desires on a whim. I should at least question them.

So, “Is there more to life?

I ask again.


A great few notable men have become quite famous for living their lives either in celibacy or with a keen control of their sexuality.

Various Monk Societies. Isaac Newton. Immanuel Kant. Nikola Tesla. Leonardo Da Vinci. Beethoven. Michelangelo. Aristotle. Freud...

Excelling in their respective fields of Spirituality, Philosophy, Science and Art.

Truthfully though, we do not have to be so esoteric.

The average human being is not living in a constant lower Id state prioritizing only the minimum sustenance required to persist in uninterrupted sexual and sensual activity.

Although those functions may have the strongest biological drives, as humans, we have still managed to develop more creative interests and pursuits that separate us further from the animals.

But if there is no biological drive to pursue those interests, why are we driven towards them?

What parts of our brain are being rewarded when we observe a satisfying piece of art? What drives us to study numbers? To study values? To look at the stars?

What happens to a man when he chooses to take a pause before his food, before his sex, and asks

“Is there more to life?”

What happens to the world?

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“The act of procreation and anything that has any relation to it is so disgusting that human beings would soon die out if there were no pretty faces and sensuous dispositions.”Leonardo Da Vinci

“If humans would control their sex desires and transmute them into a driving force with which to carry on their occupation—that is, if they spent on their work one half the time they dissipate in pursuit of sex, they would never know poverty”.Napoleon Hill, 1938.