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 of Monk Mode #3: Only Seek Your Power

This is the third 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 you dare aspire upward, you reveal the inadequacy of the present and the promise of the future. Then you disturb others, in the depths of their souls, where they understand that their cynicism and immobility are unjustifiable. You play Abel to their Cain. You remind them that they ceased caring not because of life’s horrors, which are undeniable, but because they do not want to lift the world up on to their shoulders, where it belongs.”

p. 83

They say all roads lead to MGTOW, and so Monk Mode must be the most upward place and direction. When a man goes MGTOW Monk, it is immediately obvious that, unless he was previously blessed with some godlike awareness, an inadequacy within the present has encouraged him to seek within and make a promise for his own future. He is deciding to secure that future instead of gambling against the current dating scene, divorce rates, and family court laws.

MGTOW disturbs the TFL/Black Pill crowd, because we serve as an unbearable bright light among their cynicism and immobility. They can not fathom that what they yearn for the most is intentionally avoided by MGTOW men.

Likewise, MGTOW is also a blight to the the Blue Pill, as these individuals’ futures rely on the present, and recognizing the validity of MGTOW places uncertainty onto their future goals.

If they were content, they would simply ignore us, and we would have no effect.

However, and here is why I say I give out red pills that are of this world, if MGTOW men were content, they too would also ignore the decadence of the world, and it would have little effect.

Welcome to Episode 3: Avoid failure, and Only Seek Your Own Power.

The Repetition Compulsion Complex

“Sometimes, when people have a low opinion of their own worth— or, perhaps, when they refuse responsibility for their lives–they choose a new acquaintance, of precisely the type who proved troublesome in the past. Such people don’t believe that they deserve any better–so they don’t go looking for it. Or, perhaps they don’t want the trouble of better. Freud called this a “repetition compulsion.” He thought of it as an unconscious drive to repeat the horrors of the past–sometimes, perhaps, to formulate those horrors more precisely, sometimes to attempt more active mastery and sometimes, perhaps, because no alternatives beckon.

p. 75

MGTOW men don’t appear to ascribe themselves as low worth, unfortunately that is more likely within the Incel/TFL/Black Pill community. However, in both groups, I would say there are a fair number who refuse responsibility, and fall into the repetition compulsion complex.

Now, the context in which others tell MGTOW or Incels to take responsibility is usually related to women, and how both groups of men are not trying hard enough to find a good one, or just get with one at all. However, I have already explained why pursuing women leads to Chaos within men. Therefore, the responsibility I am encouraging for men is for their own personal well-being, separate from external factors.

I am asking men to find peace, purpose, and stillness in solitude. I am asking men to go Monk Mode.

“I feel like my life is worth more than some pussy…than some ran through hoes… I made a decision…I’m not approaching no more females…I took all that energy and put it into myself, and now I’m making so much money, I have the potential to be my own boss at 22.” – VVS

The following quote is from VVS’ video “FUCK THE NEGATIVITY“, in which he announces that he is no longer consuming or producing Incel/TFL content.

The truth hurts, but you don’t have to hurt yourself over and over again once you get it. Take the Red Pill, or the Black Pill, and then move on, evolve, with this new knowledge.

Like Tank said in the Matrix about Neo’s test to jump across a street to a rooftop in The Matrix, “No one ever makes the first jump.”

While that turned out to be true, we can not spend our time looking down at how far the fall is;. We have to aspire above and eventually take the leap forward.

The same applies to MGTOW as well. You do not need “a red pill a day.” Learn the truth, and then use the truth. Many will claim the repetition compulsion of consuming content primarily concerning female nature is indeed to “formulate the horrors to attempt active mastery”, but I believe it’s the latter: “because no alternatives beckon.”

They are still the same broken men, picking at their scabs, prolonging its process to heal.

Many smell this festering of wounds, and they leave MGTOW, like VVS has left Incel/TFL. That is why I am here, to convince men to make the jump.

The Jump To Go Monk

“It is far more likely that a given individual has just decided to reject the path upward, because of its difficulty…failure is easy to understand...fear, hatred, addiction, promiscuity, betrayal and deception require no explanation… It’s easier not to shoulder a burden. It’s easier not to think, and not to do, and not to care…

Maybe your misery is a demand placed on me so that I fail too, so that the gap you so painfully feel between us can be reduced, while you degenerate and sink. How do I know that you would refuse to play such a game?”

pp. 80-81

These are comments for VVS. According to the first two respondents, if you are not entrenched on the reality of your defeat daily, you are coping. Any other orientation is betrayal. In fact, repetition of your hopelessness is actually a solution to the problem.

“these problems are in our faces everyday and we need livestreams what else we got

Here it is, in plain view. No alternatives beckon.

The “Black Pill” was merely the realization that their hangovers could be cured with more alcohol. The poison has become the medication.

“Or maybe you have no plan, genuine or otherwise, to rescue anybody. You’re associating with people who are bad for you not because it’s better for anyone but because it’s easier. You know it. Your friends know it. You’re all bound by an implicit contract–one aimed at nihilism, and failure, and suffering of the stupidest sort. You’ve all decided to sacrifice the future to the present.

You don’t talk about it. you don’t all get together and say, ‘Let’s take the easier path. Let’s indulge in whatever the moment might bring. And let’s agree, further, not to call each other on it. That way, we can more easily forget what we are doing.‘ You don’t mention any of that. But you all know what’s really going on.”

pp. 79-80

These MGTOW and Black Pill content creators whose material only consists of either the futility or folly of our current state in society and gender dynamics are precisely the bad crowd taking the easy road. Failure doesn’t have to be explained. This is just circle-jerking over a dead horse.

The future is being sacrificed for the present when men engage with this content, not because I am extending a hopeful and optimistic view that things will get better later, but because they are sacrificing their internal expression of their own futures for the external focus on the circumstances of the present.

Maybe your misery is your attempt to prove the world’s injustice, instead of the evidence of your own sin, your own missing of the mark, your conscious refusal to strive and to live…Maybe it’s your revenge on Being. How exactly should I befriend you when you’re in such a place?

You should choose people who want things to be better, not worse. It’s a good thing, not a selfish thing, to choose people who are good for you. It’s appropriate and praiseworthy to associate with people whose lives would be improved if they saw your life improve.”

pp. 81-82

These content creators and the consumers indulging in it do not want the best for society. Their lives do not improve when it improves, but only when there is more decline and division, because it confirms their choice to participate on the dark path.

If all the ills of society were suddenly cured, these content creators would evaporate from running out of material, because their project is revenge, and nothing more.

There is no plan. They are not trying to save you. They are simply indulging in the drama of today’s affairs. Any benefits to your well-being are simply by-products of you avoiding the car crash they are telling you to look at.

This is why we must engage in Monk Mode and find the Way, because seeking within and focusing on the internal will only produce things of meaning and permanence.

To return to the Matrix example, These men are focused on the fall and the spectacle of others falling.

Now, I don’t want the men to make the jump across the street using some Positive thinking/Hope/Faith strategy so that they can overcome all the things their ideologies have warned they would surely fail in (marriage/dating/etc.), but I want men to enter Monk Mode and make the jump so that they transcend the entire meaning of the street itself.

Marriage. Divorce. Tinder swipes. Thots. Simps. All of it, transcended.

Don’t jump to get over, jump to be above. Don’t cross a barrier, don’t bend the spoon. Realize there is no barrier and there is no spoon; there is only you.

You were always the Master. You only failed because you allowed yourself to be defined as a player in another person’s game. Play your game, and make damn sure that it’s one that you always win.

If you had control over your environment, of course, you would wish for many external factors to be changed to be conducive to your happiness, but we don’t always have this control. However, we have at least some dominion over our own mind; should we not also wish for our internal states to default to happiness, or orderliness?

“Before you help someone, you should find out why that person is in trouble. You shouldn’t merely assume that he or she is a noble victim of unjust circumstances and exploitation. It’s the most unlikely explanation, not the most probable…if you buy the story that everything terrible just happened on its own, with no personal responsibility on the part of the victim, you deny that person all agency in the past (and, by implication, in the present and future, as well). In this manner, you strip him or her of all power.”

p. 80

Happiness need not be the goal. In fact, for a time I preferred neutrality and stoicism over any passionate states. Some people are also more talented at using their negative emotions as fuel, so I’m not against being negative.

But you must absolutely take control over these emotions and circumstances if you choose this path. Any person or situation that can trigger you emotionally can rob you of your power.

Incels will lament that they were born unattractive; it happened on its own. MGTOW will blame feminism and the family courts for their unjust circumstances and exploitation.

I’m not going to argue with this. I might even agree. I don’t want to assign you agency to these things. These are institutions and conditions that are bigger than you. Assigned to you without consent.

But you still have power.

No, I am not a motivational speaker telling you that you have power to change these circumstances. I am saying you still have power in some other way, to do other things.

When a building catches fire, you are no longer responsible for anything inside; you are only responsible for securing yourself. And that fire could very well take everything you own.

A divorce could take half of what you own. Poor genetics may make it difficult for you to ever have a woman for your own. Some men will remain paralyzed to watch the fire in horror. Others will wait to recover what they can from the remains. Only a final few will simply walk away, knowing the only real option left is to find a new place to sleep for the night, and tomorrow, begin the plan to rebuild.

VVS has built himself a new home. He is unrecognizable to those still residing within the ashes.

It’s fine to feel like shit. It’s fine to know society is shit. But you still have power, somehow, somewhere, and you need to find it and start using it immediately, so that you may transcend this Hell and give yourself a straight shot into Heaven.

Monk Mode is the internal practice of becoming the carpenter for your own future. Let the flames of the world be damned. Just build. Build above the flames if you have to. But don’t ever stop building.

Don’t ever stop seeking your own power.

“The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.” – Nikola Tesla


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.

Thank you for reading. – Monk Moon Base

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12 Rules For (Monk Mode) Life: #1 – Live Like The Lobster

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

“It is also a mistake to conceptualize nature romantically. Rich, modern city-dwellers, surrounded by hot, baking concrete, imagine the environment as something pristine and paradisal, like a French impressionist landscape. Eco-activists, even more idealistic in their viewpoint, envision nature as harmoniously balanced and perfect, absent the disruptions and depredations of mankind. Unfortunately, “the environment” is also elephantiasis and guinea worms, anopheles mosquitoes and malaria, starvation-level droughts, AIDS and the Black Plague.

We don’t fantasize about the beauty of these aspects of nature, although they are just as real as their Edenic counterparts. It is because of the existence of such things, of course, that we attempt to modify our surroundings, protecting our children, building cities and transportation systems and growing food and generating power. If Mother Nature wasn’t so hell-bent on our destruction, it would be easier for us to exist in simple harmony with her dictates.

pp. 13-14

Conceptualizing nature romantically is a perfect description of being Blue Pilled. Before MGTOW, we believed that women had no or very loosely defined nature, and were able to love man equally and independently of the influences of her social environment.

Being the rational beings that men are, we advocated for women to have even more access and equality when they asked for it, believing that the centuries of subjugation women endured before our modern comfort was simply due to the selfish “disruptions and depredations of man”.

But then came the family court: Divorce, unbalanced child support and custody, alimony; paternity fraud, false accusations, abortion.

It is because of the existence of these things that us MGTOW men attempt to modify our surroundings, protecting our assets, building wealth and communication systems, growing knowledge and generating personal sovereignty. “If [Female] Nature wasn’t so hell-bent on our destruction, it would be easier for us to exist in simple harmony with her dictates.”

“A lobster needs a safe hiding place to rest, free from predators, and the forces of nature.”

p. 5

Men disperse in a variety of levels of engagement with women after taking the red pill. Many still choose to date and marry and simply avoid the dark alleyways of female nature. MGTOW can still interact with women but explicitly proclaim no marriage and cohabitation. But some men, the MGTOW Monks, go even further, by either replacing relationships with women altogether (through escorts or sex dolls), or living without them through celibacy.

But no matter which way a man chooses, every direction is motivated by self-preservation. I can appreciate advocating men to be informed on female nature and not putting their balls into a vice if they don’t have to. But what I can not agree with is to proceed with life with a constant doubt and fear at the back of the mind because of the things we have learned. I can not agree with living just to live.

Even though they might have been Blue Pill, many men, like soldiers, willingly put their lives on the line for their values, making it possible for them to even fulfill their purpose in spite of their deaths.

A common criticism of MGTOW is that we go to great lengths to preserve our resources but potentially have no legacy to pass down said wealth. Without taking any sacrifices, many accuse MGTOW of practicing hedonism.

But in my world, MGTOW Monk Mode can actually entail the ultimate sacrifice, and is a life no longer lived in fear, but with fight and with purpose.

Basis of Desire

Any man can go around hitting on women… walking around chest puffed out like you’re tough, like you’re the man…but only a select few are so f–in awesome that the women come to them…If I can’t be that guy I don’t deserve to have sex. I won’t accept anything less.

…Chances of failure very high. Chances of success very low…but this challenge sets my soul on fire. I feel like I’m punching the biggest motherf–ker in jail right now…This, to me, is masculine, because this is hard. This is damn near impossible, and I love it. – Chad Marco

OCM Botcast Ep.006

It doesn’t matter if you choose to be celibate or sexually active, the first rule of Monk Mode will simply be to not pursue women.

It’s been said so many times in many different ways.

“Disregard women, acquire currency.”

“First you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the women.” – Scarface

“Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.” – Proverbs 31:3

Low value men have rationalized the pursuit of women as a male rite of passage and societal imperative. But truthfully there is no achievement in attraction and desire.

One of my favorite concepts introduced by the author Robert Greene is that we are not completely human, but actually animals trying to become human. The rationalization to pursue women is merely the intelligent translation of our genetic evolutionary tactics used to proliferate the human species. Men are biologically designed to be sexually liberal, as just one man could be enough to stabilize and replenish the human population if it were ever in danger, as he can impregnate many women in rapid succession.

So when men realize this desire in them, and act upon it, it’s no different than any other impulsive decision to satisfy a base desire.

“It will render you impulsive, so that you will jump, for example, at any short-term mating opportunities, or any possibilities of pleasure, no matter how sub-par, disgraceful or illegal. If you have high status, on the other hand…You don’t need to grasp impulsively at whatever crumbs come your way, because you can realistically expect good things to remain available. You can delay gratification, without forgoing it forever.”

p. 17

Because many men do shy away from approaching women, many other men will mistakenly believe that pursuing women is indeed “Standing up straight with your shoulders back”, confronting the unknown, and “transforming the chaos of potential into the realities of habitable order.”

However, to use the Taoist Yin (Black/Chaos) and Yang (White/Order) symbology, the white circle on the top of the black snake’s head symbolizes that Chaos has the potential to seek or become order. Therefore, we must allow Chaos, the feminine, to pursue or select.

Because if a man pursues, he is admitting that women are his chaos, the uncertainty, that he must bring to order in his life, as opposed to some other higher purpose. If he is rejected, does he now not descend into disorder? But even if he is accepted, because he has taken upon himself the task to resolve her chaotic nature, she will always serve as the black circle upon his head that has the potential to unravel him into chaos.

Order, then, should for the most part be stable and unchanging. Otherwise, Chaos would not know if it is residing in just a different form of Chaos.

So how do we maintain order? How do we transcend our base instincts?

The Instinct To Fight

[Female lobsters] start hanging around the dominant lobster’s pad, spraying attractive scents and aphrodisiacs toward him, trying to seduce him. His aggression has made him successful, so he’s likely to react in a dominant, irritable manner. Furthermore, he’s large, healthy and powerful. It’s no easy task to switch his attention from fighting to mating.

p.10

Even though I have labeled the pursuit of sex as a base animal instinct, even the prehistoric, lower life-form lobster still does not trivially pursue females, and this is possible because the lobster must always fight.

“Territory matters, and there is little difference between territorial rights and social status. It is often a matter of life and death.”

p. 4

The lobster instinctively knows that if it simply vies for the best possible territory around, it will grant him access to resources, which in turn attracts females. Reproduction is a by-product of his success.

But the human male has forgotten this instinct. In modern times and developed economies, we are raised with all the necessary boxes for survival checked off long ago, so naturally, our ancient biological counter creates an imbalance as it is also expecting sexual access to coincide with the level of health and comfort we have achieved, resulting in men debasing themselves to acquire it.

So the story may end here, for some of you, as the simple answer to this is that men must always fight against hypergamy, the female trait that sexually selects men of equal or higher value. Because feminism has given women increased access to resources and social status, acquiring sex has now become a much more expensive endeavor.

Although it still incurs a cost, some men try to subvert the traditional ways of attracting a mate by learning pick-up or “game“, which I like to say is a complementary or artificial boost to status (which is 1 of the 3 commonly ascribed main attributes a male has to attract women, along with physical “looks” and finances).

It’s interesting, because I noticed that some men would logically deduce they should instead take a hiatus from dating to enter Monk Mode and then return to it once they have settled accounts, in whatever departments that may be. In a way, these men wanted to pursue inner confidence first instead of the brute-force desensitization method pick-up artists employ by constantly approaching women.

The most common critique against Monk Mode was that Gaming needs to be a constant practice, and you will be more likely to revert to being Blue Pill after all that time away from women. After all those days in the desert, you will mistake your first drink for an oasis, and destroy yourself.

I always considered this as simple marketing, of course, because if these men were able to tap into their inner lobsters, they would not need to consume the PUA coach’s content anymore. But now I see it is an entirely possible scenario for those of you men whose stories end here.

But for those of you who want to stay in Wonderland, allow me to offer you an even stronger Red Pill, and show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Self-Knowledge

Comment from Relationships Are An Anchor To Your Success – Immortal Mindz

As you can see from the reply count, this comment was quite controversial.

In all the lines before the last one, it’s a clear case of the warning gaming coaches shared about men losing the ability to have boundaries with women after experimenting with Monk Mode . However, the controversy is in the last line.

I need that woman bad, bro.

Bodied.

I chimed in with a more level-headed response though, and simply told OP that even though my one-year celibacy vow ends in three months, it is no longer a matter of needing vs. wanting a woman, but whether I can or cannot have a woman, because I have my purpose.

Will she anchor my success?

Unfortunately, Immortal Mindz does sell a “hope” strategy (the 5% woman is a NAWALT), and so I’m afraid many of his viewers will never find their way.

The reason why the OP felt like he lost himself was because he has not done the work to fully understand that the desire for sex and female companionship is so powerful, that 99% of men are actively or subconsciously constructing a significant portion of their identities based around it. And after it is acquired, whether the relationship results in failure or lasting success, it is unequivocal that he also loses a part of himself along the way.

Sacrifice

To summarize, the first rule is to never pursue women, as man should delegate the selection process to women instead, as females are more emotionally, biologically, and socially invested in reproduction and relationships than men are.

An example for this is the life of a high status male lobster, whom by default does not entertain women and is instead seduced, as he gains access to them as a by-product of maximizing his survival instincts.

After slaying the dragon, the Princess and gold are already there for you. You do not need to seek anything but your goal.

The female lobster is dangerously close to shedding her shell when she attempts to seduce the male lobster, and uses scents and aphrodisiacs to do so. Sounds like a perfumed and provocatively dressed female to me.

To not completely restrict themselves from the pleasures of life, some men will accept these seductions after their success has granted them access to women in this way. From there, some men will discern which of these women are also of high-value before he accepts their invitation, like Immortal Mindz’ 95/5 dynamic.

But the last group of men will either deny, ignore, or avoid the opportunities to be seduced completely. This is not specifically because of some aversion to women, although those men exist. For these men, it is not about gaining access to women, but whether or not women have access to them.

Monk Mode is the most intense yet rewarding path a man can take because it allows him to discover a passion so absorbing of his Being that he is willing to forego food, sex, hygiene, and even friends, family, and reputation for a time, or completely, in order to advance his ultimate desires.

“Freud held the opinion (based on personal experience and observation) that sexual activity was incompatible with the accomplishing of any great work. Since he felt that the great work of creating and establishing psychotherapy was his destiny, he told his wife that they could no longer engage in sexual relations. Indeed from about the age of forty until his death Freud was absolutely celibate “in order to sublimate the libido for creative purposes,” according to his biographer Ernest Jones.”

It is not a matter of aversion, but ascension. When a man’s potential is realized, his path to destiny finalized, even if he has been given a marriage, he will still find himself incompatible with the traditional rules of engagement between men and women.

Einstein fathered two sons and was married for a combined 34 years with two wives, but apparently required strict rules that effectively rendered the wives as his obedient servants. After his first divorce and the death of his second wife, Einstein was nonchalant, publicly expressing feelings of tranquility and living “like a bear in his den.”

Source: https://www.apost.com/en/blog/einsteins-brutal-rules-for-his-wife-that-disgust-women-today/6946/

Speaking of living like animals, the relationship between lobsters is not very far off.

“Afterward, the female hangs around, and hardens up for a couple of weeks (another phenomenon not entirely unknown among human beings). At her leisure, she returns to her own domicile, laden with fertilized eggs.”

pp. 10-11

A man only considers, and later succeeds at, living in Monk Mode when he fully internalizes his perception that because of his talent or acquired knowledge, he may not be able to lead a common life.

The deeper he is involved in Monk Mode, the more the matters of the material and biological processes slowly begin to drift away from him, as he progressively becomes no longer a man but a mere vessel for his talent.

The decision to not pursue women for the man in monk Mode is unnecessary, because they instead pursue him, or is a necessity, to preserve the time needed to advance his goals.

Therefore, this rule is not a commandment, one that men should pressure themselves to follow, but is merely an observation.

You are neither inadequate nor excellent for your pursuit or abstinence from women. This is simply a matter of finding the full extent of our self-expression.

After all, the lobster does not consider any of these things. He is successful solely from the superb synchrony of his instincts.

But living as a human, for better or worse, we have developed norms and habits that are outside of our instincts. With so many influences, we don’t know our true individual natures.

Monk Mode is simply the way for man to re-discover himself, within himself.

“A lobster needs a safe hiding place to rest, free from predators, and the forces of nature.”

“The body [and mind], with its various parts, needs to function like a well-rehearsed orchestra. Every system must play its role properly, and at exactly the right time, or noise and chaos ensue. It is for this reason that routine [and Monk Mode] is so necessary. The acts of life we repeat every day need to be automatized. They must be turned into stable and reliable habits, so they lose their complexity and gain predictability and simplicity.”

pp. 5, 18

To get started, don’t commit to anything, but simply ask “Who am I without women?”, and if you want to know for certain, “What will happen if I give them up for a year?”. 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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Responding to Comments – Celebrating 20 Videos Published

Back at it again with another milestone, another review of comments.

First off, let’s get all the bullshit out of the way. THE FUCKING SPAMMERS

The first bot spotted was Logan. Then, Bananarama gassed me up on the Third Act Freestyle video I did, but this one I actually fell for since I was a bit excited about releasing that particular video. But after I replied, I was suspicious about the profile, and I confirmed it was a spam comment to draw me to their channel and watch their Fortnite videos.

The next day, Liam attempted to do the same, and I knew it was spam because it was an instant comment as soon as I uploaded the video.

Then, I started browsing around YouTube like usual, and managed to find Liam again, but now there was a slightly different banana account, but repeating the same line. The uploader was completely fooled.

Finally, this morning, a third banana account has appeared. This one was actually directly feeding into a different channel completely. Also, I decided to check back on the original Bananarama comment, and now, the username is “Caria“, feeding into the same channel that Bobbette is being used for. WHAT THE HECK??

I’m not sure if I should expose them so other people could know, or just block/ignore them. It’s only slightly interesting because it’s a bit of a recent turn of events.

Alright, no more robots. On to comments from real people!

A Little More Housekeeping

Another reminder that you must keep the language clean and not post more than one link in the comments on YouTube or else your comment will automatically be hidden by YouTube’s quality bot.

Sh*t Talkers

Perfect that Smart Halayla is back, because he was the smart one that actually posted too many links and is being referred to in the previous comment for having his content was hidden.

Many are parroting this idea that we all need to unite against feminism. This is simply just a marketing tool for PUAs to prevent the manosphere from raising their standards, trashing their content, and going MGTOW. PUAs/Red Pill benefit from feminism because they encourage men to engage with sexually liberated women. What do you think “spinning plates” is after all?

Allow me to clue you in even further. Men are and always will be in power. Feminism only exists because men shared their power with women. As soon as that stops, feminism will die. So, I am free to be superior to every other man if I want to, because that has nothing to do with how we interact with women.

Lastly, if you look at the chart below, you”ll see why MGTOW is above Red Pill, literally, as the latter’s philosophy doesn’t go past level 2. End of discussion.


Next, we have an odd picture from Triggered Deplorable, who got triggered by my thumbnail photo for my Kim and Kanye Are Like Bulma and Vegeta video. Apparently, Kanye developed this image himself for his “stronger” video.

No Fap

The first two comments are responses to my 5 Tips For Starting and Thriving on No Fap post on Publish0x.

I’ve heard great reviews of that book recommended by walkonwayvs. One of the rules that stood out to me was “live as if your father is dead.”

I’m very thankful to Atalosgaia for responding to Cameronomnia, because as you know on this channel we always take a reason and logic-based approach.

That said, I met Saiyan MGTOW in the comments on a video from the Sexual Kung Fu channel, and he has a lot of spiritual content. Saiyan MGTOW also makes content. And speaking of #protectyourpower

Protect Your Manhood is my favorite Itachi MGTOW video.

And doubling back to Saiyans, these are some comments for my Life & Fitness Lesson From Vegeta’s First Time Super Saiyan blog post. In short, the post was about how I was using anger to power my workouts, and I reached a break point, just like Vegeta did when his training almost got him killed, and let go of it all and entered a flow state.

For Aerials comment, If I’m being motivated by a negative emotion, it is most likely dissatisfaction. I’m starting to become exhausted by rage, and it’s much easier to just detach from it. That’s why I’m not experiencing many of the “Red Pill Rage” symptoms because I just detached and went Monk Mode. That said, I did watch Chad Marco’s recent podcast about the Female Dating Strategy sub-reddit, and it definitely confirmed that the rage is still there. But the only solution I have for that right now is more Monk Mode!

For Atalosgaia, I agree and think “letting go” should be a by-product of acceptance, because if one tries to let go consciously, they usually approach it as if they are performing this non-violent act of allowing it to pass, but truthfully, by labeling it, you are in conflict with yourself.

Funny Comments

Publish7 lightens up my Functional Nihilism and Creative Hedonism post with a comment about filling holes. Well, a hole needs to be filled for you to be conceived, you need to fill a hole with food and water to survive, and you fill a hole in the ground when you die. I guess he’s right.

Bonus commentary on wildTurtle’s comment, my favorite song from Adele is “Chasing Pavements”

The Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

In my last celebration article, I specifically hoped for Philskie1 to still be around, and he came in clutch, not even concerned about the giveaway, but just supporting me for my videos, as always. I really appreciate this guy haha. Thanks!

And secondly we have mgtow lucid dream, whom I will admit is my favorite YouTube viewer, mostly for his sick username, and his profile pic is hilarious. But as for his message, Monk Mode is a beautiful and vastly overlooked way of life. So many MGTOW talk about it, but I want to be the one to actually show what it looks like, especially from the perspective as a younger man, as most of these guys happy to be done with women probably have declining testosterone due to age to thank for that. But I still have my lightning rod, and that’s why I think it’s imperative that I make content about my experience, reasoning, and results on this path.

Thanks for your support, friend.

For Study_Guide‘s comment, I did not really intend for this giveaway to actually increase my subscriber count. It was only at the last minute when I had to add in tags that I realized it could have this effect. Because of it, my YouTube subscriber count has now surpassed BitChute.

For the next two comments, well, they said they want to enter, but they never did, probably thinking just subscribing and commenting will get them a ticket. So far, only Owlz has a valid entry. (Update: Internet Funny Man has finally entered). After this article is published, I will begin recording it, so the giveaway will end a day or two after this. So there should still be some time if you’re reading this fresh. GIVEAWAY DETAILS HERE: https://moonbasemgtow.com/2020/05/26/20-amazon-card-giveaway-celebrating-20-videos-published/

Content Creators

Unfortunately for rhythmbhardwaj9, his comment came after all those false-entries (and earlier spam comments), and so I wasn’t entirely trusting that he actually thought my Virtue of Youth post was insightful. I’m sorry bro, but I’m not going to check out your work right now, and your profile pic looks like it belongs in Majora’s Mask LOL.

Gabriel Bradley is thinking about adding his own perspective to the 80/20 Dating Rule. I’m always going to encourage others to make content. As for my own content, the message is superb, but the quality needs work. However, the person that inspired me the most to make content was someone with far worse quality than mine. No shade, but shout outs to you, Alkaline Bodybuilding Finance.

We can get paralyzed when we see high quality content, and think we can never replicate it. Sometimes we need something approachable to get the ball rolling. I only started making serious efforts for my fiction writing after reading the Scott Pilgrim books for this very reason (I think the movie is better).

It’s strange, because I’m actually a perfectionist, but I just don’t have the time to invest in perfecting the quality of my videos for now, so in the meantime, I hope it’s approachable enough for new users to be inspired to take a crack at it themselves.

Content Previews

I also rushed my Third Act freestyle video as well, but luckily, Atalosgaia has some advice for me on future music production.

I’m planning on releasing a lot more music soon. They will just be covers for now until I do get the hardware to handle production apps, so hopefully I can at least perfect vocal recording so the tracks can be decent. I am going to show off some of my singing in the next one, and I will put way more effort than I did on Third Act, especially because the lyrics are more tame so I won’t feel embarrassed about recording it in my full house right now as we are still in quarantine. I’m recording all my videos in a fucking closet to block the sound travel haha.

I might make a health update on this, but if not, I can just tell you now that I’ve been doing an alternate day fasting challenge, and today is Day 6. I’ve tried it out before but I’m way more disciplined now, and I might consider adding in dry fasting again as well, since there is just two more days of fasting for the challenge to be over.

So far, I have noticed that I’ve gotten way more full of the meals I used to eat, and drinking less water, so my new baseline is actually saving me money. I ate 1,660 calories yesterday, but that’s not quite the sweet spot yet. I also think I’ve made significant progress on the recession of my Candida symptoms, so hopefully that will be the main focus of my next update if it’s finally cleared. Stay tuned.

Bonus Comments

This was not on any of my videos, but just comments I found elsewhere. I just want to highlight this because I’ve always experienced great aversions to things that are mainstream, and naturally gravitate towards niches. YouTube comments are starting to become predictable on popular videos. To make matters worse, YouTube keeps recommending old videos to everyone, and the comments are fully aware of this as well. YouTube is just becoming robotic and inauthentic.

I was around in ’05/’06. Why did we get rid of video responses? That’s still such a dope feature to me. YouTube sucks. But right now, it’s library can’t be replicated.

Fin

I would like to make more videos, especially since I’m finally about to start getting into my more hard-hitting stuff. However, my draft list is starting to fill up, and I am starting a new series: The 12 Rules for (Monk Mode) Life, in which I will be remixing Jordan Peterson’s book one chapter a week starting this Friday, as I will have exactly 12 weeks left of my One Year Celibacy vow. It’s the perfect way to finish strong, review all that I’ve learned, and advance to new heights if my Monk Mode is extended. You don’t want to miss out.

Thank you all, and I’ll see you on the Far Side… – Monk Moon Base


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