Waking Up To The Wasteland – Fallout 4 And MGTOW In The Modern Day

At the beginning of Fallout 4, your main character and his wife and child are fortunately spared from a nuclear attack by gaining last-minute entrance into a vault, and are then placed under cryogenic sleep until the all-clear signal above ground. However, your character wakes up to an actual nightmare as he not only witnesses his child being kidnapped, but his wife also being murdered, with no ability to stop it as he watches from his pod.

This ordeal is the same for the formerly asleep blue pill man who wakes up to the reality and necessity of MGTOW: Your children can be taken and used against you through custody and child support laws, and feminism has killed the home-maker wife archetype men of previous ages enjoyed.

In Fallout 4, it was a vault scientist that allowed the kidnapper and murderer in your midst while you slept. And so has The State, slowly chipping away at the everyday rights and interests of man in favor of the now much larger female voter class.

Unlike Fallout, where all of civilization flips on its head in an instant after the bomb was dropped, our civilization has been in a much slower decay, which has confused society to what exactly is the cause of it’s deterioration, especially since remnants of our former peaks still linger.

In Fallout, their culture had been permanently frozen in the 1950’s up until the war (year 2077), and so is the mindset of the Blue Pill man who is still clinging on to the wife-and-kids dreams of old.

That dream has been dead for a long time for the average man, but without anything being as conclusive as a bomb drop, they will venture out into the wasteland never knowing the difference.

Out Of The Vault And Into The Wasteland

The Vault is a symbol for the transformation process a man undergoes after taking the Red Pill. His old life has been completely destroyed, and the new one waiting for him above ground is so detached from anything he used to understand. There are completely new rules, new enemies, and new goals in the wasteland now.

Some men don’t even make it out of the Vault though. The sole survivor in Fallout 4 finds a pistol on a desk. The game doesn’t let you decide, but realistically, a man in that situation, with everything he loved and the life he built taken away from him, would be faced with the hard decision of using the gun either on himself, or as a tool to keep moving forward.

Men taking the Red Pill also face this scenario, experiencing a similar loss, whether directly, through the court system, or indirectly, by acknowledging the risks involved making the juice not worth the squeeze.

In the Blue Pill paradigm, being a family man is the greatest story ever told, and the men who can’t get out of the depression phase are the ones that found their stories too difficult to re-write.


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But getting out of the Vault is only half the battle. The Red Pill and the wasteland is a new world which requires a new personality. Some men retain their dignity, but many others remain in the Red Pill Rage phase. These are the Raiders or Bad Karma players in Fallout, uninterested in rebuilding their happiness on their own, and instead depend on taking it away from others to survive.

It’s this group of men that give MGTOW a bad name. They claim to have gone their own way, yet the majority of their time is not spent on themselves but on bashing the men and women not congruent to their paradigm.

But it’s hard to blame them. After all, nature has mutated and irradiated out in the wasteland. Because of feminism, the modern woman is now radioactive. MGTOW and Red Pill knowledge are like the Rad-X and Rad-Away products in the game that protect you from radiation poisoning.

But the Blue Pill man will notice nothing wrong about his current situation. He will feel sick and not know why while salvaging what he can from the wasteland. Meanwhile, as a MGTOW, your Geiger-counter will be off the charts, mitigating or avoiding the dangers altogether.

The New Currency

In Fallout, wads of dollar bills are now just a novelty item, as commerce is now conducted through bottle caps. For the MGTOW out in the wasteland of modernity, his new currency is freedom (of time and space).

You see, freedom was a commodity that the Blue Pill man was willing to trade in order to acquire a family. But when the bomb is dropped on him, genuine fiat currency is also no longer viable, as half of it is taken through divorce and then further stolen from him in installments for alimony and child support. If he’s still standing, however, he’ll have the opportunity to rebuild himself using the new currency mentioned above.

The men who struggle to self-actualize as MGTOW are the ones who still have not adopted this new market and currency, fueling their belief of dearth and destitution. Yes, the wasteland won’t offer the previous forms of entertainment you once enjoyed, but in return it offers you clarity, as one can now view human existence in its truest form.

In Fallout, daily life is reduced to its essentials, and likewise, as a man living on his own, he naturally becomes a minimalist. Bachelorhood does protect you from the frivolous spending habits of a wife and children. But going further from this, not needing female validation will extend to disassociating from all forms of validation. The money you spend, the time you spend, the space you require and the responsibilities you are assigned are now completely genuine and solely derived from you, and not compromised from the various influences you once suffered living in the Blue Pill world.

You become successful in the wasteland as soon as you realize that what you once owned was just baggage, and what you sought after was illusion. Requiring less to live, and a much narrower focus (yourself) gives you more access to the truth, knowledge of self, and the real happiness of life.

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Response to the Regretful Valedictorian: Relationships, Potential, and MGTOW Monk Mode

Congratulations.

If you haven’t watched his speech, in essence, he regretted sacrificing his relationships and social life in order to earn his status as Valedictorian. He was elated for all but 15 seconds when it was confirmed, but arrived at the 16th second with emptiness

“Relationships are where we get to influence, impact, and change people’s lives. Your life can not be meaningful without them.” – Kyle Martin, TKA Class of 2019 Valedictorian

I too know the struggle Kyle. I sacrificed my own relationships in high school for the same achievement, and went even further, dedicating my summers, weekends, and some after-school sessions to strengthen my SAT scores and college applications to enter a top university.

I was satisfied with this peak after high school, and completely threw grades out the window when I started university, going full social life, even joining a fraternity, and well, the rest is a hazy history. (I did earn consecutive Dean’s List awards when I returned to college, however).

Despite only spending three semesters at that university, I’m very fortunate that I still have the ability to call a few of those guys up and hang with them if I were in town.

But that’s just the thing; I’d have to be in town.

You think relationships are important to you because of immediacy and proximity, but after you and your friends move away to start your careers, not many of these relationships will survive the distance. And a relationship like a wife and child will come at the cost of your other platonic relationships.

Even your parents would want you to move out and start your own life eventually.

You can’t always take people with you, and that’s why I personally wouldn’t advise tailoring your life’s meaning to coincide with such independent external forces such as social relationships.

Success

For me, being Valedictorian will always be, like David Goggins says, a trophy in my mind.

Achieving your goals creates a reservoir of confidence.

It’s not about the 16th second, but about the 16th week or the 16th month or the 16th year when you suddenly lose your confidence and begin to doubt yourself again.

Your personal accomplishments are permanent reminders that you have seen greatness, and reflecting on this proof of your past success can propel you to overcome future struggles and achieve future goals.

Faith

Kyle was only 0.06 points above his competitor for Valedictorian. She and the other students below him in rank may never attain the same level of confidence in the future.

Kyle ended his speech on Faith, and having a relationship with Jesus Christ.

But what is Faith, other than a stronger synonym for confidence?

If I had to my put faith in anyone, it would actually be the salutatorian.

While Kyle could not foresee the 16th second of his life after earning his Valedictorian status, Lauren was able to appreciate the duality of this graduation ceremony, appreciating all the small steps that led up to this grand event, but also recognizing that it’s all a much smaller moment in the entirety of her life and of time as a whole.

“Seniors, as we stand on the cusp of a new season, I challenge you to maintain perspective. Like tonight’s graduation is merely a gradation in the scheme of life, our lives are a gradation in the swath of eternity. And so, I ask you, do you know the one that holds tomorrow?” – Lauren Arrington, TKA Class of 2019 Salutatorian

Happiness

I have no place to tell others what should make them happy. If your life feels more fulfilling pursuing relationships rather than witnessing the extent of your potential, that is what you have decided to keep in your heart throughout your journey.

I just believe that you should hold no regrets Kyle, because your accomplishment was indeed worth it, and the relationships you hold so dearly can not only be more meaningful, but increasingly numerous and influential when we have achieved our full potential.

Were your friends and family not more proud of you because of your accomplishment?

If you were not Valedictorian, you would have never had the platform to give your speech and influence your entire senior class, and, if not for your controversial topic, the 5 million+ viewers on YouTube as well.


MGTOW / Monk Mode

“A lesson learned should be a lesson shared”, as Kyle said.

Likewise, there is one lesson, but two paths to learning it, in MGTOW philosophy.

The first is learning it the hard way, which is the painstaking process of redefining your life after the highly coveted relationships you tethered your life’s meaning behind have disastrously dissolved. This usually occurs during a divorce.

However, you can also discover MGTOW the easy way, which is heeding the lessons from these previously burned men, and choosing to stay far away from the fire.

“A clever person solves problems. A wise person avoids it” – Albert Einstein

Then there are the men who go Monk: The ones that are willing to go down the path of life relatively alone.

They have greatly limited or sworn off all relationships with women/romantic partners, most platonic friendships, and quite possibly, even their own families.

Some men choose this path for the freedom, the peace, and quiet.

But others, like myself, have chosen this path to simply see ourselves, in our entirety. It is a path of self-knowledge and self-sufficiency.

Who are we, exactly, without the influence of others? Could we still function, alone, without society? If you were left with no one but yourself to serve, without any distractions, could you complete your greatest work?

What is your great work?

Most MGTOW are completely content retiring early due to the financial independence earned from not having to provide for a wife or kids.

But to the rare few of us in MGTOW, the 1%, the radical monks, sustenance and wealth building are just trivial logistical concerns.

What truly sustains us is the complete output of our full potential. The only regret to have is not ever knowing the feeling of having the full weight of your being behind a singular goal, and courageously setting out to accomplish it.


Not much from this world can be taken with you to the grave, or the afterlife, so if reflecting on all the relationships you made throughout your life is going to make you smile on your deathbed, by all means, live that life to the fullest.

But “a lesson learned should be a lesson shared” as Kyle said, so here is my lesson:

The happiness you can create while completely alone is a happiness you can experience every second of your life, and not just the 16th.

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