The philosopher/author/artist–all-round brilliant fellow–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said that:
“Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.”
–And so it is: Young men are squires.
Until they pass The Gauntlet, they’re not worth shit.
How many have this resilience?
Plato said that:
Youth is the time for any extraordinary toil.
In his ideal state, he wanted to regulate the youth of men–to protect them from becoming weak and corrupted by harmful influences.
If such regulations were considered important already back in Ancient Greece, then what about today?
Study the success of Lee Kuan Yew: He turned what would otherwise have been a shithole country into the fastest progressing country in the world.
—What a hero!
The world needs people like Lee Kuan Yew–to protect it from the stupidity of the average person.
How many people are able to maintain a pristine mind; free from influence?1
We should follow Plato’s advice
Because 90% of the men we’re turning out in modern society are reactive weaklings; decadent fools who spend their time watching soccer.
Instead of stepping into the arena to compete, they’re “happy” to simply sit and watch–with a beer in one hand and a fist full of popcorn in the other.
They are. . .
Just the other day when I took the bus to a meeting, some guys my age sat down behind me. They talked non-stop for 15 minutes about some soccer B.S.
They were like little girls gossiping about American Idol.
I didn’t understand exactly what they were saying–(because I’ve never mastered the soccer lingo)–but I understood the implications:
- They just wasted 15 minutes on a task with no ROI, which is fine because:
- If you have no serious goals or ambitions, there is no opportunity cost.
- It makes them “happy” to pretend they belong to a soccer team.
You know what they are?
What would the Spartans do if they strolled around in our society for a week?
Here’s what I think:
— LudvigSunstrom (@LudvigSGM) August 10, 2015
(Yes, those are avocados you see in the background. Eat them!)
Do You Want to Be an Amateur?
Ted Turner said that if it weren’t for the fact that he knew so much, he could go through life as a dilettante.
And so it is–it is SO EASY to go through life as a dilettante. That’s what most people do, right?
But I can’t do that.
I would rather kill myself.
A good friend of mine wrote me an “angry rant” on this topic.
Here’s an excerpt:
“I wonder why most people do things so amateurish. I’ve always had the attitude that if I’m going to do something I will DO it. . . . [It is] Meaningless B.S. What amateurs. I can’t find a better word. And then, surprisingly enough, they often really BELIEVE that their results are impressive. . . . ”
They’re “happy” to let society do their thinking for them. 2
But if you let yourself be guided by public opinion, it means that. . .
. . . you’re never going to be anything but a mediocre maggot.
If you sit around reading gossip magazines, watching the news, trolling on forums, browsing social media for entertainment–you will become an AMATEUR.
You have to control your inputs for information.
Because. . .
You can't create yourself from someone else's building blocks.
— LudvigSunstrom (@LudvigSGM) August 10, 2015
You have to construct your own philosophical framework; your own way of seeing the world.
You can’t just view things through someone else’s lens, you can’t rely on others to do your thinking for you, least of all mainstream media.
Do your own thinking–or you’re squandering your neocortex!
If you don’t make full use of it, you’re no better than an ape.
You’ll become one of those people Einstein despised so much: the sort for whom a spinal cord would’ve sufficed.
You can either frolic with the rest of the animals, or you can TRANSCEND that, and pave your own way.
Like a pioneer.
This path gets paved by self-reflection and deep, critical, creative thinking.
Like Ray Dalio, visualizing the workings of his machine.
Like Cesare Borgia, making plans for every contingency.
Like Hannibal, planning the logistics for the alps.
Guess What the Average Person Cares About?
These two things:
- He wants a life of comfort and ease, with sunshine and breeze.
- But he also wants to be “successful”.
WHAT A DILEMMA!
To resolve this seemingly impossible dichotomy, popular culture–which is nothing but the collective brain of average people–has invented a term called work-life balance.
Work-life balance? 3
If you want to be a pioneer you have to sacrifice, like Einstein did.
He knew he was a genius, so he streamlined his life for creative thinking.
He knew what he wanted and prioritized accordingly.
That’s what youth is for: To grind it out and lay the foundation.
If you don’t lay the foundation you can say goodbye to your kingdom. 4
It will all come crashing down like a house of cards.
If you waste your youth, it’s your own fault.
Until then, don’t let up.
Is 30 a Magic Number?
No it’s not. It’s just a benchmark.
If you can’t understand this, please stop reading my stuff. 5
Don’t be this guy:
Does it mean you’re screwed?
–Not really, but. . .6
If you don’t think you have what it takes to be a winner, you should probably settle for second prize.
You want consolation? Join a church
You want unconditional love? Get a dog.
You want validation? Earn it.
Maybe you’re not a closer–but guess what?
Modern life is pretty comfortable anyway. You can hang out with those soccer-talkers who sat behind me on the bus. All you have to do is dumb yourself down to their level. What could be easier?
And if this makes you feel like a failure7, you can always watch Entourage or Game of Thrones and PRETEND you’re a movie star or a warrior.
After doing this, do you still deserve to be successful?
No, you don’t, because you didn’t stack the advantages in your favor.
What Do You Deserve?
On one level, you could argue that the average person deserves to fail at life for being lazy, indecisive, and uninformed.
On the other hand you could argue that the average person doesn’t deserve to be manipulated into mediocrity, and needs help to make the right decisions. 8
Everyone knows it’s common courtesy not to wake up someone who’s sleeping. But what if they don’t show any signs of waking up–ever?
Should you just let them lie there?
The other day at lunch, my friend remarked how fucked up it is that PewDiePie has the biggest YouTube channel in the world.
This is the double-edged sword of technology: it’s awesome that he’s been able to become successful by scaling his unique “talents” via the Internet, but it’s horrible that this is what the average person likes to watch. 9
Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
Refuse to play that game.
You shall not be involved in games which you do not:
- Have some significant advantage in.
- Have total control over.
Competition is a sin and differentiation a virtue.
Modern culture interferes with differentiation–it is a digital village geared towards conformity and political correctness. Avoid it.
Grind it out in solitude if you have to.
But Don’t Tell Anyone!
Because they won’t listen to any of it.
So your advice will fall on deaf ears, like Noah when he told the others:
“Hey guys, I think we should build an ark. You know, the future isn’t looking so bright and I think that. . .”
The others: “Shut up Noah, we’re trying to have a party! “
The others couldn’t deal with reality. They just wanted comfort and convenience. They did not want to change. They did not want to think. And they certainly did not want to prepare for the future.
The others just wanted to believe in some comforting lie which would save them from thinking about all the bad stuff that could happen.
People don't want the truth. Like Leonidas in the movie 300, they kill the messenger when he says stuff they don't like.
— LudvigSunstrom (@LudvigSGM) August 9, 2015
Leave the sheep to their frolicking.
They just want to dwell in homeostasis.
But don’t take it personally.
Don’t wish for things to be different–just grind it out and lay the foundation.
Don’t waste your time: Not on fools; not on folly, not on soccer discussions.
Save yourself. That’s what Noah did.
They’ll come crying to you when you’ve got an ark and they don’t.
Because. . .
Most people will fail at life.
This will happen with or without your help.
They will fail because they live in pretend reality–in a la la land of fairness, goodness and equality, where it’s possible to both have the cake and eat it.
But the universe is ruthlessly unfair and life is inherently competitive.
–You can’t change that.
But you can change yourself–and acquire POWER.
It’ll take a while, but. . .
. . . You have to GRIND IT OUT and LAY THE FOUNDATION.
You Have to
Break out of Homeostasis
Want to know more about my upcoming book?
It will be like SGM x 1000.
The self-development process (or whatever you want to call it) for most people starts with the systematic elimination of:
a) False notions about how the world works.
and. . .
b) Social conditioning.
After that is done you can see the world through your own eyes, attain autonomy of mind, and eventually go on to have an impact.
Within 10-20 years, there will be a major industry for companies that sell products or programmes based on this premise; to help people where society screwed them over.
Leaving them more time to frolic.↩
It doesn’t exist. But two categories of people believe in it (and most people belong to one of these two categories):
- Dumb people.
- Those who can’t choose, and then rationalize their inability to make a choice.
You have to choose.
The wise rulers of medieval times kept fortresses with 1 year’s worth of supplies in reserves at all times. It took considerable time and discipline to accumulate (they had to GRIND IT OUT), but once they had laid down this foundation they:
1) Scared off most enemy armies from attacking.
2) Became nearly unbeatable during sieges.
3) Could afford the “luxury” to be picky with what sort of people they let into their city; they could deny access to social leeches, looters, moochers, and gypsies, and instead create a prosperous environment for industrious people.
If there had not been wise rulers who did this, there would be no culture to speak of. No renaissance, no enlightenment, just robbing and stealing and killing.
Seriously. . . are you fucking kidding me!?↩
If you have nothing better to do than trying to troll some guy on the Internet for saying something that contrasts with your belief system. . .
. . .then YES, you’re probably screwed.
Gee, I wonder why? ↩
As Plato and Lee Kuan Yew reasoned. ↩
If my generation is messed up, what will the next generation be? Probably a bunch of overstimulated, habituated, homeostasis dwelling zombies.↩