“Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”
― Lao Tzu,
In previous posts:
I attempted to outline an answer to the question, “Why does it appear that the vast majority of women prefer the same small group of men?”
A son calls his mother from his studio apartment in San Francisco. She lives in the selo, back in the Old Country.
Frank: Mama, iman ti nešto reć! (Mom, I’ve got something to tell you!)
Recently, a reader at The Rational Male, had this to say, in response to one of my comments in which I argued that it might be better for some men to push back ideologically compared to “sucking it up” and simply compete within the environment in which they have voluntarily placed themselves:
This is an article I originally published on Medium. I thought it would be relevant to post it again here because I’ve recently been writing about related topics. Selonomics, at its core, is an attempt to understand the ethics of work, by asking “How much should I work? Can I get more by doing less? When is it really worth it to do more?”
Are you trying to decide whether living abroad is worth it? I recently quit my job after two years overseas, where I was working as a software developer at a highly-regarded multinational corporation. Actually, I was working in their “cost center” in Eastern Europe. A cost center is the outsource arm of a company whose headquarters is located in another country.
Overall, it was a lot of fun for my first year. I met new friends, drank some of the best (and inexpensive) beers I’ve ever tasted, and got to see a new part of the world. However, for those who are interested in a more long-term solution, I came to find that when all is said and done it is very difficult to come out ahead, at least compared to home, by living abroad on solely a monthly salary.
Obesity, but also impotence and pornography, social contagion and cultural what-the-fucks of all kinds: Hollywood celebrity house tours, stalker paparazzi, YouTube meetups with dangerous sun glasses-donning provocateurs, protests and prison riots, crows perched on telephone wires along the highway — all these phenomena emerge from a kind of hyprerstimulatory heuristic interface between the relatively stationary predispositions of our ancestors and the co-evolutionary dance of contemporary social and economic fitness landscapes at scale. It’s hard not to indulge in modern mammoth meat when the comparative cost of acquiring a McDouble is so minute.
There is nothing better on this Earth than an oven-roasted baby suckling pig. Christmas is around the corner. Ditch your turkey this time around in favor of my grandmother’s favorite traditional recipe! Let’s get started shall we? This one is short and sweet.
From CMV: The male epidemics of loneliness and sexual frustration aren’t problems that warrant societal fixing, a post on /R/PurplePillDebate…
Men simply need to adapt and compete. Unfortunately, many men are sociologically and genetically doomed in any case. Going from a tribal society to a stabler patriarchy was probably much smoother than our direction now, which is the other way around.