Basic elemental instinct to survive
Stirs the higher passion
Thrill to be alive
–Neil Peart, “Prime Mover”
In my last (and relatively unnoticed) post, I introduce the concept of GIA, although I’ve referred to her components on multiple occasions. GIA understood correctly is the foundation of every healthy individual, civilization, society, organization, or political movement.
(And for my secular readers, don’t be afraid of G, for even some atheists like Ayn Rand adhere to aspects of it.)
GIA is an acronym for:
God is what God is.
I am what I am.
A is A.
GIA is reflected in America’s founding documents, the wings of the conservative/libertarian movement, the effective application of rhetoric and game, economic law, the Trinity, and in innumerable other ways. Once you recognize her (I’ll refer to GIA as “she” because “it” gets boring after a while), you’ll see her everywhere that things actually work. You’ll also notice how things that don’t work result entirely from misunderstanding her or one of her components.
I realize that many of you don’t believe that the Bible is a sacred text. Even if it’s not, it is the foundational text of Western Civilization (supplemented by the writings of Aristotle), and as such, even if it’s nothing more than a collection of “desert fairy tales”, it should not be disregarded.
So I’ll present GIA through one of the ways in which she was most succinctly expressed in the past: the desert temptations of Matthew 4.
As I describe this, I concede that I’m no theologian, and in no way do I wish to denigrate or contradict any of the interpretations of this episode that have come before me. Nor do I wish to imply that this portion of the Bible is there solely to clarify my pet philosophy. Also, I recognize that the first component of GIA (G) is the most controversial in that non-believers may initially write her off entirely because of it. Believe me or don’t, but I’ve found that even secularists who have common sense admit that they also ascribe to G, even if they disagree on G’s ultimate definition.
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Those of us who study Game have “swallowed the Red Pill”. We see the world for what it truly is, our biological and/or sinful natures dictate a substantial portion of our behavior. The success or failure of an individual depends on his ability to adapt to the economic and biological realities that confront him. Women are hypergamous, men want to spread their seed. We’re mammals that want to breed, sleep, have security and status, and each of these has a biological counterpart. People are mindless followers. A is A.
I deny none of this, but I vehemently deny that it’s all there is.
Man shall not live by bread alone.
And he doesn’t. In it’s most literal sense, can we say that an omega who have plenty of food but no adventure or purpose is really alive? That fat girl who blocked your way to the frozen wings in the supermarket?
But what if “bread” doesn’t just mean “bread”? What if it also means the other Red Pill satisfactions like wealth, status, or sex?
If man live by “bread alone”, then why does Roosh, a man who has had more sexual success than at least 99% of men who’ve ever lived forever find himself vaguely dissatisfied? Why do rock stars who’ve lived out every young man’s dream wind up killing themselves? Why can’t Lindsay Lohan keep out of trouble? Why do many PUA’s get burned out and settle down with just one woman?
The Baby Boomers had more “bread” than any generation before them, yet they dedicated themselves to “ideals” that sowed the seeds of destruction for the civilization that treated them so well.
And why do travelers so often report that people in places like Ethiopia who don’t have enough “bread” seem so much happier than Western Europeans who do?
It’s because there is something more than chemicals, breeding, status, and food.
That something more is G.
G is belief, purpose, the thrill that goes beyond what a dog could ever feel, ideals, and love. G is how the political realities that led straight to despotism everywhere else in the world led to relative peace and prosperity in America.
G is “every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” like Faith, Marriage, Love, and Morality. It’s concepts like Justice and Liberty, ideals that we’ll never reach but that we’ll always strive for.
G is the man who feels alive because he’s doing what he’s born to do. Pace Ayn Rand, but can there be a purely rational basis for Howard Roark’s obsession with architecture? Could he have been nearly as fulfilled as a railroad manager like Dagny Taggart? Those who live their mission know that something made them do it that simply can’t be described by a biological drive for wealth and babes. That something is an echo of G.
Ultimately, G is Yaweh. You can disagree with me, and I”m not here to persuade you. However, if you know that there’s more to what happens here than molecules bumping into each other, if you believe in right and wrong, even if you don’t call it G or “believe in G”, you sometimes act and think as though you do. As long as your actions reflect G’s proper manifestations, in the earthly battle to save our civilization, we’re allies.
But as I’ve said before, GIA depends on balance. Without understanding that A is A, G can wreck you (the 2nd temptation). Among the ways this error is commonly expressed is swallowing the Blue Pill, leftist idealism, White Knighting, quantitative easing, fat acceptance, and Republican Presidential campaigns.
G without A is misplaced idealism and will lead to painful correction, but A without G is empty, cynical, and pointless.
Perhaps an Alpha gorilla feels fulfilled with his harem as long as he has plenty of food, but rarely does the Alpha male human. Somehow he needs more, and he craves more because there is more.
That something more is G, and it’s every bit as real as A.