In my last post, I described some of the various perspectives floating around the manosphere. For those of you not in the mood to click, I’ve divided us into exploiters (have a blast before it all goes to hell), avoiders (go Galt or ghost, refuse to participate), and fighters (do whatever it takes to keep it from going to hell). It’s perfectly possible to have sentiments that coincide with all three, such as a PUA that uses his blog to attack feminism.
We all recognize that things are incredibly off, that we’ve got countless strikes against us. When we consider our moral compass, insane amounts of debt (governmental, student, consumer, etc.), the sheer banality of our political class and lack of leadership that even seems remotely equipped to recognize (let alone do something about) the struggles ahead, the successful leftist takeover of our academic and religious institutions, our inability to face reality (fiscal, human nature, etc.), and about two dozen other obstacles I don’t have time to list, it seems hopeless.
Even those of us who are fairly certain we’ll personally make it through are pretty much certain that damn near everybody else is doomed.
Some of the decisions we have to make depend entirely on our rational tactical assessments of what’s coming ahead.
Nevertheless, what we believe to be at stake as individual men depends predominantly on whether or not we believe in God. I’m not accusing my secular brethren of callousness or indifference, but to those of us who believe in a Higher Power, there’s more at stake than whether or not we’ll have enough ammo to hold off the marauding bands so that we can be left the hell alone (although it means that, too). For those who believe that life doesn’t end when the lungs stop, there’s infinitely more at stake. Believers in the Infinite aren’t just more inclined to take the longer view, we’re required to.
To believers, traditional gender roles aren’t just a more efficient reproductive strategy that some tribes stumbled onto earlier than others, they’re a Biblical mandate. All of us instinctively want to leave behind offspring (and the healthy among us hope for them to not have their livelihood threatened by some endangered fish), but believers have been ordered to “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth“, and that requires something more.
Sometimes believers are more acutely aware of the spiritual struggle underneath what can easily be described in merely socioeconomic terms. It’s not untrue to claim that our adversaries hope to exploit us economically. Perhaps it’s even more true that they wish to make us dhimmis.
But not even all believers understand what’s ultimately at stake, the nature of our adversaries. We see it in terms of economics, they have religious fervor. Novaseeker:
I think that this is also why the culture war and the political war have been so generally unsuccessful. The underlying issue — the underlying morality, the underlying war about what is moral and what is the basis for that — is a spiritual and/or religious conflict, and one being waged with all kinds of weapons as well: artistic, cultural, political, educational, bureaucratic/corporate, etc. I think this is often missed by many on “our side” of this conflict, because we tend to see the other side as “Godless narcissists”, when in fact they view themselves as the truly moral people who have progressed beyond the morality we have, which they consider to be primitive, obsolete and practically Neanderthal in nature. In other words, far from perceiving themselves as Godless narcissists, they instead see themselves as morally more advanced, and see our side as being retrograde, backwards, and obstinate in both of these, in moral terms, and therefore, by their own moral standards, fundamentally immoral and evil.
With righteous indignation, they claim the mantles of tolerance, non-judgementalism, and compassion as they hound us from our jobs and polite society for disagreeing with them. In response, we hope to seem as milquetoast and non-threatening as possible ourselves, assuming that by adopting the “virtues’ of the enemy that the enemy will see us as fellow human beings and maybe throw a little “tolerance” our way, just like they do for the urban drug lords.
Instead they just smell blood, they think we’re weak, that they’ve got us on the run.
And they’re right.
For those of you disinclined to see the spiritual aspects of our struggle, observe the recent dismissal of Eich from Mozilla. Is that the mindset of those who merely wish to be left alone to carry out their alternate lifestyle choices? Someone who can agree to disagree?
Quite to the contrary, it’s the mindset of a true believer, a “crusader”, a man who will not be satisfied with your compliance but requires your submission. At first, gay marriage proponents claimed “we don’t want to interfere with your beliefs, just let us express ours.” Today, it’s “photograph my wedding, bitch!”
Will it stop with forcing all bigoted homophobic participants in the wedding industry to either suck it up or go out of business? What about the churches that won’t perform the ceremonies? Should you really get a tax exemption for homophobia? Will it be permissible for a secular “homophobe” like Roosh to try to keep gays from commenting on his website?
If their views on “climate change deniers” are any indication, the moment they have the power to make you hurt for apostasy, they will.
Donal Graeme sums up the situation well [emphasis mine]:
What is going on now is nothing more, and nothing less, than a war for the Soul of Western Civilization. A campaign is underway to remove the last (overt) traces of Christianity from what used to be known as Christendom, or what we more commonly refer to now as Western Civilization. In fact, campaign might be too generous. Because by all appearances the adversary has already all but won this war, and is in the process of securing its victory.
Correct, but notice the words in bold. Despite the dire nature of the realities they convey, it’s not over dammit. The “campaign is underway”, but it’s not yet complete. They’ve “already all but won”, but they have not won. Even if it’s in the “process of securing its victory”, that victory is not yet secure.
And this is why I choose to fight, for despite all they have in their favor, despite the injustices perpetrated by the courts, the fiscal mess that not even Hell could devise, the mindless blather of American culture, the manly women and girly-men, and all the rest, there’s still a chance.
And even if there’s not, I’m acting as though there is.
Despite my immense respect for the manosphere, I think we make the mistake of being simultaneously too pessimistic and too optimistic.
The pessimism is in regards to the current state. List all the evils out there for me yet again, I know.
But try telling a North Korean that we here in the West with our internet, ability to speak our minds more or less freely, unrestricted legal ability to move or change jobs without government permission, access to firearms (at least in the US and a few other random places), and fairly high living-standards that we’re just dust in the wind with no real control over our own lives.
Watch Mugabe and the White African and tell me that race-based politics has gotten out of control.
Tell the Egyptian Copts, or Syrians who’ve been beheaded with rusty knives, or Pakistanis, Iraqis who’ve been massacred in church, that we’re not allowed to freely express our faith as Christians.
Study up on Stalin’s show trials and then talk about our messed up legal system.
Spend some time in Cuba and then bitch about media censorship.
You get the idea.
I’m painfully aware that anything I’ve listed above can happen here, and I know that if we don’t turn things around and fast they will. But one thing of immeasurable importance that we’ve got to keep in mind is that even though this stuff could start here any day, it hasn’t started yet. Okay, maybe it’s started, but really started. Hell no, it hasn’t.
You might lose your job as a reporter for being to hard on Obama, but you won’t go to the Gulag. Yes, there’s a difference, and it’s huge.
History is replete with underdogs somehow pulling through. Aside from countless Biblical examples like Jonah turning around Nineveh to eleven terrified dudes revolutionizing the world, until the surprise attack on Trenton the American Revolution had no chance of succeeding, the Allies in early 1942 had a military advantage virtually nowhere, the 1969 Mets, etc.
Besides, the manosphere is full of some of the greatest minds out there, and our opponents are snivelling, cowardly, feminized weasels. One of the greatest forces pulling us leftward is the mindset of the young, unmarried, female, and nobody understands how she thinks better than us. They can ostracize us, but we don’t give a fuck if people like us. They can get us fired from our jobs, but I bet if we got organized we could arrange it so that any man gets fired for standing up for his beliefs could find another one within days. They control the levers of international finance, but can they plant a garden? Shoot a deer? Survive for more than two days without electricity? Handle looking bad in front of their friends?
Have you actually seen how quickly these morons can fold when they’re actually confronted directly?
If one of us somehow “scores” a live interview with Candy Crowley, if she makes him look bad, whatever. If he makes her look like a moron, she’ll feel pain. She’s got a reputation to protect, something to lose. All we got is a lust for justice.
They may have all the big guns, but so did the Spanish Armada.
On the other hand, maybe it’s already over. “Enjoy the Decline”, the poolside seat.
But I think we might want to keep in mind that if the pool’s spewing molten lava, you won’t want to sit there. Maybe if it gets bad enough you won’t be able to protect your canned goods without facing death on a daily basis. Think you’ll be allowed to home school? Live out your faith anywhere besides your church building itself (if even there)? Sure there were escape routes from Stalin’s USSR, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and Hitler’s Germany, but a hell of a lot more people thought they could get out in time than actually did.
It could be either totalitarianism or Mad Max anarchy, but both suck, suck hard, suck a lot worse than most of us seem to recognize. In neither case will there be many peaceful little spots for you to hide away with the kids. I’m currently reading a book on Stalin’s Russia, and the mindset that starved millions of Ukrainians is sadly not far removed from the mindset of Nancy Pelosi or the Gaystapo. I’m sure you could protect yourself for a while. Maybe you’ll find a way to bribe the border guards (you’d be amazed at how practical border fences can magically become when they want to keep people in). I’d rather it not get to that point in the first place.
(I’m also sure that those of us who survive the next epoch of barbarianism would do a bang-up job of creating a new society out of the ashes. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take as many centuries for civilization to resurrect as it did the last time.)
So I’m going to fight, even though in Donal asks, “Will we keep fighting, even though we cannot win (by ourselves, at least)?” Among the reasons I’ll fight is that I don’t believe we’re “by ourselves”, that despite all the crap I’ve been through I’ve much to be grateful for, that as much as we’ve lost, there’s still so much more to lose.
This is why I suspect that the naive Christians among us will be those who stick it out most fervently. Someday we might have to flee to metaphoric catacombs, but as long as I’m able to stay above ground, I plan on using my admittedly meager voice to speak Truth as well as I know how.
For I know that even if they take my life, they can’t ever rob me of what really matters. My dignity, my beliefs and my soul don’t depend on any earthly force.
I don’t have all the answers, but I do have a few. If you’ve got ideas, if you’re in this fight with me, let me know. We need to become less of an internet community and more of a real community. We need to use our knowledge of Game to master rhetoric (the same damn thing with different applications and goals). We’ll never be a herd, but we can start acting more like a pack, get aggressive, change not only the occasional mind of a lonely kid with his laptop but masses of people.
It’s difficult, almost impossible, but it can be done.
At least I have to act like it, for if twenty years from now I find myself in some work camp in exile in Alaska and I knew that somehow this could have been avoided and I didn’t do everything I could to stop it, if I looked back at all the freedoms I have today and how I gave up before I even started because of the Bilderbergers or mainstream media or whatever other excuses held me back, if I cowered before the soft power of today that leads to the iron boot of tomorrow, if I failed to be the man God made me to be…
I could never forgive myself.