On Anti-Irony and Conviction
“You Got to Stand for Something, or You’ll Fall for Anything”
There's a lot of problems with the modern Ethos, but the one I rant about the most is probably irony.
I cannot stand to watch people drain every ounce of dignity and honor and adventure out of their lives with a cynical, lifeless “deconstructoooor” mindset. The everything is a joke mindset. The last few generations have been defined by “nothing matters”, and it’s run its course. We have a population in the West of men with zero sense of adventure and zero sense of self-worth.
The reason a spirit of irony is so destructive is that is destroys any chance that a person will strive for something better. People don’t take themselves seriously anymore, they don’t think there’s any higher meaning worth striving for.
Are you surprised the West is crumbling? Why would men defined by irony bother lifting a finger to do anything about our current situation?
Why even live, if everything is a joke to you?
I see this attitude in others on a daily basis.
Mocking those that are striving for virtue, or for any kind of self-improvement. “We’re all gonna die anyway” types, the ones calling young guys narcissistic, vain, for just trying to do something with their lives.
The internet is filled with these losers, reply-guys and armchair critics. They hate you for trying to be better, because if someone is better, it forces them to acknowledge that their smug, lazy existence was wrong. They have to convince themselves that anyone rising above themselves is arrogant, or lying about their success, or a try-hard, or any other excuse imaginable. You could go on Reddit right now and find any number of threads mocking men for trying to do something as simple as quit porn.
Any sort of virtue is mocked. Any self-sacrifice is mocked. These people do not want to see you win. Avoid them at all costs, do not be like them.
I see them making jokes out of their own weakness. It’s an entire genre of “comedy” at this point for men that should be in their PRIME, I’m talking college aged men, to be joking about their beer guts and how out of shape they are.
I knew guys in college that had already adopted the retired, sports-watching, beer-guzzling, barstool dad persona. They looked and behaved like 45 year old men that haven’t moved a muscle since 20. It was funny to them to be fat, it was funny to be weak, it was funny to be an alcoholic loser, it was funny to waste their money on sports gambling.
They were pure, unfiltered cope. (Cope is a mortal sin)
Anyone that said a word against this life was mocked, excluded. You can’t be one of the boys without being loser around these groups.
Find better men to surround yourself with.
I knew men in my fraternity that were genuinely smart, in good shape, confident. They had so much potential.
But they didn’t take life seriously. Women were a game. Lifting was for aesthetics only. Drinking was their only hobby. Church was for fags.
I knew history and political science majors that knew everything about their field of study, but had no actual convictions on it of their own. They could tell you everything about World War 2 or the rise of communism, but did they really care? No.
Once knew a guy that constantly talked about Hitler and Weimar Germany, no not because he was an actual neo-nazi- he just thought it was funny. He had posters of Stalin and Castro up, just for the laughs.
At the end of the day irony is just a lack of conviction. The world has to become a joke to people that don’t believe in anything.
I’ve come to learn that the “you got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything” cliché is absolutely true.
More than anything, I want to see the people around me believe in something, with true conviction.
Hell, I don’t even really care if they agree with me. I’d rather you be my true enemy than just not care.
For God’s sake, just have some belief, some conviction.
Have a real political stance, truly care about your friends, find a hobby you really love, get in shape because it actually matters whether or not you can protect yourself and your loved ones.
When someone asks your stance, look them in the eye and tell them instead of shirking away.
Conviction is the only way to live.
Anything less and you might as well be dead already.
Bonus advice: Don’t go on Reddit. Just don’t.
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This is why I look at the events of the past decade or so as a blessing in disguise. At this point, you either get it or you don’t, and I’m pretty sure I can figure out if you’re on my team or not in a casual 30 second conversation.
Here, here. Irony has gotten stale. Hell even post-irony is passed its sell by date. It's time for sincerity again.