You Know How Bad Things Really Are, Right Anon?
On Swallowing the Black Pill
I recently spoke on Instagram about being realistic with ourselves and the state of the world. About swallowing the black pill and fully realizing how bad things have gotten.
There’s a tendency in this sphere of the internet to think we can run away from the sickness of the modern world. That you can just get in shape and read books and listen to some based podcasts, and everything will turn out just for you.
The RW self-improvement sphere, though mostly well intentioned, has convinced far too many people that they’ve “made it” by only doing the bare minimum.
Because most self-improvement talking points are just that- the absolute bare minimum.
The existence of the entire solar-vitalist-masculinity-RW-trad online space is just proof of how bad things are. Do you think in a healthy, functioning society this sphere would ever exist? It wouldn't, because all of this stuff should be painfully obvious.
We shouldn’t have to be here.
There isn’t supposed to be this much content about how to live as a normal human being. Normal human beings are supposed to be healthy, educated, happy, strong. The existence of a sphere dedicated to these things is good, of course, but it is also a huge black pill that things are at a point where it is even necessary.
The fact of the matter is that Jordan Peterson telling you to take basic responsibility of your life should not be considered extraordinary commentary. Solar-trad health accounts telling you to stop eating seed oils should be unnecessary.
I’m not saying you should stop listening to this content. The advice itself is good. But don’t turn yourself into some mid-wit who puffs up with pride because they cleaned their room and watched some YouTube videos on masculinity.
This entire sphere can become a cope, endlessly praising what should be considered baseline normality, even mediocrity. Self-improvement is often masturbatory.
You got off the couch and finally into the gym? Fantastic- don’t start congratulating yourself yet.
A lack of self awareness will destroy you. There’s no quicker way to make sure you’re not going to make it than by telling yourself that you already have.
Its so easy to scroll through European aesthetics pages and consume masculinity content and listen to vitalist gurus and tell yourself that you’re different, you’re based, you’re not an NPC.
And maybe you’re right. You might be doing pretty well, at least, better than the average citizen of the modern West.
You realize being better than “average”, by modern standards, is nothing to brag about, right anon?
But you need to finish swallowing the black pill.
Here are just a few of the truths you need to accept:
You are not educated. Maybe a few of you are exceptions, but for most, the education you received was a joke. Most of the courses from your undergrad degree should have been covered in high school or even sooner. Do you have any idea how rigorous a university education was not even 100 years ago? Few college students today would be able to hack it. Our society is made up out of functionally illiterate mid-wits. The Western Canon is gathering dust in university basements.
You are poisoned beyond belief. We have been pumped full of chemicals, fed slop unfit for pigs, and covered in micro-plastics and estrogenic chemicals our entire lives. We have literally become less human than our ancestors were. And guess what? It’s being done to you knowingly- the companies making your food do not care that they are poisoning you. The air and water and earth is all poisoned.
You might work out, but you aren’t that tough. Very few people are. I’m not claiming to be one of the few. You might like the aesthetic of the ancient warrior or the mammoth hunter, but do you think you could handle the rigors of those lives? The ice cold, the sweltering heat, the sleepless nights, bloody combat, knowing you could die on any given day? We are so far removed from that life that I don’t think we can really even imagine it.
Your government isn’t just incompetent, they are evil, and they hate you. You live in occupied territory. You think you can just vote that away, anon?
You don’t have Thumos. Oh, you might have spirit than the average Western citizen. But that isn’t impressive. Our spirits are so dampened and weak today, its hard to find anyone that really takes themselves seriously. Our men don’t have “Bronze Age Mindsets” (not even BAP himself). Our society is so ironic in everything it does that it effectively stamps out any heroic spirit that may try to arise. Being “based” on the internet is not actually making you any different.
Ok, black pilled enough yet? Good.
Be realistic with yourself. Be realistic with what has happened to humanity, with how far we have fallen.
It will take more than being based on the internet to restore a spirit of Thumos to the world.
The good news is that once you fully realize all this, you can finally take the white pill. True hope can only come from those who fully realize how bad things are. Anything less is just delusion. Once you’ve seen the world for what it is, thats’s where the fun beings.
We can fix all this if we take it seriously enough.
Don’t be content with reading a few classics and watching some history podcasts and then telling yourself that you’ve made up for the education you never had. Go further. You need to actually study, not just watch Youtube videos. You need to actually develop your skills and your knowledge. You need to realize how much you don’t know. And then we have to rebuild real schools, real universities, with real curriculums. Fixing the rot of the educational institutional will be a generational effort.
Don’t be content to occasionally eat organic and go to the gym. Fixing our health will take an upheaval of the entirety of our food supply and our lifestyles. It will not be easy. The institutions are not going to quietly give up the monopoly they have on healthcare and nutrition. They don’t care about a few voices on the internet. To un-poison humanity will take a Herculean effort beyond social media and the back alley raw milk market.
I think the point here is clear enough, I don’t have to go over every example. The solution is the same everywhere. For things to get better, there can be no half-measures. Everything must be examined.
The dragon must be looked dead in the eye.
I don’t want anyone to feel discouraged after reading this. I want you to feel energized, to realize how far we still have to go, to realize how much good there is still left to do for our children and grandchildren.
Don’t let yourself stop at the bare minimum of self improvement.
Keep going, keep aiming higher, never settle.
You’re at war, after all.
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This is actually pretty Tonic. A clear-eyed assessment of one's situation, where you figure out how lost in the woods you actually are, is the first step to getting *un-lost.*
Excellent stuff. We are retard faggots in comparison to the men of just a few generations before. Every time someone comments on how well-edumacated I am, it just elicits a bitter laugh on my part. I know just how ignorant I am, compared to how I could have been. We were all deliberately lobotomized. School was an axe to the neocortex.
The cult of self-improvement is a necessary corrective to the prevailing cult of self-indulgence. At the very least it establishes a vector. At the same time, as you say - this is a war. Soldiers do not train for the sake of training, but to make themselves better weapons in the fight. We must never lose sight of that.