Attention Rather Than Merit

Attention, as in other people noticing someone, is a necessary part of status, which itself is an integral part of the human condition. Human organization is hierarchical, with the most successful males at the top and the least successful at the bottom. In order for a male to gain status, he must get attention for whatever deeds are rewarded by the community in which he exists. Status seeking therefore requires attention seeking to the extent that others notice the status establishing act.

For most of human history, the causal relationship was pretty simple. The man did something that was important for the community in a way that was better than the average man of the community. Hunting for example. He may parade his success around before the rest of the tribe as a way to show off his skill. This got the attention of the tribe and he was recognized for his skill. This recognition of his achievement increased his status within the tribe.

As people settled into communities, the types of skills rewarded by the community increased along with the customs for celebrating them. The Roman triumph was nothing more than a way to give attention to the triumphant general, in order to celebrate his victories and therefore increase or secure his status. The American habit of having a daylong celebration for installing a new President is really just the modern equivalent of the Roman triumph. We celebrate the man for his victory.

Spin this telescope around and it is fair to say that attention is a normal human trait that is expressed in all times and places. This male desire for attention is rooted in the desire for status. This is, of course, entangled with the female desire for the attention of high status males. That in turn leads men to find new challenges in order to show off their prowess. Even the most extreme example of sacrificial piety may simply be the manifestation of status seeking.

Whether it is conquering new lands or increasing the prosperity of the people, the need for attention and status is the main driver of human history. The need to be better than those who came before you, in order to get attention and therefore status, naturally leads to increasing the stock of human accomplishment. Each generation seeks to surpass their ancestors in the things important to their people. The young are always in competition with the shadows of their ancestors.

If we just focus on attention seeking in the modern age, it reveals a lot about what is valued in this age, what will provide status. For example, in modern sporting events, the players are always looking to draw attention to themselves in various ways. The most popular way is to perform some form of boogie dance after a play. In American football, the boogie dance now accounts for a large amount of the player’s attention, as they practice these routines for hours.

Outside of sports entertainment, social media provides the best opportunity for one to gain attention. Males will post outrageous things in order to offend what they believe to be convention. Alternatively, they will post exaggerated versions of some ideal with which they want to be associated. The Bronze Age Pervert cultivated a cult following by posting exaggerated claims about himself and his lifestyle on Twitter. He got lots of attention to a virtual version of himself.

A recent example of this phenomenon is the story of a guy, who created a fictional version of himself as a high stakes sports gambler. A young male calling himself Robert Gorodetsky, made a name for himself pretending to be a big time gambler. His status was first cultivated by using Instagram to get attention to his outlandish behavior in and around the professional gambling scene. This gained him attention and status, as well as some suckers willing to give him money.

It is tempting to say this was just a swindle, but the evidence suggests his primary motivation was attention. The money he got was all used to promote his image on-line. He wanted to be known as this high stakes gambler, but he really had no desire to be an actual gambler. It appears he just burned through the cash like any other idiot. The purpose of it all was to be a big deal on Instagram.

By just looking at how males today seek attention, what we see is that they are mostly empty gestures. There is no merit at the core of the act. Rather than parade around the village with their kill, they are parading around empty handed, making wild claims about what they did on the hunt. Status in this age is now gained by telling increasingly bizarre and outrageous fishing tales. It is a desire to seek attention, and therefore status, without first doing anything of merit.

This is not just a phenomenon among the proletariat on-line. In fact, it is a habit learned by watching the elites. Status in areas like politics or entertainment is often just the result of clever attention seeking. In the music business, attention seeking has been industrialized and monetized. In politics, the people running for office take pride in having never accomplished anything. In fact, never have tried to accomplish anything is the badge of honor. A man of deeds is wholly unwelcome.

Of course, this is further evidence of the feminization of society. Attention without merit is an entirely female trait. Males take great risks to accomplish things for which they will get acclaim and status. Females use their natural charms to gain the attention of the high status males. For the female, the accomplishment is in gaining attention, rather than in doing something that results in attention. Today’s male social media stars are highly feminized males performing female roles.

One possible reason for this is that the avenues for gaining male status have been cut off by modernity. Richard Spencer cleverly played on this to attract an audience of young males on-line. His “Faustian man” stuff was an appeal to the natural desire of males to accomplish great things. Ironically, it was just an attention seeking act by someone with no accomplishments. Even so, it is another bit of evidence to suggest there is an unrealized desire at the core of this new attention seeking.

Another possible reason is we have quickly evolved into a state where high-testosterone males are marginalized, in favor of more compliant and less threatening low-testosterone males. The defense mechanism of the neoliberal order is to flip the normal status system on its head. The new world order is a matriarchal structure that rewards empty gestures and attention seeking. This would also explain the whole tranny thing.  Males now compete to be women.

Whatever the reason, we now live in an age in which genuine merit has no value, while pointless attention seeking is the coin of the realm. A young male would rather invest his time building his YouTube platform than acquiring practical skills that allow him to accomplish practical deeds. Because attention is disconnected from accomplishment, all attention is the same. This would be why young males have turned the movie Joker into an instant cult classic.


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This may not pace exactly on what you are saying here, but C.S. Lewis’ Men without Chests seems relevant to me for our age.

ChrisZ
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Agree, David. I read “The Abolition of Man” 30-plus years ago, and it’s more contemporary today than ever. (Recall too, Lewis wrote it in the ‘40s.)

It’s also incredibly compact—you can read it in an hour or so, and its insights stay with you. When I was thinking of a book to give to my son as he was headed for college, it’s the one that immediately came to mind.

I would add that Lewis’ science fiction novel, “That Hideous Strength,” is a “companion” to “Abolition” that likewise has taken on a prophetic quality these days.

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Just a note for the uninitiated: “Men Without Chests,” which David referenced, is a chapter in “Abolition of Man.”

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Hideous strength is the only one of the trilogy I haven’t read. Will make a point of reading it.
Maybe all these younger men should be encouraged to read all of Lewis’ short works, I believe they would be very amenable to it.

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It’s ok. Lewis has a hard time with female characters. But the overall world he builds works.

ChrisZ
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ChrisZ

I’ve heard that criticism about Lewis’ female characters lately; but I wonder whether it has more to do with current ideas of “femininity” than it does with Lewis’ actual portrayals. Few of his fictional characters, male or female, are vividly memorable. But the scenarios he creates, and the ideas he dramatizes, are compelling. His novels are meant to give expression to his own imagination, rather than to plumb the psychology of the figures he invents.

Brian
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Brian

What’s the third book ?

ChrisZ
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Lewis’ Space Trilogy is “Out of the Silent Planet” (about a trip to Mars), “Perelandra” (about a trip to Venus), and “That Hideous Strength” (about an attempt to institute a demonic social order in Britain). Fun mid-20th-century sci-fi/fantasy (with a Christian accent) if that’s all you’re looking for. But also packed with ideas and critiques of the larger social forces that we’re still living with, and indeed that have metastasized to dominate life in the West. “The Abolition of Man” is an extended critical essay (in several parts) about the same social forces. It’s amazing how timely it is nearly… Read more »

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We have seen a large decrease in value of physical strength. Strong males were once natural leaders, but now most tasks requiring strength are done by machines. So men lift fake weights in air-conditioned rooms for the sole purpose of showing off their physiques, but do not use their muscles for anything productive. There is a big difference between gym strong and farm strong.

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Also a quibble. Strength is its own reward, from the dopamine, to the boost in confidence. Strong, evem gym strong, men, are healthy men. Not the bodybuilder steroid men, but the average man doing basic barbell training.

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I agree gym strong is a good thing per se and didn’t mean to disparage it. I sit in an office all day and work out with free weights in a home gym in the evening. It’s great for your health. But I feel bad that this practice has attained more social status than we used to give those who worked with their hands all day, who are now looked down on by many of the gym strong social elites.

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You’re speaking of the tradesmen.Yeah they got the short end of the stick when the Marxist intellectuals took over public education in the late 70’s and started purging the shop classes from school.

Now we have entire generations of men who cannot use a Arc welder, run a lather or even change a fan belt on car.

And invention of the Ipad and similar devices has been devastating on male children. Instead of learning how to work with their hands and move around. They sit all day and play stupid games, stunting themselves.

Alzaebo
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Worse, Rwc. They don’t even play games.
They go to youtube and watch other kids playing games

Just to hear someone talk to them.
Whole channels of this stuff. Some tiny entrepreneurs are getting very rich.

Calsdad
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I honestly don’t think that games are the worst of it. The worst of it is that the digital world has led people into the belief that they are “doing something” when they create things digitally. There is VAST difference between building a house using a graphical drawing application – and actually having to build one in the real world. There is a vast difference between “racing” a car in an online sim, and sitting in behind the wheel of one going 150 mph with the real potential to get yourself killed doing so. The digital world has created one… Read more »

Dennis Roe
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We got the short end of the stick when the illegal beaners overran this place because the rich fucks are cheap and lazy.

Georgiaboy61
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@ DLS: It is my belief that we as humans lose something important when we let so many computers and machines take over work we ought to be doing ourselves. Goodness knows, our high-tech inventions have done wonders – fed millions and much else – but efficiency isn’t all there is to living. Men in particular need to do work with their hands and bodies to feel as they should, even males who work in sedentary jobs. Personally, I go a bit nuts, a bit stir-crazy, being too inactive. There is something else that ranching and farming and other such… Read more »

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Georgiaboy61: Very true. Studies show that what makes people happy is not accumulating material wealth, but in feeling like you accomplished something. I move numbers around on a computer screen all day. I know I accomplish things, but it’s not as tangible as putting up a fence or building a house.

MikeW
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MikeW

And then pay someone to cut their grass.

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ReturnOfBestGuest

Paying someone to mow the lawn or deliver the paper used to be the way the pensioner generation encouraged industry in the young.

Mike_C
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Mike_C

“[work out] and then pay someone to cut their grass”

A good indicator of a mark (as in susceptible to a con) is the man who takes the elevator up one flight to his gym, to use the stair machine therein.

Jay Dee
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Jay Dee

My favorite is the people waiting for a parking spot to open in the first aisle of parking closest to the gym…..meanwhile there are acres of empty parking 100 feet away.

Al from da Nort
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Al from da Nort

DLS;
Agreed about gym vs farm strength. Played HS football in the early ’60s. Your summer job was your conditioning camp. However, as a downside, farm labor was then and remains now pretty dangerous. Had a hay wagon roll over my thigh after I fell off stacking bales. Farm conditioning must have worked because I was uninjured.

Major Hoople
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Major Hoople

Al, I’ve often wondered about the difference, and if it accounts for the prevalence of “core injuries” in athletes. That is, all the gym weightlifting results in an unbalanced physique, compared to muscular growth from hard physical activity.

Carrie
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Triathlete here. And being an endurance athlete will give a person a generally stronger core than someone who is just lifting weights getting “ripply” while standing in front of a mirror. It’s a different type of fitness. There is a big difference between the high-ish status meatheads developing physical strength by lifting weights in an air conditioned gym to impress the females, versus developing physical (and mental, in fact) strength & endurance by doing things like swimming, biking, and running for a recreational sport, plus the goal of staying somewhat fit. Just a friendly chime-in that there are different types… Read more »

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The thing that people don’t understand is that the “modern” school and corporate environment , as well as the society that we all live in – seems to actively work AGAINST physical strength and using your head to stay alive. What I have found after spending the 1st half of my working life in small business and/or startup companies – and then the 2nd half working in a large international corporate environment, is that the large corporation environment is stifling to the expression of ANY sort of masculinity – right down to and including mundane everyday tasks like lifting boxes.… Read more »

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Many good points, especially on safety NAZIs. But I would add another factor: “bargaining unit” set-asides. In my former life LARPing as an engineer there were situations where you are not permitted to do “union work” such as moving furniture, lab equipment, or in extreme cases, merely plugging and unplugging devices (this was in Chicago, at McCormick Place, where a meathead straight out of “union thug” central casting physically threatened me for plugging stuff in in our own display booth at a convention). I’ve generally been able to get away with doing physical things by dint of staying on good… Read more »

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Amen David. On the individual level we make men without chests. The aggregate of this is that masculine virtue is wiped out. What they can’t kill, however, is our instinct toward rekindling our masculine spark. So thats why the landscape must also be modified to prevent that. The feminization of our people makes it almost impossible for men to form groups. Free association of men, outside of moslem invader sects, is basically illegal at this point. And the combo of feminization of social protocols and the faggotization of everything male that doesn’t serve the gynocentric imperatives results in a kind… Read more »

Compsci
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Compsci

ScrewTape. Commentary worth reading twice. Thanks.

Dutch
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Screwtape, you need to meet up with like-minded people. It will be a start in turning things around for you, and will help you turn your well-founded ideas and observations into a beginning of community-building, based on your (and our) principles.

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@Screwtape: Excellent and insightful comment…. to which one might add: The feminization of western civilization, including the U.SA., has not occurred by chance. What we see around us today is the culmination of a century of Cultural Marxist attacks upon the foundations of the West – the traditional home and family, the church, the schools and education, the legal system, ethics and the law, the media and entertainment, politics and civic institutions, the military – and traditional notions of manhood themselves. There are those who say that the West is dying. That death, should it occur, will not have be… Read more »

Screwtape
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Georgia, Totally agree: this is not some accident. I’m old enough to have witnessed the long march on my watch. I’ve seen it up close. I was a boy scout, active in church youth groups, an elite athlete, an artist; grew up poor but went to an elite college, worked for small firms and the best/biggest. Unique first hand perspectives of both dirt and cloud. So I have seen the war on boys and men; the slow decay of boy scouts, title IX ruin sports, rape culture mythology and affirmative action hate policies ruin college, churches go full fem-prog, art… Read more »

Major Hoople
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Major Hoople

Frankly, a better poem than Ginsberg’s Howl. You speak for a lot of men.

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I think there’s more to it. In a post-christian, materialistic age the only people that have immortality are celebrities. No one else matters so if you want to matter, you must get attention otherwise you’re just walking dust.

Compsci
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Compsci

Yes, I read awhile ago that the average person is 3 generations away from oblivion—completely forgotten, as if he never existed. I never thought of leaving a lasting memory at that time. Never thought of a public legacy. But after that insight, I do. Quite a black pill.

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And that’s why you should pray for the souls in purgatory that have been forgotten by every person on Earth.

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Compsci: your observation is correct. But, it is far more than the average person; the vast majority of folks that have ever lived never had a lasting legacy beyond their grand-children or, in rare cases, their great-grand-children. This is our lot in life. I have no illusion that I will have any real effect on any generation so far removed. Even celebrities fit this category, as the number of those remembered much beyond their deaths is statistically insignificant. I am happy. I raised two boys to be hard-working, honest, and punctual; they are valued in their circles for those virtues.… Read more »

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The Babe

A young male would rather invest his time building his YouTube platform than acquiring practical skills that allow him to accomplish practical deeds. I think part of it (though it’s certainly not the only factor) is that a lot of young people don’t think that there will be much of a future. If there’s no future, why build something lasting? Why build a nice house, for example, if you’ll just have to white-flight later? Why do something virtuous if young people are taught to scorn virtue (and their elders)? Analogous to business: people don’t invest as much when the future… Read more »

One of Many Georges
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One of Many Georges

Yeah, gotta be careful about using that as an excuse, but you’ve got to admit that the future isn’t what it used to be.

One of Many Georges
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One of Many Georges

Truths like this are very awkward to bring up with women, even in “our thing.”

Paintersforms
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Paintersforms

Many of them respect it nonetheless.

Women want to be liked. Men do too but being disliked often goes along with acting masculine. They don’t teach you that in school. Young men have been trained to be women.

As crazy as it is it makes sense why all the gay/trans/effeminate stuff is happening.

In other words, don’t be afraid to offend women. You don’t want someone who can’t handle you anyway.

Screwtape
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Thats the problem painter. Women want to be liked and yet are eschewing those things that men tend to like about women; men want to be liked and yet are doing those things that women (pre)tend to like about other women. So we have women competing to be more like men who are competing to be more like women. Gross. To your point: men need to stop wanting to be liked and start working toward being respected by other men. Other men they in turn respect for their work. This is what breaks the bondage to the femcentric attention whoring… Read more »

Lineman
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Lineman

I agree and like I said below working in the trades especially mine will do that for a young guy just starting out…

Screwtape
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Screwtape

Hey Lineman, are you familiar with Mike Rowe from that tv show ‘dirty jobs’? He has been speaking up about the war on hard work and the trades. I’m sure its got all the appropriate diversity and prog-approved signaling, but it does address a lot of this in tangent if not head-on. I haven’t dug into it so I’m not necessarily advocating, but i like what I see on the surface. It is a model that I think our guys need to emulate as part of building a preferential, self-serving economic infrastructure insulated from globohomo pozz. I don’t think community… Read more »

Lineman
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Lineman

Yep he is definitely pro trades and I think his voice is reaching many…You really need to get out of the city Brother it would help you out in ways that imperceptible to you at the moment…

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A

I’ve suspected that Rowe might be one of “our guys” under deep cover.

Calsdad
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Calsdad

Mike might not be one of “our guys” – but he is on the path. He might have different views of the racial issues – but I’m sure if you had a conversation with him he’d agree on some of the gender / feminist issues.

Paintersforms
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Yup. Do your thing. If it offends oh well. Their problem not yours.

Only way to fix it is to be masculine. Bring it back. If that means you ruffle feathers or have fewer notches on your bedpost so what. Your future wife, your kids and grandkids will thank you.

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A lot of the support for Leftism among white males at least is purely poosey begging. It comes from guys who think they will have more success with women by adopting their idiotic politics – “Oh nooo! I would never buy an AR-15”. They don’t get that most of women’s political posturing is just their way of participating in a gynocentric modern social religion from which men are prohibited by definition. It isn’t necessarily that these guys are insincere though certainly some of them are. A lot of these sad young guys are just hollow men with no direction in… Read more »

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
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Ris_Eruwaedhiel

First and foremost, men seek respect and women seek love.

Georgiaboy61
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Georgiaboy61

To use the language of the young guys, women are biologically-driven to “shit test” (fitness test) men, in particular prospective mates, all the time. Biologically-speaking, eggs (ova) are expensive and in short supply in the fertile human female, whereas in the male, spermatozoa are cheap and plentiful. Women may acted offended by the guys who defy them, who they claim are offensive, but deep-down, many respect them, even feel an attraction to them. Contrary to their politically-correct bleatings, almost no women want limp-wrested Alan Alda types; they want themselves a man’s man. The grave danger that this dynamic poses for… Read more »

Calsdad
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Calsdad

I’ve been saying for a while now – to women – when the subject of “feminism” comes up………….. that the way things are going the ultimate end result of the feminist experiment is going to be women losing all their rights – and probably wearing burkhas.

It really pisses them off . Especially when you punctuate it with some laughter.

ChrisZ
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ChrisZ

Lately I’ve been floating the term “whore economy” to describe a system (our current one, evidently) that incentivizes and rewards pathological attention seeking above all.

As that term suggests, it marks a feminization of society, but one oriented towards the most vicious and disruptive feminine qualities.

The emergence of this kind of system may not be something new to our time. In fact it might be a predictable symptom of an unraveling social order. A couple of Shakespeare plays come to mind as illustrating the theme in history.

Bunny
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Have to agree. The women of the 19th Century sought attention by being “accomplished.” “‘It is amazing to me,” said Bingley, ‘how young ladies have patience to be so very accomplished as they all are.’ ‘All young ladies accomplished! My dear Charles, what do you mean?’ ‘Yes, all of them, I think. They all paint tables, cover screens, and net purses. I scarcely know any one who cannot do all this, and I am sure I never heard a young lady spoken of for the first time without being informed that she was very accomplished…’ …’Oh! certainly,’ cried his faithful… Read more »

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
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Ris_Eruwaedhiel

At one time, a truly well-educated person was expected to know history, foreign languages, literature, etc. The idea of a liberal arts education was that there were certain things that a free man should know in order to properly participate in society. Public schools actually taught and people studied on their own. Nowadays, a person might have a PhD in psychology but not know the years the Civil War was fought nor care. I’m a tail-end Boomer and didn’t know anyone in HS who bulked up. That would have been considered weird. Boys did sit ups, push ups, ran around… Read more »

Compsci
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Compsci

Lack of a liberal education starts in high school. Way too much BS going on today at the expense of basic cultural literacy. I remember extensive Shakespeare reading in English class—not Mya Angelou and Ebonics. My senior year math textbook was exact the same as my college freshman year mathematics textbook (that’s how I knew I was in the wrong class). Economics was taught and so was World Geography. We learned about every major country on earth, but particularly Latin America. Hell, we had a test in which we had to match pictures of South American “leaders” (really dictators, all)… Read more »

SamlAdams
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SamlAdams

Still can recite who speeches from Shakespeare that we had to memorize in high school. For geography had to hand draw and label maps of various continents. You never forget that.

The Right Doctor
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The Right Doctor

Don’t get me started – I do sports physicals from time to time and have often found a near-spherical mass on the exam table who is going to be a cheerleader, or swim, or play soccer. All I can think of is, poor coach who can’t pick and choose any more.

I’ve posted this before too, but it’s a lot of fun and there are always new people here. It you are much over fifty, find one of your high school yearbooks. Look up those you remember as fatties. Spoiler alert: they won’t be any more.

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
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Ris_Eruwaedhiel

Some chubbies and one morbidly obese boy. That’s it. Chubettes didn’t wear short skirts out of embarrassment.

Compsci
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Compsci

Charles Atlas, look up a photo, could not compare then to what is today considered mediocre wrt body-building. Hell, high school seniors in sports or just young gym rats are more defined—and perhaps physically stronger. And it’s not just steroids.

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
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Ris_Eruwaedhiel

I looked up pix of Charles Atlas. He had a nice physique. You are correct that many young men are more muscular now. Alternatively, many young men are more fat.

I watched the Italian sword-and-sandal pictures dating from the 1950s and 1960s on tv and Steve Reeves who played Hercules was more muscular than Charles Atlas. As corny as those films were, it indicated that people still enjoyed watching movies set in the past.

Maus
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Maus

If men are honest (and women know this or why else “augment”), there is something compelling about seeing a women with a nice rack. No doubt this is rooted in some evolutionary mechanism; but such theorizing isn’t half as satisfactory as recieving a simple smile in reaction to the appreciative male gaze. Sometimes the most basic truthes are also the most elegant.

ChrisZ
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ChrisZ

Amen, Maus.

Lineman
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Lineman

It’s knowing that they are fecund that draws the instinctive gaze of a mating aged male…Women know it to which is why they get their boobs done…

Compsci
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Compsci

I believe there is Neanderthal period smallish stone figurine of a naked, chubby, female. Think I saw it in the Smithsonian. Sort of a cave man Venus de Milo. Such sexuality is that old.

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It’s the same thing in art. Up just before WW1, works of art were grandiose and complex. Then Dada became a thing and by the 60s, it was all pretentious art installations and public displays of nudity. They couldn’t compete with the masters. At first, they went for shock in the form of nudity or disgust. When that wasn’t enough they went for “deep” where the work needs a paragraph to explain it’s worth. Now the height of modern art is the ugly female artist nude covered in her own menstrual blood, screeching. Don’t worry someone will tell you the… Read more »

Compsci
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Compsci

I have a simple test for “art”—sort of a “I know it when I see it” test. If a piece of art makes me “stop and think” about it, it has value. If l’m repulsed by it, or most often indifferent, then it’s not art, it’s a cry for attention or most often just mediocrity on display. Most “art” is mediocre, it will never stand the test of time—unless museums dedicated to mediocrity become popular. And yes, I freely admit I could not even draw a stick figure on my best day. But there is more to art than technique.… Read more »

Doofenshmertz Evil, Inc.
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test

Rwc1963
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Rwc1963

Well lets not forget the Guggenheim which is a vast repository of mediocre art or take any museum dedicated to modern art. I remember wandering into a local MOMA one day, talk about barren and senseless. The real kicker was a grotesque, brutalist apartment complex next to it. I expected at any moment that it would disgorge a horde of ax wield maniacs.

There is truly something soul crushing about modern art and architecture.

Rogeru
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Rogeru

Tykebomb,
The art in modern art is not the painting or sculpture displayed, its the explanatory essay below; all art is verbal gymnastics now. Some say its because of the take over of the art world by a people with no history of visual art but purported high verbal IQs.

Yves Vannes
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This is not simply about usury. It is about that and the many forms in which culture is cheapened. Ignorance of a great past leaves a people directionless. Everyone chases after short-term glories that are fleeting and lack resonate meaning. The future becomes a fantasy not a responsibility. The present is Ex Nihilo Nihili Fit: from nothing comes nothing. To say that we are a people is to say that we have a past, a great one worth preserving and building a future upon. Calling out the rot and cutting it out is what this poem is about: Canto XLV… Read more »

Mark Stoval
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Mark Stoval

Girls becoming more masculine and boys becoming more feminine was one of the things mentioned in “Dialogues with the Devil” back in the
60s. Many of the things the Devil was supposed to be doing to destroy mankind on the various worlds has become ever more apparent.

I sometimes wonder if the dialogues were not real.

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I’ve never heard of that. The writer looks pretty interesting. This is from her Wikipedia page

“Many of Caldwell’s books centered on the idea that a small cabal of rich, powerful men secretly control the world.”

Ha!

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Have a look at Bernay’;s 1928 classic “Propaganda: free pdf here:

https://archive.org/details/EdwardBernaysPropaganda1928Liveright/mode/2up

Also at least the first chapter is available in free audiobook on youtube.

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I’m reading it now. It’s very interesting. He keeps referring to the intelligent minorities, meaning that there are fewer smart people than not but of course I’m reading it from a 2020 perspective so it throws me a little bit

LineInTheSand
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LineInTheSand

Z: “Males now compete to be women.” It hurts to read that sentence because of its truth.

Rwc1963
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There is a physical basis for it. male testosterone levels in the Western world have dropped like a rock as well as sperm counts.

As to why. It’s the industrial chemicals in our foods, containers, etc.

We now have males in their 20’s who have T counts that of 90 year old women. See the Buzzfeed test of their male employees.

Mike_C
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“male testosterone levels in the Western world have dropped like a rock”

It’s not just the West. I was talking to some Pakistani women the other day, and they were complaining how the young (under 30) men back home are increasingly and disturbingly non-masculine.

So be of good cheer, O ye dissidents and deplorables.The dreaded wave of swarthy, swaggering, Muslim-male conquerors swamping the West is rapidly running out of momentum. (Of course, if we nonetheless end up conquered, by flouncing faggots rather than striding supermen it will be to our even greater shame….)

Gauss
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Gauss

Ok, but at least it improves our chances of survival if the prospective conquerors are also weakened. Or perhaps it just delays the crisis.

John Smith
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One of the things I notice about the shitlib social engineers is that whenever they turn their formidable intellects on a problem… they invariably make it worse while claiming to solve it. Racism… sexism…free speech… you name it – their best people are on the job and our culture will be better off for it! So shut your gob, and let your moral and intellectual superiors handle it!!! So it goes for ‘toxic masculinity’. I can’t take it anymore. I used to smirk and laugh as fags like that moron at Jim’s Blog, Vox Day, and other poseurs coached youngsters… Read more »

Compsci
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Compsci

I’d just add that if we are talking “TradWife”, we’d best start talking “TradHusband” in the same breath. One can not happen without the other, and I believe *both* need to be brought into balance.

KGB
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Amen. Much grief could have been avoided if Adam had said to Eve, “No, put down the fruit.” Darkness enters the world through women, but it’s men who call out to that dark nature.

John Smith
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Correct, KGB. There is enough blame to go round. And yet… they’re innocent too. We now are into our second generation of kids who never had to fail, that grew up on participation trophies, for whom their self esteem is more important than their merit. Their parents are often divorced, and some poor kids are raised by queers, pedos and other sexual degenerates. They don’t grow up right because they have no foundation of morals or ethics to build on. How do you convince a pick up artist with ‘game’ to become a Tradhusband? It’s now a catch 22: he’s… Read more »

Horace
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What needs to give is the state-imposed economic ecosystem that feminists and their fellow travelers inhabit. (government jobs and government-mandated/instantiated fake private sector jobs) Actual producers are being robbed blind to pay for them. That’s why I am very happy that the budget deficits under Trump are at record levels. There is no repairing the system, and even if there were I do not want the system repaired so that foreign invaders can inherit it. The systems governing European peoples are broken and need to be replaced. Harsh reality: that which cannot go on forever will not. The maggot people… Read more »

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
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At one time, parents often told their daughters, “Don’t worry about getting an education. You’ll get married and your husband will take care of you.” The attitude changed and in the 1980s, even conservative parents warned their daughters, “Men are no good nowadays. Get an education because you may have to stand on your own two feet.” Now, I am aware that the majority of divorces are filed by women and not for major reasons such as abuse or adultery. Still, Boomer men expected to be the primary breadwinner. Even today, the most feminist woman expects the same situation. It’s… Read more »

H I
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H I

Lying used to heavily penalized, socially and otherwise. Lying is now largely rewarded. Building a reputation over the long term? Ha. Fake it till you make it is king now.

BadThinker
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BadThinker

One tiny quibble. The *most* extreme example of sacrifical piety was *not* attention seeking.

Doofenshmertz Evil, Inc.
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In the early 19th century, you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting five ambitious young Man With A Plan types, each of them carrying their opera score rolled up under their arm. By the late 19th century, the young Man With a Plan had a crackpot political manifesto or zany revolutionary pamphlet he’d written, instead of an opera. By the early twentieth century he had his manuscript of the Great American Novel. Then, we had the Young Man With a Horn (at first a trumpet, later a tenor sax). By the Sixties it was the Young Man With a… Read more »

Doofenshmertz Evil, Inc.
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It just sort of reminds me… I was a teenager during the punk rock era, and we formed lots of ludicrous ad-hoc teenage punk bands all the time, just to get girls, because it was so easy to make yourself into a local celebrity by banging a few chords and singing something mildly clever, and girls will dig any guy who has enough guts to get onstage, get plugged in (this part is crucial, girls love to see guys masterfully using tools and heavy equipment) and demonstrate some sort of rudimentary skill. It was easier than being in the high… Read more »

james wilson
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“Weak men and immodest women.” There are Europeans who would make of men and women beings not only equal but alike. To both, they attribute the same functions equally, impose on them the same duties and grant them the same rights. It is easy to see that, in this ambition to make the one sex equal to the other, both are demeaned and that, from this crude mixing of nature’s works, will emerge weak men and immodest women–Tocqueville

Compsci
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Compsci

Well put James.

james wilson
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“Easy to see”, for him. I do love that guy. This is a man who foretold the battle of America against Russia for control of the world back when Russia was still a backwater. And innumerated the exact nature of the cultural and political steps that would one day lead to our dissolution. Presicely innumerated.

Compsci
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Compsci

James, don’t sell yourself short, you remembered and reminded us of what de Tocqueville said. And for that, we are all enlightened.

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“The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about.”
– Oscar Wilde

Compsci
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Compsci

Everyone seems to keep quoting that “butt pirate” we cast into the void a couple of weeks ago. 😉

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
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Ris_Eruwaedhiel

It’s been said that Oscar Wilde was the first person to be famous for being famous.

Compsci
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Compsci

Perhaps, and perhaps he merely states the obvious as one detractor here remarked. However, he manages to point the obvious out with a turn of phrase that is erudite, pithy, and memorable. Hence, we keep quoting him. To quote him and to remark on such is not to promote or accept his deviant lifestyle.

james wilson
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At least Wilde did not take himself seriously, I hope it is fair to say.

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Apex Predator

Everything by design and going according to (((plan))). The ‘central planners’ are gleeful at finally getting their wish that anything muscular & European must be immediately snuffed out through Human Resources, Courts, or in many (and my) cases the aggressive Police State. Don’t dare flex on -us- you f-cking plebe. RooshV has a profound article about this very thing from 2015, this was around the time he started realizing that his life had been wasted in large part chasing something meaningless and short-lived but at great effort and personal cost. http://www.returnofkings.com/58794/men-are-nothing-more-than-clowns-to-the-modern-woman This was the beginnings of the realization that we… Read more »

Maus
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“I’ve overstayed my welcome.” That, AP, captures the zeitgeist in a nutshell for me. I feel utterly alienated by almost every social institution around me; and the knowledge that my opinions are not merely unwelcome but hateful takes the wind right out of my sails. All my years of training and education are deprived of any wider purpose than my own amusement, which is deeply galling. It is a daily struggle to quell the rage and bitterness that wells up as I drift through the ruin of society. The only antidote has been to cultivate extraordinary gratitude for every morsel… Read more »

Lineman
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I know the benefits it brings to your heart, mind, and soul which is why I advocate for it over and over…😉 I also know the power that comes from numbers working in unison towards the same goal which our enemies know as well which is why they strive so hard here and elsewhere to keep that from happening…

Dutch
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Dutch

Maus, you need to meet up with people in your area who think like you do. It will reinvigorate you and get you working constructively with others to build out a like-thinking community.

Ifrank
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“…merit had no value”.

Is cuz merit has as a consequence a violation of the spirit of our age. Equality. If one man has more merit than another then how can they be equal? It’s unPC to speak of merit because inequality is a consequence. Affirmative Action laws exist to erase merit and affirm perfect human equality. Your inferiors may in fact be superior cuz they can be your equal without even trying!

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Status is a, maybe the, fundamental social currency. Men are hardwired to seek it, women to be attracted to it. When attention, to gain status, is decoupled from merit, I think that is the definition of a bored society. B/c attention without merit has another name, entertainment. And indeed, who are, literally the superstars of this age? The entertainers, actors and singers. Who is remembered from the 19th century and first half of the 20th century? Generals, war leaders, scientists, explorers etc. Who will be remembered from this age? Boredom is the combination of affluence, in the sense of material… Read more »

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
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At one time, a man had a vested interest in making something of himself. In all but the trashiest circles, if he wanted a steady supply of sex, openly live with a woman and produce a family, he had to get married. Almost all men were willing and eager to marry. What kind of woman would a guy who was content to pump gas for a living attract? A low quality one. He had an incentive to, say, learn how to be a mechanic to make good money and perhaps even own his own shop one day. The ideas was… Read more »

Lineman
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This is why I advocate for young dissident men to join the trades especially mine because you are still rewarded and can advance by doing manly things well…Their status comes still from strength, speed, and wits and not from virtue signalling or victim status…Like I’ve said before if anyone needs some direction for their kids or someone that they know let me know…

LineInTheSand
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LineInTheSand

You are an admirable role model for young men. I was happy to hear that young men in your life are following in your footsteps. Well done.

JR Wirth
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JR Wirth

Trades are highly underrated. Had I known about elevator repair, and its heart surgeon like wages, I would have looked into that trade as a career option early on. I have to go to the gym to break a sweat. Going to the gym is the blue collar work of white collar people.

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Where I live, getting into the trades is still a sinecure. You either have to get into the local Ag-Tech (with an Ivy League acceptance rate) or know someone. And surprise, surprise, surprise! The lack of immigration enforcement has evolved into the “Trades” being dominated by people who have no fear of their hiring practices attracting the attention of non-existent immigration enforcement.

Lineman
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Lineman

When I talk of trades I’m talking trades that have a hardcore apprenticeship to weed out the undesirables…On the “others” hiring their own is one reason why I advocate for our own Communities…

Al from da Nort
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R.O.B.G;

What you say about hiring illegals in some of the trades is true. But there’s a kind of Sayes Law problem: If you don’t hire illegals for cash and no bennies, you’ll be underbid by those who do. So now what_?

Actual enforcement of E Verify would go a long way to fixing this.

Compsci
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JR, it’s worse. Often, the trades are scorned. This is elitism at it’s worse. I believe such thinking is one of the reasons this country is tearing apart over a “class” divide. I told this story once before, but way back when as an undergraduate, I was invited to a BBQ at a married friend’s home. So a bunch of us egg-heads went and stood around talking “shop”, which of course was interesting to nobody outside one’s specific discipline. Certainly, not the wives and girl friends. Anyway, one of the guests was a master auto mechanic that taught at the… Read more »

Compsci
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Compsci

As much as I bitch about the quality of some of the tradesmen I’ve used, I must also say that when I am impressed, it is always with that hard charging young guy Lineman mentions. You can just tell by watching. Then ask a question or two of a young fella—how long you been doing this, how did you get into this trade, where do you expect to go in the business, etc. You’ll find a young man in a hurry—with answers and a plan. No excuses, no hesitation, no entitlement BS.

Al from da Nort
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Lineman; For the average (and that’s most of us) young guy of today there is also a strong economic argument for joining the skilled trades instead of going to an average college for a near-useless degree. Positive cash flow from day 1_! Zero student debt_! By year 4 you’re likely to be making 2x your counterpart who went to college, *if* they can find a job, that is. And. if you’ve saved money instead of buying a big-assed new truck, you’re well on the way to being able to get married and buy a house. Besides this, you avoid the… Read more »

Lineman
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Lineman

Exactly right Brother…Not only a great wage but the benefits and retirement are great as well…I bet not many people can say they don’t pay any medical premiums and still receive cadillac care that they don’t have any out of pocket expenses…

Al from da Nort
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Al from da Nort

Lineman;
I forgot another bennie: Once you’ve established yourself as a solid guy you’ll start getting offers to meet quality women who are your co-workers sisters/cousins/daughters.

LineInTheSand
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LineInTheSand

I still like Spencer, believe in him, and want him to succeed, but Z’s diagnosis is hard to deny. Bitter medicine is still salutary.

JR Wirth
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JR Wirth

We absolutely live in a matriarchal structure that marginalizes high testosterone men. For example, look at our current DUI laws, where you have to pay a fortune to sit in a room and be lectured to about your health and endangering others by a useless cat lady. Even in the 70s you could get into your Eldorado after six or seven martinis at the steak house, put on some Sinatra, and drive home in peace. Matriarchies are fleeting because they consume a vast amount of resources to stay afloat. Matriarchies require a thousand steps of conversational gathering to do even… Read more »

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“Even in the 70s” ? Try “even in the 80s”. I do distinctly remember an awful lot of what would be called “drunk driving” on the part of myself and pretty much everybody I knew in high school and college – in the early to mid-80s. And everybody I know of a similar age – will tell the same story. I have a friend who says he once crashed his car off the road… rolled it down the embankment – and when the cop showed up to see what was going on – offered him a ride HOME (not to… Read more »

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Pursuvant

“there is an unrealized desire at the core of this new attention seeking”

Said another way worth thinking deeply about, “most men lead lives of quiet desperation”.

Turn inward with philosophy, rest that question of the nature of mind. The ego is blind, it can’t see it’s thru a kind of surrender that brings the end to the desperation of seeking perceptions.

The Right Doctor
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The Right Doctor

This post ties together more loose ends than a macrame artist. Food for thought enough for another satisfying Z Man buffet!

ReturnOfBestGuest
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ReturnOfBestGuest

Status has been uncoupled from merit for a very long time. It has certainly become worse (or more noticeable) with widespread access to the internet. Perhaps “noticing” is the first step towards reversing the trend. Mumbles Menino rose through the ranks from “bag man” to “coat holder” to “driver” to mayor-for-life. All without ever having uttered a simple declarative sentence.

Vegetius
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Vegetius

Alexander slept with Homer under his pillow

Rwc1963
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Rwc1963

Our society values bullshit and posturing above all else. Look at the Neocons or our political class. Boys and men who want to learn trades or who just like working with their hands have been derided since I was a teenager in the early 80’s . Like working with metal or wood? Well it’s clear you’re dumb as all the smart people go to college and push paper. Today you can’t find a middle or high school that has a wood or metal shop. For young boys the situation is a disaster. Instead of learning how work with their hands… Read more »

Lineman
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Lineman

Amen Brother…

Dinothedoxie
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Dinothedoxie

Interesting theory.

The phenomenon of attention without merit has happened before. A couple of examples that come to mind are the sophists of ancient Athens and the cliff divers of Hawaii. I’m sure there are numerous other instances throughout human history.

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Every strain of Progressivism demands that the Laws of Nature be reshaped. This is what liberals mean by “Progress”. Four or five generations of Feminism and its insistence on role-interchangeability is about to render the species unreproducible. That will end this sorry Era! We’re seeing this in the Royal fracas and its wider appeal to the globohomo’s attack on tradition and patriarchy. A mama’s boy prince was easily deceived by an Instagram “princess” who smelled a dead meat beta from 5000 miles. Both are specimens of modern celebrity cult and victims of that most Feminist of institutions – divorce. What… Read more »

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In this Clownworld we find ourselves in the adult boys with “sunken chests” are a feature, not a bug, IMO. Inspired considerably by Lineman, Capt S and others, we are actively in the hunt for community of our people, even to the point of relocating to find them. To that end, “Whatever the reason, we now live in an age in which genuine merit has no value, while pointless attention seeking is the coin of the realm.”, those attention seekers make themselves more easily identified as worthless to the cause. Merit can take many forms, of course, but observable “fruit”… Read more »

Calsdad
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Calsdad

Any man who wears Crocs is not one of us.

hamsumnutter
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hamsumnutter

yea/no in responds to a question is another one that raises the I’m not talking to this knuckle head flag instantly for me. what is it ? yes or no ? they don’t seem to want to commit to either one.

TomA
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TomA

The decline of male robustness is a consequence of our modern affluent society devoid of real hardship and existential risk. In the natural world of our ancestors, a soy boy would likely be dead before he could reproduce. This problem will not be remedied until we return to an environment that selects for strength, intelligence, bravery, etc. The good news is that the soy boys will fall quickly in the aftermath of the collapse. When real bullets are flying, video gaming skill won’t keep your vertical.

Linda Fox
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This is an extraordinary analysis. I may link to it in a future post. You have given me much to think about.

jimbobo
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jimbobo

I (and my Lady) disliked the “Joker” movie intensely…seemed to us to be an apologists answer to sociopathy and psychopathy….was shocked to find out it was actually a very popular movie… not a good sign for our civilization..
When a rabied animal attacks you, not because it actually wants to, but because it must by the nature of it’s disease, you MUST put it down (still feeling sorry for the animal)…

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I think you can see why the concept of a warrior elite has its own logic. What we’d like are rulers with virtue and, while it’s not easy to select for wisdom, justice, or temperance, a warrior elite are likely at least to possess courage. That puts such a society at +1 over everybody else as a start. From there, maybe you can build structures that increase your odds of the other virtues in the elite. Our society selects elites for their smartness – really, their mimicry of what others imagine smartness to be. That’s pretty bad, since smart –… Read more »

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I view Spencer as a tragic figure. Such a waste of talent. Just google his debate with the Texas rabbi to appreciate his ability. However, fascism doesn’t work in the USA and when he started sieg heiling it was all over culminating in him driving the alt-right over a cliff in his nazi bus (Charlottesville).

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OK Zman. Any views as to the safety of Harbor East Theater in Fells point?
Plus parking?

Augustulus Sol Aurelius LX
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Augustulus Sol Aurelius LX

Interesting post first off. We seek fame.

Perhaps the reasons young males have resorted to false attention seeking is that there is no more to do. All the great deeds are done and it’s time for us to step aside for the younger, more compassionate races.

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Kobe Bryant, LA Nigger, RIP.

👨🏿‍🦱🤣.

I can’t resist. RIP.

1UnknownSubject
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1UnknownSubject

Hard times create strong men.
Strong men create good times.
Good times create weak men.
And, weak men create hard times.

― G. Michael Hopf