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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

A lesson in Gamma

This revelatory explanation by a Gamma male was so unexpected, and yet so illuminating, that I felt it worth bringing to the attention of the VP readership as well:
Gammas think they are Alphas.

It sounds insane, but it's true. A man who knows his place and sticks to that place is usually left to his own devices. Pay tribute to those above, demand tribute from those below, and if a man should disagree with either his own or your relative position in the hierarchy, then conflict will ensue to determine who is correct. It's a simple enough formula and it occurs frequently, if not daily, during the course of a man's life. Men tend to be very diligent about ensuring the proper order of things, but once that order is established, there is an element of stability. The victor may be magnanimous to the defeated. In turn, the loser is expected to acclimate himself to his new position.

Gammas introduce instability to this hierarchy. They refuse to accept their station, nor do they propose to increase it through deeds and experience. Like women, they come to expect a certain station in life and feel wronged when it is not provided for them. A common Gamma thought would be "why should he be the leader and get all the glory for himself?"
The part that I thought was particularly insightful was this statement: "Doubtless, thinks the Gamma, the leadership position was earned through subterfuge and oppression since that is how he would obtain it."

A leadership position earned through subterfuge and oppression? Strange, for some reason that sounds strangely... familiar?

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Blogger Doom March 03, 2015 8:18 AM  

Hmm? Let so-and-whositz lead. I'll let him until I don't. Don't want the post, but if ignored I will split. Even if others decide to split with me, one of them will lead. Don't like taking or giving orders, though I can work with a decent sort who likes that sort of thing.

The thing about those who gain power, at least in smaller groups, through nefarious means is that they don't last long.

The only reason those in the US government are lasting is because someone is controlling the choices for the positions, and every one of them, both sides of the aisle, on top of that, each pol seems to be scared witless from any number of threats. Mostly economic. It makes them easy pawns, easy to fall in line. With no choices, you get what you get. So... I don't vote. No reason to sign my own death warrant, they'll have to do it all, up front. Still, it's not like Boehner, or Reid, is a real leader. Both are connected betas or gammas just doing their jobs. Boehner cries too much and Reid takes hard hits from his "girlfriend". Keeps that up he might end up pope!

Anonymous PA March 03, 2015 8:27 AM  

A key part in the making of a gamma is teaching the boy (who is predesposed to gammahood by being sensitive and intelligent) to derive his sense of worth exclusively from intrinsic qualities, to the full neglect of measuring himself by external metrics.

Don't overpraise a boy as smart. Emphasize effort and results when praising or criticizing him.

Anonymous karsten March 03, 2015 8:48 AM  

"A leadership position earned through subterfuge and oppression? Strange, for some reason that sounds strangely... familiar?"

Unquestionably. This is Judaic thinking in a nutshell.

Indeed, the Alpha-vs.-Gamma dichotomy is perfectly paralleled by the European-vs.-Judaic clash of civilizations, with Europeans historically in the Alpha role, a role that they achieved through merit, and the resentful Judaics in the Gamma role, attempting to scheme their way into leadership positions. And they project their scheming tendencies onto the Europeans/Alphas, not being able to comprehend (or admit to themselves) the existence of genuine merit (having little of their own).

Indeed, it is undoubtedly the toxic Judaic influence on the West the created the phenomenon of the Gamma -- men who would otherwise likely be Betas.

Blogger Josh March 03, 2015 8:50 AM  

Oh ffs

Blogger Vox March 03, 2015 8:53 AM  

Indeed, it is undoubtedly the toxic Judaic influence on the West the created the phenomenon of the Gamma -- men who would otherwise likely be Betas.

This is not a thread about the Jews, Karsten. Drop it already. Socio-sexual hierarchies and the various status ranks exist in every human society. I also encourage you to look at the rules. Monomanias are frowned upon here; if you take advantage of every possible opportunity to indulge your own, you're going to find your comments getting deleted.

I don't care what the monomania happens to be. They're tedious.

Blogger Josh March 03, 2015 8:58 AM  

Well if we're going to take a hierarchy used to identify and rank individuals and apply to to societies, why not take it a step further and apply it to planets or galaxies? Obviously Jupiter is the most alpha planet because orbiting moons.

Anonymous Stilicho March 03, 2015 9:01 AM  

A leadership position earned through subterfuge and oppression? Strange, for some reason that sounds strangely... familiar?

Isn't that practically inevitable in a universal franchise democracy? Isn't that absolutely inevitable when you hang a universal franchise democracy around the neck of a representative republic?

Blogger Nate March 03, 2015 9:05 AM  

"Obviously Jupiter is the most alpha planet because orbiting moons."

Bitch please. Its just a big ball of gas. All show.

Venus on the other hand... has giant clouds of sulphuric acid. Which is alpha as fuck.

Anonymous MrGreenMan March 03, 2015 9:07 AM  

There must be a faction who fancy themselves sigmas - they could be alphas, but, you know, mumble mumble, something about allowing the fools to show themselves, mumble mumble, it's more fun to snipe.

I remember one such guy in college: Incredibly opinionated on every single thing, with the purpose of taking the most counter-culture and minority position possible; incredibly unpleasant to be around if you disagreed with him; did not let things go - claimed to like debate but never liked to have someone disagree with him, even though he set out to disagree! He did all the geek stuff - penny arcade, contributed to Linux and open source projects, had his EFF stripes, Gentoo evangelist - never really leading anything, but talked about how he could have, except he thought leaders were self-absorbed or sociopathic or he was benevolent to let someone else try and fail.

The weirdest thing was the gay thing. After talking about how many chicks he saw at the humanities college, somehow we got into politics - perhaps I suggested something harmless like he should bag one before their heads get filled with useless feminist crap - and he went off about how gays are the new civil rights struggle, and how he's OK with some conservatism, but nothing about gays, and that's why he hates Jesus. Then he had to roll back to talking about how he's the most rational thinker he knows.

Blogger Bob Wallace March 03, 2015 9:07 AM  

My experience has been a lot of so-called (and indeed self-proclaimed) "alphas" are actually "gammas." 20% "alpha" covering up that 80% "gamma." Weak and grandiose on top (they just happen to be good-looking and popular with women) covering up that void where their souls just to be. It's called narcissism.

Blogger Josh March 03, 2015 9:12 AM  

Venus on the other hand... has giant clouds of sulphuric acid. Which is alpha as fuck.

No moons. No one wants to bang Venus.

Blogger Vox March 03, 2015 9:14 AM  

My experience has been a lot of so-called (and indeed self-proclaimed) "alphas" are actually "gammas." 20% "alpha" covering up that 80% "gamma."

Bob, you've been a whiny little bitch on this subject for years now. That's not your experience. That's you're delusional gammatude speaking. It's pretty simple. To quote Sean Connery: "Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen."

We don't even need to ask to know what you didn't do. Alphas are not 80 percent gamma. They're not like you. Accept reality for once in your life and deal with it.

There must be a faction who fancy themselves sigmas - they could be alphas, but, you know, mumble mumble, something about allowing the fools to show themselves, mumble mumble, it's more fun to snipe.

Oh, there are. They were convinced they were alphas before they decided sigma was better. As the emailer wrote, they're determined to define themselves as winners. Call it winning and they will claim it. Objective reality is irrelevant.

Blogger Nate March 03, 2015 9:15 AM  

"Weak and grandiose on top (they just happen to be good-looking and popular with women) covering up that void where their souls just to be. It's called narcissism. "

if they are good looking and good with women... they are alphas.

Gammas aren't good with women.

Blogger Josh March 03, 2015 9:15 AM  

They're not like you.

Gammas can't understand that everyone isn't exactly like them.

Blogger Vox March 03, 2015 9:20 AM  

Here is the Gamma tell: "they just happen to be good-looking and popular with women"

"Why couldn't it be MEEEEEE? I coulda been a CONTENDA!"

Blogger JartStar March 03, 2015 9:20 AM  

When a Gamma goes this far down the rabbit hole they start to act out in strange ways and become insufferable to be around. They are borderline at this point due to the amount of effort it takes to keep up this sort of self-deception.

Blogger Josh March 03, 2015 9:22 AM  

When a Gamma goes this far down the rabbit hole they start to act out in strange ways and become insufferable to be around. They are borderline at this point due to the amount of effort it takes to keep up this sort of self-deception.

Example A: McRapey

Anonymous Dirtnapninja March 03, 2015 9:26 AM  

Nietzsche called this "Slave Morality", where one seeks to advance not by deeds but through subversion and re-sentiment.

Blogger Rabbi B March 03, 2015 9:29 AM  

The Gamma may just be the epitome of lazy:

"The lazy man will not plow because of winter; he will beg during harvest and have nothing . . the lazy man is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly . . . the soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing . . . the lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting . . . I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; and there it was, all overgrown with thorns; its surface was covered with nettles; its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction . . . the lazy man will be put to forced labor. " - King Solomon






Blogger Student in Blue March 03, 2015 9:33 AM  

@Nate
Gammas aren't good with women.
Continuing on that thought, yet they think they are. Gammas think they "get" how women work, being feminized themselves, but just don't and can't understand what women find attractive in men because they are not women.

Is it any surprise that Gamma relationships look like a lesbian relationship? Masculine women and feminine men.

Blogger Bodichi March 03, 2015 9:33 AM  

Rabbi B

Well said. The gamma thinks that because he has been given only one talent and that others have been given more that nothing is required of him. Laziness.

Take that one and make it into two, and then more. Force the Alpha to confront you because of your success, not because of your failure.

13 “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour. 14 For it is like a man going on a journey, who summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The one who had received five talents went off right away and put his money to work270 and gained five more. 17 In the same way, the one who had two gained two more. 18 But the one who had received one talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money in it. 19 After a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled his accounts with them. 20 The one who had received the five talents came and brought five more, saying, ‘Sir, you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ 21 His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 The one with the two talents also came and said, ‘Sir, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more.’ 23 His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 Then the one who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered, ‘Evil and lazy slave! So you knew that I harvest where I didn’t sow and gather where I didn’t scatter? 27 Then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received my money back with interest! 28 Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten. 29 For the one who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30 And throw that worthless slave into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’”

Blogger Salt March 03, 2015 9:34 AM  

Come on Nate! Mars is the damn Alpha. The f****** god of War. You're right about Venus in a way, toxic as hell... feminine.

Blogger D. Lane March 03, 2015 9:39 AM  

No moons. No one wants to bang Venus.

None of you know what you're talking about. The Sun is clearly the most alpha planet as all the other planets AND their moons circle around it. It's also bigger and hotter, too.

And before any of you bigots try to correct me, the Sun is a transplanet. That star bullshit is offensive.

Blogger Bodichi March 03, 2015 9:44 AM  

@ Rabbi B

It is the same when trying to re-classify weakness as meekness.

Wikipedia (allowed that this is not the most reliable) defines meekness as "restraining one's own power"

Weakness is not having that power in the first place.

Meekness is, withholding from killing the person bullying you.

Weakness is being bullied and crying in the corner.

The gamma cries and then congratulates themselves on their meekness.

Blogger Maple Curtain March 03, 2015 9:45 AM  

"A common Gamma thought would be 'why should he be the leader and get all the glory for himself?' "

Also interesting is envious people who see positions of leadership as all "glory" and no hard work, sacrifice, and just generally a pain in the ass in a world full of sheep.

Leaders, real leaders, are often so because they have to be - the sheep need someone to follow or they remain rooted to the spot.

Leadership is not celebrity or "glory" as the envious see it.

Blogger Salt March 03, 2015 9:46 AM  

D. lane, the Sun is a Sigma as when it comes to the others, it just don't give a ****.

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother March 03, 2015 9:48 AM  

Let's talk about Uranus.

Blogger Maple Curtain March 03, 2015 9:59 AM  

@ Vox:

"...delusional gammatude speaking. It's pretty simple. To quote Sean Connery: 'Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen.' "

The discussion of socio-sexual hierarchy as opposed to just plain 'social hierarchy' suggests that, to you, banging lots of chicks is the highest good to be obtained by man.

Are you suggesting that only men who want to, and can, bang lots of chicks are leaders?

The arena of chick-banging is a subset of the arena of life - it is not the main event.

If the prom queen is a vacuous bint, why would you want to take her home? As you (or your acolytes) say, there are lots of girls on the girl tree.

Anonymous Feh March 03, 2015 10:00 AM  

Also interesting is envious people who see positions of leadership as all "glory" and no hard work, sacrifice, and just generally a pain in the ass in a world full of sheep.

Obama sees "leadership" as "everyone worship me and do what I say no matter how stupid it is". The hard work and sacrifice part, eh, he's not so into that.

Anonymous karsten March 03, 2015 10:06 AM  

"If you take advantage of every possible opportunity to indulge your own, you're going to find your comments getting deleted."

In this particular case at least ("monomania" or not), I think the analogy fits to a T. But it's your site, so I shall follow the rules, and I will drop it.

"Nietzsche called this 'Slave Morality,' where one seeks to advance not by deeds but through subversion and re-sentiment."

Yes, exactly. And that way of phrasing it may be better than my own.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet March 03, 2015 10:10 AM  

Not long ago VD partially agreed with an idea I've considered for a long time: Sigmas might have started as Gammas. But of course, not all Gammas can be Sigmas.

Problem is, you can't talk about it being true or all the gammas will insist they are the diamond in the rough.

How the exchange takes place is difficult to pin down, because of the Sigma rarity and Gamma impulse to ape whatever is cool at the moment.

1. Early, abnormally high skill in one area that is misunderstood by society, but has already impressed strong competitive instincts;
2. Gamma father imposing poor strategies on an eldest who is shunned, but possesses skills;
3. Generation X (yes, I put that), which imparted a strong sense of independence and fight.

It's easy enough to defuse a Gamma who falsely thinks he's a Sigma... tell them Gammas are one of the only classes to proclaim their place themselves... because no one else will do it for them.

Anonymous Harsh March 03, 2015 10:13 AM  

Mercury. Stands up to the sun's heat without complaining. Doesn't need any flashy moons or atmosphere. A real man's man.

Anonymous Daniel March 03, 2015 10:14 AM  

Pluto is gamma; or, as he likes to think of himself, "Alpha of the Dwarf Planets."

This is really fascinating though. I always thought that the Gamma was more of a willful, self-aware recognition of poor position, and a constructed behavior set. If this is true, they really think they are awesome, which explains the constant flare-ups of dissonance: they aren't flailing in an attempt to rise...they are having a seizure and calling it pleasure.

Weird.

Cerebral Scalzi indeed.

Blogger Ben March 03, 2015 10:16 AM  

Sun=hot woman.

Planets=beta (orbiters)

Black hole is alpha.

Also I have much disappointment, it took nearly an hour for someone to blame the Jews.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet March 03, 2015 10:18 AM  

Nate,

Venus on the other hand... has giant clouds of sulphuric acid. Which is alpha as fuck.

A temperamental atmosphere and diminutive size... there's a reason they call her the sister planet... Venus was a woman.

Now the Sun... No one can even get close to that Alpha's game.

Anonymous Quartermaster March 03, 2015 10:20 AM  

Leadership does not confer privilege, it confers responsibility for those under your leadership. Anyone that has served in the military has seen the result of placing a beta or gamma in a leadership position simply because he managed to con people and get the rank need to reach the position.

Obama is merely someone else's meat puppet.

having been married 40 years I can tell you that sex is nice, but it constituted maybe 2% of my life max. Screwing is a pretty over rated activity.

@D.Lane Are you attempting to be an SJW entryist? :-)

Anonymous Harsh March 03, 2015 10:22 AM  

The idea that gammas think they're alphas explains why they direct so much vitriol at "dude-bros" (i.e., true alphas). They understand, albeit subconsciously, that they are the true apex of the hierarchy and therefore try to bring them down by denigrating them as, among other things, racist and sexist and homophobic. Scalzi is obviously the king of this tactic.

Blogger Rabbi B March 03, 2015 10:24 AM  

"Doubtless, thinks the Gamma, the leadership position was earned through subterfuge and oppression since that is how he would obtain it."

For a brilliant study in Gammatude which exemplifies the quote above and the OP, consider the character of Richard Rich in one of the greatest films ever made, "A Man for all Seasons":

Sir Thomas More: Why not be a teacher? You'd be a fine teacher; perhaps a great one.

Richard Rich: If I was, who would know it?

Sir Thomas More: You; your pupils; your friends; God. Not a bad public, that.

Later . . . .

RICH: (Voice cracking) You look at me as though I were an enemy!

MORE: (Putting out a hand to steady him) Why, Richard, you're shaking.

RICH: I'm adrift. Help me.

MORE: How?

RICH: Employ me.

MORE: No.

RICH: (Desperately) Employ me!

MORE: No!

RICH: (Moves swiftly to exit; turns) I would be steadfast!

MORE: Richard, you couldn't answer for yourself even so far as tonight.

Such is life in Gammaland . . .

Blogger John Wright March 03, 2015 10:28 AM  

"The Sun is clearly the most alpha planet as all the other planets AND their moons circle around it."

Our Sun is a nobody. The most alpha of alphas is Eta Carinae.

The two main stars of the Eta Carinae system revolve in an eccentric orbit every 5.54 years. The primary is a peculiar star similar to a luminous blue variable (that initially had around 150 solar masses and has lost at least 30.

Because of its mass and the stage of its life, it is expected to explode as a supernova or hypernova in the astronomically near future. This is currently the only star known to emit natural LASER light in ultraviolet wavelengths.

The secondary is a hot star, probably class O, of approximately 30 solar masses and is itself a highly luminous star. The system is heavily obscured by the Homunculus Nebula, material ejected from the primary during its Great Eruption in the 19th century.

So, to sum up, married couple, has already thrown away more mass than our sun contains times 30, already went nova once, and is going to supernova or, better yet, HYPERNova in the near future, and it is in the Homunculi Nebula, which, if you have ever seen a CHUCKIE movie, you know Homunculi are as creepy as all get-out. Did I mention the freaking star emits freaking LASER light?

Blogger Nate March 03, 2015 10:30 AM  

meh.. gravity as sexual attraction and the sun as alpha is to obvious. Booorrrrrring.

We should all agree that Pluto is omega though. After all... we can't even agree that it is even part of the group.

Blogger D. Lane March 03, 2015 10:31 AM  

Are you attempting to be an SJW entryist? :-)

I don't think your negative implication helps. I'm just trying to correct misperceptions about PMSG identities.

Blogger Nate March 03, 2015 10:32 AM  

"Did I mention the freaking star emits freaking LASER light?"

...

If only it had sharks...

Blogger Vox March 03, 2015 10:33 AM  

Are you suggesting that only men who want to, and can, bang lots of chicks are leaders?

Yes, absolutely. In fact, the true core of strategy is chick-banging. The ideal leader stays in his office and bangs loads of babes, thus inspiring his subordinates to perform in the hopes that one day, they too will spend their days busily banging one chick after another.

That is why CEO's offices always have couches and closed doors.

Blogger Vox March 03, 2015 10:39 AM  

Not long ago VD partially agreed with an idea I've considered for a long time: Sigmas might have started as Gammas.

I'm more dubious now that I was then. I think Omega to Sigma is the more natural path. I mean, outside of a sports team it gives me the creeps to find myself temporarily in a hierarchy, whether I am at the top or not. And even in the team, I don't fit in all that well because I can usually coach better than the coach so I have to be cautious about voicing any ideas or opinions in a way that isn't perceived as a challenge.

Blogger Nate March 03, 2015 10:42 AM  

"The ideal leader stays in his office and bangs loads of babes, thus inspiring his subordinates to perform in the hopes that one day, they too will spend their days busily banging one chick after another."


***in before the "BUT JESUS" comments***

Blogger Nate March 03, 2015 10:48 AM  

"I'm more dubious now that I was then. I think Omega to Sigma is the more natural path. "

I'm not certain there is a path to sigma at all. No more than I am certain there is a path to alpha.

Once you've achieved success your sigma/alpha category will be defined by your personality type... not by the path you took.

I still think sigma/alpha is more closely related to introvert vs extrovert. The extravert alpha likes people and wants them around and wants to lead them... and bangs hot chicks. The introvert sigma wants to be left alone to do his thing and bangs hot chicks.

Blogger Northern Hamlet March 03, 2015 10:48 AM  

But Nate,

Booorrrrrring

Can we at least agree that Buzz was the first man on the Moon? No, right-wing conspiracies, he had her, it's over.

Blogger SarahsDaughter March 03, 2015 10:49 AM  

That is why CEO's offices always have couches and closed doors.

Love the agree and amplify.

How long until we're called bootlickers and he promises to leave you (again) to the adulation of your admirers (first informing us of your real, super secret identity)?

Blogger Northern Hamlet March 03, 2015 10:53 AM  

obvious correction, armstrong

Blogger Bobo March 03, 2015 10:54 AM  

"Is it any surprise that Gamma relationships look like a lesbian relationship? Masculine women and feminine men."

I really should post pictures of my sister-in-law and her husband...the uptown New Orleans pansy with the Obama keyring. He wants to be a dyke SO bad...

Anonymous The other skeptic March 03, 2015 10:55 AM  

Seems like Nominations are open for SasQuan!

Go to it!

Where are the lists again?

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 March 03, 2015 10:56 AM  

The main difference between Deltas and Gammas is that Deltas are naturally nice and polite. Gammas do so with the expectation that they will be rewarded (with sex, praise, or whatever else they think they should get).

I can definitely see this delusion play out, especially amongst SJWs. Gammas will believe themselves to be awesome with women because they treat them like women (or however they view women should be). It is amazing to how far the delusions go and how big they are.

But it isn't very surprising to think that they believes to be Alphas.

Anonymous The other skeptic March 03, 2015 10:56 AM  

Seems like Nominations are open for SasQuan!

Here is the document:

Progress Report 3

Anonymous Baseball Savant March 03, 2015 11:00 AM  

I just want to point out that my wife was the prom queen and I fuck her silly.

Blogger bob k. mando March 03, 2015 11:03 AM  

Nate March 03, 2015 10:32 AM
If only it had sharks...



and you know it doesn't have sharks ... how?

because, you realize, that without scientific verification of your hypothesis, you are simply extrapolating in the same manner as the AGW loons.

Blogger Rabbi B March 03, 2015 11:06 AM  

"Gammas introduce instability to this hierarchy. They refuse to accept their station . . ."

I think this is a point that is easily forgotten:

From AG:

"Now, it is important to keep in mind that it serves absolutely no purpose to identify yourself in some manner that you think is "better" or higher up the hierarchy. No one cares what you think you are and your opinion about your place in the social hierarchy is probably the opinion that matters least. There is no good or bad here, there is only what happens to be observable in social interaction."

A caveat that probably applies to Gammas more than any other . . .

Blogger Nate March 03, 2015 11:09 AM  

"you are simply extrapolating in the same manner as the AGW loons."

well extrapolating sure... but not in the same manner as them. Its not like I've planted false evidence of the absence of sharks at Eta Carinae and then used that false evidence to support my lie... then used lobbyists to make sure the government outlaws sharks there.

Blogger JDC March 03, 2015 11:13 AM  

Gammas aren't good with women.

That depends on how one defines good. One could define good as -

1. Able to hold pony-tail while girl cries about the other guy and vomits all over your bathroom floor
2. Able to sit through an entire screening of Pretty woman while girl texts, drinks your Merlot from the bottle and eats the popcorn you so meticulously prepared
3. Passionate about womyn's issues, and ready to tweet at a minute's notice when girl is threatened
4. Has both - an altar for one's love interest and a frightening collage of her mutilated toilet parts
5. Has a tome of poetry celebrating the divinity of women (and has plans to bury same women when the spring thaw comes in).

Using the above definition the yes, Gammas are good with women.

Anonymous Stickwick March 03, 2015 11:25 AM  

I have a buddy who fits the gamma description very well. He asked me one time how he might be more successful with women, and I advised him to start reading Alpha Game. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there's much chance it will help him, since he immediately identified himself as a sigma. The funny thing is, most of his conflicts and jealousies involve his female coworkers, not the males. Is that common with gammas?

"Obviously Jupiter is the most alpha planet because orbiting moons."

Jupiter is a White Knight. Without Jupiter, we'd get hit by a lot more solar system debris. He takes the hits so we can gleefully ignore him and orbit the Sun.

Blogger bob k. mando March 03, 2015 11:26 AM  

Nate March 03, 2015 11:09 AM
well extrapolating sure... but not in the same manner as them.



an axiom:
sharks fire fricking lasers from their heads

an observation of reality:
Eta Carinae fires fricking lasers

a logically coherent extrapolation:
Eta Carinae is the head of a shark

Blogger bob k. mando March 03, 2015 11:29 AM  

forgot the QED and, "nyahnny nyahhny boo boo."

Anonymous The other skeptic March 03, 2015 11:30 AM  

and you know it doesn't have sharks ... how?

Just add sharks

Blogger Student in Blue March 03, 2015 11:30 AM  

@swiftfoxmark2
The main difference between Deltas and Gammas is that Deltas are naturally nice and polite.
That is not the main difference. The main difference is that Gammas lie to themselves constantly. The differences that you spot arise from that difference in self-deception naturally.

Blogger Maple Curtain March 03, 2015 11:33 AM  

@vox

Power shouldn't be conflated with leadership - they are not one and the same.

The CEO has power - whether he is a leader is another point entirely.

Blogger Booch Paradise March 03, 2015 11:35 AM  

@JDC

Even using your definition, deltas have them beat. Plain Jane's and fatties might be willing to spend one on one time with gammas, but that's it.

Anonymous Jack Amok March 03, 2015 11:39 AM  

" 20% "alpha" covering up that 80% "gamma."

Now, what was that part about "Doubtless, thinks the Gamma, the leadership position was earned through subterfuge and oppression" again? So thoughtful of Vox to arrainge for illustrative examples in the comment section.

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 03, 2015 11:50 AM  

We should all agree that Pluto is omega though. After all... we can't even agree that it is even part of the group.

But Pluto claims it's a Sigma!

Anonymous Alexander March 03, 2015 11:55 AM  

Pluto, bitches.

No rings, one debatable moon, no fucks given. It does it's own thing. What, it's gonna cut paths with Neptune when it feels like it, Pluto doesn't give a shit.

Rabbits: GO AWAY PLUTO, YOU'RE NOT A PLANET ANYMORE!!!

Pluto: ...

RABBITS: THAT'S RIGHT YOU'RE NOW A DWARF PLANET THING OR WHATEVER

Pluto: ...

Everyone else: Pluto, we won't abandon you.

Yeah, consider that. The population revolted against the scientists who claimed Pluto was outed. Vaccinate your kids, determine your education, tell you what to eat? Yeah, sure, mainstream will do what it's told. But try and reduce the number of planets and make Pluto sit at the astronomy version of the retard table: pitchforks and torches.

Anonymous Jack Amok March 03, 2015 11:57 AM  

having been married 40 years I can tell you that sex is nice, but it constituted maybe 2% of my life max.

Ah, but many a trying day at work* have I gotten through by thinking of what I was going to do with my wife when I got home.

* it fits with the theme of this post that when I was younger, most of the trying days were due to open conflicts as we scrabbled for our places on the ladder. Now that I'm - shall we say "established" - I find most of my trying days are due to Gamma's causing the sort of instability mentioned above.

Anonymous Porky March 03, 2015 11:57 AM  

Asteroid belt. Bangs the hell out of everything.

Blogger JDC March 03, 2015 12:06 PM  

Even using your definition, deltas have them beat. Plain Jane's and fatties might be willing to spend one on one time with gammas, but that's it.

I will make the appropriate changes to my study notes.

Blogger LysanderSpooner March 03, 2015 12:07 PM  

"Nietzsche called this "Slave Morality", where one seeks to advance not by deeds but through subversion and re-sentiment."

Same as the female 'Chameleon', sometime called shape-shifters.

Gammas are snipers with no moral rudder, what ever will advance their pink-pussiefied flag.

Anonymous patrick kelly March 03, 2015 12:21 PM  

When I first encountered game theory and Vox's version of the hierarchy I thought I wanted to be a sigma but realized " oh crap, I'm a gamma". I took some quiz posted here, and landed squarely in the delta camp, and was relieved, but puzzled as my understanding of delta is we are just "normal", and that just doesn't fit me in so many bad ways....

It is fun to pose as alpha and get away with it sometimes and have some flirty fun with women......I'm just not motivated or have the endurance to keep it up long enough..oh crap......

Blogger Rabbi B March 03, 2015 12:30 PM  

"Jupiter is a White Knight. Without Jupiter, we'd get hit by a lot more solar system debris. He takes the hits so we can gleefully ignore him and orbit the Sun."

@Stickwick

Slightly OT

Speaking of astronomy, and correct me if I am wrong, but I thought I heard somewhere that you were instrumental in getting astronomy curriculum together for Castalia House. If that is true, a big "Thank you" is in order. We just got a telescope in last week from Orion and I have never seen my kids so excited. We have been out on every cloudless night in 10 degree weather for the last two weeks or so. It's opened up a whole new world for all of us that just leaves me speechless.

"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?" (Psalm 8)

I didn't know if you had a blog or not, or I would have posted over there.

If I misheard, thank you anyway for the insightful posts on this topic.

Anonymous rho March 03, 2015 12:31 PM  

Uranus is Sigma.

It rotates on a horizontal rather than vertical axis because fuck you that's why.

Blogger automatthew March 03, 2015 12:31 PM  

Gammas can transition to Alphas, Deltas, or Omegas.

Gamma + virility = Alpha.
Gamma - self-orientation = Delta.
Gamma - social awareness = Omega.

Anonymous Stilicho March 03, 2015 12:36 PM  

OT, but speaking of black knighting... Bibi just praised Obama for his support of Israel, including this zinger:

“And some of what the president has done for Israel might never be known, because it touches on some of the most sensitive and strategic issues that arise between an American president and an Israeli prime minister.” “But I know it!” he continued. “And I will always be grateful to President Obama for that support.”

That's gotta make the Mullahs feel all warm and fuzzy towards Obama as he negotiates them into the nuclear club.

Anonymous rho March 03, 2015 12:38 PM  

Uranus is Sigma.

It rotates on a horizontal rather than vertical axis because fuck you that's why.

Blogger Rabbi B March 03, 2015 12:44 PM  

"It rotates on a horizontal rather than vertical axis because fuck you that's why."

Astronomy 101 here at VP - gotta love it.

Blogger Northern Hamlet March 03, 2015 12:54 PM  

Jack Amok,

May I ask what you do for a living?

Blogger Desiderius March 03, 2015 1:03 PM  

LS,

"re-sentiment"

Yes, that's what it is; changing what is loved and honored. Moving the goalposts.

Blogger LysanderSpooner March 03, 2015 1:10 PM  

@ Desiderius

"re-sentiment"

Yes, that's what it is; changing what is loved and honored. Moving the goalposts.

AKA: Female Disloyalty.

The Gammas feather in his/her back-stabbing hat.

Anonymous Stickwick March 03, 2015 1:11 PM  

Rabbi B: We just got a telescope in last week from Orion and I have never seen my kids so excited.

I'm delighted to hear you bought a telescope for your family and that you're enjoying it so much. Even as a professional who gets to use 10-m and space telescopes, whenever I look at the rings of Saturn through my little 9", I'm as giddy as a child. And it certainly does make one feel closer to one's Creator.

I didn't know if you had a blog or not, or I would have posted over there.

Yes, here, but it's currently in a coma until I can revive it (probably in the fall). I've re-opened comments there, so if anyone wants to drop by and say hi, please do.

rho: It rotates on a horizontal rather than vertical axis because fuck you that's why.

Uranus is a weenie. Its rotation axis is tilted, because some jerk protoplanet knocked it over.

Anonymous 141 March 03, 2015 1:13 PM  

I agree with Nate. Sigma/Alpha seems to be introvert/extrovert, and i think introvert/extrovert stems from intelligence difference from the average. I'm reluctant to appear like a braggart or internet tough guy, but this is the internet and i'm not actually going to ever hang out with any of you so i'll just do it anyway. I look like a model. Facial symmetry plus athletic build plus above average height. I'm also 2+ standard deviations above mean IQ. Because of this, I've never really fit in anywhere. Conversations with pretty much anyone are an annoyance as i have to pretend to be interested in their bullshit while simultaneously keeping myself from insulting their intelligence. In school I learned to play dumb which allowed me to make shallow friendships while keeping people from bothering me for too long. However, it takes an effort to do this and i get next to nothing of value in return so it's really just a fucking pain in the ass, and as a result, social engagements are way down on my priority list.

As to Gammas, they are the absolute fucking worst. I've hung out with both the cool kids and the nerds, and the nerds are worse. Some nerds are cool because they are humble, but some (Gammas) are delusional arrogant retards. From what i've seen, they all seem to be average to below average physically, and a little above average in intelligence, say +1 SD. They are just smart enough to understand that they are smart relative to the general population, but not smart enough to do anything interesting. I've even been in groups with both a Gamma and an Omega, and pretty much everyone liked the Omega and despised the Gamma.

Blogger Zaklog the Great March 03, 2015 1:24 PM  

I ask this question in all seriousness. If one recognizes unpleasant gamma tendencies in oneself and wants to correct them, how does one do so?

Blogger Nate March 03, 2015 1:32 PM  

" If one recognizes unpleasant gamma tendencies in oneself and wants to correct them, how does one do so?"

Lots of people have lots of tendancies. Some of them you give in to more often than others. When you notice the gamma feelings inside yourself... reject them.

Anonymous Crusader Corim March 03, 2015 1:32 PM  

Zaklog, I recommend the Bob Newhart approach to all personal problems.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow0lr63y4Mw

Just stop it. It works quite well.

Blogger Desiderius March 03, 2015 1:34 PM  

141,

"Conversations with pretty much anyone are an annoyance as i have to pretend to be interested in their bullshit while simultaneously keeping myself from insulting their intelligence."

Well, if you were an alpha, you'd be leading the conversation and they'd have to pretend to be interested in your bullshit. Or, you know, for the best alphas, actually interested.

Blogger Student in Blue March 03, 2015 1:37 PM  

If one recognizes unpleasant gamma tendencies in oneself and wants to correct them, how does one do so?

Find what drives yourself, and use that to excise the self-serving lies that don't fit in with reality.

Anonymous cheddarman March 03, 2015 1:44 PM  

so the planet Hoth would be a sigma female? cold and remote?

Blogger Northern Hamlet March 03, 2015 1:59 PM  

If one recognizes unpleasant gamma tendencies in oneself and wants to correct them, how does one do so?

Through whatever means necessary, learn to accept that failure is a reality. Find a older male mentor with time on his hands. Then find some guys that like to compete. And compete.

Blogger dw March 03, 2015 2:21 PM  

Earth is the hot prom queen, while Mars is her Sigma older brother that everybody wants to see but is totally indifferent and left the party early with two babes in tow.

Anonymous rho March 03, 2015 2:32 PM  

Uranus is a weenie. Its rotation axis is tilted, because some jerk protoplanet knocked it over.

Simple conjecture. Uranus could be doing pushups to get more swole.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza March 03, 2015 2:43 PM  

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Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit March 03, 2015 3:29 PM  

We're familiar with what Muslim and tribal alphas are like: hell on earth for women, and not much fun for the non alpha men; atheist alphas pretty much suck too: whether it's a Cuban, Maoist, or other dictatorship. Only Christian alpha males are worth having around if you're a woman or a non alpha. And even, possibly for the alphas themselves: without civilization to leach off of, you're at the level of a Boka Haran chieftain. Whoop-de-do,

So it's pretty ironic that all the women-an-slave types (as you describe them) are fighting sooooo hard to depose Christianity as an institution around the world. Surely the devil is laughing his ass off.


And for you gents her who do think that alpha- maleness is primarily indicated by "banging lots of chicks" and only that, stay the hell away for my daughter. If you try to treat her like an animate inflatable sex toy, I will make you wish you were dead.

Anonymous Rhys March 03, 2015 3:41 PM  

I think Omega to Sigma is the more natural path. I mean, outside of a sports team it gives me the creeps to find myself temporarily in a hierarchy, whether I am at the top or not.

I am currently somewhere between omega and sigma. Could you provide some posts about going from omega to sigma?

Anonymous RedJack March 03, 2015 5:01 PM  

This whole topic interests me. Well before "game" became main stream, I had some fraternity brothers in school teach me some of the basics. When I actually got around to using the tactics (had a long term relationship in school), it worked. I mean it worked immediately. Still, as I grew in my faith I no longer wanted a quick hook up, but a relationship, and stopped it. Found a great woman (for me), and started a family.
The comments about knowing your place are very important. The last time I took the "test" here, I came back as a delta or a beta. Not top dog, not bottom dog, but one of the mid rankers who don't have the fight off the new bucks. As a strong introvert, that fits me well. I don't want to be the CEO, let me be the guy who plays with the actual process and makes the plant sign.
For those trying to become "alpha" or "sigma", first ask your self why? What is your goal? By all means, fix what you don't like about your behavior, don't be a whiny little Gamma, but don't expect to wake up the Wolf of Wall Street. That is a small slice of humanity, and many I know who have achieved that status, end up regretting it. It never fit them, or they wake up the old wolf, alone, with the new wolf at their throat.

Blogger Rabbi B March 03, 2015 5:24 PM  

"By all means, fix what you don't like about your behavior . . . "

Sage advice, no matter your place in the hierarchy.

" . . . don't be a whiny little Gamma . . "

Yep, supercilious pride is like bad breath, everybody knows you have it but you.

Blogger Student in Blue March 03, 2015 5:29 PM  

@RedJack
I think a good way of thinking about it is that by being a solid Beta/upper Delta, you're already an exemplary man who stands out, because there are so, so many Deltas and a ton of Gammas.

Anonymous Corvinus March 03, 2015 5:55 PM  

I am currently somewhere between omega and sigma. Could you provide some posts about going from omega to sigma?

@Rhys
In six words: you have to go through Delta.

Blogger Vox March 03, 2015 6:24 PM  

I am currently somewhere between omega and sigma. Could you provide some posts about going from omega to sigma?

Be exceptional. I don't think people understand the extent to which unshakable confidence is related to personal excellence. I may have been small and a social nonentity in junior high, with thick coke-bottle lenses, but I was also the fastest person in the grade, the smartest person in the grade, and I scored six goals in the game against our archrivals. The seeds of self-confidence were not only planted BEFORE I had any social success, but they rendered the social success moot with regards to my self-esteem.

That's what people today still don't understand. I don't measure myself against other people. I measure against myself against my conception of my own potential and for the most part I fall far shorter against that than I do against interpersonal measurements.

I'm far more irritated with myself about the fact that Book Two is taking longer than I felt it should take to write than I am about how many copies A Throne of Bones has sold. I can't control that. I'm reasonably content the quality and with my performance in writing the book in less than 500 days. The fact that I didn't outsell EL James or George Martin doesn't bother me at all; I'd rather have written what I wrote than either 50 Shades of Grey or A Dance with Dragons.

And may be that's the point. To get from Omega to Sigma, you have to only care about your own metrics. Not anyone else's. Not only that, but you have to be entirely convinced that your metrics are the only ones that matter. When you reach the point that you genuinely care as much for the opinion of others as you do about the opinion of your dog, then perhaps you'll be there.

That doesn't mean you can't value the opinion of others or take their advice, it's about what you feel deep down inside your heart. And you can't lie about that. You can't decide not to care. You either do or you don't.

Anonymous Discard March 03, 2015 6:46 PM  

I care about the opinion of my dog more than I care about the opinions of most people. Others' low opinion of me is generally a measure of their narrow-minded twatliness rather than anything else.

Blogger Nate March 03, 2015 7:05 PM  

"That doesn't mean you can't value the opinion of others or take their advice, it's about what you feel deep down inside your heart. And you can't lie about that. You can't decide not to care. You either do or you don't."

The path out of Gamma and Omega... is written in a post on AlphaGame called Dragon Slaying.

You have to aquire a skill... a skill that is externally validated... that by default grounds your confidence in reality... not your own delusion. Omegas aren't deluded... but they believe they have nothing of value to contribute. The external real value of their new skill or accomplishment will stare them in the eye and say, "you did this. And it is good."

You want to be a Sigma Mr Gamma?

Go out and DO SOMETHING.

Anonymous map March 03, 2015 7:28 PM  

I really don't know how sensible this alpha/gamma distinction is. Isn't this a clumsy way of re-discovering the reality that life is built on status and that status counts for everything?

Isn't it also the case that status is built largely on hereditary privilege, both genetic and cultural? What we seem to have lost is the very idea that a society based on hereditary privilege at least knows that it is a society based on hereditary privilege.

We are what we are because we pick our parents correctly. Being intelligent and good-looking is a random genetic accident. If the parents are wealthy, then that material success combined with genetic traits forms our base status in society and where we end up on the social hierarchy. That, in turn, influences how far we go in life.

Yet, these basic facts of life that previous generations understood have been completely undermined by the "equalitarian meritocracy" nonsense. Those born on third base all think their home runs in life were achieved through their own hard work and merit and diligence, not because they picked the right parents. They then turn around and scoff at those who were not so lucky. Is it any wonder that the world is filled with gammas who scheme behind the scenes? When you construct a false narrative of branding people losers because they failed to do what they could never do in the first place, naturally there is going to be some push back, including the construction of counter-narratives.

This over-extension of the alpha/gamma distinction reminds of the new fad of discovering sociopaths everywhere. What's called a sociopath is typical behavior of any alpha in a leadership position.



Anonymous map March 03, 2015 7:36 PM  

In other words, The Gods of the Copybook Headings are re-asserting themselves. Because of the false narratives of the modern age, we are only clumsily recognizing what has always been there.

Blogger Nate March 03, 2015 8:02 PM  

"I really don't know how sensible this alpha/gamma distinction is. Isn't this a clumsy way of re-discovering the reality that life is built on status and that status counts for everything?"

No.

Its just a way of classifying observable reality to provide those at the low end of the scale a tool to use to help improve themselves.

The sigma alpha divide is useful because it accounts for a specific type of leader that refuses to lead.

Sigma is the true anti-gamma... because while the gamma covets leadership and acclaim... the Sigma couldn't care less... and has it anyway.

Blogger Nate March 03, 2015 8:04 PM  

" What's called a sociopath is typical behavior of any alpha in a leadership position."

No.

Thats the typical behavior of a gamma in a leadership position.

Alphas in leadership positions lead. Gammas in leadership positions obsess over themselves.

Blogger Desiderius March 03, 2015 8:34 PM  

"Go out and DO SOMETHING."

(2) Fail. A lot. Improve.

(3) Find a better man*. Learn from what he does.

* - the idea of another man being better than you being the major breakthrough

Anonymous Donn March 03, 2015 8:46 PM  

Who doesn't care about their dog's good opinion? He just sits there with those big soulful eyes....

Anonymous RedJack March 03, 2015 9:04 PM  

A bit OT, but I do wonder what a true sociopath would score? I have met a few (anyone who works in large companies runs into their share of snakes in suits). Many project alpha, as I understand, but without the staying power. One person I remember talked a great game, till their impulsive behavior took over and led to a spectacular blow up. A few others ended up in power roles (not really leadership), and either got bored and left or were figured out and told to leave.

What does a person without a conscience score on the scale?

Blogger Nate March 03, 2015 9:16 PM  

sociopaths would vary wildly and would be found in the omega, gamma, sigma, and alpha, categories. They would not be deltas and they would not be betas. Which should tell you something about where your goals should be in terms of improving.

Nate's Hint: You shouldn't be shooting for Alpha or Sigma.

Anonymous RedJack March 03, 2015 9:37 PM  

Interesting, I agree with them not being a beta or delta. Not flashy enough, doesn't appeal the the risk taking compulsion, and requires to much, well, work. I was guessing sigma or alpha, maybe omega (not being in direct contact with law enforcement, I do see many of that stripe), but gamma? Maybe I am over thinking, but of the individuals I have met who could be called true sociopaths, not a one would be a gamma. The self esteem is a bit to high (or rather, lack of self doubt). Then again, I am judging only on personal experience, and the engineering path is not one typically chosen by true sociopaths.

Blogger Nate March 03, 2015 9:46 PM  

" Maybe I am over thinking, but of the individuals I have met who could be called true sociopaths, not a one would be a gamma"

I think you're incorrectly limiting your definition of sociopath. If you look at the modern definition... you'll see that not only would there be gamma sociopaths... most sociopaths would be gammas and omegas.

Anonymous Porky March 03, 2015 10:19 PM  

I am currently somewhere between omega and sigma. Could you provide some posts about going from omega to sigma?

Watch Napolean Dynamite. It's a masterclass on breaking out of omega.

Anonymous Jack Amok March 03, 2015 11:10 PM  

Jack Amok, May I ask what you do for a living?

Software. Games currently. Well, more like the mobile/web/cloud infrastructure for games. I've been doing it since the 80's. Everything from my own 1-man startup to The Evil Empire of Remond.

Anonymous Jack Amok March 03, 2015 11:14 PM  

Alphas in leadership positions lead. Gammas in leadership positions obsess over themselves.

Agreed. Alphas are in it for the organization, they're trying to make the organization they lead win. Of course, they might have peculiar ideas of how the place should run and most of those ideas conveniently play to the advantage of the Alpha, but honestly his heart is in it for the team, if for no other reason than he sees the team as an extension of himself. Sociopaths of whatever stripe are just trying to get whatever they can for themselves.

Anonymous Jack Amok March 03, 2015 11:19 PM  

"I really don't know how sensible this alpha/gamma distinction is. Isn't this a clumsy way of re-discovering the reality that life is built on status and that status counts for everything?"

Roissy uses Alpha/Beta etc as a pure ladder ranking, but Vox uses it more as a description of behavior. There are Alphas who are pretty pathetic on the society tree - incarcerated criminals for example are quite frequently Alphas. And there are Gammas with a good deal of money and even some power. It's not about how rich you are or which clubs you belong to, it's aout how you behave.

Alphas and Sigmas seek to shape the world to their needs with varying degrees of success.

Betas, Deltas and Omegas seek to fit in as best they can with the world as it is.

Gammas bitch about things in the hope that someone else will fix their problems for them.

Blogger Rabbi B March 04, 2015 12:06 AM  

It's Purim this week, and Haman is another one who illustrates a Gamma quite well. How did it end for the boy? Well . . .

Then the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and went into the palace garden; but Haman stood before Queen Esther, pleading for his life, for he saw that evil was determined against him by the king. When the king returned from the palace garden to the place of the banquet of wine, Haman had fallen across the couch where Esther was.

Then the king said, "Will he also assault the queen while I am in the house?" As the word left the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face. Now Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said to the king, "Look! The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the king's behalf, is standing at the house of Haman." Then the king said, "Hang him on it!"

All's well that ends well . . . Happy Purim Ilk!



Anonymous Giuseppe March 04, 2015 7:28 PM  

That's what people today still don't understand. I don't measure myself against other people. I measure against myself against my conception of my own potential and for the most part I fall far shorter against that than I do against interpersonal measurements.

Precisely. I concur 100%

Anonymous Bob Wallace's Bunion March 04, 2015 7:57 PM  

“To get from Omega to Sigma, you have to only care about your own metrics. Not anyone else's. Not only that, but you have to be entirely convinced that your metrics are the only ones that matter.”



Yet, those metrics are judged by others as being “gamma like”, which essentially renders your advice as meaningless, since the person therefore has to reconsider those metrics as to “fit in” to the arbitrary standards of what constitutes Omega or Sigma or whatever bullshit sign one designates as being an accurate portrayal of their behavior/personality.

Anonymous Orthodox Lutheran March 04, 2015 11:45 PM  

"The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the king's behalf, is standing at the house of Haman." Then the king said, "Hang him on it!"

All's well that ends well . . . Happy Purim Ilk!
"


Ahhhhhh yes....Purim. The 2 millennium of hate for Amelek. Shalom, Rabbi!

Their heart's most ardent sighing and yearning and hoping is set on the day on which they can deal with us Gentiles as they did with the Gentiles in Persia at the time of Esther. Oh, how fond they are of the book of Esther, which is so beautifully attuned to their bloodthirsty, vengeful, murderous yearning and hope. The sun has never shone on a more bloodthirsty and vengeful people than they are who imagine that they are God's people who have been commissioned and commanded to murder and to slay the Gentiles. In fact, the most important thing that they expect of their
Messiah is that he will murder and kill the entire world with their sword. They treated us Christians in this manner at the very beginning through out all the world. They would still like to do this if they had the power, and often enough have made the attempt, for which they have got their snouts boxed lustily. - Martin Luther - 1543

Blogger MidKnight March 05, 2015 9:10 PM  

@PA
A key part in the making of a gamma is teaching the boy (who is predesposed to gamma hood by being sensitive and intelligent) to derive his sense of worth exclusively from intrinsic qualities, to the full neglect of measuring himself by external metrics.

Don't overpraise a boy as smart. Emphasize effort and results when praising or criticizing him.


This.

In retrospect, and having come from the wrong side of it, I really wish I had been challenged more, and not told how smart I was. Yeah, I'm pretty sharp, but I know far too many in these parts who make me feel dumb, and I'm glad to learn from them.

Blogger MidKnight March 05, 2015 9:12 PM  

@Jack - you may miss this, but would love to have a chat at some point.

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