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Thursday, October 06, 2016

THE NINE LAWS by Ivan Throne

Castalia House is proud to announce its first mindset book, THE NINE LAWS, by Ivan Throne. Ivan, also known as Dark Triad Man on Gab and Twitter, is an impressive man who has overcome many difficulties and life-challenges through accepting the callous disregard of the world and ruthlessly imposing his own will upon it.

Do you dare to discover what you're truly capable of? 

THE NINE LAWS is your living manual of power, distilled for you by the man who was forced to build it to survive. The author forged this system over decades of cruel experience. It began with profound trauma in early childhood, shaped itself during long training in the eastern warrior arts, and was polished amidst financial industry competition and family crisis. Master this content, and deliver yourself to a place that few men ever reach: joyous mastery of your own fate. 

This book is not for the uncertain or the timid. THE NINE LAWS is designed for men who are acutely aware that one lifetime is all they have to pursue and achieve their sacred purpose. Far more than a mere self-help book, or a simple collection of advice and ideas, THE NINE LAWS is a gravely serious operating system for success in a dark world.

Read it. Train it. Live it. Survive the dark world with momentous ferocity, and triumph.

THE NINE LAWS is 371 pages, DRM-Free, and retails for $9.99 on Amazon.


PREFACE: THE DYING CHILD

The man sat across the sterile room and watched his child dying.

He had stood calmly under the hostile machine guns of the Soviets within the charred and shattered rubble of Berlin in service to his Crown and country. He had then crossed the world to America where he built and lived, loved and raised his family.

Now this former reporter could do nothing but watch, and wait, and take notes in a sad and tired hand on a yellow legal pad, recording details with the practiced habit of a journalist as fever migraines prodded his youngest son into crying, wakeful pain. The boy would writhe, then subside into exhausted silence on the bed once more.

Bruises covered him where intravenous lines had been run for weeks into his hands and arms, his feet and ankles. With each passing day there were fewer places to insert fresh ones, fewer issuances of hope from doctors and nurses who were reduced to mere attendants of pain and no longer able to act as healers.

Days and nights were a blur, for sleep and waking were run not by play and rest, by meals and repose, but by the fits and starts of fever and the incomprehension of the innocent who woke in the dark hours before dawn and cried and cried with pain at the soft light that glowed from the nurse’s station.

As the weeks went by the man documented the progression of meningitis that writhed in the skull of his child, burning the boy's mind away and murdering his senses.

“His hearing is going,” the man wrote.

“Even in the pain, he can tell something is happening to him, and complains that he cannot hear.”

The love and helplessness inscribed into those pages shone from the written words.

The documentation stopped near the end, when against all odds the fevers broke and the doctor took the man aside and said to him, “It’s happened. We saved him.”

The grave illness had lost. The pain was gone, and the gift of calm and sleep had replaced the tossing and turning of agony and pressure within the golden head of the young child.

Soon enough the boy went home to his family, and entered into a world where nothing made sense any longer. The world had been turned upside down, and everything had been severed.

He was deaf. Birds, laughter, music, human connection through voices had all been stolen by the disease and the fevers and the drugs pumped into him with desperate hope and quantity.

The boy could no longer walk, for the nerves that connected his inner ears to his brain had been burned away. There was no longer an up or down to perceive, and even a simple attempt to stand on his own made the world tumble and turn and the floor would leap up and slam into him without sympathy.

The voice of his mother, which used to sing to him and lull him to sleep as one of the sweetest sounds of the universe, was now silent. There was only the great effort of slowly mouthing words, beginning the long and exhausting process of teaching the boy to lip read as if his life depended on it… and it did.

The living feeling of connection with friends and family was severed forever. No longer could the boy simply listen and be an integral and accepted partner of humor and discussion, of sharing and whispers. He was now a permanent outsider, cut off and reduced to an observer rather than an equal participant.

Gone were the dreams of a little boy to be an astronaut, a firefighter, a policeman, a soldier. Never again would a future be possible that relied upon the ability to hear, to listen, and act.

And so the boy was dependent, and hurting, and terrified, and did not understand. And finally the day came when the family sat down to dinner, and he laid on the floor and cried for help, because he could not walk. And not one person came, and he laid there alone in miserable despondency.

Until he started to scream in rage.

Then his older sister came down, and stood over him. And when she spoke, she made certain he could read her lips and understand.

“Get up and walk,” she said. “Quit wailing.” Her face was harsh and neutral. “The world isn’t going to help you.”

And she turned away, and went back up the short flight of stairs to the kitchen and the family.

The boy laid there for a moment, stunned, and rebelliously enraged at reality.

Then something contracted inside him, and he sat up. He looked at the stairs, then silently wiped his face.

He crawled to those stairs and dragged himself upwards, furious, finally reaching the chair next to his father. Then he gasped and clambered until he had pulled himself onto it. Not one person at the table glanced at him or offered assistance. When he was seated, his father looked over and calmly offered him a serving of dinner. But in that Englishman’s eyes was the glint of the most powerful approbation that an officer of the Royal Horse Guards can give another man.

It was respect, and the boy never forgot that look.

I was four years old.

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62 Comments:

Anonymous Takin' a Deplorable Look October 06, 2016 4:49 AM  

Amazing story

Blogger pdwalker October 06, 2016 5:27 AM  

Good Heavens, that is one hell of a gut punch.

Anonymous Galactic Starfleets of Deplorable Spartacus October 06, 2016 5:38 AM  

pdwalker wrote:Good Heavens, that is one hell of a gut punch.

Yeah.

Blogger Samuel Nock October 06, 2016 6:14 AM  

Wow, this is an amazing surprise. Ordered and on my Kindle already.

This powerful introduction reminds me of Quintus Curtius' prologue in his 37 Essays on Masculinity, Life and Wisdom. That prologue also hit me like a punch to the stomach. Very powerful.

https://www.amazon.com/Thirty-Seven-Essays-Wisdom-Masculinity/dp/1502848279/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1475748522&sr=8-2&keywords=quintus+curtius

Blogger residentMoron October 06, 2016 6:32 AM  

After reading the first part of this post, I wasn't going to buy it, but after reading that preface, I bought it.

Can only echo: wow.

Blogger Mark Butterworth October 06, 2016 6:45 AM  

Read as much as I could at Amazon. You could save some money and read Kipling's "IF" and get the same sentimental hogwash.

I suppose there are a lot of people who need self-help pep talks and some sort of course to follow whether it's Dale Carnegie, AAs Big Book, and "ah, Grasshopper, you must find the storm of calm in the center of your soul, and the lightning with flash from your eyes."

Life, or rather, God, is much stranger then any imagine; and simpler.

Or as was said said in The Princess Bride, "Life is pain. If anyone tells you different, they're trying to sell you something."

Sounds like another salesman at work here.

Blogger Mark Butterworth October 06, 2016 6:47 AM  

"will" flash.

Blogger VD October 06, 2016 7:08 AM  

I suppose there are a lot of people who need self-help pep talks and some sort of course to follow whether it's Dale Carnegie

I observe you could almost certainly benefit from a Carnegie course on how to make friends and influence people.

Blogger Earl October 06, 2016 7:27 AM  

Yes, many people don't go to church or read the bible, nor would they believe any of it if they did. Nor do they experience any trials or tribulations in our safe sanitized life, sometimes even if they enlist they still get coddled. They also focus on one life skill as a profession and don't get as much of an opportunity to develop a suite of skills i.e. Renaissance Man. So of course you can make a killing selling books that replace the basic universal human need for a religion.

Blogger Orville October 06, 2016 7:48 AM  

@8 Chortle.

Been waiting for you to release it. Buying it right now.

Blogger dc.sunsets October 06, 2016 7:53 AM  

I was tempted to make the same mistake as Mr. Butterworth, then I recalled a Great Truth of our universe:

Better to be silent and thought the fool than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt.

Blogger Earl October 06, 2016 8:00 AM  

Yes, many people don't go to church or read the bible, nor would they believe any of it if they did. Nor do they experience any trials or tribulations in our safe sanitized life, sometimes even if they enlist they still get coddled. They also focus on one life skill as a profession and don't get as much of an opportunity to develop a suite of skills i.e. Renaissance Man. So of course you can make a killing selling books that replace the basic universal human need for a religion.

Blogger residentMoron October 06, 2016 8:06 AM  

OTOH, one can be humble enough to learn, and to sift what one learns, without being an arsehole.

That also might take some time, effort, and discipline to learn.

Blogger VoodooJock October 06, 2016 8:18 AM  

Yeah, I probably could read Kipling's "If", again, but hell, $10 bucks and I get to support a business whose values are aligned with mine, and am accorded the possibility to learn something that Kipling didn't cover? Only the pathologically ignorant would turn down an opportunity to learn life improving lessons at that price.

Blogger Cataline Sergius October 06, 2016 8:30 AM  

Hard hitting stuff.

I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Anonymous Carlos Safety October 06, 2016 9:01 AM  

I know everything and have all the experience I'll need for the rest of my life. Why would I read a book? = Mr. Pure Dumbass

Anonymous ZhukovG October 06, 2016 9:23 AM  

Mark Butterworth; a man who brightens a room, simply by leaving it.

Anonymous BGKB October 06, 2016 9:51 AM  

I should point out that lip reading is practically a superpower if you work with plotting conniving women.

Yeah, I probably could read Kipling's "If", again, but hell

if you are so cheap you can't afford 2 Home Depot Wetback BJs you could read his blog, he has covered his ability to read people's true meanings & when they lie on the campaign trail. http://darktriadman.com/

Blogger Mountain Man October 06, 2016 10:37 AM  

"OTOH, one can be humble enough to learn, and to sift what one learns, without being an arsehole."

Tuer words have never been spoken.

Ive learned the key to wisdom is to listen to others and then take that information and then test it, weight it and contrast it with what you know to be true and your moral compass. If its worth retaining - do so.. if not - discard it.

OpenID malcolmthecynic October 06, 2016 10:40 AM  

Mocking people who need self-help books, or even find them useful, is petty and a complete dick move. At least those people, just by getting the book, are trying to DO something about their problems. Mocking them for it is bullshit elitism, a way to virtue signal that you're Not Like Those Losers. Carnegie has helped a lot of men, and good for you if you've benefited from it.

Wasn't going to buy this, but just might after that intro.

Anonymous Philalethes October 06, 2016 10:45 AM  

Editorial note: difference between verbs lay and lie:

Lay: transitive; put down, especially gently or carefully. She lays the baby in his crib. Perfect tense (and past participle): laid. She laid the baby in his crib.

Lie: intransitive; (of a person or animal) be in or assume a horizontal or resting position on a supporting surface. He lies on the floor. Perfect tense: lay. He lay on the floor. (Past participle: lain. He has lain on the floor for an hour.)

A common error in these uneducated times, but I was surprised to see it here.

Blogger Chiva October 06, 2016 11:00 AM  

read Kipling's "IF" and get the same sentimental hogwash.

CS Lewis's 'Men without Chests" come to mind.

Blogger John Williams October 06, 2016 11:11 AM  

Yeah, I probably could read Kipling's "If", again, but hell, $10 bucks and I get to support a business whose values are aligned with mine, and am accorded the possibility to learn something that Kipling didn't cover?
And when has Castalia House ever failed to deliver? Purchase made!

Anonymous BGKB October 06, 2016 11:24 AM  

The author gave one of the best explanations of the globalists strategy with moslems back in https://soundcloud.com/this-is-trouble/tr-036

Anonymous Longtime Lurker October 06, 2016 11:43 AM  

That preface incites curiosity about how the author ultimately prevailed over such debilitating circumstances. Just might have to give Nine Laws a read to see how the author's journey turned out.

Blogger Were-Puppy October 06, 2016 11:43 AM  

@16 Carlos Safety
I know everything and have all the experience I'll need for the rest of my life. Why would I read a book? = Mr. Pure Dumbass
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He's afraid the cops will shoot him as he reads a book waiting on a schoolbus

Blogger Were-Puppy October 06, 2016 11:45 AM  

@19 Mountain Man

Ive learned the key to wisdom is to listen to others and then take that information and then test it, weight it and contrast it with what you know to be true and your moral compass. If its worth retaining - do so.. if not - discard it.
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That reminds me of the Jeet Kun Do philosophy

Blogger Were-Puppy October 06, 2016 11:48 AM  

I see him on Twitter sometimes, using funny insults on trolls - he calls them things like churls :P

Blogger Anonymous-9 October 06, 2016 11:49 AM  

This is compelling writing. I was in a dire situation as a child, and American writers saved me with their can-do, triumph-of-the-spirit style. Yankee writers, not British or Canadian, gave me the strength to pick myself up and slough off the beatings and humiliations. This didn't do much for my femininity, but it saved my life.

The last decade abandoned American can-do spirit. It downplayed, even denigrated it. This new book seems to be a green shoot that heralds a revival. Writing for the 'human condition desperate' has always been needed. When all seems lost, when it seems there are no allies, this kind of writing shows how to crawl toward survivial, even if you can't walk.

Publication is not a minute too soon.

Blogger The Kurgan October 06, 2016 11:52 AM  

AWCA strikes again. To the face.

Blogger Joe Katzman October 06, 2016 12:37 PM  

The day arrives at last! It's always exciting.

@5 "After reading the first part of this post, I wasn't going to buy it, but after reading that preface, I bought it."

What was it about the description that bounced you off of the book? (open question to any who fit in that category)

Have been discussing a revised Amazon blurb with IVan (for various reasons, you want to make changes infrequently and all at once). It would be very helpful for us to know.


@25 "Just might have to give Nine Laws a read to see how the author's journey turned out."

Let's just say that it didn't get any easier after this.

Two thoughts:

1) Something the Amazon blurb and Chapter 1 DIDN'T say... when I was working on this with Ivan, I saw it as a #DreadIlkWarManual. It is also more, but that's one of the things that drops out of Survival, Concealment, Purpose, Endurance, Posture, Freedom, Power, Preposterousness, and the Zen void of No Laws.

2) As we've discussed, and Ivan agrees, the book is incomplete in 2 senses. One is the various exercises etc. in it, which the reader has to contribute to finish the book. The other gap involves relating key personal experiences to the laws, ideas, and specific exercises in the book. As readers share those, the meaning of the book becomes clearer to others, and it takes on additional richness and depth. It's this last addition that would turn it from "potential Ilk war manual" to "The Ilkish Book of War."

Really looking forward to what comes next.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother October 06, 2016 12:43 PM  

The excerpt has also sold me on buying the book. It reminds me of G Gordon Liddy's book "Will".

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother October 06, 2016 12:44 PM  

The excerpt has also sold me on buying the book. It reminds me of G Gordon Liddy's book "Will".

Blogger S1AL October 06, 2016 12:59 PM  

--"What was it about the description that bounced you off of the book? (open question to any who fit in that category)"--

Well, the intro line of 'THE NINE LAWS is your living manual of power' reeks of the kind of grandiosity I'd expect from someone trying to sell me a copy of the freaking Necromicon. Or magic crystals.

And the full capitalization of the title gives off a vibe of stunning self-importance. That might just be me, but my full reaction was the same as when I see advertisements telling me how I can be a millionaire working from home.

Blogger VD October 06, 2016 1:26 PM  

Different messages work for different people. Ivan is going to reach different people than Mike does and different people than I do.

Blogger S1AL October 06, 2016 1:32 PM  

--"Different messages work for different people. Ivan is going to reach different people than Mike does and different people than I do."--

This is very true. And I also checked out both of their blogs and didn't see much of interest to me, whereas I check yours every day.

But as a few people pointed out, there's a disconnect between the excerpt and the description. I had that same sense of disconnect, and the above is why.

Blogger Aeoli Pera October 06, 2016 1:36 PM  

That was some of the best storytelling I've ever read. It's like a superhero origin story.

Blogger Aeoli Pera October 06, 2016 1:37 PM  

Very tight prose, believable heroism, packs a punch. I'm gonna pick this one up.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother October 06, 2016 1:48 PM  

It speaks to fathers and sons. What is the thing you want most in life? Your father's respect.

Anonymous BGKB October 06, 2016 1:52 PM  

Joe Katzman the book is incomplete in 2 senses. One is the various exercises etc. in it, which the reader has to contribute to finish the book. The other gap

This blog has covered the difficulty of effectively communicating to those 15 IQ points away from oneself before. Realistically at least 80% of the US population will not be able to fully grasp everything in the book, but everyone should be able to get value just from being exposed to all of the concepts, which they may understand later when reality reinforces the lesson. If you are looking to convey to the masses, take advice here with a grain of salt as we have argued about what the average adults ability to comprehend words on 1st grade level reading lists should be.

Blogger Joe Katzman October 06, 2016 1:58 PM  

S1AL, that was really helpful, ditto for your follow up. Thinking...

Anyone else have some thoughts? Ivan is who he is, and the book certainly isn't for everyone, but those points went beyond that.

Always interested to hear the thoughts of the Ilk. Both critical and "here's why this resonated" are really helpful.

Anonymous WaterBoy October 06, 2016 1:59 PM  

S1AL @34: "And the full capitalization of the title gives off a vibe of stunning self-importance."

Like these?
A THRONE OF BONES
MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL
ENDER'S GAME
FOUNDATION

Just a select sample from various publishers.

"That might just be me..."

I'm sure there are others who feel the same way, but it really doesn't seem to be that over-the-top.

Blogger Ingot9455 October 06, 2016 2:16 PM  

@34 From http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/CapitalizationTitles.html?page=1

"Notwithstanding the tradition among publishers of presenting book titles in full capitals in industry correspondence, interdepartmental memos, and the like—the practice was popular because it saved time on typewriters that required extra keystrokes for underscoring—we recommend avoiding all capitals to express titles that would otherwise be italicized."

The standard style for all publishers of books is to fully capitalize book titles and has been for as long as typewriters. The author in question is a publisher of books and is correctly using standard style.

In an informal setting, it is acceptable to delineate a book title with underscores, as in _Somewhither_ or _Swan Knight's Son_. But a publisher and an author should fully capitalize.

Blogger S1AL October 06, 2016 2:20 PM  

@Joe Katzman - Glad I could help. My original post probably came off as rather derogatory, but that was my visceral response.

@WaterBoy - In the description, not on the cover.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother October 06, 2016 2:20 PM  

"Mike I'm here at Vox Populi, and,there indeed appears to be an outbreak of Sperging in progress. No word from authorities yet on the estimated number of casualties. All they're telling us off the record is that it could have been a lot worse...."

Blogger S1AL October 06, 2016 2:38 PM  

"I don't always misspell the blog title, but when I do it's in the most ironic way possible".

Blogger Joe Katzman October 06, 2016 2:52 PM  

@44. The visceral, unfiltered response is exactly what's needed. You did right.

OpenID rufusdog October 06, 2016 2:55 PM  

I thought the preface was good, made me interested enough to go to his website, after reading there I lost all interest.

He seems like a snake oil salesman, repackaged Nietzsche, Tony Robbins.

Narcissism and psychopathy are poison, not a cure.

The man reeks of worldliness and the Devil.

Once someone starts using religious sounding language, but isn’t religious, I instantly know I am dealing with a phony who is selling something. A book Sam Harris would have written if he wasn’t such a wuss.

Just buy my book, you will find your “sacred purpose”.

Blogger residentMoron October 06, 2016 3:03 PM  

@31 Joe Katzman

"What was it about the description that bounced you off of the book? (open question to any who fit in that category)"

It wasn't a negative reaction. I'm at the point where I very likely to give serious consideration to buying any book CH publishes.

I probably should have known better, but it read as over the top to me. I'm not really interested in ruling the world, or dominating people.

But that story grabbed me. Tolerance for pain has been a lifelong interest for me. As a teenager, when we were competing amongst ourselves in anything, my friends and I developed a saying:

"There are no weak bodies, only weak minds."

It was partly something we genuinely believed, partly something we used to goad and taunt each other to go beyond our pain.

And my father and I had a close loving relationship built on mutual respect, so that was a clincher. (I didn't really earn his visible respect until my teens, but it was a huge factor in my life, and although he's been dead 15 years, it still is.)

Anonymous WaterBoy October 06, 2016 3:19 PM  

S1AL @44: "In the description, not on the cover."

Sorry, my mistake.

Anonymous Anonymous October 06, 2016 3:59 PM  

Getting a warning this link is unsafe when following it from Cernovich tweet.

Must mean you are doing something right and the nine laws must be effective

Blogger Student in Blue October 06, 2016 4:10 PM  

Thumbing through the book slowly, the first couple of sentences looks like it'd be a perfect motto for The Dark Lord and his Vile Faceless Minions.

"The dark world calls to you ceaselessly. Our work together begins immediately."

Blogger Student in Blue October 06, 2016 4:21 PM  

48. rufusdog
I thought the preface was good, made me interested enough to go to his website, after reading there I lost all interest.

He seems like a snake oil salesman, repackaged Nietzsche, Tony Robbins.


Him seeming "off" doesn't mean that he's a snake oil salesman, it also possibly means he lives in a completely different worlds than you or me. And given his site has some really really up-close photos from when he was not far away at all from Trump that I've never seen elsewhere gives some evidence that it might not be lies.

Now, this man living in a completely different world doesn't mean that there is nothing good to glean from his thought processes - indeed, I think viewing the world from such an alien vantage is going to be endlessly instructive. Will everything he say be correct? Perhaps not, but it is a testable hypothesis, and in the foreward the guest already points out that it is not a rejection of morality so the book is likely not going to be a descent into mindless hedonism or psychopathy.

There's a number of times where I've run into people and situations where it seemed completely alien to me, like this guy -- and after delving more into what's been going on, I realized they were right and I was just completely naive and building my expectations on faulty assumptions.

Blogger S. Misanthrope October 06, 2016 4:34 PM  

Definitely teared up reading this.

Blogger Joe Katzman October 06, 2016 4:39 PM  

@49. - "I probably should have known better..."

Yeah. But why should you need to have known better in the first place? Again, very helpful, as were the tips about the stuff that grabbed you.

Got to be true to Ivan, whose real voice amusingly matches his whole "voice of Olympus" writing style. He's going to be the 1st deaf person I've ever known to lead his own audiobook.

Got to be true to the book as well, which has a heavy and sometimes grandiose edge. No point having people like the marketing but bounce off the book.

And yet... you've got to reach the people who should be giving you the time of day, hit them where they're at right now, and make them want to take that next step. So don't feel bad about offering criticisms, ilk. It always hurts less in the dojo, among friends. And as we see, friends in the dojo will also point out what's working.

This sort of thing is why I tapped Ivan on the shoulder once things got to a certain point, and said... "you, know, you should consider talking to this place called Castalia..."

He gets it now. Indeed, our shared perspective on the meaning of "Supreme Dark Lord" is part of the vision.

All the training, all the shaping Vox does here? All the work done spearheading key infrastructure, ideas, and campaigns? Vox isn't a Dark Lord, Ilk.

He's a Dark Lord Forge.

That's why he's the SUPREME Dark Lord.

The Nine Laws is released now, in time for the holidays. But there's still a lot of effort and work ahead before this book is succeeding on all fronts and really doing its job, tempering the steel inside the cadre who will save The West.

Among other things, this book is Ivan's contribution to The Forge.

It's a different form of infrastructure than Infogalactic or Gab. It's what Anonymous conservative would call a Hard-K OS. It can live beside a Christian OS. Or JewOS. Or BuddhaOS. But once you've installed it, the Left's entire system of rewards and punishments becomes as false and worthless as faerie gold in the morning. And if you don't install it, you'll probably lose to someone who does.

I trust the #DreadIlk will take a close look, and decide to support the book's success.

Blogger Student in Blue October 06, 2016 5:29 PM  

He's a Dark Lord Forge.

That's why he's the SUPREME Dark Lord.


'I'm a Dark Lord, and you can too!', huh? An interesting take I hadn't thought of.

Blogger VD October 06, 2016 6:48 PM  

The man reeks of worldliness and the Devil.

Truth is truth. Not all that purports to be holy is. And don't confuse the metaphor for the reality. There is nothing even remotely psychopathic about Ivan. Nietzschean, sure, but then, I've always had a soft spot for the old syphilitic.

Blogger Mark Butterworth October 06, 2016 8:11 PM  

VD wrote:

I observe you could almost certainly benefit from a Carnegie course on how to make friends and influence people.


In an area of shared interest, I've made about 30 new friends this last year (face to face, not online). How many more should I have made?

As far as influencing people, again, what number did you have in mind that would exalt me in your estimation?

If people want self-help programs, I suggest something tried and true for hundreds of years: The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.

According to theologian Hans Urs Von Balthasar, "choice" is the center of the Exercises, and directed to a self-abandonment to God, in choosing God's choice.[5] The Exercises “have as their purpose the conquest of self and the regulation of one’s life in such a way that no decision is made under the influence of any inordinate attachment.” Wikipedia

Or Thomas A Kempis', The Imitation of Christ.

The following quotes are attributed to him:

"Without the Way, there is no going,
Without the Truth, there is no knowing,
Without the Life, there is no living."

"If thou wilt receive profit, read with humility, simplicity, and faith, and seek not at any time the fame of being learned."

"At the Day of Judgement we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done." — The Imitation of Christ, Book I, ch. 3

"For man proposes, but God disposes" — The Imitation of Christ, Book I, ch. 19

"If, however, you seek Jesus in all things, you will surely find Him. " — The Imitation of Christ, Book II, ch. 7

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I haven't denied the efficacy of discipline or discipleship, but I deny this Nine Laws tripe which is is New Age gnostic humbug warmed up and served for the Alt Right manosphere.

Blogger residentMoron October 07, 2016 1:13 AM  

Mark Butterworth wrote:

Virtue Signal
Virtue Signal
Virtue Signal
Virtue Signal
Virtue Signal
Virtue Signal
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Gratuitous Insult based on admitted Willful Ignorance

Blogger Mark Butterworth October 07, 2016 2:45 AM  

Some marvelous bon mots you can read at Amazon (I can’t cut and paste the entire bits) of pseudo-orphic pretentiousness a la Nietzsche, Blake, Swedenborg, whoever, and God knows:

1. The Universe is impersonal
Tell that to Jesus and his “Abba” and father of the prodigal son, or who searches for the one lost sheep, who blesses those that mourn.

8. Understand singularities
Pure incoherent drivel. A clear case of appropriating TED talk bullshit.

10. Others do not care
Really? Not even animals like those who lay on the graves of dead masters for the rest of their lives, or children and spouses who mourn ‘til they die? I had two beautiful German Shepherds get ill and die this year, only a few months apart. I will miss them ‘till the day I die. I miss my best friend who died a few years ago and always will. I would miss my wife, my daughter, and others. I would store my losses and heartache until the day I see them again.

But this creep assures me I don’t really care since I am other than they.

16. Luck is manufactured
Tell that to poker players and lottery winners. No matter how good the poker player, he can’t win a tournament without luck. A lottery winner only wins through luck. Hard work does not always pay off. Ask William Blake.

70. Remove self-pity

When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes
I all alone beweep my outcast state.
And curse deaf heaven with my bootless cries;
and look upon myself and curse my fate.

Shakespeare Sonnets

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!

91. Ego is illusion

Your Self is the same person who is feeding you this crap.

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You can rip apart all 100 of his "orphisms" if you like. They are that silly and ignorant of life and being.

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I'm sorry, Vox, I've held my tongue when critical of novels you've published that I've bought and was disappointed in, because I want you to succeed as a company, and why throw flack, but this one chaps my hide. It is egregiously bad on a scale nearly by itself.

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Kurt Vonnegut said, "Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae."

I agree with this to a large extent, and even regarding The Nine Laws which might as well be classed as parody fiction, something like what the guy who wrote Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy would have included. It's hardly worth any ire in the long run, but this is the short run to speak my piece.

Anonymous Ivan Throne October 07, 2016 12:21 PM  

@1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 25, 29, 32, 37, 38, 39, 53... many thanks for the very kind words. It is gratifying to know that what I have written, delivers impact up front. That is terrific for a writer to see, and validates that the work I have put in, is doing what it is intended to do.

Much appreciation for your input.

@21... noted. I have added that to the corrections list. Obscure, but quite valid point and I'm glad to read that.

The input back to Joe is terrific as well. He is completely correct in his dojo analogy, of what works and what doesn't work. And, frankly, the Ilk here are going to be far more direct and blunt than most.

That's perfect, and that's exactly what the real world is like.

For Mr. Butterworth...

...a thought or two:

First, many thanks for the deep investment of layered distaste. I'm quite pleased that the first negative reaction is so strong, and with such excoriating specificity. It validates that there is unavoidable impact from reading what I have built. Strong negativity is far better than mere indifference. As VD has noted, different approaches work for different people.

Many thanks.

And lastly - a great thank you to those who purchased The Nine Laws. It is already #1 in Consciousness and Thought on Amazon, and #2 in Gender Studies... that last, of course, being quite a delicious outcome.

The aposematic hordes will inevitably discover this, and their reaction will be great fun.

It's a great privilege to read your reactions, and I am very proud to be with Castalia House.

Regards,

Ivan

Blogger Student in Blue October 07, 2016 5:46 PM  

It validates that there is unavoidable impact from reading what I have built.

A fascinating response. Yet another piece of evidence that you're someone who has or will genuinely accomplish something, since feeding off of adversity is a marker of such.

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