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Saturday, November 18, 2017

40 principles at 40

Mike Cernovich hits a milestone and passes on what he has learned in the preceding 40 years:
Today I’ll be living a day previously unimaginable, because where I grew up, it wouldn’t have been possible to imagine such worlds exist. I’ve been from the poor house to the White House. Here is what I’ve learned along the way to help you dream and live big.
  1. Surrender feelings of self-importance. With apologies to Carlos Castaneda for the blatant ripoff, this is the most important lesson you will learn. It’s not about you. Get over yourself. Incidentally, it amazes me that people complain about their friends without thinking, “Hey, I’m the one who surrounded myself with these people.” It’s only about YOU when you can blame OTHER people for “mistreating” you. What a racket.
  2. View yourself as the most important person in the world. If you are not healthy, wealthy, and wise, how can you leave an impact on the world? If you’re mindset isn’t in order, how can you be a good parent, pastor, teacher, public servant, or even informed citizen. Make yourself great.
  3. Become comfortable with paradoxes. 20 year old men are chomping at the bit to correct the obvious contradiction between 1 and 2. Get used to holding simultaneously contradictory thoughts. For example, free will is a myth, and if you live as if you have free will, your life will improve. If you live as if free will is a myth, you’ll be miserable. This has been scientifically proven. But wait, if free will is a myth, how can you live as if you have free will? Exactly.
  4. Look for the sentiment expressed by a person rather than the literal truth. When someone says, “Live as if today is your last day,” they don’t mean you should go out and exact revenge on your enemies without fear of consequences, or spend all of your money, or do something reckless as if you’re Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. What they mean is to make every day count, because it might be your last day.
  5. You are the product of your habits and your friends and family. If you don’t like who you are, look inside for your habits, and outside at your family and friends. You may need to cut out some negative forces in your life.
Read the rest of them there. This, in my opinion, is probably the most important:

Think big, start small. How did I get to where I am today? I wrote terse posts on a Wordpress dot com blog and trolled with some friends on Twitter. Get out there, make your voice heard, but don’t expect to take over the world in a day or even a year. A decade is more like it.

Remember this when you see how Alt★Hero plays out over the next 18 months. We started with a conversation between Cliff Cosmic and me, followed by a few sketches of him putting my ideas to paper. But we are thinking of disrupting and eventually replacing not one, not two, but three industry giants.

Also, Happy Birthday, Mike!

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78 Comments:

Anonymous Hesiod November 18, 2017 7:15 PM  

Number three reminds me of Forrest Gump:

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

Anonymous Jeff November 18, 2017 7:17 PM  

It's not about you.

Most women probably stopped there.

Blogger dvdivx November 18, 2017 7:19 PM  

You can tell a guy wrote this. No way would a woman get past number one.

Anonymous Jack November 18, 2017 7:19 PM  

Nassim Taleb wished Mike a Happy Birthday on Twitter and posted a photo of the two of them together. The leftist freak-outs, and Taleb's rejoinders, are amusing.
https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/931700873834717184

Blogger Nathan November 18, 2017 7:19 PM  

Mike needs to read some serious thinkers if he wants to get into the free will labyrinth. Gorilla Mindset is not even The Irrational Atheist let alone Summa Theologica

Anonymous Jack November 18, 2017 7:29 PM  

@5

1. "We are programmable moist robots."
2. "Thinking of myself as a programmable moist robot is depressing af, now I understand why religion is a better worldview, maybe we've evolved to be religious."
3. "Holy shit, good and evil are real!"

Blogger VD November 18, 2017 7:31 PM  

Mike needs to read some serious thinkers if he wants to get into the free will labyrinth.

Mindset is proto-philosophy. Don't count him out. Remember, I'm nearly a decade older than him.

Blogger Doom November 18, 2017 7:32 PM  

Some seem solid, some are painful. I wish I could print them. I suppose I could manually transcribe. Won't change much, for long, I am in an collapsing "Groundhog Day" event. Can make some effort, comparison is suicide.

Anonymous The Deuce November 18, 2017 7:36 PM  

3 sounds like the exact definition of Orwellian doublethink. How is someone supposed to square that with an unflinching pursuit of the truth?

Blogger VD November 18, 2017 7:39 PM  

3 sounds like the exact definition of Orwellian doublethink. How is someone supposed to square that with an unflinching pursuit of the truth?

It's not. Because assumptions of unknowns are not truth. When you are dealing with an unknown, you have to go with an assumption. That does not mean, however, that you always have to utilize the same assumption when you are dealing with different unknowns.

Blogger mike November 18, 2017 7:41 PM  

Mike Cernobitch has actively rejected the Alt-Right specifically and ethnonationalism generally. Why the fuck are you celebrating this cuck?

Blogger Emmanuel Mateo-Morales November 18, 2017 7:46 PM  

@12

Ummm... because allies are useful against a common threat/enemy even if you disagree to the point where you wanna betray them ASAP as soon as that threat is gone? Duh? That's like asking why I gave 90 bucks to Alt-Hero even though I'm in a similar camp as Cerno and even though I know the scale Alt-Hero is going to generally be and I'm sick and tired of that scale. Just because someone agrees with you one hundred percent on everything doesn't mean you don't support them when they're fighting someone who, like the left, a hundred percent DOESN'T agree with you.

Blogger Nathan November 18, 2017 7:47 PM  

Mike is smart, and he is doing God's work by helping out young men who are in the grip of the prince of lies. I don't doubt he will get wiser as he gets older. At the moment though, it doesn't appear he realizes yet how deep the water gets around points 3) and 4)

Blogger mike November 18, 2017 7:50 PM  

Even if they're useful, that's no reason to celebrate them when they've cucked on the most important issue of our time.

And you donated $90 to Alt-Hero? Jesus...

Blogger VD November 18, 2017 7:55 PM  

Mike Cernobitch has actively rejected the Alt-Right specifically and ethnonationalism generally. Why the fuck are you celebrating this cuck?

Do you not realize that I reject most of you morons too? I support the Alt-Right philosophy. I don't support most of the "movements" that call themselves "Alt-Right" while they push everything from socialism to the European Union.

Labels and branding are largely irrelevant.

And you guys are incredibly stupid. You literally reject and actively attack everyone who doesn't already agree with you. Which is why no one, myself included, will ever join you or ally with you. You're literally losers in every single sense.

Even if they're useful, that's no reason to celebrate them when they've cucked on the most important issue of our time.

You are far too stupid to be commenting here. Just stop. Alt-Retards are not permitted to comment here.

Blogger Ken Prescott November 18, 2017 8:02 PM  

Do you not realize that I reject most of you morons too?

Careful, Vox, Ace @ Ace of Spaces is going to hit you with a DMCA complaint, Morons is his trademark (c8

I JEST, I JEST! JUST FUNNIN' YA!

That, sir, was a very snappy comeback to an extremely stupid question. Kudos!

Blogger VD November 18, 2017 8:07 PM  

You can ban if you want, it's your blog. LOL.

Gammas. Always laughing out loud. What part of "don't comment here" was hard to understand, mike?
Don't answer that and don't comment here. Your presence and your opinions are unwanted. This is not rocket science. It's not hard to not comment somewhere.

And calling me a loser is rich coming from you, Vox. You're the one of the biggest try-hards out there. Your constant bragging about what you've done in life just makes you look insecure as shit.

Gamma projection is always entertaining. I always enjoy hearing about my "constant bragging" when there are people I have known socially for years who don't even know I'm a writer, let alone a game designer or former musician. The truth is that any actual accomplishment sears the soul of the gamma who is forced to witness it.

Blogger VD November 18, 2017 8:09 PM  

Wow, two LOLs and a LMAO for good measure. Is there some sort of school where gammas go to learn how to deal with being kicked out of places?

Are they actually taught that people not wanting to be around you or listen to anything you have to say means a) you win, and b) your arguments are superior? Or is it just psychological self-defense?

Blogger tuberman November 18, 2017 8:17 PM  

Emmanuel Mateo-Morales wrote:@12

Ummm... because allies are useful against a common threat/enemy even if you disagree to the point where you wanna betray them ASAP as soon as that threat is gone? Duh? That's like asking why I gave 90 bucks to Alt-Hero even though I'm in a similar camp as Cerno and even though I know the scale Alt-Hero is going to generally be and I'm sick and tired of that scale. Just because someone agrees with you one hundred percent on everything doesn't mean you don't support them when they're fighting someone who, like the left, a hundred percent DOESN'T agree with you.


Yeah, well, the Leftist are so stupid, the puppet masters who control them have bad intent for them too, and look at them as a joke.

Be a Doer person, not a joiner, and not a careerist (or only as much as you have to be)... Do Good, for the world, through Western civilization and Christianity (the real Christianity). Pray for the evil to be outed, and the good to prevail.

Blogger VD November 18, 2017 8:17 PM  

You've been banned and spammed, mike. Stop trying to post here. Now you're just looking desperate and angry.

What part of "go away" are you having trouble understanding? It's a big Internet. Go somewhere else.

Blogger Amos Bellomy November 18, 2017 8:33 PM  

Hopefully Mr. Cernovich works out the correct answer to number 3 eventually.

Anonymous Raker Tooth November 18, 2017 8:36 PM  

Cerno didn't just fall off the turnip truck; so I'll assume he has a specific aspect in mind when he says life isn't free will. I would say that life and death pivot on free will, but oh well...
When I saw this post I was thinking "E-Gads!" This morning I thought of a meme I want to challenge people with daily, in the evening. So I made this about 15 minutes ago:
http://restore.twoedgegraphics.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Learned-today.png

Anonymous Jack November 18, 2017 8:36 PM  

Best film about turning 40, anyone? My vote goes for City Slickers. (And the fact that I know this film proves that I've turned 40.)

Blogger tuberman November 18, 2017 8:37 PM  

One through three of Mike's lessons are the basis for a strong mindset or character. To paraphrase something i read about creativity from a guy named, Arieti, You need to be able to tolerate the "unstructured, unknown, undefined, provisional, and open," areas in life. You also must be able to suspend judgement, and tolerate hypotheses. To demand absolutes is a weakness.

Anonymous Deplorable Winning November 18, 2017 8:45 PM  

Doom wrote:Some seem solid, some are painful. I wish I could print them. I suppose I could manually transcribe. Won't change much, for long, I am in an collapsing "Groundhog Day" event. Can make some effort, comparison is suicide.

5. You are the product of your habits and your friends and family. If you don’t like who you are, look inside for your habits, and outside at your family and friends. You may need to cut out some negative forces in your life.

Posting as "Doom" is a negative habit. Start right there and CHANGE THAT RIGHT NOW. Pick something fun that is a joy for you to see every time you post.

Deplorably yours,

Blogger BassmanCO November 18, 2017 8:53 PM  

What kind of a tool keeps posting when he has been kicked out numerous times? Does the dumbass actually think anyone is doing anything but ignoring him?

Blogger VD November 18, 2017 9:01 PM  

What kind of a tool keeps posting when he has been kicked out numerous times?

Gamma males. I finally understand why women hate them and have such a violently negative reaction to them. They know that if they let them close, then reject them, the rejected gamma is going to harass and pester them incessantly.

If they do this over a site that rejects their comments, imagine how long, and how incessantly, they plague the women who reject them. Can you even imagine how many notes, letters, poems, and phone calls shower the poor women?

Anonymous Philalethes November 18, 2017 9:11 PM  

But wait, if free will is a myth, how can you live as if you have free will?

By exercising your free will, of course! Hey, throw me a hard one.

@4: Nassim Taleb wished Mike a Happy Birthday on Twitter and posted a photo of the two of them together. The leftist freak-outs, and Taleb's rejoinders, are amusing.
https://twitter.com/nntaleb/status/931700873834717184


Good Lord. MP really are I. Truly pathetic.

Haven't followed Cernovich much lately, but really enjoyed watching him break out last year. Of course, I don't agree with him (or anybody) about every last little thing, but I like his spirit. Cernovich is a good guy; it's saddening to see he's been made such a target of stupid hate from people who apparently have nothing to feel good about in their own lives. (Ironic that this list of 40 Principles is just what the idiots need.) But impressive that he doesn't let it bother him.

Happy Birthday, Mike! And Many Happy Returns!

Blogger Lazarus November 18, 2017 9:16 PM  

Amos Bellomy wrote:Hopefully Mr. Cernovich works out the correct answer to number 3 eventually.

Exactly.

Look before you leap, yet he who hesitates is lost.

Anonymous Nehemiah November 18, 2017 9:19 PM  

If free will does not exist, then one cannot choose to live one's life as though it does exist. The choice would be an illusion.

Those who reject free will often argue that apparent free will is just a type of self-deception or misperception on the part of our brains, but one can just as easily argue that the disbelief in free will, which appears to be age-old, is the self-deception or misperception by our brains. My own suspicion is that the brain is a complex adaptive system (I don't think anyone would disagree with this part) and that free will is an emergent property of that system, and, like other emergent properties, cannot be predicted beforehand from out knowledge of the system's components. Perhaps we cannot understand it because only a more complex system than our own minds would be capable of understanding it.

Blogger Lazarus November 18, 2017 9:27 PM  

Nehemiah wrote:If free will does not exist, then one cannot choose to live one's life as though it does exist. The choice would be an illusion.

This is only a problem for the secularists. Free will of Man and beast exist within the Parameters ascribed by the Will of God. This allows for the free will choice to DO the will of God.

Secularists have to be content with a mess of pottage.

OpenID paworldandtimes November 18, 2017 9:28 PM  

Recollection 20 year after reading it: Arthur Koestler wrote an essay on free will, proposing two modes of the human brain: Automatic and Willful. I don't recall what words he used.

In routine action people default to the Automatic mode, which as he put it, is akin to driving a car on a familiar road. Free will (or Willful mode) kicks in when necessary. This would be analogous to when a driver has to make decisions under emergency conditions.

Blogger Lazarus November 18, 2017 9:34 PM  

Happy 40 Mike Cernovich. Damn fine list you have there.

Blogger Lazarus November 18, 2017 9:39 PM  

paworldandtimes wrote:In routine action people default to the Automatic mode, which as he put it, is akin to driving a car on a familiar road. Free will (or Willful mode) kicks in when necessary. This would be analogous to when a driver has to make decisions under emergency conditions.

I am guessing that Arthur never drove a car. The analogy is exactly the opposite of what happens.

Anonymous CoolHand November 18, 2017 9:57 PM  

Happy Birthday to Mr Cernovich.

I've never followed his writings very closely, but I'm glad for his break out. It just makes me happy to see people attain success from their hard work.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener November 18, 2017 9:58 PM  

Good list, but Mike is sipping the leftist Kool Aid in choosing to believe that free will is a myth.

Blogger Timmy3 November 18, 2017 10:01 PM  

I’m 10 years away from retirement so I guess I’m beyond being ambitious or caring much about myself or what others think. Mike is a great guy.

Anonymous CoolHand November 18, 2017 10:05 PM  

RE Free Will (or not), I don't care.

I operate as if I am in command, and if it turns out that I am in fact, not, then it doesn't really matter anyway.

I mean, such a revelation would show my actions to be foolish, but really, that would certainly not be the first (or last) time I'd been guilty of acting foolishly.

Sometimes I think people spend too much time on trying to think the "right" way about everything and not enough time trying to DO the GOOD things they can do in their everyday lives.

Now, that's just what I think, and again, because I'm barely tall enough for this ride, I could be entirely FOS here. It wouldn't surprise me a bit, actually.

Anonymous Nehemiah November 18, 2017 10:09 PM  

Regarding VD's allusion to "alt-retards" of the alt-right, I have noticed that the biggest single hindrance to the effectiveness of political movements (and probably other movements as well) is the quality of their leadership. I used to think "extremist" movements typically had inferior leadership because the more talented leaders, the people with sounder judgment, gravitated to the mainstream parties where they were more likely to attain some office or have some effect, but nowadays I think the leadership of mainstream parties is just as deficient and their success is more due to either a first mover effect or luck (some group, after all, was inevitably going to become the dominant party, and some other group the dominant opposition).

I do not have a solution that I trust for the quality problem. The soundness of one's judgment is partly innate. However, the non-innate part could presumably be improved if there were a way to select from the smartest youth in the movement those who also possessed personality traits that would incline them to continue favoring the movement's cause (we do know quite a bit about these traits by now that tend to distinguish more conservative tribalists or particularists from more liberal cosmopolitans--a more accurate term than universalists), and send them to a school for leaders that would educate them in impractical subjects such as history and population genetics and "London school" psychometric psychology, as well as complexity theory and system dynamics, and the great works of strategy, political theory, racial anthropology, sociology of religion, macroeconomics, economic history and military history, and the most influential works of Christian theology during its formative centuries, basically the first thousand years, since everyone, and especially everyone of any influence, should at least understand their society's dominant faith, especially its common sources and foundational writings, whether or not they are themselves believers. I do not think it is just an etymological accident that cult is at the root of culture, or that Huntington's identification of civilizational fault lines coincides with lines of important theological differences. The cult shapes the culture, and the increasing abandonment since the Enlightenment of Europe's religious tradition for secular humanism (deism, agnosticism, and atheism, but these tend to be close-knit fellow travelers) coincides with a transformation of European culture and the opening up of a culture war (originally a German term , "kulturkampf") that increasingly turns us all into what Huntington called "torn societies."

Such a school would not primarily emphasize rote memorization, but comprehension of the basic concepts, spirited debate, and especially extensive composition, which sharpens the thinking in a way nothing else seems to do. That the most recent generations seem to be more immersed in visual media than in reading printed tests that force sustained attention and mistakenly derided linear thought processes is a cultural and educational tragedy that I think will injure our civilization severely. I am not misanthrope, but, let's face it, the average person is a dullard, and the continuance of civilization depends on a relatively thin veneer of persons who combine some degree of above average intelligence, ability to persevere, and acquaintance with their society's history, traditions, and higher ideas.

Blogger Aeoli Pera November 18, 2017 10:14 PM  

Noah B The Savage Gardener wrote:Good list, but Mike is sipping the leftist Kool Aid in choosing to believe that free will is a myth.

I'm not convinced he is. After all, he references choosing to believe in free will as part of the paradox.

Blogger Lazarus November 18, 2017 10:18 PM  

Noah B The Savage Gardener wrote:Good list, but Mike is sipping the leftist Kool Aid in choosing to believe that free will is a myth.

You are only focusing on a part of what was written, because you are not comfortable with paradoxes.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener November 18, 2017 10:22 PM  

In that case, there's no need for a paradox. It's simpler just to believe in free will.

Anonymous Nehemiah November 18, 2017 10:22 PM  

+paworldandtimes, regarding "automatic and willful" modes, have you read Kahnman's [spelling? he also had a co-author whose name escapes me at the moment] acclaimed book, "Thinking Fast and Slow?" The terminology is different, but the concept is the same. Really a fascinating exposition of these concepts. Of more than merely academic interest, it is also well worth reading by any kind of movement organizer or motivator or persuader. They should take notes and jot down their ideas in a notebook.

Anonymous Nehemiah November 18, 2017 10:27 PM  

Aeoli Pera wrote: he references choosing to believe in free will as part of the paradox.-end quote

But this paradox cannot exist if free will does not exist. If he is right, then he cannot choose. He is merely under an illusion of choosing, since the ability to make choices is virtually a definition of free will. Doesn't he understand that? I think it is blindingly obvious. Am I missing something here?

Blogger Lovekraft November 18, 2017 10:32 PM  

Good for him. And hopefully another forty more of fortune and happiness.

Anonymous Nehemiah November 18, 2017 10:34 PM  

NoahB wrote: It's simpler just to believe in free will.-end quote

I think Ockham's razor applies here. The simplest explanation that works is usually the right explanation. If free will exists, then any number of difficult problems simply cease to be problems.

Anonymous Deplorable Winning November 18, 2017 10:38 PM  

Nehemiah wrote:select from the smartest youth in the movement those who also possessed personality traits that would incline them to continue favoring the movement's cause... and send them to a school for leaders that would educate them in impractical subjects such as history and population genetics and "London school" psychometric psychology, as well as complexity theory and system dynamics, and the great works of strategy, political theory, racial anthropology, sociology of religion, macroeconomics, economic history and military history, and the most influential works of Christian theology during its formative centuries,

That is a wonderful idea. Let us call it Voxiversity.

Blogger Lazarus November 18, 2017 10:42 PM  

Nehemiah wrote:Am I missing something here?

Yes and No.

Anonymous Nehemiah November 18, 2017 10:42 PM  

Oops. In no. 37, I typed "reading printed tests." I hope everyone guessed that I meant "reading printed texts." Sorry for any confusion.

Blogger Thot November 18, 2017 10:43 PM  

Number 1 is always good to keep in mind. Being self important keeps you blind. I've seen people lose multi million dollar accounts and other possibilities because they met constructive criticism or questioning with dismissal and/or disdain. Usually just a sign that they aren't smart enough to answer said question or back up their plan/proposal. Weak minds with large egos do that. It's especially sad to see people be envious/complain about other companies sales or prominence when they have the means but are dismissive to other ideas or opinions that could get them farther along. They tend to believe because of their purported IQ, phantom position on the hierarchy, prior success, etc that they are the only ones with the answer. When in reality they are the stumbling block because they are blinded by their perceived self brilliance. Working with people like that got me to start my own business. Well that and being able to see the ship going down before the rats started diving off.

Apologies for the long post. I'm full of sushi and sake and that tends to get me ranting and rambling/preachy. Remember leaders are also teachers, pride goeth before the fall, boot lickers and lackies are worthless, don't be dismissive of others questions/ideas because no matter how wise/clever you think you are you probably arent, and dont pet burning dogs.....it hurts.

Anonymous Looking Glass November 18, 2017 10:44 PM  

Comment threads after the poop is cleaned up are always a little funny.


As to Free Will, it's an utter misnomer. It's quite a lot like "Free Trade": nothing exists in reality is that is unbound from other relativistic forces. Even Black Holes. You also can't have "Free Will" when you need to eat. Thus most of the philosophical discussion comes across as a Gamma fantasy.

You do, however, have a massive amount of Directed Agency. That's what most people actually mean by "Free Will". Still, Instincts and Cultural Assumptions will trump most other aspects until significant work is done. There's a reason people fall into routines. If you can assign a few specific variables to a person by data collection, you can predict significant amounts of actions that a person will take. That's what all of the "Data Analytics" are about these days. Heck, that's what Trump does with his Twitter feed daily.

Possible Side Thought: were the early Enlightenment thinkers all bitter Gammas? The deeper I get into this stuff, the more it seems like the bitter Gamma angry at God is where most of philosophy went wrong.

Happy Birthday to Cerno, though, and it is a pretty good list.

Blogger The Observer November 18, 2017 10:47 PM  

Possible Side Thought: were the early Enlightenment thinkers all bitter Gammas?

A lot of the lies they concocted about European royalty and nobility, such as chastity belts and prima nocta, do sound like Gamma fantasies of what they would do if they had power over others, women in particular.

Anonymous Mr. Rational November 18, 2017 10:52 PM  

@19  I think you'll find that in "profound truths [are] recognized by the fact that the opposite is also a profound truth, in contrast to trivialities where opposites are obviously absurd."

FWIW, trying to apply Aristotelian logic to quantum-mechanical systems is a category error.

Blogger Michael Neal November 18, 2017 11:17 PM  

Alt-retards played a big role in keeping Virginia Democrat this year. Immigrants voted Republican in much higher numbers before the heil hitler rally. Especially wealthy immigrants who this time went almost exclusively Dem. We have retards yelling at immgrants here from their trucks on a daily basis. They gave the left the boogy man they were seeking. Idiots. Them acting like retarded clansman is not a winning strategy.

Blogger pdwalker November 18, 2017 11:28 PM  

(I think that’s one of the fastest ban and spams I recall seeing)

Blogger David The Good November 18, 2017 11:29 PM  

Happy birthday, Mike. You gave me good advice when I asked about growing my market. I haven't forgotten.

Anonymous Looking Glass November 18, 2017 11:37 PM  

The Observer wrote:Possible Side Thought: were the early Enlightenment thinkers all bitter Gammas?

A lot of the lies they concocted about European royalty and nobility, such as chastity belts and prima nocta, do sound like Gamma fantasies of what they would do if they had power over others, women in particular.


"Bitter Gammas Write History". I think we might need spare some thoughts for the problem with our historic understanding is that good Men don't actually sit down to write history, it's mostly only the bitter that spend the energy.

Blogger Brad Matthews November 18, 2017 11:57 PM  

Self defense

Blogger Rashadjin November 19, 2017 12:36 AM  

1)Surrender feelings of self-importance.

Translation: Don't be a Gamma. The idea that you deserve things just because leads to disappointment leads to bitterness leads to self-defeating. The idea that you're the bomb can't be reconciled with the reality that you don't know what you're doing and can't do it. The default reconciliation of this irreconcilable is to avoid trying to save the ego which is the ultimate self-defeating.

2)View yourself as the most important person in the world.

Translation Part 1: Assert yourself because 12+ years of public education have behaviorally conditioned you to be completely passive and impotent. This will work out 99% of the time because many will respect you for it and most of the rest are sheep beholden to herd behavior and won't know how to deal with you other than by being sheep.

Translation Part 2: Antidote to the cultural conditioning that white people in general and men in particular need to live sacrificial lives to the benefit of everyone but themselves. The reality is you need to build yourself up and come from a place of abundance and power to have any real impact on the world.

Also, shielding people from hardships and mistakes makes them terrible people who are a bane on the rest of humanity. You will bear the brunt of this.

3)Become comfortable with paradoxes.

No. There are no paradoxes, only ignorance.

Translation 1: As others have said, life is stepping into the unknown and unknowable. Expecting certainty is cowardice. Expecting complete understanding is delusional narcissism (although you should try as best you can with what you can make out or find out within reasonable standards).

Translation 2: Free will is not a myth. The vast majority of people never exercise it and those that do only rarely. This gives crappy scientists/atheists the data they need to say that people are deterministic flesh bots.

Translation 3: Act as if each choice matters, because doing so will incline you to harder choices with bigger, long-term rewards as opposed to lazy, self-destructive choices that feel good in the moment. Which is a lot of why people who believe in free will live better lives, because it inherently carries the belief that each choice matters.

The other part to the belief in free will leading to better lives is that it allows an ennobling, proactive view of self. You live out who you believe yourself to be. See yourself as a king in control, and your life will reflect that. See yourself as a deterministic, flesh-bot slave, and your life will reflect that (by you succumbing to every idiotic urge that will, sooner than later, blow up in your face). Ties into Cernovich's point 2 as well.

5)You are the product of your habits and your friends and family.

Exactly. Most mental health issues boil down to this. Most people need to learn this lesson: Some wounds can only be closed with a knife. Cut out the dead flesh and parasites or you'll never change.

And most of his other 40 are extensions of the above plus general health, but one in particular needs to be mentioned -

17)Read fiction like it’s non-fiction.

This is more true than even he knows. Except for trash fiction written by imitators like the vast majority of movies these days, or the vast majority of fiction produced ever.

There's a reason only a sliver of the stories written make it anywhere in the grand scheme of things.

Blogger Geoarrge November 19, 2017 1:13 AM  

Disney is America's Minas Morgul. Whatever it used to be, it will have to be razed to the ground.

Blogger Shimshon November 19, 2017 2:02 AM  

1)Surrender feelings of self-importance.

Akavya ben Machalelel would say: Reflect upon three things and you will not come to sin. Know from whence you came, and to where you are going, and before whom you will give an accounting. Form where did you come? From a putrid drop. To where are you going? To a place of dust, maggots, and worms. Before whom will you give an accounting? Before the King of kings, the Holy One, Blessed Be He.
Mishna Avot 3:1

2)View yourself as the most important person in the world.

For this reason a single person was created (Adam was created alone): To teach you that anyone who kills one soul of Israel is considered as if he has killed an entire world. And anyone who sustains one soul of Israel is considered as if he has sustained an entire world. And because of peace among mankind, so that one person won't say to his fellow, "My father is greater than your father." And so that the apostates won't say, "There are many authorities in heaven." And to tell the greatness of the Holy One Blessed Be He, that a man mints many coins with one stamp, all of them the same as one another, and the King of Kings the Holy One Blessed Be He minted every person with the stamp of Adam. And not one of them is the same as his fellow. For this reason every single person must say, "The world was created for me."
Talmud Bavli, Sanhedrin 37B

Blogger Shimshon November 19, 2017 2:06 AM  

If Mike starts to identify as Korean, it will all make sense.

Anonymous Ersatz Manque November 19, 2017 3:13 AM  

"Read fiction like it’s non-fiction."

Sure, to an extent. On the simplest (but very important) level, all authors -- even the best -- can't help but put their own life experiences and psychology into what they write, disguise it as they may. Better authors can better disguise their inputs, lessers authors not so much, though this does not take away from their value.

I'm not referring to literary influences on an author here, which is a less interesting point though more discussed. Just real life experiences, psychological outlook, ideology, and so forth.

Blogger LP9 November 19, 2017 3:39 AM  

Like so many other wonderful men and women here thank you for your work and advice, I have learned so much, even when it was some firm but gentle correction - it saved me from staying in grief and 2nd gear.

No matter the pains, the art label to sewing to teaching yoga/ballet to other endeavors have flourished thanks to God and others with their counsel, thank you. Great Peri's too!

God bless Mike & his family and everyone.

Anonymous Killua November 19, 2017 5:43 AM  

Great work. I read Gorilla mindset and it is very good.

Remember this when you see how Alt★Hero plays out over the next 18 months. We started with a conversation between Cliff Cosmic and me, followed by a few sketches of him putting my ideas to paper. But we are thinking of disrupting and eventually replacing not one, not two, but three industry giants.

Hell yeah!

Anonymous Ages November 19, 2017 6:53 AM  

1. Surrender feelings of self-importance.
2.View yourself as the most important person in the world.
3. Become comfortable with paradoxes.


LOL

Blogger justaguy November 19, 2017 8:57 AM  

People are always writing their new thinking and way of life. The Creator left us with divine inspiration in a "user's manual" about our lives called the Bible. It is becoming ordinary for people to fall into the philosophical traps that the classical Christian philosophers of old knew and wrote about. I guess there really is nothing new under the sun.

Blogger Randell Gary November 19, 2017 9:36 AM  

I'm liking this Cernovich's mode of thinking all the more. Might as well embrace his methods. I turned 21 two months ago, so it's now or never.

Also, thank you for the blog that you update frequently, Vox.

Blogger Nate November 19, 2017 9:41 AM  

The main thing everyone that turns 40 needs to know is that's the decade where things start getting taken from you. People you love will start dying when you're in your 40s. Your body really starts deteriorating.. particularly your eyesight.


Blogger JaimeInTexas November 19, 2017 10:19 AM  

@10 VD

This reminded me of a quote by Truman: "Give me a one-handed economist!"

Blogger JACIII November 19, 2017 10:39 AM  

Jack wrote:Best film about turning 40, anyone? My vote goes for City Slickers. (And the fact that I know this film proves that I've turned 40.)

Second Hand Lions. It's not about "40" but it gives a fun look at approaching the rest of your life.

Blogger wreckage November 19, 2017 11:14 AM  

Paradox means "that which appears contradictory but can be resolved with deeper or better knowledge". Sadly, it's now used to mean contradiction, and the result is a noticeable loss of reasoning ability among those who do not understand the distinction.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener November 19, 2017 1:13 PM  

@70 Thanks. I've always understood paradox to mean "an actual logical contradiction" and apparently that is one accepted meaning according to dictionary.com. So is your definition.

There should really be separate words for actual vs. apparent contradictions, shouldn't there?

Blogger Geoarrge November 19, 2017 3:23 PM  

My explanation for the free will paradox is that we have free will, but we make fewer actual choices than we think, and often well in advance of our actions. We act according to programming, which we write for ourselves while staring at the ceiling in bed or sitting on the toilet.

Blogger Rashadjin November 19, 2017 4:01 PM  

@70 wreckage

Paradox means "that which appears contradictory but can be resolved with deeper or better knowledge". Sadly, it's now used to mean contradiction, and the result is a noticeable loss of reasoning ability among those who do not understand the distinction.

It's moments like this that drive home how much our culture has chucked by the wayside for convenience and comfort. Because I get the sense that you're right about what the word 'Paradox' is suppose to mean, and I was either never taught that definition or discarded it long ago because, yes, nobody uses it in that sense anymore.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 19, 2017 6:44 PM  

I took his "Paradoxes" rule rather more abstractly than most, because I had already created a working framework for rules No. 1 and 2 by the time I started reading 3.

My framework was: Most aspects of life require a balance of opposing forces. Hence, the importance of both humility (#1) and self respect (#2). Either one to excess will mess you up.

With this framework in place, I carried on to understand #3 as a version of "try not to be a binary thinker". From that perspective ~"free will is a myth but you should choose to act like it's real" came across to me as "many parts of life are automatic/genetic/deterministic, so take advantage of the choices you DO get."

Paradox? Where?

Blogger Cloom Glue November 20, 2017 8:23 AM  

Per @74, yes, many of us have already studied these truths in our early lives, with different words, and a different framework, and later I discovered some important errors in mine. Lucifer does snare us with unsound doctrine.

We have:

justaguy wrote:People are always writing their new thinking and way of life. The Creator left us with divine inspiration in a "user's manual" about our lives called the Bible. It is becoming ordinary for people to fall into the philosophical traps that the classical Christian philosophers of old knew and wrote about. I guess there really is nothing new under the sun.

... and I awoke thinking:

1. and 2. is: Jesus said, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.

3. is: Calvinist freewill errors are heresy to the Catholic church.

4. is: Bride, keep your lamp filled with oil. Jesus is coming. This might be your last day.

5. is: Let the dead bury the dead.

Blogger William Meisheid November 20, 2017 1:47 PM  

I have always looked at free will from a Christian perspective, influenced by Reformation thinking.

Free will is untainted (not tared) choosing to do something based solely on the merits of the available choices. Adam and Eve as a pure creation of God had free will, uncorrupted choice. However, once they sinned and became corrupted, all their subsequent choices were "weighted" by that corruption, an unknown tare on the scale, if you will. Every choice after that was tainted, no longer free.

As the Apostle Paul would say, we are all corrupted by the old man, our fallen nature inherited from Adam. See Romans 7. We are still free to choose, but our will is forever tainted by our sinful natures and our choices are no longer without taint. Despite that, we are still responsible for our choices.

A Christian spends his life trying to diminish the effect of that tare/corruption on his choices (discipleship - rejecting to the old man), driven by the new man to choose to become more Christlike, who incidentally is only person post Adam/Eve who had/has free will.

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