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The red pill: The truth about man’s quest for truth

All Forms of Feminism Are Anti-Male. Feminine values lead men to suppress aggression.

Men Need Feminism. Yeah, it’s tough to beat yourself up over not being man enough.

The world is full of contradictions – or, rather, the mind can be full of confusion. Growing up without a father or other trusted male role model leaves you with infinite possibilities on how to deal with your dick. This confusion can lead you on a path for the search for truth, to expose lies and find hidden secrets that will finally explain everything. But what is truth? Why do you crave it and how does it serve you?

Truth is objective reality

Truth, or objective reality, is something that exists independent of our perception of it. Everything we know about truth is filtered through our perception. We can use tools – like microscopes, telescopes, scientific method and particle accelerators – to improve our perception and eliminate personal bias, but the mind that makes the final verdict about truth is always limited to the perception of an experience. If our mind evaluates a concept that is compatible with our observation, we call it truth.

This being said, I am neither going to discuss politics nor how to be always right, rather the possible consequences of the quest for truth on your own life.

Truth is a decision

If you are from Asia/the East, the statements at the top of the article may sound compatible to you. If you are of American or European heritage, you may feel urged to choose one or already have a preference. A study called Culture, Dialectics, and Reasoning about Contradiction has researched how Chinese cultural notions of naive dialecticism – that is, the acceptance of two contradicting ideas as equally true – may influence the resolution of conflicting arguments compared to Americans/Europeans. If you are bilingual, in this example you may tend to choose for it is written in English language; another study asked Does Language Affect Personality Perception? Apparently, yes. Interesting, isn’t it.

I don’t know about you, but I naturally feel a strong urge to choose one of these statements. Though the statements aren’t really contradictory if you think about it. The contradiction may really lie within a subconscious evaluation of the information for my own life.

Once decided, I would feel the urge to stay with that decision, as the first study predicts. Science also proposes that, paradoxically, delusions that protect an individual from inconvenient knowledge generally provide the individual with an edge in acquiring knowledge, for distracting negative emotions are successfully managed through the motivated delusions.

Thus, I argue, conflicting interest groups evolve, passionately engaging in Twitter wars et cetera. Each side accuses the other of being irrational and stupid, not seldom simply immoral, destructive, selfish and bad. But, in my experience, representatives of both sides can be very reasonable people as long as you don’t touch on their sensitive topics. For their necessary beliefs in a specific truth may be, to them, motivated delusions that give them strength and the ability to function. And have to be defended. Thus, for many people, it doesn’t seem to be enough to have decided for a perspective out of self-interest; the own decision needs to represent the truth. For if one is to forge the perfect man, how could this man be based on anything other than the truth? And this truth needs to be contrasted by an untruth.

Maybe this anti-dialectic approach to decide for one side is why we loathe communism and dictatorship while it thrives in the East. A dialectical mind is more likely to accept suffering and sacrifice as a part of life without a strong incentive to satisfy selfish needs.

Maybe just that kind of selfishness really makes us strong as individuals. But it can be a weakness, too.

Truth is a drug

Ayn Rand created Objectivism in her desire for a world view that would explain everything. She created her own epistemology. You know what that is? It is the science of the nature, sources and limits of knowledge. She created an all-encompassing philosophy that would guide with certainty all future decisions – what a great gift for all those who have been caught in their heads for long. I highly recommend you read her books Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. They may change your life. Yet for all this success, when confronted with homosexuality, hypnosis or merely the idea of telepathy, Rand would look down upon those who proposed such nonsense and judge them as evil – enemies of the human mind. That’s okay, but according to Nathaniel Branden, she was not very happy. I personally have benefitted a lot from her work and she was a smart woman, yet she was not wise enough to grasp the truth about the quest for truth.

So what is my advice? Be humble? Not exactly.

Truth is identity

Let’s look at the two statements at the top again. In my case, I would decide against the pro-feminist article because their ideologies promote a way of thinking that is not in favor of my goals. I would say: Fuck you, feminist cunts, you are misleading me. The truth I accept will guide me in my choice of friends and decisions in my mating behavior. So searching truth is plausible and, even more, pragmatical.

But often I am not certain whether something is the truth, even if I support one side. Then the quest for truth – even more a quest for absolute truth – potentially keeps my mind working. Day and night. I simply need the truth. I don’t know why, but I do. What does it mean to be obsessed with truth?

I propose something surprising: It means that your mind is obsessed with words and patterns of language the whole day, for that is the way you search for truth.

Am I wrong? Try to think your profound thoughts without using words in your mind. Try to grasp some abstract concepts without words. What is the experience like?

When I stop thinking in words, truth suddenly stops to matter. In the least, it loses it’s solid grasp on me that forces me to search it. When I stop thinking in words, I am in the moment and feel very free and present, even if I may be uncomfortable in a situation.

Now, that’s interesting. Language is not only the way we search for truth, it is the way we argue and debateLanguage is used for communication, for social interaction; thus interacting with individuals and groups. As noted, my accepted truth will define the group of people I surround myself with and also the group of people that I set myself apart from. Thus, truth defines my identity: Who am I in relation to others or rather, as the latin word identitas (“sameness”) proposes, who am I the same to? This is one more indication for my theory that the quest for truth is a socially motivated project.

The fact that we live in a democracy without meaningful shared values may be a good reason for being this opinionated. In earlier times, Christianity may have been a glue between people as Islam is to this day. Walk by anyone on the street today and wonder how much you have in common. Possibly nothing. Having a truth that is right gives you the confidence to approach anybody. The truth gives you something to connect and being right gives you the confidence to discard the other person, should they not accept it.

Truth is confidence

Now there are people who have grown up with a father. From my experience, these people have a firm set of beliefs that they confidently stand in for. Often, this set of beliefs is rather irrational. It may be as simple and bland as women are stupid and probably be shared with close friends. But, as mentioned, motivated delusions will bolster confidence. Try to challenge these beliefs and tell these people that it isn’t quite so black-and-white. They will probably tell you to get out of your fucking head. So who’s right? Good question, innit.

Isn’t the more important question what purpose truth serves? You possibly despise these people for their simple-mindedness. Many Europeans despise Americans for being direct and confident; they prefer to be right. Why, a tiny grain of untruth could have fatal consequences, after all.

I challenge you by asking whether your quest for truth is not, in the end, a quest for confidence. Whether your contempt for the simple-minded is not, in reality, envy. Because, unfortunately, your mind craves an objective measure of truth. Why? Because there is an infinite amount of truths. There is a million confident people out there and each believes what he wants. And for each of them, their truth has defined their way through life. How are you to choose your truth if not by objective measures? How can you choose a truth if it is not simply the best?

What can an objective measure for truth be?

Truth is judgment

Truth judges. Something is either wrong or right.

Once I know truth, I will know who is right. I will be right. Being right will give me the safety of knowing that my choice will benefit me long-term and be morally acceptable, or, in other words, that my choice would perhaps benefit everyone, were they to adopt it. If feminism is bad, after all, I act in the interest of humanity when I oppose its values.

If a player acts like an asshole to get a girl, it is not simply because it works, but because every girl loves it. If he leaves her and she cries, it is not because he hurt her, but because women are emotional. If he decides for her and leads, it’s not because it works, but because women are weak and want men to take charge or don’t know what they want. If a nice guy acts like a friend, he doesn’t do it to fuck her, but he does it because women need his compassion. If he gets rejected, he didn’t simply fail, she wasn’t able to accept his goodness. A politician doesn’t rally for his paycheck, but because he wants to help people. Roosh does not bully fatties because it is fun, but because he wants to motivate them to improve. A capitalist doesn’t support the free market to fill his pockets, but because it is beneficial to everyone. So does the socialist support a totalitarian state.

I want truth to know I’m right. Morally right. That is a judgment. If I am right, others are wrong. Then, if I desire and fail, the object of my desire is wrong, not me. The truth justifies my actions. Truth is a psychological crutch. In fact, I believe that the moral authority of altruism is embedded in our brains so deeply that we use these psychological crutches to keep our brain working somewhat straight and fulfill our selfish needs without having a break-down. People who argue about the truth want to be sure that, if their own truth was adopted to the whole world, it would be a better place. Even the most egoistical person wants to believe that their actions are good for others. Many people are somewhat slaves to what other people think and through truth, they can make themselves believe that even if somebody disagrees, they only do so because they don’t understand how truth would benefit them.

But subconsciously, the validity of a truth is evaluated in a different way.

Success. If a belief has been utilized many times to great advantage in one’s own life, it will become quite solid. You may argue that women are not stupid, but if that belief had provided you with a vast variety of vaginas, wouldn’t you simply shrug off any doubt? Quite possibly you wouldn’t even care whether it is true in any other sense. Geeks who ruminate about the truth would look like idiots to you. Subconsciously, you would adopt the behavior that works, but socially, your brain would project a truth that justifies your behavior.

I argue that truth is a rationalization; that is, a justification for ones own mind to pursue selfish interests. This is not necessarily bad; in fact, I believe it is absolutely necessary to act selfishly in modern society. I’m also an advocate of the concept of self-interest. Nonetheless, whether through nature or nurture, we have an instinct that will usually prevent us from acting in a way that we consider outright harmful for others. And it makes sense. For if I believe that society would be better off without me, I judge my life to be in danger, fear my truth to be exposed.

Truth is god

To see things from another perspective, consider the fact that science is something of a religion nowadays. Logic is highly regarded as a standard of actions. That may be a good reason why people justify their actions through logic and search for something they call truth. In earlier times, people may instead have argued spiritually and explained why their behavior is, instead of being compatible with truth, compatible with the will of god. They would have scattered into interest groups and adopted different religions instead of adopting different truths.

So the adopted truth is really a belief that is compatible with ones intentions and justifies these within a social context. Truth is a moral bridge between intention and society.

Truth is perception

What is truth? Look at the wikipedia article – no one is sure what truth even is. Truth is a word. Tell me how you would define truth if you couldn’t use words. How would you think about truth without words? Would truth not simply be the completeness of your perception? Think of phenomenology and bracketing, where you analyze not the nature of things, but your perception of them. Is truth not simply a concept in the real world that you associate or want to associate with this perception of completeness?

Or, to touch upon the assumptions above, is the search for truth not a search for a circle of people who share your desires and approve of your intentions? For only among somewhat likeminded people you can relax and freely express this completeness of yours without fear of becoming an outcast.

As long as you have not found your place, your brain may try to express its need through some infinitely true formula that will grasp and explain everything. I know this feeling and I have an inkling I am not alone:

Levinas understands Western philosophy as an attempt to grasp in conceptual terms a realm which cannot be grasped: the realm of infinity.

The Four Phases of Philosophy, p. 69

While Levinas argues that infinity cannot be grasped, maybe this is far from the truth. I argue that our brain and its natural perception is infinite and the only shortcoming is the language and the definitions we use in the attempt to express the infinity of our mind. Infinite intelligence, incidentally, is one of the core concepts in the fantastic book Think & Grow Rich. I would call it the subconscious. Ever tried psychedelic drugs?

Today, if you were able to find a truth that is undeniable and absolute, you would gain the freedom and the justification to freely express it. Ironically, you would probably judge the validity of this truth by how much it harmonizes with your infinite perception. Imagine. An absolute truth that is congruent with your entire world view. Never again will you fear to state your thoughts. Absolute confidence. That’s the great promise of Ayn Rands Objectivism.

An infinite journey: The real-world truth is a carrot

So is truth how women really are? Or something else?

The obsession with truth may feel like the hope that once you find this thing you call truth, you will be able to shut off your mind and stop thinking. Somehow be in the moment and be content with yourself. Surrounded with people that either share or do not yet understand it. Is it not?

But is the quest for truth not the same as the players quest to sleep with yet another woman, hoping that someday it will be enough? The same as the junkies wish for one last shot? The wish for everlasting contentment? It never is enough. Truth is never found. There will never have been enough women, either. For truth is a question of winning arguments; it is a question of finding material that supports your truth; a question of finding friends and confidence; it is a question of words.

So why is truth important? It does serve to improve our lives. But if the search for truth starts to be an endless journey of introspection without results or if we find ourselves aggressively defending a truth, our rational minds have failed us. That does not make us intelligent; it makes us obsessed with thoughts. The rational mind is a tool. It is not our self.

Let’s accept that truth is a psychological crutch and thus keep it in perspective.

So should you stop thinking? Hell, no. Should you stop chasing women? Hell, no.

But you should realize that the ideal of truth is a carrot dangling from a stick. That there will never be a final relief of your desire. That life consists of running after a carrot for that keeps us motivated. Look at politics – it is a whole nation running after a carrot that never arrives. And if it arrives, there will be another carrot in the form of yet more social benefits, tax reductions, blabla yada.

And when you realize that you aren’t meant to be released from the desire to chase the carrot, maybe you can realize that this thing you call inner emptiness is in fact the fuel of life. And then you might start to love life.

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  • Mikey Mike

    “Truth” is a tool and a variable one has to considerate in the process of maximizing one’s well being.

    It is often the difference between how things are claimed to be and work and how things really work. “Follow the money”. Difference between what people say they do and what they do, is enlightened and underlined by the “truth”.
    An important variable. Not so much more than just another factor to considerate. It is very often related to what I call “the common delusion”.
    “the private delusion”, is what you personally believe. The common delusion, is the culture you have to interact within. What the culture or “they” believe.
    If your private delusions crash a lot with the common delusion, you may get a personlity disorder diagnosis. At the extreme, are the psychosis.

    We are all deluded, and culture itself, the mores, norms, traditions, is def. deluded. Even the good cultures. They are just deluded in a positiv way. Others in a negative way.

    So culture conflict is “the clash of common delusions”. Personality disorder is more of a “clash of personal Vs common delusion”.

    The truth, is just something needed to feel good. The truth about life, is to feel good.

  • thordaddy

    Take the next step, Tom… Truth is objective Supremacy… You say “we” are a kind mired in extremes. I call this radical autonomy. You “see” objective and Supremacy as “extremes” when “they” really come together without schism. There is a perfect order of things… There MUST BE “in order” to have your “objective” in the first place.

    You were NEVER without The Father. Never. This is an objective reality OBSCURED by your world of radical autonomists. Do you or do you not continue the cycle of obscurity?

    This is what you are having me ask myself at this very moment?