Return On Investment

The world exists in the state it does, thanks to the ordinary heroes we never hear about. Construction worker, engineer or else; social media isn’t going to save you when these guys have enough.

It’s said the way you see the true nature of a man is by giving him power. I would propose many of today’s politicians have come through a ego driven environment, where words & status are the most valued aspects, rather than any sort of real action. The very nature of democracy does in some ways inhibit the ability to decisively impose change upon a society. As I alluded to in my previous post, division or indifference are the biggest enemies of the people. Any type of unity is a threat to those who unite to impose change in a mutually beneficial arrangement. There are more of us than there are of them, but without any type of counter force, when everyone who shows interest is going to make money, no one is going to say no out of principle concern for others.

Boundaries are always tested & will change if they are unchecked. Personal or societal, we see it in media, life & personally. I for example, didn’t go from being practically unable to speak to girls, to getting them to come over & fuck me for a couple of hours each week. It was a process, in which over time boundaries were tested & stretched again & again. Particularly up until 2014 but also beyond, insofar as women went, I simply didn’t care. If they would do what I wanted them to do & fulfill a role, then I would take them up on it & the new order was established. Everything else would be judged upon that new baseline.

Society has been much the same. We went from fight scenes in films being of old fashioned fisticuffs being the normal level of violent confrontation, to being graphically disemboweled in glorious high definition. In the case of the former, someone dying was a greatly significant event; often the pinnacle of the narrative upon which the rest was built. But now, generic masses are slaughtered in a variety of ways. This can still be entertaining, as the nature of cinema & film overall, is to provide fantastic escapism. But that is only part of it, with a limited range of possibility. Some may argue that technological advancements increased the range of possibilities available, which is true – practically anything can be recreated in film in our modern age. But these fantastic realities are seen as the points of a shape which used to be a circle, with the points of the shape being pulled ever further outward. The number of genres upon which our example of film has been distilled into is debatable but whatever it is, those that remain now only look to push their boundaries further – the action films look to have bigger & better special effects, the art-house films look to introduce or push further taboos, & so on. The net result is the overall body of that sphere (of art, in this example) doesn’t get fed. It becomes over analysed, as marketing departments try to isolate the elements that will provide maximum return on investment & interfere with the purity of creativity.

An example is the old Hollywood epics that were produced around the 1970’s. While these were grand beyond compare at the time & could feasibly also be accused at least in part of doing little more than pushing the boundaries of grandeur, these productions still stayed within the limits of normal humanity. There are rarely instances where a hundred thousand people would be united in baying for the victory / blood of fictional protagonists, but that the hundred thousand people depicted in the production were actually there, gave the intangible feeling of immersion. Yes this was likely to be something rare to the viewer, but it was entirely possible & so roused something primeval in the watcher. Even through the lens of film, people could feel that intangible energy emanating from such an enormous gathering of people in one place. It had true power.

Now, that crowd would almost certainly be animated. The idea would be that while obviously a cost saving measure, animating a much larger crowd would stir a similar reaction from watchers, but it’s fake. It doesn’t inspire the same reaction; the one that reverberates within us when we see something real & relatable, epic or otherwise.

This happens in all the spheres of life & society, through different mechanisms which I’ll spare your eyes & my fingers the energy of going through, but ultimately it’s about normalising apathy. “They’re politicians, what do you expect / there’s nothing we can do” is the most destructive thing anyone can do. The constant redefinition of boundaries & what is acceptable seeps into the minds of newer generations, who unless they actively & independently educate themselves, have never known anything different. They become numb to reality & life. Everything follows the pattern of apathetic maximum return of investment, to which people have become accustomed & simplification is only employed when something or someone does not need to be sold to someone else. Everything is viewed as what return it will bring to someone, irrespective of any impact or lack of effect it will have upon it’s target.

Look at any celebrity. If there is a school shooting, in the vast majority of cases they’ll release a social media post, normally along the lines of ‘our prayers are with you’ or some other horseshit. Even in the incredibly unlikely event they do pray & do mention the afflicted, who the fuck are ‘our’ in the ‘our prayers’ & what tangible effect is it having? Donate some fucking money, get your sorry ass down to ground zero or shut the fuck up, because your token post is only offensive to the people who regularly & unfortunately always have to pick up the pieces; the local community. It really is disgustingly offensive how these celebrities offer their condolences from their ivory towers that were built by the very same people who they now patronise. It’s nothing more than a PR activity of them hedging their bets against a possible public outcry that they didn’t acknowledge it & their own image is tarnished. How disgustingly cynical.

What’s worse is because these boundaries are constantly being tested, you have idiots who are defending politicians, corporations & media figures, for what I can see for no reason other than stupidity. The only reason this world doesn’t fall into total disarray is because most people revert to their internal moral compass when faced with a common, external threat. But you now have people expressing views without any foundational information, condemning others universally by way of a category they’ve been prescribed by someone, often someone who has had absolutely no interaction with the receiver.

Isn’t it a sad state of affairs when an adult man can no longer enjoy the company of children without at least a suspicious eye being occasionally cast in his direction, because of a few outlier extremists who had abused children; a situation incidentally that had also periodically happened at the hands of women too but rarely given the same level of exposure. That there are people who by default, accuse the male gender of all being rapists by default – an insult to anyone who has undergone a rape & of course, most frequently employed by armchair, middle class, white women who’ve probably never done a real job in their life, nor experienced genuine discrimination or hardship.

Isn’t it pathetic, that I have to endure a girl, barely in her twenties, astonishingly believing she needs to ‘educate’ me on how the patriarchy is dominating her & how I should change my behaviour because of my oppressive privilege, yet has never left the comfort of being surrounded by equally deluded people? A girl whose ideas & doctrine have almost exclusively come from behind a keyboard, attempting to educate a man who has traveled the world, been to places where people struggle to eat, experienced crippling debt, vast sums of disposable income, euphoric emotional & sexual highs, been within days of killing oneself, & lived at both ends of a number of spectrums, condemning me as X, Y or Z, because of little more than her idiocy believing what others who would not be relevant or have a career without feminism¬†told her is happening? When under scrutiny, almost all evidence in practically every area of accusation points to male discrimination.

I apologise for nothing. I will not change my behaviour for anyone. I will not accept what is so patently untrue, ever.

~ Unjaded

Discrimination

A break from fitness based women now, as we enjoy a look at the beautiful Bar Refaeli…

These last two weeks have led me back to the belief that our lives are there for creating. While there are only a few variables you have complete control over, mastery of these can lead to great gains when combined with perseverance & control. The road to any goal is always peppered with pot holes but a solution orientated mentality will lead to at the very minimum, an interim solution.

I do appreciate however that means can have a significant impact on this. Having reached a level of success within certain key areas such as self confidence & financial means, therein lies a wider range of possibilities when searching to overcome an issue. Where now I have those options, I’ll be the first to admit that despite always having athletic ability even within self defence, I was petrified of fighting. I suppose I still am now to some degree, except I now direct that fearful energy into pushing myself further physically. Likewise, when money was in short supply, it had to be compensated with greater effort. And any internal efforts will always be compromised by internal strife, like depression, anxiety or any other form of unhappiness.

For men, almost everything is against them nowadays. You stand alone. Endless support groups for the promotion of women with no male counterpart has now resulted in the most recent generations earning more than their male equivalents, less male applications for university & vastly higher male suicide rates. Reading between the lines of popular journalism will illuminate these otherwise brushed over facts in favour of focusing on the female element of the larger issue. If for example, female suicide rates in the twenty four to thirty five year old demographic have increased from two percent to three percent, the importance of this will take precedence over the male rate increasing from twelve percent to fifteen percent. I have just quoted these figures off the top of my head, remembered from a recent article focused on the US but irrespective of your country, I’ll leave you to develop good habits & discover the official figures for yourself. It’s not far off, & you can do the same with gender comparison of earning levels between new entrants to the workforce, as well as accepted university applications. Just make sure you’re sure of the source of information, which is also general good practice.

We are now seeing what happens when discrimination is applied to an entire subset of people, moreover when there doesn’t appear to be a tangible end game other that what can be perceived as the desire for another subset to exert total dominion over them. As a member of that oppressed group, unaware of what my personal crime I personally have committed against society that must be corrected by this discrimination, I am subject to feeling resentment. My personal character has been assumed & I have been painted in a colour by someone who I don’t know, & who doesn’t know me. Furthermore, I either have no distinct person to who I can register my displeasure at these assumptive condemnations in hope of reprimand, nor am I seemingly allowed to, as with every attempt to do so I am personally attacked in efforts to discredit anything else I may say. There is no form of dialogue available to me.

The second World War came about after incredibly oppressive reparations were placed upon Germany. The underlying resentment was easily tapped into by one of the greatest speakers of history. Regardless of one’s political viewpoints (most of whom understandably & correctly disagree with), Hitler was indisputably one of the greatest orators of all time. Combining this with a seething mass of resentment brought on by discriminatory repression, brought out one of the most impressive war machines of all history. The steadfastness of the then mighty British empire was tested to it’s absolute limits, until critical tactical errors brought about the Axis forces eventual downfall.

I could go on with examples of (predominantly black) slavery & of course, women’s rights when they were not entitled to vote & so on. But in reality, every manifesto must have a end game. When slavery was abolished. When women got the right to vote & to work for equal pay. When Germany lost the second world war & the allied powers, while still ensuring Germany endured debatable repercussions, were sure not to make the same mistakes again.

Oppression, generalisation & discrimination of any kind, only result in eventual backlash. Anyone sensible understands, that much of the posturing & offence taken, is nothing more than bitterness manifest. Extremist people, aligning themselves within groups like-minded enough or agreeing with their right to express their views irrespective of if they agree with the viewpoints themselves, expressing their extreme views. That those concealing themselves within larger, more moderate groups does not mean the entire group shares those views. Without allowing whatever subset of people is currently marginalised by society, will only result in stronger & stronger methods employed by said group in order to get their message across. To avoid this, just take into account all viewpoints & come to a compromise.

I must also say at this point, that I believe this is one of the view advantages we have within the world, of countries borders. There is no obligation of any country to adhere to the same principles as another, irrespective of their speculative view. Take the current president of the Philippines as an excellent current example, who while subject to labels of being an abuser of human rights, is taking affirmative action to eliminate a problem crippling his country. And while those looking on from afar decry him, he enjoys sky high approval ratings (from whichever source you look at) from those who are really in the situation. Ask yourself; what would you want if you saw drugs on every corner, family members addicted & felt threatened everyone you walked in your own city? Furthermore, we are trying to accommodate key ideological differences for economical reasons. Countries are separated because different groups of people choose to live in different ways. We cannot reconcile & nor should we, the differences between people that are simply not compatible.

What you effectively have is certain people, trying to determine what’s best for another group, despite the former group having absolutely not context or experience of what situational challenges the latter group face. Depending on their position of influence or the current cultural situation, those external people can manipulate certain elements, either in misguided attempts to help or (in my opinion more commonly) for their own benefit. Their benefit can be tangible, or again more commonly in my opinion, in the pursuit of enlarging their ego. One with value rooted in oneself, does not require such external validation.

And so we go full circle. Feminism had achieved it’s tangible goals long ago, & now seek to control men. Reasons appear to include bitterness, inclusion among peers, a struggle for identity where real problems are ignored over the imaginary in a culturally mature world or simply, egomaniacal opportunistic careerists. Being a heterosexual male is now considered the least interesting denomination, despite the world being built upon the shoulders of them. In the Westernised world, we find ourselves as the least represented group, to the extent of those issues which apply equally to humans but even more so to men, simply ignored even in the case of death. Any situation where both a man & a woman are equally affected by the same malaise, which be portrayed as far worse for the woman, or the woman will be used as the example of how bad it is. In reality, these should be considered equal, even by the very supposed tenets of feminism – equality.

There is good news however. Despite the institutional discrimination that is in place, the majority of regular people see this for what it is. And when a group does not even display consistency or allow their beliefs to be rationally challenged, they rapidly lose legitimacy. Fortunately for humans, despite our often quoted faults, the majority of us abide by an ingrained code of rational human morality. Evolution has conditioned us somewhat to know the main aspects of what is right or wrong behaviour, & for the most part simply human desires such as security, shelter, food & comfort. And so, discrimination is seen for what it is; a destabilising, destructive force.

In spite of this, we still as men must deal with institutional barriers brought about by cultural shifts, themselves brought on by media framing & selective journalism driven by piggybacking onto sensationalist ‘issues’ not based on fact. Institutions opening themselves to social media means they are subject to the social equivalent of distributed denial of service attacks, as masses of raging, uninformed women latch onto headlines, fixate upon statements out of context or joylessly condemn humorous intent to shame companies into making changes. Hence, therein lies a choice for the man. Accept these as stated, rebel entirely against them or my recommendation; lie within the system, use it to your benefit, strengthen yourself & quietly become as independently powerful as possible.

Let the extremists think they are in control. Let them think they are empowering themselves. Let them think they are in control. All the while, quietly build yourself until one day, powerless, they see you have in fact always been in control.

~ Unjaded