We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us.– Charles Darwin
Yesterday I sent out an email where a good friend of mine, Jared, shared the wisdom of a Moscow born and raised classically trained pianist and singer, Tessa Lena. When she’s not creating lyrics or singing her heart out, she is blissfully emoting her soul on paper.
Via her blog, Tessa Fights Robots, she is writing about what she deems as “peasant philosophy” — the often-odd, absurd ways in which more and more people succumb to nonsensical virtues and top-down orchestrated rules while giving up choice of freedoms and self-interests.
Truly, when you look around at the absurd things occurring (note: Simon Black covers it every Friday. Sample 1, Sample 2, Sample 3), it does require a dissenting mind of reason to cope; to ensure you’re not melding into the borg of “machine-like people,” as Tessa calls it.
Recently I was in back ‘n forth, going nowhere, dialogue with a self-described transmedia-disciplinary artist (eh, what?); a white guy who, well… just needed social support to slay a demon. One, he unknowingly revealed later, that was keeping him from feeling safe and secure with his own exalted pursuits.
The Monster in the Mirror
What is that demon?
Yup, one of the most economically-successful systems of production in the world — one of the greatest stories ever told, as Morgan Housel put it — was this guys crutch. The nexus of all societal ills; that it and it itself, according to my debating Don Quixote, is the igniting fuel for stuff like white supremacy, misogyny, racism, etc.
After more of my input about the value in self-interest, equality of opportunity, the means of incentivized production, etc, none of that really mattered to him.
Because he just felt horrible for being on “team white guy” for so long. In his sports anaolgy:
We historically haven’t treated the rest of the league very well, no matter how many championship banners we point to.
I asked him to give me three examples of where we HAVEN’T… and… where we HAVE.
He didn’t feel like coming up with any positive examples, so his stuck-in-extremes unequilibrated self (the one that is needed to justify any level of shame and guilt he must hold onto) laid this on me:
1. Institution of Slavery/exploitation of other races 2. Misogyny/oppression of women 3. Trump.
Game, set, match after that reply, right?
I mean, truly, there is no real ability to have constructive conversation with a mind driven by an ‘us vs them’ ideology. As I pointed out here, what you’re seeing transpire in the world, via current events… it’s much, much, much bigger and expansive than what Trump (ONE person) represents / represented.
The more we can rise above the two extremes, the much more self-aware / awake we can become.
Back to Tessa. In her awesome article Broken People, Isms, and Great Reset, she makes a similar point about the evil ‘C’ word:
As far as ‘capitalism’ vs ‘communism,’ I have an experiential theory about competition. By living under different systems, I have observed that when broken people can’t compete financially, they start competing for moral superiority, and that’s worse. And I think that this is what’s happening today in developed countries.
Due to billionaire fear of losing control, they are tightening the peasants’ belts—and as they are doing it, the economy is being restructured toward poverty and rewarding compliant dependency on the state, and the peasants are now encouraged to compete in the realm of moral superiority instead of financial superiority, at the expense of other peasants.
Now all this is to make the grander point that morality, without risky pursuit of individual change, is cowardice (that is paraphrasing Nietzche).
Just like at the end of The Fight Club, to live on your own, to BE empowered without a Nanny figurehead over your life, requires a level of integration with your weak, insecure, sensitive little inner-beast.
What benevolence can you be capable of without first knowing just how far down the immature malevolent rabbit hole you can go?
Around the 3:30 mark of the 6-minute clip below, you’ll hear Canadian psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson explain why the best of men (and women) know how to integrate their extreme “bad” and “good” sides.
The Shadow Effect
Beauty is Interested in the Beast
What I’ve shared above syncs up nicely with what business acquaintance and social-media friend, Josh Long, recently posted:
“What so many people claim as morality is really veiled obedience because they’re too cowardly to actually do anything risky.
“So, it’s easy to claim the moral high ground, when in reality they’d never take action even if there were no consequences for it.
“And we see this in the fearful attacks of the weaponized mask militia that cannot stand seeing others living freely and without fear. They claim that the maskless person is endangering others and uses moral indignation as their cover for attack.
“Jordan Peterson says [clip above] the best men he knows are dangerous, because they’ve figured out how to tame the beast inside themselves. They also know when to let it loose and say no to tyranny. Otherwise, you’re just a domesticated lap dog that submits to every demand placed on you.
“And the horror that weak men inflict on others is what we’re living through now as they’re all afraid of living, of taking responsibility, of making the hard decisions to let humanity and nature sort things out for its best chance of survival.
“Either that, or they’re as evil and corrupt as they come and want to rule the world through fear and manipulation. Take your pick on which side they’re operating from, but the policy makers are far from moral or strong, except for those that stand for freedom in the face of the fearful mob.”
Back to Yours truly…
We all know life isn’t always a grand picnic. Getting through the daily challenges requires a commitment to learn the coping skills to consistently improve ourselves; by proxy our bottom-line lifestyle experiences.
For many, I think, it starts by accepting social media for what it is:
A great escape, temporarily, that removes ourselves from having to deal with the harder, real-life questions:
- What kind of life, daily, do I want to experience?
- What resources, knowledge, type of people am I lacking in my life that are essential for me to get where I need to be?
- Am I unconsciously turning into Gollum as I use Facebook (or any other social media platform) as a scapegoat for FOCUSING on myself and the not-always-fun routine I need to get into… to accomplish something today?
Summary: To tame our inner beast, my best advice (thru much personal experience in doing so) is to STOP finger-waging at those who did make it their choice to learn the coping tools to not just survive, but to THRIVE in this demanding ever-changing world. To STOP edifying and sensationalizing the falsehoods that are tied to consensus-thinking about society’s ills. Without doing so, it will be very hard to START looking within and tending to your own stove, so to speak.
Leadership that is well-rounded comes about through actionable-pursuits that demand blood, sweat and doing very uncomfortable things. Including not fearing to fail along the path to a commitment to self-growth – every day.
Lastly, always remember this:
Our own behavior at any given moment, our present activity, doesn’t lie. We can fool ourselves all day long, in reference to what we think must be wrong with the world. But, if we’re not getting sh*t right for yourselves, how in the hell are we going to add enough value to others outside our close circle? We’re not!
Decide what your true priorities are and do what YOU need to do to act on fulfilling them.
And always, always, always (in the words of Friedrich W. Nietzsche again):
“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”