The Farmer and the Sailor

There are two types of men: the farmer and the sailor. Society requires both types, and they each have their own benefits and drawbacks.

The farmer relies on long-term investments. He seeks to establish his base and remain there. The sailor is best suited for limited engagements, constantly on the move and seeking new experiences. While the farmer may miss out on these potential experiences, he has his reliable routine that the sailor does not, who has no real familiarity in his life.

Throughout history, there have been times when one type was valued above the other. The farmer is valued during times of peace and prosperity, and the sailor is valued during times of strife and expansion. The family unit has been destroyed, leaving the farmer little reason to till the land. He has been thrust into a time of automation, into the digital age, where the old rules don’t translate as they once did.

The sailor can thrive in this landscape. If a man learns to adapt to the mobility offered with technology, he can move to where the work is, travel the world, and enjoy the fruits of the end of the golden age.

I’m not sure if it’s possible for a man to change his type. There was once a time when I entertained the idea of the farmer, of building a family and being the provider, but I quickly snapped out of that daydream because the freedom of the sailor, of the bachelor, is too powerful for me to ignore. Some of you may see that freedom the sailor has as a curse, always looking for something else, never having a farm of his own.

I have great sympathy for the farmers in the mgtow community, the men who wanted the traditional lifestyle but modern society simply won’t allow for it. We may return to a system that allows for that type of man to prosper, but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it. Instead, you can learn to adapt to the times and prosper with what is available to us now.

The women who pretend to be traditional are chameleons, blending in to whichever environment they find themselves in in pursuit of the men desperate for traditionalism. Don’t be the desparate farmer, you may be able to have the illusion of your homestead for a short time, but eventually reality will come knocking on your door, and in the blink of an eye you will end up as another statistic used to educate mgtow on what not to do in today’s society.

The farmer derives purpose from his farm, from establishing it, maintaining it, and protecting it. If that is removed, he is without purpose. The sailor travels from port to port, rambling around the world, taking his purpose with him wherever he travels.

For those men holding on to the past, it is a noble and honest goal to build a farm. It is healthy and natural to desire that, but our societies are not healthy and natural. You are swimming against the current and will only exhaust yourself as you try to bring old ambitions into these new times.

If you are a man on marriage strike, you’re going to spend your days waiting for women to get their act together, and you will wait until your last days. It may not be possible for you to let go of that dream, maybe its entrenched in a place that is out of reach, but you can at least try to let go of it. Come sail on the wastes of civilization, use technology to your advantage to become the best man you can be, to enjoy what other men in history would have killed to have been able to enjoy, and live life as a free and independent man.

If the world was full of only farmers, we would not have the great pioneers and explorers that pushed the physical and intellectual boundaries. If the world only consisted of sailors, there would be no stability, but there will always be more farmers than sailors, more men who want to live in a small, confined prism of reality compared to the risk takers, explorers, and free men. Society no longer values the farmer, it no longer cares about stability, so let them deal with the consequences of their actions and enjoy the ride while you can.

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