There is No Table

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Women expect a man to bring more to the table than she does. She expects him to have a larger source of income than she has, to be attractive by her standards, to be able to stimulate her in the type of mundane conversations she partakes in, to have the same life goals as her and to put aside any dreams he may have had that would interfere with her own dreams and desires. In her mind, sex and children is more than enough, any anything extra like being a housewife and maintaining a consistent sex life is just icing on the cake that he should be grateful for.

For most men, that is enough. Most men have an incredibly low value for themselves and don’t appreciate what they bring to the table. When you find MGTOW and learn to put yourself first, you begin to realize there is no table. All of those requirements and standards that you used to worry about go right out the window. You become able to give exactly what you want to give and take exactly what you want to take.

The table existed to bring two separate and opposing parties, men and women, together to negotiate a compromise that could benefit both of them. Today, there is no negotiation that can take place. The table has been flipped, revealing the disparity between the sexes and women’s inability to compromise on their biological imperatives when they are legally and socially enabled to pursue them to the fullest extent of their capabilities.

The men on the plantation are still sitting there, trying to lift the table and turn it upright, to put the pieces back together, while MGTOW have walked away entirely, seeking bigger and better things. Many of you long to sit back at the table, and I don’t blame you because it is nature’s great purpose for you, but once you have been away from the negotiating table long enough, you begin to see that it was nothing but a hindrance.

Sitting at the table prevented you from finding your real purpose. It put you in a position of weakness because you were dependent on another party to give you what you desired. Having complete control over your life, your actions, and your choices allows you to walk that path that leads to finding your great purpose, not allowing nature to dictate what your existence will be.

The men stuck in that natural cycle never have the ability to explore the path because they never had the freedom to choose anything for themselves, they allowed their biological instincts to choose their destiny, not their minds. They allow the table to determine their entire existence. If women don’t approve of it, it is cut out and replaced with something that will help him at the negotiating table. Observe how quickly a man will abandon his friends, his family, his hobbies, and his purpose for a woman if she deems it to be a threat to their relationship. That man is chained to the table, and cannot leave because his biology is in the driver’s seat, steering him around the opportunities for happiness and lasting fulfillment in favor of the basic instincts.

Unshackling oneself from the table is a difficult process, one that is completed in phases. The first is realizing that you can, indeed, walk away from the table. Many men can’t imagine a life without a wife. To them, it is not a life worth living. When they see that a man can not only have happiness without a wife, but that he can in fact have the milk for free without buying the cow in today’s society, he will begin to consider his options.

The next phase is realizing that you can remove things from the table. Anything that you place on that table is there for a reason. If something is not working for you, then the negotiations should end immediately. When you remove things from the table after finding MGTOW, it creates a glass ceiling for any future relationships or interactions with women you may have in the future. Removing marriage from the table filters out a lot of women, but some may think they can wear you down and get you to change your mind in the future, while others will go along with that, as we’re seeing the marriage rates fall despite couples being in relationships for many years. Removing cohabitation from the table will filter out the rest, as women seek to tie a man down in the household and drain him slowly over time.

The last phase is the understanding that there is no table. It was an illusion constructed by society which used your biology to hold you hostage and make you think you had to compromise on anything, when you, as a man, are the apex organism on this planet and should compromise for nothing. Once you have your path defined, which takes a long time and a lot of introspection, the path you have chosen to walk has no room for weakness, no room for compromise, and requires your complete dedication and focus. Anything that gets in the way of that becomes an obstacle that must be overcome.

The Old Script is Trash

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Across all cultures, men are told the same thing from childhood: man up, go to work, provide and enjoy a wife and family. This basic script has sustained men through difficult times and helped them overcome any doubts they may have had in themselves or in the path that was chosen for them. Men go along with this script because it is spread at every level, by his family, his friends, the media, the education system, cultural norms, and any attempt to stray from this path or even offer criticism against it brings the typical shaming tactics that we are all so familiar with. Shaming tactics are thrown against a man’s masculinity, his intelligence, his sanity, and even his sexuality.

They must use shaming and keep him from questioning because as soon as he is allowed to address the concerns he has with the established script, the worldwide dominant narrative of male sacrifice, the whole thing falls apart. Once you see the script for what it is, an amateur attempt at keeping you tied down to society because it needs you more than you need it, then you can never look at the world the same way again. You start to see all the traps that were laid out to ensnare you, and a wave of cynicism will wash over you as you understand that you weren’t a person in the eyes of society and everyone who spouted the old script, you were merely a utility that they wanted to use for their own gains.

Understanding how each party would have benefited from your servitude is important to being able to see all the traps set for you. A hunter must remain vigilant or he becomes the prey.

Your friends bought into the script and fed you the lie because they need you to play along with their petty life plans. If you are enjoying the fruits of freedom, free of the stress and self-doubt that they bring into their own lives, then you challenge all of the choices they have made that led them to where they are. Jealousy is just as present in men as it is in women, and just as ugly. People avoid challenges as much as they can, so to remain their friends you have to conform by actually sinking to their levels or by holding your tongue. Your silence will eventually not be enough, because they will see the tangible, positive benefits that going mgtow gives you and resent you for it.

Your family fed you the lies because they needed you to further the family line and to produce grandchildren for them. Understanding female nature negates the meaning of family trees. How many branches on that family tree do you think were the products of adultery and paternity fraud? Especially in older times, when men could only distinguish paternity fraud with the naked eye? Women are fickle creatures, moving with their emotions as trees move with the wind. Any foundations built atop a woman are built on sand, unreliable at best and hazardous at worst. Women have absolute control over the family tree, which means the integrity of it and the quality of it are tied to the whims of the woman for each branch. You may be the most alpha pussy slayer of your generation, but one of your ancestors was guaranteed to be a simp, or maybe just a good guy who was cheated on without his knowledge. Understanding your lineage is important, because great men got us to this point in history, but it goes beyond blood. Worry about what deeds you are doing in your lifetime, not what your potential children or your past ancestors did with your name.

Taking a step back and thinking with your brain and not being guided by your reproductive instincts is one of the greatest advantages you have being a man. Women must fulfill their reproductive programming, they are hardwired to follow it at any cost. The consequences of not following their base instincts and fighting it with the help of social engineering leads them to the insanity that we are being subjected to on a daily basis.

Society forced the old script down your throat because it can not exist in its current form without it. Without men being in a state of servitude, cities would be on fire. The corporations have profited from your hopes and miseries as they force their goods on you to buy for their made-up holidays. They use cheap marketing tactics that women fall for to indoctrinate them into a trance of endless consumerism until there is no hope for lasting satisfaction, only a temporary respite before the next product is released.

If you’ve been MGTOW long enough, you can look over the old script and maybe even laugh as you see what kept you down for so long. This script will always exist, no matter how much things change in the future. MGTOW isn’t about saving all men, it’s about helping the ones who can save themselves. The script is constructed in such a way that only the men who seriously challenge it will be able to see through it. Overcoming biology, cultural conditioning and false ideas of romanticism is a godly feat, so don’t feel disappointed in those who can’t throw away the script. You and I were in a similar position to those on the plantation once, maybe not in the same way, but we all had to learn to see through the lies and question the narrative on our own first.

Shaming language is designed to keep men from thinking about the script they’ve been given. Having to mentally defend your sexuality, life purpose, masculinity, and sanity is all very draining. Men are logical creatures, after all. If a man sees that one path leads to endless criticism and the other to acceptance, can you really blame him for sticking to the tried and true formula? Only the curious and the broken, who have nothing else to loose, will venture into the unknown.

Once you realize that the people trying to shame you have not had any original thought influence their own script that they operate from, you can understand that it isn’t directed from them personally, but rather the collective they operate from. It is the group speaking through the mouth of the individual, not the individual speaking to the group. Without their conformed nature, they would have no insults to throw.

The insults they use are ones that are reinforced through their unity with the established script. They can challenge your sexuality because theirs is perceived to be established within the operating paradigm. Their masculinity is defined by others, so they don’t need to define it themselves. When they challenge yours, they see that as a slight, whereas you should see it as a blessing. Being able to define your own masculinity enables you to function freely and without input from those who are not masculine. Challenges to your character follow the same model, because their character is tied to the group collective. The shaming language used against your sanity are amusing, because creating your own script and leaving the group behind takes a powerful mind that also enjoys risk, which would be perceived as unstable to the cowards that toe the line.
Creating a new script is the most exciting part that MGTOW offers. It takes time to deprogram and start to think for yourself. We’ve been trained to take everyone else’s needs and desires into consideration that it becomes an effort to put ourselves first. Once you overcome that and start to see the potential that is now in front of you, you start to get over that depression and start to get hopeful and inspired at what you can now accomplish.

The new script that you make for yourself is completely personalized and is exactly what you want it to be. The script will constantly change as you revise it and edit things in or out. Learn how to cook, learn a new language, learn to fly something or sail, take up a new sport or a new instrument, these things may not hold your interest and that’s ok because you can edit them out of your script and add something new. I’m taking an online drawing class because I’ve always wanted to be able to do something more than stick figures. When I finish with it, I can decide if I want to keep going with it or drop it and add something else. My script is flexible because it is my script, it is not beholden to any other person or party.

Sharing your script with other liberated men is a fun thing to do. Anyone on the plantation following the old script has no uniqueness to offer. They all say the same things about the same types of women, complain about the same lack of free time or difficulties in pleasing their overlords, whereas MGTOW men can talk about the new bike they bought or the trip they just went on or the new hobby they started. Removing the dominant and identical variables from your script, the ones that enslaved you, allows all those other smaller variables to rise to the top and shine.

“God is a Woman”

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The MGTOW community is comprised mostly of atheists. I would consider myself more of an agnostic, but I definitely find pieces of wisdom in the religious texts even though I’m not religious. I think it says a lot about the guys who are so stubborn in their ways that they can’t even open their minds and try to learn from those with different beliefs. The only video where I referenced some religious works is my least viewed video, which is a shame because the MGTOW archetype is represented in every world religion.

Anyways, I recently heard a new song from Ariana Grande called “God is a Woman”, so before I get into that, I’ll set up this discussion with “The Parable of the Madman”.

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Even though Christianity is the largest religion in America, I would say that America is an atheist country. The people practicing Christianity don’t take it seriously, or the STD rates, out of wedlock births and single motherhood rates would be far lower. Just because someone wears a cross does not mean they practice what their book says. In fact, it’s now become a good indicator of a girl who is easy because she knows she can go to church on Sunday and get forgiveness.

The enforcement of the norms for religions has fallen drastically, but a gynocentric society does not allow for any standards to be enforced against women because it would go against the purpose of that society: to cater to her every need and to cover up or forgive any mistake.

Religion is restrictive to the individual free man, and I don’t like the intolerance the world religions have for bachelors, but I can also look at its value from the big picture perspective. Most people don’t concern themselves with bigger picture ideas because it doesn’t impact their daily lives. In the absence of a higher purpose, the weak-minded replace it with women and physical things like unhealthy food, drugs and a decadent lifestyle.

Religion existed for more than just the belief in a creator. The social practices held society together, it kept women in check and it guaranteed each man who participated in society a wife. Freeing women from this dynamic and giving them choice ensured that the men maintaining society would be left out, and thus the social order collapses.

Men need something to work towards. Men need a carrot on a stick. If left to their own devices, we have seen what men replace a god with. A woman can give him meaning and purpose, and it is a tangible thing in his reality, not an unseen entity behind the scenes. These men then bestow all of the godly qualities on to women. To the blue pilled cucks, good women are apparently omnipresent, just waiting to be found. These women are also deemed to be omnipotent, able to do anything a man can do and able to be strong and independent. The holy women are also omniscient, and know exactly what they want and how to get it and were simply oppressed by men, unable to reach their full, tattooed and dyed hair potential.

If these men have elevated their women to a godly status, then any criticism against them would naturally be considered heresy. That would make all of MGTOW heretics, ready to be burned at the stake. If people killed one another for a figure in the sky that they couldn’t prove existed, what do you think these vagina worshippers will do to defend a holy figure that does exist and can reward them for their dedication?

#metoo will be known as one of the great moral panics in history because it changed the culture overnight. Legality was thrown out the window as women were taken at their word and companies folded under the weight of social pressure. All it took was for a few men to be burned at the social stake to change the attitudes of every man in a professional environment, and even affected the dating scene as men were given yet another reason to just stay home and go MGTOW.

This manhunt was started at the behest of women, and all the good little simp slaves carried out their master’s wishes, serving their holy women in the hopes of just getting noticed. Women will always be problematic to interact with, but the men white knighting for them will prove to be the bigger challenge in the long run. Hillary Clinton may have lost, but the fact that she was even close shows how far we have fallen. Soon America will join the rest of Europe in electing a female President and the separation of Church and State will be a thing of the past. Criticizing the leadership will be equated to criticizing women, and that sacrilege will not be tolerated.

Those of you who were on the plantation long enough know exactly what kind of servitude to women I mean. You were able to work jobs you hated, or hours that killed you, because it served your woman. Any scraps of affection were cherished and savored as if you were a dog enjoying a treat. Man’s natural instinct to provide has been combined with man’s natural instinct to seek a higher purpose, and now that force of nature has been laid at the feet of women who have no idea what it’s going to do to society in the long term.

If God is dead, something must replace Him. The void of Nihilism and consumerism are but a few of the replacements. Soon the disenfranchisement of men will reach its peak, an unsustainable participation rate that will not be amended because that would require criticism against the New Goddesses, each one concealed under makeup and filters so as to appear divine, deceiving men who are tied to their base instincts.

For any society to work, for any religion to work, the sexuality of women must be controlled. I even had a hardcore feminist teacher admit that, which I found amusing. They know that women’s sexuality can be one of the most productive things for a society or one of the most destructive. The state of gender politics and the controversial statement of declaring that there are only two genders is a testament to the failure of religion in the West and how it won’t be coming back anytime soon.

And that is a tough decision to make in regards to accepting the failure of religion or yearning for its return. In a perfect society, the religion would tolerate the bachelor lifestyle, but religions often sacrifice the freedom of the minority of men for the greater good of society. You can’t have every man guaranteed a wife and then have a minority of men fucking all of the wives. The men who wanted to maintain their sovereignty would either have to join a religious order and abstain from sex or they would have to pick a trade that constantly kept them on the move, like a sailor or a mercenary or a merchant. If he was single and free in a community for too long, he would be pressured to take a wife or eventually forced out by the other men.

Women are Born, Men are Made

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Men place value on to women for uncontrollable traits: their boobs, their asses, a pretty face. The only thing women have to do is not eat an unnatural amount of food, and even then that seems to be a challenge for most women. In turn, men must create their value from nothing.

Some men have some genetic advantages, but they still must sharpen their skills. I know plenty of tall, muscular guys who are totally socially inept and get passed over for guys that don’t have those advantages. Anything you didn’t build yourself is not a trait you can rely on.

To understand the concept that women are born and men are made, look to older forms of mentorship that young men and women had in traditional societies. Girls don’t need mentorship to become women, their hypergamous instincts will guide them. All of their essential traits come with the passing of time, they just have to sit back and have it handed to them, like everything else. Young men, on the other hand, received mentorship from the father and the grandfather, they were taught skills and imprinted with the ideas of responsibility and provisioning skills.

Contrast that with today’s society. Women without mentors still can do their basic functions, they are just choosing not to because they have the option available. Women will always become fertile with time, they are now deciding to pollute their bodies and ravage their internal organs every weekend. Men without mentors, however, has been incredibly destructive. Men without mentorship often flounder and fail. Failure becomes their only mentor. Failure is the greatest teacher, but it can’t be the only teacher. With no sense of guidance or encouragement or purpose, today’s man is a socially anxious, validation seeking and emotionally, mentally and physically stunted mess. Those that find the path to MGTOW are on the right track to overcoming this meager existence, to becoming strong in mind and will and body, but no matter how big MGTOW gets, it will always be the minority. Too many men look to women to make them into the men they want to be because they were never taught that men must make themselves.

Since men must be made, they can choose their destiny. A woman may have the easy road of naturally becoming what she is, but the drawback is that she has no choice in the matter. A man shaping himself can choose to be anything, to dedicate himself to anything, to strive for anything. Society has always and will always step in to remove this burden of choice from men for its own benefit. Make no mistake, this great choice is a burden. It would be a hell of a lot easier to just enslave myself to a woman and have her tell me what to do, or to listen to the crowd and the mainstream ideas of what a man should be and just follow that blindly. Instead, I choose to forge my own path and do what I want, but that requires conscious thinking and decision making. It also brings the accountability of the mistakes if I choose the wrong path, but I would take that burden over the enslavement that is waiting for the rest of the men around me.

Your mind must be made to withstand the constant attempts to hijack it and corrupt it with toxic thoughts. A woman’s mind is biologically incapable of attaining the heights of a man’s mind. I’ll expand on this in a future video, but this is not accounting for intelligence. The ability for self-reflection is absent in women for a reason. Wisdom comes from the building of the mind. It is built with the bricks of experience and the mortar of failure. It is maintained with vigilance and the observations of those without that wisdom.

Your body does not morph into its correct form like a woman’s does. You must build it, make it into the form that allows you to be happy with yourself, proud every morning and content every night. Shape it into the vessel that will allow you to expand your mind and will for longer with the benefits of being healthy.

Your will is under attack from all angles every day. Everything and everyone wants to distract you from your path and take your precious time, to drain your precious willpower. All of these aspects of masculinity must be made. Women don’t go through the same trials we do because we don’t need them to go through these trials. We need them for nature’s gifts, nothing more. They weren’t made to lift stone and build civilization and think about the universe, but we can make ourselves able to do those feats of strength.

The dissolution of this mentorship that is so integral to the forming of masculinity is one of the most sinister things of feminism and those parties that support it. I had to learn these things on my own and with the help of other men who have freed themselves from their dying societies. The path to this point so far was difficult, and it could have been a lot easier if a mentor just shared these things, but the silver lining is that now I am even stronger because I had to do it the hard way.

The internet allows us to mentor each other, but the drawback is that there is no real life community that can check your progress and make sure you’re integrating the wisdom and lessons into your life. That is entirely up to you. The great comments and videos in the MGTOW community are only half of what they can actually be. The other half relies on you actually taking it into account and actualizing on it in your own life, taking the words and making it a reality. If you can do that, you have more mentorship available than any man in history, more raw power at your fingertips than anyone could know what to do with.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you to make yourself into the man you want to be. Mentors can guide you, but you must take that last step and fulfill your destiny. A woman can have her destiny handed to her on a silver platter, but that is no destiny I would ever want. I enjoy building my reality every day and knowing that all the progress I’ve made was earned, not given.

The Great Choice of Men

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Every man is faced with a choice of pursuing happiness or freedom. This choice will govern his life for as long as he chooses to walk his chosen path, and if he made significant commitments along the way it may affect him after he decides to change paths. To avoid the consequences of ignorance, it is best for each man to set aside some time and to seriously ponder where he wants to go and how he wants to get there.

On Natural Slavery

Aristotle believed that some people were born to be slaves. His theory is reinforced by Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Ultimately, freedom does not equate to happiness. Most people cannot handle freedom, and having too much freedom can make people unhappy and yearn for more structure in their lives. This is because the burden of choice weighs too heavily on them and the accountability of making the wrong choice is a terrifying prospect. If freedom is what you desire, you must acknowledge that potential future unhappiness is entirely due to the freedoms of your own choices.

You cannot give others freedom, they must desire it and seek it for themselves. If they have expressed the desire to you, you can help them towards liberation, but it cannot be given freely. The truths you see are not evident to others who had not even contemplated the possibility of their existence before. The tragedy of the man who unknowingly becomes a natural slave is not yours to amend, he must first see his chains before you teach him how to break it. If you choose the path of freedom, you must understand that you will be entirely alone on this path for as long as you walk it. Freedom is not a natural thing to humans. We have evolved to be dependent on the tribe for survival, and to go astray from the prescribed path is to invite suspicion, jealously, and eventually being cast out from the tribe.

On False Happiness

If you can find what you truly want, you can find happiness, or at least contentment. Since happiness is such a fleeting emotion, you must be vigilant at all times of your own mind, as well as the influence of those around you. Be wary of trying to fool yourself into being happy, or trying to rationalize why you should be happy in the conditions you find yourself in. It is imperative that you define your ideal form of happiness, as letting others decide what it is will lead you down someone else’s path. Having material ideals for happiness is not an unreasonable goal, as it can lead you down productive and lucrative paths. Seeking wealth, fame, or a family are all noble aspirations in their own right, as are having abstract ideals for happiness, like peace of mind.

If your ideal form of happiness is dependent on other people, you must also come to terms with the truth that you will never find that ideal of happiness. Someone else’s path may intersect with yours or join to form a crossroads, but they will never merge as one. Nor should they, as that is the ultimate sacrifice of freedom, be it becoming a slave or taking one to achieve happiness. To continue down this path without considering this is to invite ruin. This truth does not negate the pursuit of happiness, but rather invites a man to contemplate what he truly desires.

On Finding the Balance

Happiness and freedom often conflict with each other, and it is each man’s challenge to deal with this eternal battle as best he can. To some, seeking and finding their ideals of happiness is a freedom from a life of meaningless. To others, being free to find your own path brings the greatest sense of happiness. The most important thing to remember is to avoid using one to achieve the other. Sacrificing your freedoms to pursue happiness will render those ideals useless, as you will have no agency over which to enjoy them. Likewise, sacrificing your physical or mental well-being over the pursuit of physical or intellectual freedom will only weaken yourself as you walk your path. You are at your strongest when you are as happy and as free as you are able to be each day. The balance will constantly shift as you strive towards your goals, and it is up to you to tip the scales back in your favor and restore the balance.

You have time

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To any person of credibility, be it an amateur philosopher, a rising businessman, or one with a craft that they are honing, time is the obstacle that will bar their progress throughout their journey. Most people have a fear of losing the time that they have left in their lives, while few respect the nature of time. By coming to terms with time and how we can better spend it, we can approach the world from a more established position of focus and with the intent to use our time to the best of our abilities.

On the Nature of Time

Time is the only resource that is involuntarily spent and cannot be replenished (as far as we know). Life itself can be restored in our time through the miracles of modern medicine, where a man can be declared dead one moment and revived the next, but time remains out of reach from the meddling of man. With this in mind, instead of fighting the passing of time and fearing its eventual end, perhaps we should come to understand how we can best spend the time that is given to us.

Time is as majestic as it is unknowable. No one can tell you when your time will come to an end with absolute certainty, so each and every one of us is faced with our own mystery to contend with. It is our own responsibility to manage our time, yet we often find ourselves delegating that management to others, people often less qualified to manage anything remotely as significant as our time.

To fear the passing of time is to live outside reality. By acknowledging your complete lack of control over the driving force in your life while simultaneously realizing you can have more control that you think, you can begin to repair the relationship with the cosmic forces at work beyond your comprehension.

On Wasting Time

To begin managing your time efficiently, you must set your priorities. Your craft should be your top priority, or at least among the top priorities in your life. Consider for a moment all of the ways a person can waste time, and then reflect on how many people you know who actively throw away the gift of life they have been given. Think of all the people at this very moment who are:

  • playing video games, from MMOs to modern consoles to outdated gaming machines
  • watching Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, Youtube, television
  • browsing Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, Snapchat, 4chan
  • smoking, drinking, doing drugs
  • sleeping
  • texting
  • sitting in a classroom they don’t want to be in, doing homework
  • working at a menial, unsatisfying job
  • driving
  • eating
  • in prison
  • etc.

If we were to conduct a survey of all of the people worldwide partaking in those activities right now, it would be in the hundreds of millions. This is who you will be competing against. With a basic understanding and respect for the nature of time, you will quickly put yourself ahead of hundreds of millions in regards to being productive. That’s not to say that these activities can’t provide some merit, only that they should be taken in extreme moderation.

On Being Idle

Moderation is the key principle to consider when managing your time. Each of the activities listed above have positive and negative traits. Doing homework can instill a rigorous work ethic, but you were not placed on this earth to follow instructions and complete work that does not apply to everyday living. Playing video games while listening to an informative podcast can provide an outlet for relaxation while still remaining engaged, but it absorbs you to the point of doing nothing else.

I would argue that it is healthy to have one activity that constituents as a time waster, in that it provides no clear tangible product from your time investment. Every person in our history has had such an activity, from the ancient hermits of China like Tao Yuanming
who idly strolled through the countryside to Albert Einstein’s hiking trips.

On the Afterlife

Some may believe in a second life, some may believe in an eternal void, I would hope that all can reconcile the fact that this life is limited by time. If there is a heaven or some form of reincarnation, it still does not change that I only have so much time to do what I desire in this life, in this form. I have found two extremes in both parties, neither of which are comforting.

Some that believe in life beyond death are nonchalant in their time expenditures, often with a carefree expression and a reliance on their belief of unlimited time beyond the grave. This is as dangerous as it is sad, as no promise of salvation can erase the overwhelming sense of guilt of a life wasted.

The other extreme that some express is the futility of concerning oneself over time. Some that don’t believe in an afterlife take a cynical approach, that nothing matters because after death, there is nothing. This nihilistic thinking leads to self-destructive tendencies that can often be more harmful that the previously described naivety.

I do not follow an organized religion, and I don’t see myself ever following one, but I do consider myself to be very spiritual. Whether there is an afterlife or not, a form of afterlife is present in our world. The works of men and women long dead, from literature to architecture to songs, exist on this plane of existence after the creators have long since perished. A legacy can be created beyond flesh and blood that persists through the ages, withstanding the onslaught of time.

On Time Long Lost

Reflecting on all the time that has been wasted in one’s life is a powerful, anger-invoking experience. Try to be understanding with yourself and realize that those wasteful activities led you to where you are now. Perhaps you learned something from that video game or movie, or your creativity was unleashed from that museum you visited. No activity is ever a true waste of time because it provides another moment of sentience, but some activities are more useful than others. By realizing this, you can still partake in the lesser activities in moderation so that you may find true value in those that provide you with fulfillment. Soon you may see no need for the lesser activities, and will have reached a milestone in your life as you climb towards your apex.

On Productivity

With your goals in mind, you must embark on your journey of self-improvement. There is no room for half-measures here, as they are more dangerous than simply having no full-measures. Think of the obese woman who rides a bicycle to where she needs to be: she will use that small amount of exercise to justify her poor diet throughout the day, negating any benefits she may have reaped from her brief bout of activeness. This is a half-measure, and she would have been better off not riding the bicycle so that her poor diet negatively impacts her on a greater scale, either prompting her to take a full-measured response or to wallow in her self-pity, sparing us all the sight of her on a bicycle.

Once you see the fruits of your labor, you will become addicted to the pursuit of productivity. The most important part is to prepare for the plateau that every striving person reaches and to be able to push through this lapse in growth. This is arguably the toughest stage, and can be best overcome through moderation in productivity. Yes, easing off the pedal and reflecting and regrouping yourself to prepare for the next push. This sense of moderation should apply to everything in life to create a harmonious balance. It is a delicate balance indeed, as you can easily slip back into the time-wasting habits of yesterday, but you do not want to burn yourself out over the pursuit of your dreams.