Stoicism and The Red Pill: The Connection (pt. 3)

“It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” – Seneca

Based on the analysis done in part 1 and 2 of the series, it can be gathered that Stoicism offers men a unique perspective to life and how to carry about one’s self. The philosophy urges men to elevate themselves to greater than the average both mentally and physically.

One of the main beliefs Stoicism teaches that relates directly with the Red Pill is the concept of Frame. The philosophy teaches men this concept through the concept of following the hands of rationality in all things. Regardless of the circumstance, Stoicism instructs men to not to fall prey to our strongest psychological impulses. However, It must be noted that Stoicism does not teach one to become emotionless/autistic, but rather to understand emotions at their source and act/react accordingly. The view is that man should not be psychologically subject to anything – manipulated or moved by it, rather than yourself being actively and positively in command of your reactions and responses to things as they occur or are in prospect. It implies a sense of mastering self-sufficiency in life, which is also what the Red Pill advocates. Moreover, Stoicism also instills the concept of having an abundance mentality. The philosophy preaches that men should not to become too attached or bothered by objects/individuals outside of oneself as it will all one day be separated from us. This outlook pushes men to realize that there should not be the pedestalization of persons or things as this will only cause grief.

Lastly, both philosophies teach the refocusing of one’s energy to things that last. As such, both encourage men to continually self improve through the implementation of activities such as working out, learning different languages and mastering your specific craft. The aforementioned does not provide instant gratification but assists men in truly experiencing extraordinary changes in their lives. The philosophy’s ideals on what makes man truly happy is a breath of fresh air in the consumerist world we live in today. It is no coincidence that with the rise in consumerism, people have become less happy with the lives they live. This is due to finding happiness in external sources that do not last.
However, though material wealth objects should not be the source for man’s happiness, some of Stoicism’s greatest philosophers have had positions of power and wealth. Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor never relied on his wealth or status to be happy with life but still strived for excellence and is still deemed today as the one of the most praised and respected emperors to have lived. Niccolò Machiavelli named him as one of the Five Good Emperors who were adopted emperors that earned the respect of those around them through good rule. Seneca, another famous Stoic, lived a life of wealth but was never carried away with a life of grandiosity. At the end he lived such a masculine life that his wife attempted to kill herself when he was forced to commit suicide. As such, Red Pill aware men should indeed push to become the best of men and enjoy the luxuries of life but should also be conscious enough to understand that happiness is not found through materialism.

Closing Thoughts

The Stoic philosophy is one in which every man can adhere to, some deeper than others but the fundamental teachings of the philosophy will help men gain and retain a masculine mindset towards life. In becoming the best version of oneself, I personally see Stoicism as something that at its core, Red Pill aware men should be knowledgeable about because it benefits the way in which life is viewed.

Pertinent Material on Stoicism:

  1. Marcus Aurelius – Meditations

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson – Self Reliance

  3. Seneca – Letters from a Stoic

  4. Epictetus – Enchiridion
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Stoicism and The Red Pill: Ethics (pt. 2)

“Man is the broken giant, and, in all his weakness, both his body and his mind are invigorated by habits of conversation with nature” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stoicism, as noted in the previous post was founded as an adaptation of another famous Greek school of thought, Cynicism. Though some of the principles seem consistent throughout both philosophies, Zeno of Citium saw the need to tone down a number of the philosophy’s principles to facilitate for real-life practicality. However, even after this toning down, Stoicism is still one of the more life-altering philosophies in the West as it pushes to recreate man into one of complete rationality and self-control. Stoicism therefore is looked at as a practice or exercise in the expertise concerning what is beneficial and what is not. The ideology equates virtue with wisdom and both with a kind of firmness or tensile strength within the commanding faculty of the soul. As a result, Stoicism has never been purely academic or solely theory, but a tradition of self-transformation. Furthermore, the philosophy is described as an eudaemonistic theory, which means that the climax of human endeavor is eudaemonia, meaning happiness. Stoicism’s idea of happiness is rooted in the belief of “living in agreement with nature”. This was seen as living in accordance with the entire universe and also striving toward creating a rationally organized and structured system which goes in tandem with the will of Zeus. This meant that every event that occurs within the universe fits into a coherent and structured scheme that is providential. As a result, the Stoics believed in fate, thus, living in agreement with nature meant that one should conform his will with the events that occur in the rationally structured universe.

This unique perspective also presented itself in the philosophy’s views on what was deemed as ‘good, evil and indifferent’. Stoics defined what was good as what benefits its possessor under all circumstances. As a result of this, virtue was seen as the only thing that was always considered to be ‘good’ since perfected reason had no disadvantages or drawbacks. Objects such as money were not identified as good but rather considered as ‘indifferents’ i.e. neither good nor bad. This was looked at in this way because in all situations, it may not be beneficial to be wealthy (having money may mean that I spend it on things that are not beneficial to me or may harm me, like drugs) and this also applied to health. Characteristic excellences or virtues of human beings were the only things looked at as in complete accordance to nature. Prudence or wisdom, justice, courage and moderation, and other related qualities were all considered virtues. Conversely, the things that were considered “bad” were that of the corruption of reason, specifically vice. It is because of this Stoics strived to live a life without following through with their vices. They drew a distinction between what is good and things which have value (Axia). Some indifferent things, such as health or wealth, have value and therefore are to be preferred even if they are not good, because they are typically appropriately fitting or suitable (Oikeion) for us.

Another intriguing view Stoics held in unique perspective is that of passions. They distinguished passions into 2 primary categories: appetite and fear, and these come about in relation to what appears to us to be either good or bad.

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They are also associated with pleasure and distress, however, these are distinguished from normal impulses because they are excessive impulses which are disobedient to reason. Impulses were defined as a movement of the soul toward an object and though these movements are subject to the capacity for assent in fully rational creatures, impulse is present in all animate things from the moment of birth. The founding Stoics argued that the original impulse of ensouled creatures is toward what is appropriate for them, or aids in their self-preservation, and not toward what is pleasurable. Consequently, Stoics were taught to accept and understand that pain is part of every man’s life and though one should try to avoid it, when we experience pain we should still be good. Famous Stoic writer Marcus Aurelius stated in his quote, “pain which is intolerable carries us off; that which lasts a long time is tolerable and the mind retains its tranquility by retiring into itself. Let those parts which are harmed by pain give their opinion of it if they can”. He went further by advocating that man should never be crushed by anything and If we are dealt the hands of misfortune, do not react irrationally as this can cause further unhappiness and negative consequences. This is seen in his quote, “Remember when vexed that to bear misfortune nobly is good fortune”. These idealistic ethical goals were the main reason why the Stoics were held in such high respect. Since their philosophy preached rationality, living in accordance to the universe and doing good for mankind, many Stoics were able to attain high ranking positions in Greek and Roman society.


On Wednesday I will be posting the last part of the series which will focus on the connection between Stoicism and the Red Pill.

Stoicism and The Red Pill: History (pt. 1)

“For he who is excited by anger seems to turn away from reason with a certain pain and unconscious contraction; but he who offends through desire, being overpowered by pleasure, seems more intemperate and more womanish on his offenses” – Emperor Marcus Aurelius

During my time in the Red Pill community, there have been an eclectic variety of philosophical and religious debates ranging from individuals who are practicing Buddhists, Roman Catholics and Muslims, to a smaller degree. Recently however, I have begun noticing an added interested in the early Greek school of thought, Stoicism. Seeing that I began seriously delving into Stoicism a couple years back, I decided to give a write-up on the philosophy’s history, components and how it can benefit men today. The content would be broken up into 3 posts as to make it much more digestible for you the reader.

History of Stoicism

Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophical movement that was founded by Zeno of Citium and then officially formed by the three heads of the philosophical school and their pupils and associates, known as Old Stoa, during the Hellenistic period of 3rd century BC. The Old Stoa referred to Zeno of Citium, Cleanthes and Chrysippus. The term “stoic” derives from the porch (stoa poikilê) in the Agora at Athen decorated with mural paintings, where members of the school gathered and lectures were held. The philosophy was created in tandem with the ideas of Cynicism where Cynics preached the idea of rejecting all conventional desires for health, wealth, power and fame, and living a life free from all possessions and property. Zeno and Citium, a student of a Cynic, created Stoicism based on many of the Cynic’s beliefs but toned down many of the principles with real-world practicality where self-control was used as a means of overcoming destructive emotions. As such, the movement was not looked at as solely a belief system or set “commandments” but rather as a way of living ones life. Virtue in agreement with nature was seen as essential to live a life of purpose, which meant that it only called for the bare necessities to exist.

Since the Old Stoa members did not produce complete bodies of work, the philosophy was kept alive through students who were taught by founding members and related teachers. However, in later years, the philosophy met its peak acclaim with the published works some of the most popular Roman Stoic philosophers: Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus. These philosophers’ work then began to be the driving point of modern Stoicism and this further cemented these individuals as some of the most important philosophers throughout history.

With regard to the philosophy’s founding thought, Stoicism saw humans as interdependent with nature, describing logic as the bones and sinews, and ethics and physics, the flesh and soul respectively. This connection with nature is one of the four central ideas that the philosophy abides by, all four (4) being:

  1. Value: The only thing that is truly good is an excellent mental state, identified with virtue and reason. External things such as money, success, fame and the like can never bring man to true happiness.
  2. Emotions: Emotions are a projection of our judgements and many of our negative emotions are based on mistaken judgement, but because they are due to our judgement, they are within our control.
  3. Nature: The philosophy emphasizes that man ought to live in harmony with nature- meaning that we must acknowledge that we are but small parts of a larger, organic whole that is shaped by large processes that are ultimately out of our control.
  4. Control: Much of our unhappiness is cause by confusing the things in which we can control (judgement and mental state) and things we cannot (external processes and objects). Therefore, in light of the other central ideas of stoicism, we should not let the latter dictate our happiness but should focus on the things we can indeed control, as this will bring us true happiness.

Sunday I will be posting part 2 of the series which will focus on the ethics and ideologies of Stoic’s founding members and its evolution throughout history.

Sightseeing in the Caribbean

Since I do come from the Caribbean and speak from a Caribbean perspective I decided its only right I show you my neck of the woods so you would get a feel of the country. Hopefully it can also give you guys more options to consider when on vacation. These photos were taking while I was hiking earlier in the year to “Paria”. Im a frequent hiker so with each new adventure I go on, I will be posting pictures.

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Resurrection

Conditioning

There comes a time in every man’s life where he goes about his existence just as he was conditioned to. Conditioning is a very interesting concept because the thoughts that are attached to it. Even in the manosphere we frown upon anything thats closely related to the word conditioning because of our, previous beta-conditioning. However, regardless of our thoughts, it is and will continue to be a critical aspect of our lives because it influences all behavior. My personal belief is founded in understanding that we cannot be truly and completely free because we were created to be a slave to something or someone. The universe connects everyone and everything together, what you do will have an affect on someone or something either directly and/or indirectly. Ironically, Buddhism touches on this connection whilst cultivating a mindset of never growing attached. To be completely free would mean disconnecting ourselves with things that affect us, which is humanly impossible. If you’re religious, this concept would be easily swallowed because with the existence of God and Devil, everything you do will fall into the categories of serving either master. This slave concept, even if you do not believe in a higher power, is seen with matters of the carnal, both mental and physical. If we look back at the decisions made throughout our lives, we see that it was based on pure physical and mental needs/wants or restrictions. I think what must be noted is that we are against false conditioning, which is conditioning that is not founded on truth but rather lies. In the act of alpha-ing up and cultivating a more masculine mindset, we recondition our mind but we see no fault in it because its foundation lays in truth.

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The disturbing yet interesting thing about being conditioned is the personal belief that you’re in control of your life. However, Red Pillers (RPers) know that being born post 1950 automatically puts men at an extreme disadvantage with regards to living life in a masculine way and this directly affects our relationships with women, colleagues and our natural way of thinking. In drawing attention to my personal ‘conversion’ experience, a year ago I was living my life the way I was subconsciously taught how to. Being 20 at the time, I was already in the mindset of taking myself off of the SMP by being in a monogamous relationship with eyes set on LTR going into marriage. Growing up in a christian home, this was the way the church outlined life with regards to relationships. My father, though being a strong evangelical christian has always lived life with Red Pill binoculars when dealing with women and because of this, though I was very much beta in understanding women, I was still exposed to certain truths. Not wanting to get into petty details, there was a girl in my life that played a key role in me seeing the truth. I knew and liked her since the age of 12 and when we reconnected in 2014 she was already in a monogamous relationship with the “asshole” archetype. I decided to do the ‘correct’ thing and express my extreme feelings towards her when we began talking again and played the waiting game. Before many of you come to your conclusions, I must note that though I was beta, I had some degree of game and was not a complete emotional tampon. Long story short, I pursued until they finally broke up and was able to have a small level of sexual relations with her until I didn’t feel the connection anymore and simply let it go.

During those 8 months of pursuing, she introduced me to a number of people, one of which would later on show me the path to the Red Pill. At that time I was personally delving into the topic of masculinity and was reading a few sites like the Art of Manliness. Being opened to sites like these gave me some perspective but I wanted to know more. Some time went by and the aforementioned friend and I had a conversation via Facebook on marriage and it occurred to me that his beliefs were very much against the societal norm. From that initial conversation, we were able to cultivate a mutual friendship and he began to introduce me to Red Pill concepts through the use of sites such as TheRationalMale, ReturnOfKings and RooshV.

Resistance

When faced with statements and opinions that are alien and go against many of your fundamental beliefs, it unsettles you. Your first instinct is to resist and begin to rationalize why your beliefs are what they are and going back into the idea of conditioning, if all you know has been X, Y seems hostile and very incorrect, almost morally perverse. Rollo’s article on unplugging really struck home because it clearly identified the stages I was going through. Looking at things from an objective standpoint, it seemed very rational but when your ego investments are questioned, you still have doubt lingering after every comment. Three months after hesitantly swallowing the Red Pill and observing social dynamics, it became undeniable that the philosophy exposed many truths. I began to notice how females manipulated men with their feigned interest and how they were placed on a pedestal by society. Looking beyond women individually, I began to see how society as a whole altered their way of thinking when a woman was placed as the focus and the privileges they garnered. I could no longer resist the truth.

Resurrection

As of right now, I have been a year completely unplugged and constantly rewiring. The journey has not been easy but life’s greatest gifts are rewarded to those who go through trials and tribulations. However, I also recognize the blessing that has been bestowed on me by being exposed to these truths at the beginning of my adult life; my heart goes out to those in their 30s+ who have been dealt poor hands by life and have now come to accept these truths. But as with being a man, one must adapt to life accordingly and take everything he can.

In continuing to sharpen my masculinity, I felt the spark to contribute to the Manosphere that has empowered me, by highlighting personal observations and giving my thoughts on a eclectic range of topics from the perspective of a young Red Piller who resides in the Caribbean. I do not wish to give a step by step guide on How to Be a Man™, as I am not at such a stage to do so. My place in the Manosphere will simply be to give a perspective of a Red Pill man in the Caribbean – which has not yet been totally taken over by feminism and other new Western thought.