As men are pushed to the margins of society by a misandrist Anglo culture and creeping Racial Bolshevism, becoming a “ghost” is the next level of civil disobedience for the Red Pill man who wants to give this crazy culture the finger. Since participating in the schemes of the Anglosphere is not worth the sacrifice for men any longer, many of us have decided to enjoy the decline poolside.
In my case, I quit my corporate job in the mainstream media over 2 years ago and have been working when I need to driving a big rig while roaming the world part-time. (Phase Two of my nomadic transition will include me becoming a “workamper” living in an RV rent-free, doing summer jobs for 6 months while spending the other 6 months abroad as I pioneer workable ghosting life plans for men who want to escape the system. Expect another book on these two methods of ghosting at some point in the next couple of years.)
When it comes to balancing work vs. pleasure as a ghost, the job isn’t what matters as much as resolve, self-discipline, and frugality. That trio helps transform ghosting from a pipe dream to a success story. The key to Galt-style ghosting is a paradigm shift in thinking away from a consumption mentality and towards minimalism. We are trained from childhood that the only way to be a competent adult and to lead a happy life is to consume more, more, and more. This just isn’t the case, as The Minimalists detailed in a blog, book, and documentary.
For us, it all started with a lingering discontent. A few years ago, while approaching age 30, we had achieved everything that was supposed to make us happy: great six-figure jobs, luxury cars, oversized houses, and all the stuff to clutter every corner of our consumer-driven lifestyles.
And yet with all that stuff, we weren’t satisfied with our lives. We weren’t happy. There was a gaping void, and working 70–80 hours a week just to buy more stuff didn’t fill the void: it only brought more debt, stress, anxiety, fear, loneliness, guilt, overwhelm, and depression.
What’s worse, we didn’t have control of our time, and thus didn’t control our own lives.
Indeed, the system thrives on trapping men (and control of their time) with promises of prosperity and material wealth that it continually falls short of delivering. But it never falls short on trapping them in a hamster wheel of debt designed to deprive them of all the hours of their lives. The system also thrives on teaching men to search for happiness from extrinsic goals like rewards, praise, money, image, and status rather than inherently satisfying intrinsic goals like personal growth, pursuing close and connected relationships with friends and family, and cultivating a desire to help others.
How do men make the change to pursuing intrinsic goals? Minimalism is the keystone to living a ghost lifestyle. Minimalism helps shift men away from extrinsic to intrinsic goals in the search for happiness. The genius of the minimalist/ghost lifestyle is less, less less.
Personally, I’d describe my post-corporate life living on $20,000 or less a year as a free spirit/world roaming nomad as far happier and freer than my life making $50,000 as a wage slave ever was. But, where to get started? How do men make the numbers work when making such a drastic change? Here are 7 steps along the path to the minimalist/ghost lifestyle.
1. Adopt minimalism. Minimalism is not about deprivation. It is about aligning your short-term actions with your long-term values. Becoming a minimalist is key to freeing your time and your wallet from the clutches of the consumer society. In my case, it was learning to live out of a carry-on bag, a laptop bag, and a suitcase. I’ve been living this way for 2 years, and would never go back to living a life obsessed with pursuing consumer items. Experiences and adventure are much more fulfilling. As a nomad, I can step into an 18-wheeler and drive while saving 90% of my take-home earnings. Eventually, I plan to transition from life as a seasonal trucker to a seasonal workamper who lives out of a small RV stateside while working, then takes his earnings abroad for adventure.
2. Get out of debt. Author Michael Mihalik put it best: Debt is Slavery. It is not a tool as much as it is a one-way ticket to bondage. Debt allows bankers and bosses to control your life. Think of it this way: If you didn’t have any payments and had $10,000 in the bank, would you be as willing to take shit from HR at your job?
3. Save up a Fuck You Fund. Once extricating yourself from the web of debt and adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you’ll find that money starts piling up. In fact, it piles up so fast you may regret having lived your life any other way in the past. Put this money in savings. You’ll feel lighter and freer with each deposit into your newly created Fuck You Fund. A Fuck You Fund is intended to give men the freedom to do just that – say “Fuck You!” to their soul-sucking GloboWorldCorp job.
4. Stop watching TV and quit social media. Television is influencing your mind and your desires far more than you think. In fact, television is so insidious those who quit watching cold turkey exhibit withdrawal symptoms. Worse, regular television watchers begin to think their own lives are unreal because they don’t match the illusions they see on television every day. Social media is also sucking up your time, anywhere from at least 2 hours up to a high of 9 hours per day going by “average” users. What will you be missing? Memes, pop culture, and gossip by limiting or eliminating social media? TV and social media are forms of thought control (especially in this age of shadow banning and overt censorship from Shiticon Valley) and the ghost banishes both from his life.
5. Develop a sense of courage and a healthy dose of self-discipline. Living life as a true ghost requires an enormous amount of courage. The religion of the masses is safety and comfort, but the ghost knows true inner strength comes from having the courage to take risks and accept the outcome – whether it be success or failure. There is a fair amount of risk associated with this lifestyle. Which is why you’ll also want to develop self-discipline. However, if you can learn to adapt to a life of frugality and sharpen your long-term planning skills, the ghost lifestyle will reward you with an enormous amount of freedom and personal satisfaction.
6. Quit your job. When I quit a job in the news industry I had worked so hard to get into, many thought I had lost it. Maybe I did lose it. But I look back on that decision – leaving a corporate world that had repeatedly exploited me – as one of the most important decisions of my life. If I didn’t quit, I would have never had two of the most fulfilling years of my life – with an eye on making the transition I’ve enjoyed permanent.
7. Start enjoying life. Many regular readers will know I’ve been to the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Asia in just the past couple of years – as well as 47 states in America and virtually every major city. I’ve been in brothels in Nevada and Germany. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Discotecas in Latin America. Banged hot chicks all over the world and even dabbled in some mild recreational drug use. I’m taking a motorcycle road trip with nothing but a backpack and a tent this spring. The result? A level of personal life satisfaction most men dare not dream of. It has certainly been more enjoyable than going in to lick the boot every morning and looking at the same sad sacks talk about fucking their next meal in between recounting the last episode of make believe they imbibed last night on Netflix.
What I’ve discovered since becoming a ghost is danger is overstated by Anglo society and the safety most people cling to is nothing more than illusion. The system wants men to believe there’s no way out, and if they try something new it will end in disaster. Wouldn’t you want a mass of serfs to think that way if you were their master?
You can become a ghost, free of the soul-sucking wage slave lifestyle. But, the ghost lifestyle isn’t for the faint of heart. It will be the most profound transition most men ever consider. That said, with no risk there is no reward. And if you fail in your pursuit of the technicolor lifestyle, you can always go back to the drab corporate world we all know and hate.
Metallica perhaps best sums up the minimalist and ghost philosophies in their hit Wherever I May Roam: The less I have the more I gain.
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