I Am a Simple Man, Going His Own Way
Westerners overanalyze and overcomplicate life. Just log on to any Facebook discussion and marvel at the vivisection going on over virtually any topic. People will split hairs down to the atom over such mundane discussions as to whether or not to salt a watermelon, with many people participating in such discussions believing theirs is the only correct view. It’s an interesting study in psychology and sociology to watch social media squabbles constantly ensue.
By the way, I love a lightly salted watermelon. Some people don’t. Why does it matter? Why do people feel the need to force everyone else to conform to their views? This battle between control freaks and the live and let live brigade is unending in the human species. I am firmly on the live and let live side most of the time, except when it comes to maintaining a few basic pillars of civilization: hierarchy, tradition, culture, rewards based on achievement not equality, and instilling higher ambitions in people. The problem comes when an overbearing nanny state tries to enforce the opinions of one group of people on the other. Today’s clusterfuck of a Western society is a result.
We live in a culture of vivisection because we are in the late stage of a society that is on the downward trajectory when looked at through a historical lens. Westerners have made life a problem to be solved rather than a thing to be lived, looking to the state bosom to alleviate all their problems and micromanage their lives so they can live in complete and crushing safety. Ernst Schumacher wrote:
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
Eventually, after much soul searching and hand-wringing, I realized the insanity of this approach to life. An overcomplicated life is a miserable one. As crude as my list will sound, it takes very little to make me happy, and this is how I simplified my own life. I’ve boiled it down to a three-pronged approach to life since leaving the Anglo American insane asylum, after having the time to contemplate life outside the Matrix.
I like to chase women. The idea that men want to enjoy physical pleasure with women is a topic that has been relegated to the third rail of discussion in a culture in which everything is done in a mechanical fashion. People have become so divorced from their biology and mind controlled by political correctness they can not say what they feel or act on their instincts. Any man who behaves according to his nature in America is an uncouth caveman. However, like it or not straight men feel this way. We are hunters by nature and part of us longs for the chase, as we hunt down and bed wild women. And no matter what feminism tells women, they like to be chased, and they like to submit themselves sexually to dominant men. It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to spend time with women who like men and like to play this game. So, this simple pleasure is at the top of my list.
I like to drink and smoke. I never realized the pleasures of drinking and smoking until I was in my mid-20s. Sure, I sneaked off a few times in my teens and got piss drunk, but young men are cautioned to avoid these things. Especially the college bound future Beta male slaves of society. The best memories I have from my 20s are not studying for some rote memorization exam or spending 40+ hours a week at a job, but running off with my good friend who is the lead singer of a rock band to chase after some wild Mexican women when I lived on the border. Drinking, smoking, and some occasional drug use were the highlights of those years. Not the “glamorous” job I had as a news personality or the glorious rubber stamp from State U that I overpaid for. The time I spent working was the equivalent of being forced to survive a dry desert of politically correct hell while the hours outside work were the oases. Despite the tobacco prohibitionists and people who say alcohol won’t solve any of life’s problems, it’s number two on my simple pleasures list.
I like to be free. I never realized how controlled our lives are until I started leaving America on a regular basis. Just the other day, I ran into a Mexican guy from Dallas who was visiting the island. He was surprised to learn now I live here, perhaps because I left everything he and his family are chasing after in America. But, I could see the look in his eyes as he talked about being able to enjoy a bottle of beer on the beach without fear of someone telling him to put it down or to walk down the street with that same beer in hand without being arrested. It was his first trip here, but I could tell by the look in his eyes it won’t be the last. It was the look of a man who had tasted freedom for the first time. I had that look on my first trip here. Once the butterfly wings have been touched in a man’s mind, he cannot happily submit to the micromanagement of his life and conduct again. Being free is the linchpin of the other two simple pleasures I enjoy. Oliver Wendell Holmes put it best: A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
If I were a life coach for young men, my advice would be to pursue avenues of personal fulfillment that fit their personalities and goals, not dreamy career goals foisted upon them by a society that needs a steady supply of warm bodies. Unless, their goal is to be a Donald Trump or Michael Jordan. In that case, go for it. For some of us, it takes so little to be happy and yet we are pushed to do things we don’t want to do with our lives so that others may benefit.
A career is important, or is it? I honestly cannot answer that question anymore after having been there, done that, and got the t-shirt. Especially as white men like me were kept out of promotions and even pushed aside only because we are white men. Boys, the reality of the “dream job” never, ever fits the brochure. And, landing it often means taking on a massive amount of debt, making a man subservient to his new bosses just so he can pay the student loan bill. Mike Rowe is among many who are decrying the ridiculousness of this life script, urging men to pursue blue collar work. Simplifying career choices rather than conforming to the expectations of the education mafia fits Henry David Thoreau’s suggestion quite well:
Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.
As trite as it may seem, a Ricky Van Shelton single from a generation ago sums up the mentality of a simple man quite well as he fights off suggestions from a woman who wants him to complicate his life for her benefit:
You say you’re having trouble figuring me
I don’t believe I’m such a mystery
Baby what you get is what you see
I am a simple man
I wanna a job and a piece of land
Three squares in my frying pan
Don’t seem so hard to me to understand
I am a simple man
Beyond having a roof over my head and two wheels under my ass to move around with a few bucks in the bank, I largely subscribe to the ideals of Hollywood actor Errol Flynn, back when it was a town of Alpha males instead of pandering SJWs and weaklings. These two ideals of Flynn suit me well: Any man who has $10,000 left when he dies is a failure. And, I like my whiskey old and my women young.
By saying those two things, I have just broken two of the commandments of corporate serfdom in America: The first being work until you die amassing a fortune that your descendants or ex-wife will end up spending, in a system in which your time and labor benefits your superiors far more than you benefit yourself; and second, men should not follow their own instincts and choices to date younger, prettier, tighter women.
Why support a system like that? I can’t with any measure of consciousness or loyalty to myself. The simple life based on my goals and my ideals is the life for me. Not the “approved by feminists, government tax farmers and church of consumerism” life script. To hell with that, I’m going my own way. I’m going for the bitches, booze, and freedom. Not the life of a good little Beta male slave.
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