The Buddha On the Art of Letting Things Go
We in the West are obsessed to the point of madness over things we cannot change. Just go online and visit any comments section and you’ll find many people are angry to the point of boiling over when it comes to the opinions of other people. At least part of the problem stems from an age-old battle between the micromanagers and the free spirits in any society. Micromanagers want to control everything and everybody, and they’ve been gaining ground in the West as America shifts from a free republic to a socialist tyranny before our very eyes. Whether you watch the news, read discussions online, or walk down the street surrounded by prying eyes and the machinery of the police state, one can start to put the puzzle together revealing the fact two major groups of authoritarians, both on the right and the left, are battling for control over everyone in the middle.
How quickly we have forgotten the libertarian principles of live and let live our republic was founded on. As liberals gain an increasing control and an electoral lock on government through changing demographics, they turn into the fascists they claim to hate. Leftists want to control your money, police your thoughts and institute Cultural Marxism, and those on the right want to control your personal life and punish you for everything imaginable. This madness must end if any modicum of personal liberty and autonomy is to be maintained.
The loss of the patriarchal model of society has not come without enormous cost. One must wonder if the loss of family – as the West is now demographically sterile but materially rich – is leading to a lot of the hostility and the obsession over who gets control. Whereas in the past people would have focused their energy on family, that energy is now being spent trying to dominate and control other people.
The battle rages on daily. I, for one, have to take time to decompress from this insanity. Sometimes a man has to step outside, walk down to the beach, get a stiff drink, and forget about it all. I try to limit my presence “in the kitchen” to a few hours a day taking the heat and pressing the buttons of our enemies in the manosphere. Balance must be achieved or a man will tilt towards madness. I noticed people who have become so obsessed over politics – and control – they’re often neglecting other areas of their lives.
Whenever I feel the pressure from the mountain of problems that seem to be mounting as the foundations of the West slowly decay, in those moments we all experience, going from being on top of the world to the world being on top of us, I find many of the famous quotes from Buddha to be instructional and stress-relieving.
When visiting Asia I became interested in Buddhism. Not only is it a religion that preaches nonviolence, it has an interesting history. Guatama Buddha wrote down his teachings around 2,500 years ago, and the religion based on his teachings today has around 500 million adherents. I am not a Buddhist, but to paraphrase Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem, all men (and ideas) should count with us, but none too much.
Some of the Buddha’s quotations provide a philosophical foundation for the man who is looking to find an alternative to the tightly wound, obsessive-compulsive, infinity-seeking vivisection and obsession with economic and political machinations in the big game going on in their corporate job and at their state’s capitol and in Washington.
If there’s one emotion that describes the present state of Anglo America, it’s anger. Anger and rage. People really need to take time to chill the fuck out and back off each other’s throats. Stop listening to the marionettes in the media as they tell you what to think, take a break from the rabble rousers, close Facebook, stop getting in arguments online, and just walk away. As the Buddha said:
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
Righteous anger can be very good in small doses. But walking around ready to pop off at any moment is not good for a man’s health, nor is it very wise for a society to socially engineer its citizens to remain in this state around the clock. Additionally, the following quote shows us how it’s preferable to let shit go and pick your battles, rather than constantly being engaged in conflict.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
Remain in a state of self-confidence and self-control rather than approval seeking and conducting a thousand battles at once. Living abroad has taught me people in America have become combatants in a never-ending political cage match that only benefits the puppet masters in the media and the political game players. The masses get nothing out of it except increasing insanity, for the status quo won’t change as long as they keep electing the same assholes who deceive them and steal their money.
In the meantime, plan for the worst and hope for the best, politically. Traditional Americans are about to have their entire lives turned upside down in the coming years and decades. But, even while fighting in a Culture War there is much more to life than obsessing over political candidates and control. Tend your own garden. Think about other things and involve yourself with other activities that enrich your life rather than focusing on career, politics, and fighting with other people all the time.
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
We have to control our thoughts or our thoughts will control us. Find a way to purge the sewer coming out of Hollywood and the media from your mind. For me, it meant eliminating television. I am going on a year without having a television in my home, and it has yielded nothing but positive results. I make my own adventures in life rather than watching someone else pretend to have them on a screen. The Buddha touches on shifting from extrinsic goals to intrinsic goals when looking for happiness, and eliminating television from our lives – a very extrinsic medium – helps a man find peace.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without…No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
And of course, blogs like this exist to give you one man’s and a group of men’s opinions. Our views differ 180 degrees from the Hivemind media. Even though we are here to help, nothing that has ever been printed anywhere should be taken as the gospel.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
Be aware that the vast majority of what you see in the media and online is nothing but propaganda trying to sway you to think one way or the other. My goal is to break through as many of those cobwebs as I can.
How I Let Things Go
So, how do I let shit go? First of all, as I mentioned I have zero TV (other than YouTube) in my home. I read a lot. I spend a lot of time at the beach and in nature. I stopped overworking myself at a corporate job and went into business for myself. I drink a couple of glasses of wine and smoke a cigar almost every day while spending time in nature – alone – cleansing my mind and organizing my thoughts. Occasionally I’ll go completely off the grid for a few days and spend that time doing nothing but getting drunk, getting high, and getting laid. I call those times indulging my id, something all men should do once in a while.
The key – as with many things – is balance. Something we lose when we obsess over a 24-hour election cycle or have so much sex we get burned out from it.
I’ve written before that social engineering schemes have largely limited the ability of people to fulfill the demands of their Freudian ids to satiating them with shopping and eating out in the West. I’m lucky enough to be spending time in parts of the world where the wilder side of man is still allowed. Getting away from the insanity of the modern world and truly letting shit go is one of the most therapeutic things a man can do.
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