To me, there is no MGTOW without minimalism. But, beyond learning to live within our means and without the burden of modern women in our lives, what’s the next level of minimalism for the MGTOW? The ultimate level a MGTOW minimalist can achieve is no longer wanting anything the system tells him to buy. In finding its enticements to consume ridiculous. To find willfully enslaving ourselves with our own desires preposterous.
I have recently achieved this level of realization in my own life. I can truly look at anything the matrix is trying to sell me, and with an honest answer tell the salesman, “I don’t want that.” I don’t want what it will take away from me. I don’t want the problems it will bring me. I don’t want to be controlled by things I own, for it is the man who owns little who has the most control over the actions in his daily life.
The minimalist is the freest man. He doesn’t want to fall into their traps. He doesn’t want their junk. Not their privacy invading gadgets, their McMansions he’ll pay for 2-3 times with interest and never-ending property taxes, their high maintenance and totally ungrateful and financially predatory women, their ugly little plastic Socialist sedans and SUVs, their “education” which is really liberal indoctrination and clandestine indentured servitude complete with student loans that aren’t dismissable even in bankruptcy court, and their backbreaking and mind frying labor to support politicians’ continuous “we buy losers’ votes with your hard earned tax dollars” schemes.
The MGTOW minimalist knows all those consumer items only represent chains that are being sold. Nothing else. The simple, intuitive life outside the matrix is far superior to this monster our culture has created. I know, I’ve lived it. And, neck deep in the matrix once again I long to return to that more fulfilling lifestyle.
When this realization sinks in, the life of a man is forever altered. The only way for a man to be free of the matrix is through controlling his own desires. This is a truth Seneca knew 2,000 years ago.
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
I am coming to realize his wisdom in my own life today. In voluntary poverty, there is strangely such abundance. Seneca once again echoes my own thoughts:
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
In foregoing the lifestyle sold to us by Madison Avenue, we regain our time and our freedom. In eschewing women, only can a man see what ravenous wastefulness their lives of consumerism and materialism represent. Once realizing this, there is no other way to live. It is only through this realization can men leave the plantation, and the matrix’s prison for their mind. Seneca knew:
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
Words of wisdom that resonate through time, even in this modern machine culture in which the gears are slowly grinding to a halt.
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