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The War of Art

The Great Masters like Rembrandt were at their creative peak in the Summer of Spengler’s model of Western culture – can the West summon more works of greatness in its Winter?

Paracelsus is a contributor to The New Modern Man.

I’ve just sat down to write, “The Muse” has just struck me. Personally, I’m not much for a set schedule as Steven Pressfield describes in his book – The War of Art – which this article is named after. I’ve always been more manic, if a good idea comes along get it out however I can type. Right now “it” happens to take the form of writing, but in the past it has been everything from painting to playing numerous musical instruments. In my mind I was going to become the next Trent Reznor, but I just ended up being a fucking stellar dilettante. But, as I sit here listening to The War of Art, I reluctantly admit Pressfield makes a damn good case for staying on a single pursuit until it finally pays off.

Chances are if you’ve ever met me in person you have endured one of my famous tirades about what I’m currently researching. For years my modus operandi has been to obsessively dig into whatever topic has caught my attention – only to abruptly stop once I find my new raison d’être. In fact there are really only two things I’ve ever stuck with for the long haul. Those two things are weight lifting and reading. Although I don’t lift every single day I still think about lifting every single day. But reading, I can’t not do it every single day, every single day I have to learn something. It would be painful not to discover insight I’ve never possessed and potentially revelatory. However, there is a catch.

Throughout history voracious readers have often been praised as the very reincarnation of Thoth himself, but this praise isn’t always justly due. The voracious reader and devotee of Pythagoras isn’t Pythagoras. While you can be deeply moved by a philosopher or writer, you still lack their unique style. For a while I got onto a serious fiction reading kick and consumed as much as I possibly could from these writers:

H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jim Thompson, Cormac McCarthy, Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk, and last but not least – my favorite author- Carlos Castaneda.

The last author on this list is shrouded in intense controversy about what column his work should actually go in. I don’t personally care which, because to me that rascal Dõn Carlos was one hell of a writer and his books are the greatest literary influence on my life. Yet as a writer I’ll never be able to write like Castaneda or Lovecraft, or any other writer named on that list. God knows I’ve tried writing fiction, just none of it has been any good. My point is, reading alone just gives you better ideas, you are responsible for applying them.

This is the heart of The War of Art, the fact that creativity is first and foremost a labor. Although it is a labor of love, it is a laborious process that tests you and your ability to persist in the face of intense resistance. Now that I’m regularly putting pen to paper I can attest to the fact that I am engaging in intense mental labor. And labor though this may be, I fucking love it.

Writing is awesome, the process of converting ephemeral and fleeting thoughts into an indelible visual record. How often is that abstraction ever given the rightful praise it is due?

As for my “process,” I am and always will be a pen and paper kind of guy, every single word you read has been written in cursive and typed up. It is an arduous process, but it is one that doesn’t lead to the litany of distractions typing on a computer lends itself to. On my blog I’ve written at length about the seductive nature of internet porn, but, I never addressed the internet itself. One minute you have the resolve to sit down and type 50 pages, the next minute you are watching the new GT2 RS set a Nordschleife record on YouTube. This is why I am a proponent of the highly atavistic pen and paper. You are faced with a blank piece of paper and the call to create something compelling worth reading.

This war of art is a war worth fighting. Creating something unique is a exceptional talent, and it doesn’t matter the form or the inherent reason why you are doing it. You can strike up a conversation with any stranger and the de rigueur question will always be asked at a certain point – “what do you do?”  Deep down you know that it is merely a perfunctory gesture because most people hate their jobs. But the minute you commit to a creative profession you find a sense of joy with your answer to that question.

I’m a writer, and I’ve had to work alot of shitty jobs to get here, and I fucking love it. I don’t have to pretend I work at a prestigious company or that I have prestigious credentials and letters from an equally prestigious institution. Sometimes I write pure drivel and un-adulterated bullshit and my internal editor throws it in the trash. But that judgment rests with me on what goes to print.

I’ll leave you with this, if you’ve got something unique to contribute, put it out there. You’ve already got plenty of skin in the game. Tomorrow isn’t promised, and today isn’t over just yet. I once had a painting instructor shit all over a piece that I was working on and happened to love. Turns out he was going through a nasty divorce and was spending most of the time out in the hallway arguing on the phone with his soon to be ex-wife. He was an arrogant East Coast artist type teaching beginning painting at a community college and his opinion meant fuck all to me. There are always going to be critics.

You only need to meet your standards, so beat your internal critic every single day. Beat you resistance to create and get to fucking work!

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Towards A Greater Purpose

Was it women who first brought you to the manosphere? Now that you’re here, let’s set our sights on higher ambitions

Please welcome Paracelsus to The New Modern Man.

What attracted you to the concepts of the Manosphere, or more precisely, why? Think about it while I tell you my motivations, because I can only speak for mine.

As Nicolo Machiavelli stated in his Discourses, men from whatever age tend to look on earlier times more fondly than those of their present age. Seeing history as more dignified and illustrious than the moment they live in. To be perfectly honest I can’t help but feel those feelings of nostalgia myself from time to time. Even as I sit here with an excellent edition of The Bhagavad Gita in one hand and a smartphone in the other, I can’t help but feel that something is missing. The vague sense that something indefinable and profound is absent, but what is it?

My first introduction to the Manosphere came as an article posted on Facebook years ago when I still participated in it. I don’t exactly recall the article, but I do remember that it was on Return of Kings and that it deeply resonated with me. The article wasn’t about pickup directly, but all articles dealing with human nature, and all that deal with male and female interactions do, in an indirect way. For better or worse pickup and game are necessary. It changes you and makes you better in ways that extend far beyond the ability to score pussy.

For those with a philosophical bent I assume that you already have a generally higher awareness than those around you, and certainly a greater intellect. But, this doesn’t always equate to a greater effect on the world. Quite often introspection and philosophical rumination is merely cognitive masturbation. Pickup and game, though often maligned by the MGTOW community as a shallow, meaningless pursuit for mere physical gratification can be much much more. Game/pickup is actually a mirror through which the world views you. Game is how you influence those around you, both male and female. A suave and charismatic man who can pickup women can easily lead other men. Game extends beyond carnal gratification and teaches you truths about the world. Often, such truths are uncomfortable, some are even downright painful.

Since time immemorial men have pursued women, built monuments, fought wars, killed, and certainly died in the pursuit of women. In fact this modern world has become a monument in and of itself for the gratification of women. Sitting here at Starbucks I look around and estimate that at least seventy percent of the people at this location are women. Some are attractive, a few are unfortunately un-attractive, but most are plain. Yet, all of them are women, and as such some man will come along at some point to provide for them. Not a single woman here today will have to go down to the river and wash clothes by hand. I highly doubt any of them will have to kill a chicken, pluck its’ feathers and then butcher it tonight. But I digress, the average Western womans’ life is defined by ease, comfort, luxury, and especially consumption.

However, the world being as it is is such a highly malleable and reactive environment, nothing happens in a vacuum. All of these feminine traits (which have been corrupted) are starting to infect modern men to some degree or another. The easy, decadent life is starting to crop up in male character. A life of austere and Spartan values has been supplanted by a life of conspicuous consumption and unbridled avarice. Eventually though, the life of luxury begins to wear thin, a soft bed leads towards a soft body, and a soft body leads towards a soft spirit.

This is where I found myself returning to when I found the Manosphere. Reading an article that was fortuitously stumbled upon when I was searching for something greater, for my purpose. As a man you instinctively know when you aren’t moving towards your purpose. However enticing, things, awards, accolades, and especially women are merely a byproduct of that purpose. That vague sense of searching for something is the tradition that “modern man” is severely lacking. It is why we are lost, and it is the void we fill with useless possessions and trivial pursuits.

Today it came as no coincidence that I picked up my copy of The Bhagavad Gita to read through earlier. The reason was, today I had a battle to fight, and I needed to seek counsel with God before I did so. Yet, I’m not so special or unique, all men woke up today to do the same exact thing. As a man your battle is your life, and you wage bitter ceaseless war against it until the day you die. All sages, mystics, and philosophers have attested to this inalienable fact in their own verve since the dawn of recorded history. They have recognized the great tendencies of human beings and exposed them for what they were. Even the least of them have noticed the very obvious differences between males and females and the motivations arising from them.

Generally, women seek comfort and men seek challenge, the more time you spend around people the more you can corroborate this assertion. Learning such truths about human nature can often lead to the state of “red pill rage.” You can find yourself enraged that people only dealt in platitudes, that you had been deceived your entire life. But eventually the rage subsides when you learn that no-one lied to you, and no-one intentionally deceived you. As with most things you were only deceiving yourself. You believe only that which you chose to believe from the level of awareness you have at any given moment.

What use is it convincing a woman that feminism is a decadent philosophy designed to corrupt feminine value and virtue? Or telling a SJW that true Justice is an intrinsic value gained from hard earned wisdom? The meaning people who deceive themselves gain from life is the sanctimonious feeling that they are right. For those with greater wisdom however, the meaning of life is work. A life lived in service of a purpose, an ideal, an aspiration to create. It is the polar opposite to consumption, which is – at its best- a passive action. History shows a record of the greatest men in the world to be producers, inventors, and artists. Those who left an immortal record and legacy of their brief time here. Their greatness extending far beyond their corporeal vessel in spirit and in form.

As a man you inherit the spirit of THE Creator, never lament the state of the world. You are a man, and you have within yourself the the power to change it. In my research of the “great conspiracies” I have often felt impotent to change the world until I came to an even greater epiphany. It is that throughout time there have been men like Nikola Tesla, Viktor Schauberger, and John Ernst Worrell Keely. And there have been those vast un-named and unknown cowards to oppose them. This vast conspiracy of cowards was required to mount any resistance against genius. They knew that a single great man possessed of great vision can conquer the world. Countless men have done so, and countless men stand poised to do so again.

Amongst great men there is the tradition to change the world they don’t agree with, that doesn’t suit their vision. Personally I can’t work a 9 to 5 because I have more to offer than simple interchangeable tasks that anyone can be trained to do. I have unique and original works of art to contribute. I have to tell the world that the Giza Pyramid complex was actually an ancient powerplant. That this ancient powerplant complex used a form of physics and mathematics unknown to modern science and that it was hidden in the very architecture of the structure. And this is just one of the many areas of investigation I hold dear to my heart. There is thousands of years of clumsily suppressed history and knowledge that stands waiting to be unveiled!

So, when you read articles in the Manosphere and the around the internet in general, don’t give in to pessimism. Have faith that to those with stolid and unwavering resolve the world eventually does relent. The new modern man and the archaic man of distant antiquity are exactly the same. Both are men, and both seek to conquer the world and bend it to their will.

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