I wake up every day around noon. Instead of leaving bed, like many normal people have to do, I grab a book and lay under the covers. I read twenty pages of a work that took some man hundreds of hours to complete, and possibly thousands if you account for the expertise he had to develop in order to write it. Why did he write the book? For money? For fame? Just to share knowledge out of good will?

A man writes a book because he thinks he possess something that other people don’t possess. His labor comes from a position of superiority, however righteous, that is verified in physical form once the book is complete and achieves positive reviews and sales. A man’s ego toiled and strained himself to complete a book that brings me entertainment and knowledge, and I thank his ego for that, for wanting to prove that he could provide value to the world.

I make a cup of coffee and then sit at my desk. I check Twitter first, and am greeted by a backlog of tweets from individuals who are desperate for followers and retweets, who are competing with millions of others to be heard in the sea of social media. I appreciate their futile efforts, one that has measly rewards, and quickly update myself on the news, which includes checking Google News to see what will be the lies of the day, written by journalists who hope to transform their liberal degrees into soft power by massaging their egalitarianism into a palliative narrative. Behold how hard they work for your attention! All for my clicks, for the chance to affect my perception of reality.

As the world grows in population, the heights to which people strain themselves to be noticed and to feel special borders on the insane. Women sell their vaginas to perform in porn, men spend over 12 hours a day in front of a computer screen to break a story 30 seconds before someone else, and leftists rush to destroy their own country through displays of virtual signalling in a pathetic attempt to prove to others that they are as moral as Jesus. The persistent need to be superior is played constantly around the world, as egos battle it out for fame, money, recognition, and pats on the back that increasingly aren’t even physical but existing as pixels on little screens.

“Great article!”
“Sharp comment!”
“You predicted this!”
“Good job!”

The ego is stroked, it feels good, and then quickly that sensation fades and you are back into the grind, with a new idea to craft the perfect selfie that hides your flaws or an expertly crafted tweet that is sure to be spread far, all to prove that you’re a somebody, that you’re special, and as I relish how so many egos are fighting for my attention, I realize that I am no different from them. The web sites I’ve constructed, the books I’ve written, the thousands of articles I’ve published to mold the world into my version of “correct” reality points to an ego that must be in the top 1% of all egos, that is so massive in took the outrage of the entire world to finally check it.

Other egos dance for me and I respond by sitting in front of my laptop for several hours a day, writing articles such as this one, to dance right back. Your comments, praise, and shares give me moments of euphoria, no matter how fleeting, and I will do a jig for you to notice me as you do a jig for me to notice you. We all want to feel like we’re special, that we have accomplished something more than billions of other humans who crowd this planet, and yet we never quite make it to being that somebody, or else there would be a point where we get up and yell That’s it, I’m done! Our ego won’t allow that. So we continue to preen for others, produce for others, compete with others, and after years of doing this, of decades to dancing this jig, a question may force itself to the surface, despite your best attempts to bury it, a question that comes from the deepest of your being as you’re hungover from yet another ego high. The question of what exactly are we living for.

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103 Comments

  1. guest March 20, 2017 at 10:25 am

    great article!

    1. Morrison March 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      “great article!”

      Sharp comment!

      1. Clark Kent March 20, 2017 at 5:59 pm

        Good job!

      2. hithere March 21, 2017 at 4:11 am

        Excellent observation!

      3. Bofa Neezduts March 21, 2017 at 4:36 am

        Notice me too. My ego wants it’s dick sucked too!

      4. Commentator April 6, 2017 at 11:37 am

        You are one to talk

    2. Steve H March 23, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Bravo Sir!

  2. JackBlack23 March 20, 2017 at 10:43 am

    “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.”

    1. Morrison March 20, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Where is that quote from? I quite like it.

      1. JackBlack23 March 20, 2017 at 5:13 pm

        It’s the Bible bro!

      2. Morrison March 20, 2017 at 5:18 pm

        Yes but which passage please?

      3. JackBlack23 March 20, 2017 at 5:21 pm

        There’s this thing called google …

      4. Morrison March 20, 2017 at 5:31 pm

        Oh for cryin’ out loud…. I was hoping you’d tell me. Nonetheless: Ecclesiastes 1:14

        Good excerpt.

      5. Sean Fielding March 20, 2017 at 10:00 pm

        That’s niggle brah. Google now means something else entirely.

      6. Bofa Neezduts March 21, 2017 at 4:39 am

        Solomon

    2. Bob March 21, 2017 at 12:04 am

      Nothing saves you.

      1. JackBlack23 March 21, 2017 at 12:54 pm

        Wow that’s really deep bro …

  3. Aaron Davison March 20, 2017 at 10:56 am

    As someone who also does online marketing, I’ve felt this exact sentiment. It all starts to seem a little silly after awhile. Yet, we need money, and so we must continue the dance…

  4. Paul . March 20, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Sharp Comments!

  5. CallMeAl March 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

    That was pretty good, Roosh. I never looked at it that way before. You are a really good writer and quite original. I could not do what you do.
    (Look, I am stroking your ego. Hope you got a few seconds of pleasure. You deserve it.)

  6. Maximus Decimus Meridius March 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I knew it… you are almost there. I could see the “Fuck it, I’m done, I’m out’a here.” before I reached the end. Maybe its my ego talking, or my age/experience as a Gen X’er, but it is actually a chore, a chore, for me to write. The more I do, the more I see truth in the wisdom that writing is a mental illness. I still don’t know why I write. Why did I start a blog? God… Twitter? Do I REALLY have to do that? Double fuck me, YouTube seems to be the real source of generating “followers,” I don’t want to fucking do that. At least with a pen name/secret identity I personally won’t have to stand in front of a camera and talk to myself like a crazy person cause…. when you think about… what else do you call YT personalities? Maybe its the introvert in me, but I think it comes down to NOT wanting to see my own ego on display. I enjoy the people I find on YouTube but to actually do it myself? Throw myself into the breach of egos? When I saw your YT setup I thought “Oh, ok, that looks good. So… camera is there, good mic, straight to disk and…. just… talk to yourself, cause, there is no one else in the room. OK… uhhh… not to weird I guess.”

    Let’s be real. If we men had a good loving wife, awesome kids, a nice middle class job that still required hard work to survive but allowed us to live and enjoy life… NONE OF US would be here. Not a single one of us.

    THAT… is the reason egos are dancing. They can’t be bothered to love anyone but themselves anymore. Men tried to keep loving, but women pushed us away for a career and the ego heights of the cock carousel. They too shall learn the lie, but it will be too late.

    Fuck it. I’m done. LOL

    It’s a GORGEOUS sunny day and the temps are melting. Go for a walk, hit the gym, read a book and let the world burn.

      1. Morrison March 21, 2017 at 7:01 am

        I get what that video is saying, but it does border on a bit flowery new-age rhetoric.

      2. Anonymous March 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm

        memecenter

        >>>/reddit/

    1. YosarriansRight March 20, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      “It’s a GORGEOUS sunny day and the temps are melting. Go for a walk, hit the gym, read a book and let the world burn.”

      “APPLAUSE!”

      This mentality finally “took off” in me about a year ago and I love it!!!!!!

    2. Morrison March 20, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      “Let’s be real. If we men had a good loving wife, awesome kids, a nice middle class job that still required hard work to survive but allowed us to live and enjoy life… NONE OF US would be here. Not a single one of us.

      THAT… is the reason egos are dancing. They can’t be bothered to love anyone but themselves anymore. Men tried to keep loving, but women pushed us away for a career and the ego heights of the cock carousel. They too shall learn the lie, but it will be too late.”

      Excerpt of the day. Thank you, good sir.

      1. Cecil J March 23, 2017 at 1:42 am

        Our ancestors didn’t stop the social engineers and that’s why it’s so fd up now. The Rockefellers got their feminism so they could tax two incomes, break up the family, and obtain further control over future generations yet sitcoms and ball games took priority over correcting the implosion of the West.

    3. TerminallyChill April 4, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Next level comment, I hope u feel good about urself. But seriously, I agree. Sometimes I wonder what the fucking point of it all is, in a non-depressed way. But we’re here regardless, might as well try to have a good time and do something of value

  7. disqus_2015ScorpioWater March 20, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    And your point? Disney released a remake of “Beauty and the Beast”, it made 170 million in three days, which is more money than the original film made in 8 months in theaters. People today are glued to idiotic entertainment. Also look at the idiotic Marvel movies like Logan, they are based on comic books and making them to be moral stories on the level of Citizen Kane. You realize that people are being dumbed down by the media.
    I loved how people said Logan was “realistic”, first its about an immortal who has metal claws and a skeleton. Nobody in history has ever been immortal or had unbreakable claws. Its fiction, they should present it as such.

    1. Scuttlebuttin' March 20, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Having be forced to watch what was supposed to be one of the “better” comic book movies last night, I know exactly what you mean. There’s always blather about how these movies are “subtle, trenchant social commentary” when every character is its own indestructible deus ex machina, a million punches to the face have no effect until the script needs them to, and every 5-6, 115 lb woman is a martial arts tornado that destroys whole teams of “elite” male soldiers with wire-fu bullshit.

      And let us not overlook the flood of “smart, powerful” movies that either promoting the glorious superiority of “alternate” lifestyles or the ones whose “important message” is the greatest thing a modern man can achieve is to happily submit to being a chump.

      1. Clark Kent March 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm

        Logan Summary
        The last old white men die to secure a future for mixed race mutant kids.

  8. Zanardi March 20, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Deep article, Roosh!

  9. Fidelis ad urnam March 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Roosh you are 99% perfect IMHO- if you were a born- again Christian you would be flawless!

  10. Nate March 20, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I’ve really been enjoying Roosh’s recent stuff. There’s some extra quality to it; every recent work is a masterpiece

  11. pinetree March 20, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    The same question that everyone asks just before entering the spiritual dimension of existence,

  12. Morrison March 20, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Good job!

  13. Grab That One March 20, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Men love to build but then they need to destroy what they’ve built.

    Roosh is going into the second stage,

  14. Amanda Johnson March 20, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Roosh, you give the MGTOWs such crap, but you could argue they are the ones who have shit figured out. Sure, the socially awkward nerdy sexual rejects who complain about women on the internet are acting like bitches and begging for attention, but the ones who just say fuck the system are smart, they are free.

    1. BAT 21 March 27, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Can’t agree with you more! Saying fuck the system as the MGTOW’s have done has it ups, some major downs though! No fucking!

    2. GyanB March 28, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Amanda, they are far from Free dear.

  15. Tim Lonoh March 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Thus Spoke Valizadeh. It’s called The Fortress Of Solitude for a reason. Think seriously about moving somewhere that you can have consistent personal contact with trusted Brothers In Arms. Come down from the mountain.

  16. Stan S March 20, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Your articles and ideas will bring change to the world.

  17. H Ross Perot March 20, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Watch TV.

  18. Bo March 20, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Roosh, first of all, great writing as usual.

    Secondly, please don’t kill yourself.

    Some of your stuff is sounding borderline suicidal. We’re in the same mindset, so that’s not saying much for my own mental state right now. But I need you man. No homo.

  19. Bo March 20, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Did I mention no homo? I did. Just checking.

  20. Djay March 20, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Great article. By the way, you may be interrested to know that David Rockefeller just died today.

    1. Cecil J March 23, 2017 at 1:46 am

      That creep was probably a reptilian all along and his host body just broke down on him. He will probably comeback as another younger man in the same limoseuine liberal globalist pinko psychopath Eastern establishment circles.

  21. Bob March 21, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Regarding the idea that a lot of what we do is a distraction meant to divert us from the big question about life and what the point is/ or distract us from the idea of death is an idea that is explored a lot in Woody Allen movies. I highly recommend you check out Hannah and her Sisters and Manhattan.

  22. TyKo Steamboat March 21, 2017 at 2:09 am

    I never joined Twitter… for what exactly? Its just spewing hate speech & a worthless rat race. It’s garbage
    Instagram is for peep show photos but its important not to like chicks’ pics on there cause it can be seen….BTW, Roosh your Instagram is pretty comical with all the $ pics
    If I have a vice it’s VKontakte with all the awesome free music & Slavic hotties.
    Facebook, I am connected to only manosphere & family type stuff.
    I personally never add chicks on facebook because I’m posting pics of all the chicks from Kyiv & Odessa that I’m dating, banging, hanging with, ect.
    It’s important for men not to ask women to connect on Facebook…ever. & have a story for why your security is beefed-up & why you cannot add them on there.
    (I like to say “I simply don’t want anyone from work adding me on there” & “I’m never on there much anyways”) …
    If you want to connect with chicks on Social media, use Instagram. Not facebook
    Facebook is not secure…
    I was dating this 26 y.o. broad last Summer 2016 in Kyiv & accessed her wifi in her apartment. Long story short, she hired some dude to hack me on her wifi connection….anyways, it didn’t end well & there was some wrath.
    Women ages 20-35 are the creepiest creatures on Earth

  23. Bofa Neezduts March 21, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Oh I love this shit!

  24. Barwin March 21, 2017 at 8:09 am

    A good remedy against our own self importance is Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot”. Look at it a few times per week. It helps.

  25. Rob Lux March 21, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Good article.

  26. just a human March 21, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Alpha /beta, alpha /beta…who’s alpha? A man who gets pussy? Then author (Roosh) is at the top of the top of world males. And we don’t count celebrities (for some reasons) and those who just buy prostitutes.(there are many forms of buying prostitutes in this world). No matter what mindset he has, and what he wrote -he did what almost every man in the world dream about. If alpha is different kind of man -then-please someone give a definition of it. But, if alpha is different -then, who wants to be alpha? I think – no one.

    1. Edward Easterling March 21, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      If you live for yourself, answer to no one, and get plenty of pussy, who cares about alpha or beta or any of the other bullshit floating around the manosphere?

      All mental masturbation.

    2. Stonehands March 28, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      An alpha is a man who can afford to support his stay-at-home wife and 3-4 children. Christ/Man/Woman/Child.[Hierarchy]

  27. SomeRandomFellow March 21, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    The irony is it takes a massive ego to change the world. The narrative on the right has switched due to people with amazing egos.

    Roosh, Trump, Anglin, Milo, etc. are all dudes with massive egos.

    Funny how the world changes not due to spirituality but due to egoism. The leftists are being destroyed by narcissistic fucks like us who can’t just smoke weed and fuck hookers and chill. No, we need to change the world !

    To be honest, I love this lifestyle. I’m not sure why I am doing this. Was there ever a world where people did not live for the ego ?

    To be honest I’m not sure. I love the fight, the validation, can’t help it. Can’t imagine myself being some Christian man on a farm with 9 kids and no cause to fight for, no treasure to hunt, no obstacles to defeat.

    Maybe I was born broken, but that’s the way I am, and I’m not sure I can or want to fix it.

    1. Roosh March 21, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      “Was there ever a world where people did not live for the ego ?”

      A Taoist would say yes, before civilization. I’m not completely convinced, though.

      1. SomeRandomFellow March 21, 2017 at 6:22 pm

        I have looked into traditionalist philosophy like the one of Julius Evola, who made similar claims. That there used to be a time of Priest-Kings whose whole existence was dedicated to serving the divine order and everyone knew his station in life and was happy with it and lived in order to ‘serve God’ and ‘follow natural Law’ and so on.

        However, I have a hard time believing it. Surely ego always had a word in the way society worked.

        Not to mention while I respect traditionalism I am in reality a modernist in denial. Before my grandpa became a store manager and my father a physicist my whole lineage consisted of nothing but free peasants, working land. My grandpa became the first to break the trend. Myself as well, since I work in STEM. If I was to follow the philosophy of Evola, my dad should have accepted is station in life, but he traded the traditional farm living to become a successful businessman later in life. He succeeded largely due to a huge ego and unbridled ambition.

        My other grandpa on the other hand lived a very moderate life, had kids, lived his whole life as a farmer and then bus driver when communists collectivized his property. He lived a simple life with little ambition, in line with nature as Taoist would say.

        But I don’t want to be him. I want to struggle, I want to fight, I want to achieve great things. I want to prove something, but I don’t know for whom or why. I can’t accept just doing a day job for the rest of my life. It’s in my blood.

        Modern living has allowed me to grow way beyond my grandpa’s dreams. Would I want to give away my lifestyle of extreme gym workouts and incessant quest for money, women and cultural warfare for a life of ego-less farm living. Just waking up, ploughing the fields, making babies and nothing else ?

        Maybe my grandpa could, but I can’t. I am full of ego, and can’t fight my ambition, it’s in my genes. And I’m not sure it’s a bad thing.

        Both the life of a simple farmer and a traveling playboy culture warrior sound pretty stupid in the end IMO. At least I enjoy the latter.

        The advantage of living in the age of Kali-Yuga is that it is full drama, danger and adventure. And chasing women for 40 years and fighting feminists may be pointless and stupid, but I’m not sure old school farm living is any better.

        Isn’t ironic to be the essence of a modernist playboy cosmopolitan advocating a return to tradition ? Pretty ironic.

        All lifestyles seem meaningless. Whether it’s having 4 wives and 15 babies or banging 10’s of women arround the world while fighting Globalist overlords . At least the second seems more fun to me and gives me meaning

        I’m sure one day I’ll get tired of it all and think it’s all meaningless, but at least I’m enjoying it now. But that would happen should I choose the life of a monogamous plumber as well.

        I didn’t choose this life. That’s the age I was born in. And I don’t have many choices. In the end I do what a man has to do. Just like a dog has to chase cars. I do it because I have nothing else to do and as man sitting and waiting to die isn’t an option. And as stupid as banging club sluts is , travelling and making money for the sake of it is, it’s better than jacking off and doing nothing. I have no better plan so that is what I do.

        I think Joker puts it perfectly.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfmkRi_tr9c

      2. William Adams March 22, 2017 at 10:01 am

        Damn we are similar. Traditionalist history expert Mark Sedgwick has argued that Evola’s Tradition is yet another version of existentialism. Regardless, I think that you apperar to be an existentialist too (like for instance José Ortega y Gasset). We find our meanings throughout life by means of whatever that comes around, and the truthful life comes from more objective standards such as diligence, money, logic and beauty, as well as the enfant terrible personality traits such as to upset politically correct people and be somewhat noncoformist.
        One can learn some stuff from Evola, such as being unattached.

      3. Roosh March 23, 2017 at 3:57 pm

        “But I don’t want to be him. I want to struggle, I want to fight, I want to achieve great things. I want to prove something, but I don’t know for whom or why. I can’t accept just doing a day job for the rest of my life. It’s in my blood.”

        What ends up happening is your struggle with yourself, fight against yourself, and achieve nothing but a re-arrangement of dust. Refusal to accept the reality of life is the same as rejecting life, that there is something wrong with it or flawed.

        “Modern living has allowed me to grow way beyond my grandpa’s dreams. Would I want to give away my lifestyle of extreme gym workouts and incessant quest for money, women and cultural warfare for a life of ego-less farm living. ”

        The growth you speak of is all material. If you haven’t already gotten sick of your gym workouts and wealth, you will soon enough.

        “I am full of ego, and can’t fight my ambition, it’s in my genes. ”

        There is a devil and angel on our shoulder. The ego is led by the devil. By saying you’re full of ego, you’re feeding the devil, who wants more material, more achievement. That’s in your genes as much as a woman uploading selfies for attention and banging dudes is. Modern culture is designed to control us, and the easiest way to do that is make us all egos who gain pleasure from trivial toys and sexual attention.

        “Isn’t ironic to be the essence of a modernist playboy cosmopolitan advocating a return to tradition ? Pretty ironic.”

        It’s logical to swing from one extreme to the other. The Buddha was enlightened after a life living like a prince, of having excess. When we live out of balance, we race to the other end to achieve balance for our past deeds.

        “All lifestyles seem meaningless. ”

        Materialism is meaningless. (((Lifestyles))) are material as well.

        “I’m sure one day I’ll get tired of it all and think it’s all meaningless, but at least I’m enjoying it now. ”

        Humans adapt to stimuli, pleasure, pain. Then to self-correct you will seek out the opposite of what you’re doing now. Whatever you are doing right now is compressing the spring for you to launch into the opposite. Your future into those opposite is already guaranteed. It’s just a matter of time for when it happens.

      4. SomeRandomFellow March 24, 2017 at 4:44 pm

        ” What ends up happening is your struggle with yourself, fight against yourself, and achieve nothing but a re-arrangement of dust. ”

        Yes, I re-arrange dust, but in a meaningful to me way. The collection of dust I am today pleases more than the one I was a few years ago when I was pussy who couldn’t approach girls. I also have some spiritual thoughts on this aspect as I believe the reason for existence is the struggle for greatness and fighting the great battles of ones generation. That is my personal philosophy, as irrational as it may seem to others. So, I prefer to re-arrange dust, then let the dust stay static and get mold on it. The life is the fight. As soon as you stop to fight you do not live.

        ” Refusal to accept the reality of life is the same as rejecting life, that there is something wrong with it or flawed. ”

        I don’t this part, could you elaborate ?

        ” The growth you speak of is all material. If you haven’t already gotten
        sick of your gym workouts and wealth, you will soon enough. ”

        Yes, and there is nothing wrong with it. And as I said before I see a spiritual component in it.

        ” There is a devil and angel on our shoulder. The ego is led by the devil.
        By saying you’re full of ego, you’re feeding the devil, who wants more
        material, more achievement. ”

        Is he a “devil” though ? What if he leads me to great deeds ? Also, a devil that motivates you to hit the gym and face your fears by hitting on girls is the best devil ever.

        ” That’s in your genes as much as a woman uploading selfies for attention and banging dudes is. ”

        Yes, so what ?

        ” Modern culture is designed to control us, and the easiest way to do that
        is make us all egos who gain pleasure from trivial toys and sexual
        attention. ”

        You hit the nail with this one. However, even in a more spiritual world ego needs will exist. Humans are like animals. They have physical and social needs. Very base needs, that don’t go away. trivial toys and sexual
        attention are good in small amounts. The problem of our generation is that we are under-fed in this regard and so we try to over-compensate. But frankly a man cannot fight great battles until he has satisfied his own base physical needs. I think you put it great in the article “The pyramid of resistance”. Until a man learns game and gets enough money to be financially independent he won’t go far in his struggles.

        ” Materialism is meaningless. (((Lifestyles))) are material as well. ”

        Yes, but they are still enjoyable. Like bubblegum. As long as you don’t make it the staple of your diet. Neither should pursuit of sex and money be the staple of human existence. But it must exist in small amounts. It just how we are made. And you must use your 20’s to really kick start yourself so once you have made enough and paid your dues you can focus more on spirituality. Right now I focus strongly on the material side, because that’s where I am lacking now. There was a reason Jesus Christ waited until he was 33 to start preaching. There are stages in human life. The older you get the less you care about money and sex and the more you care about spiritual stuff. But a man must live in accordance to his nature, not try to go into Buddha mode straight away. It just doesn’t work for the majority of humans. A man must pass these phases in life.

        ” Humans adapt to stimuli, pleasure, pain. Then to self-correct you will
        seek out the opposite of what you’re doing now. Whatever you are doing
        right now is compressing the spring for you to launch into the opposite.
        Your future into those opposite is already guaranteed. It’s just a
        matter of time for when it happens. ”

        Just like the need for food. It never goes away. You gorge like a pig and think ” I’ll never want to eat again ” because you are so full. But a few days pass, your stomach growls and you gorge again. That is our human nature. You just have to accept it.

        And you also have to try to do something great and spiritual beyond satisfying those base physical needs, but you WILL have to satisfy those needs, there is no running away from that.

  28. SomeRandomFellow March 21, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    By the way, you are not the first one asking this question Roosh.

    Why do humans write ?

    It’s because writers are possessed by muses and have no choice but to write. As if a demon forces them to write. A demon they can’t fight.

    There was a Russian writer, I think Tolstoy or Dostoevsky who said this when a young guy asked for advice on being a writer :

    “Do not become a writer. Unless you cannot help yourself but close yourself in a room for 20 hours and write endlessly without being able to stop your hand, unless you can’t live without writing draft after draft for months only to throw it all in a fire, only if there is a demon possessing you forcing you to write and you can’t help but obey, don’t become a writer. No one becomes a writer, you are either born with this disease or you are possessed one day without an explanation or you will never have it. You cannot catch it by will. You don’t choose to be a writer, demons choose you to be their voice and write thoughts through your hand that you only think are yours, and there is nothing that you can do to change it.”

  29. disqus_2015ScorpioWater March 21, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Media gives 100,000 percent more attention to Kim Kardashian than the more serious issue of the acidification of the world’s oceans. People can live without Kim K, but the world needs a viable ocean to sustain life.

  30. William Adams March 21, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    The narcissism among people within the manosphere is quite high, but at least many 1) Use facts and logic 2) Tell the truth (or strive for it) 3) Try to help other people. Egoism is more okay if it overlaps co-operation and altruism.

    Plus, many of us are good persons and will develop beyond stimuli egoism throughout life.

    1. SomeRandomFellow March 21, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Very well said.

      Is ego a bad thing though, if it makes you do great things ?

      Is it a bad thing in general ?

      1. William Adams March 21, 2017 at 4:24 pm

        It depends on context and situation, and simply of what you’re doing. Ego sex is not bad either, if it happens selectively and you’re not hurting anyone else. I see it as a juvenile phase or behavior (and it can happen even if you’re 30-35, since adulthood is merged with juvenile behavior in current times).

  31. Edward Easterling March 21, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Be sure to read “The Ego And His Own,” by Max Stirner. If you can finish it, you will scratch your head and say, “Huh?”

    For those of you who have read it, and think you have that fine book figured out; do you?

    I enjoyed this article Roosh. Original. And I am not feeding your ego.

    1. SomeRandomFellow March 24, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Stirner has a very bad reputation with right-wingers since leftist use him to look smart and use his philosophy to justify moral relativism.

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      I want to dive into him, but I did not get good reviews of him so far.

      1. Edward Easterling March 24, 2017 at 9:06 pm

        Marx and Engels both attacked Stirner, and he likewise attacked them. The left should hate Stirner because their interdependence and collectivism is exactly what Stirner opposed.

      2. SomeRandomFellow March 25, 2017 at 4:24 am

        As weird as it sounds, modern leftists do not really emphasize the teaching of Engels and the like. The encourage hyper-indivdualism and hedonism as a cure against right-wing collectivism AKA nationalism , social duty and norms, which they justify with Stirner’s philosophy.

      3. Edward Easterling March 25, 2017 at 9:25 am

        This is all news to me. Anyway, you should read the book. It seems to me anarchists, rather than leftists, would better relate to The Ego And It’s Own. I am going to read it again myself. It’s been awhile.

      4. SomeRandomFellow March 26, 2017 at 5:53 pm

        I would consider looking into him. But there are so many philosophers on my reading list.

  32. Houston March 22, 2017 at 2:27 am

    ACTS 17

  33. no paranoid idiot March 22, 2017 at 8:09 am

    I never understood why people say that the news are “lies”. Of course, if you are the idiot who “reads news” on fackbook, then you should be whacked on the head. I only check out BBC news, no fucking lies there 🙂

  34. Lee March 22, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    The grind is what we live for.

  35. A. Schopenhauer March 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Roosh, thanks for a thoughtful post. First (and probably last) time poster here, because at some point, I came to the conclusion that it all can’t be saved and that it’s not my job to. Retreated into mostly silence, pleasant nothings, and convivial workplace backslapping, but I’ll put that aside for a moment.

    I wanted to give you a heartfelt thanks for running this site. Over the years, you, Heartiste, Rollo, Dalrock and others have really helped me to make sense of things. Some time ago, more fully unplugged, I started to take it in my own direction, but I haven’t been ready to / desirous of sharing yet.

    But in the most condensed possible version… I completely agree with you. Everything is an appeal to ego, it’s all folly. Most of the manosphere is too, though: judging ourselves on our notch count or reproductive capacity is no less reductive than some beta lawyer showing off his Mercedes. Finding meaning quarterbacking the decline of civilization. We are all slaves — sure, to Capital, but also to the very nature of humanity — selfishness and self-undoing is the root of our DNA, and as the world becomes more and more highly interleveraged, this selfishness will have more and more globally destructive consequences.

    I think the most compassionate thing for the whole world would be for it never to have been made, that creation itself was a damnable act. But all that said, we’re here now, and mass extinction aside, the only purpose of any of this is our self gratification and total MGTOW. You literally can’t beat ’em, so join them. Join them and use what advantages you have to exceed them.

  36. MCGOO March 23, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Roosh, if you sleep in until afternoon, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a late night person. You could be living in the wrong time zone. Sleeping habits rarely change. If you pushed the late night ticket in your early 20s, you’ll have the same sleeping habits at 50. You’ve ventured East quite a bit which throws the sleep cycles backward. If you try moving west, say to Hawaii or Guam, you would be either an early riser or in Guam you would instantly become a pre dawn riser. In Guam you would already have half of your shit done for the day before the morning rooster crows. That would be something, having the rooster crowing when it’s your lunch time. But you can never change your sleeping patterns where you are. You have to go westward.

  37. William Adams March 24, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Moreover, the fact that people like us help other people reminds one of Mahayana Buddhism. Instead of spending all day in pussy Nirvana or travelling, one offers free advice, making other gradually improve too.

    1. SomeRandomFellow March 24, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Your longer comment was fantastic. Especially this tid-bit :

      ” pretending to be unaware that the select man is not the petulant person
      who thinks himself superior to the rest, but the man who demands more of
      himself than the rest, even though he may not fulfil in his person
      those higher exigencies. For there is no doubt that the most radical
      division that it is possible to make of humanity is that which splits it
      into two classes of creatures: those who make great demands on
      themselves, piling up difficulties and duties; and those who demand
      nothing special of themselves, but for whom to live is to be every
      moment what they already are, without imposing on themselves any effort
      towards perfection; mere buoys that float on the waves. ”

      Perfectly summarizes my nature. I chose the “Greater Path” of Buddhism, since that is closer to whom I am.

  38. Darwin March 25, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    We are living to multiply and spread descendants far and wide

  39. Robere March 25, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Great article Roosh! Dance a jig!

  40. Evan Cary March 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    First sentence of the fourth paragraph: “As the world grows in population, the heights to which people strain
    themselves to be noticed and to feel special borders on the insane.” I think you mean to say “The lengths to which people go to be noticed and to feel special border(not ‘borders’) on the insane.”

  41. TSK March 25, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    “That’s it, I’m done! Our ego won’t allow that. So we continue to preen for others, produce for others, compete with others, and after years of doing this, of decades to dancing this jig,”

    That’s how we keep the world going around round and around…

    Ego can be good although it can be bad at the same time. Egos make humans discover science, and make great achievements.

  42. disqus_2015ScorpioWater March 26, 2017 at 12:11 am

    In the US celebrities cloud most of our airtime so much that we think these rare priveliged people are like us. They aren’t, most of us have to work hard to survive while Kim Kardashian will drop a thousand dollars at a nightclub. It is a great way to keep the masses down.
    Also the fact there are so many moron lemmings who idolize celebrities cements these people in the upper strata of our Western world.

  43. Calm and Collected March 27, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Great article Roosh. You’ve got me wondering if the ego really is bad. What if the world wants us to think ego is bad because it really empowers us to achieve greatness while we are here?

  44. Liam March 27, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    well put

  45. BAT 21 March 27, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    What I really want to talk to you about are the two pale looking semi-hot ladies on the web with you!

  46. Zelcorpion March 28, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Good article – consider your ego stroked.

    That is why most saints stressed the importance of detachment of all things material as the main characteristic aside from universal love.

  47. Mohammed Abdalla March 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

    It’s a self-imposed question, so for me I live for the next shot of vodka, the next round of sex, the next delicious dish of scrambled eggs, the next mug of caffe latte.
    Life is good and very gratifying if you know how to enjoy it and how to eliminate the negative vibe of depressed souls and melancholic writers.

  48. GyanB March 28, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Realizing the meaninglessness of it all is part of the process of discovering the deeper meaning of it all. It’s great!

  49. Bill March 28, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Everyone use to get fifteen minutes, but because of the expanding population we have had to cut it down to seven. The good news is that the shortened period will be even more intense and should you get it early in life you will spend the rest of your time on this planet trying to recapture it.

    Sincerely,
    The Management

  50. Costa Phil March 28, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    If you know what’s important to you – and you live it – you have no need
    to publish. You write because you are a writer. The work is you being
    your true self. If its not, then the need for validation/fame trumps
    your authenticity. Authenticity is satisfaction. Nothing feels better
    than you being the real you.

  51. Scott Willis April 5, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Damn dude, that hit the spot today.

  52. Dirk Diggler April 6, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Guilty. Well articulated. Thank you for giving me something to ponder.

  53. Dead Sam April 15, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Roosh, since you have the time, you should try reading female authors for range. I’d recommend Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”, since it relates to your experience and some of your social suggestions, and you have a certain similarity of narrative style.

  54. Shane April 17, 2017 at 2:20 am

    One of your best articles Roosh!! Explains so well why people are posting and liking on facebook, instagram, and snapchat, girls taking Endless Selfies, People like ME who. Study everything Endlessly to try to be the smartest and most ENLIGHTENED!!!! All to Prove that we are SOMEBODY!!!!! so sad!!!!! and I’m as guilty as you Roosh! Lol