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.

Read Next: Ego Sex

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guest
guest
3 years ago

great article!

Morrison
Morrison
3 years ago
Reply to  guest

“great article!”

Sharp comment!

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
3 years ago
Reply to  Morrison

Good job!

hithere
hithere
3 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

Excellent observation!

Bofa Neezduts
Bofa Neezduts
3 years ago
Reply to  Morrison

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

Commentator
Commentator
3 years ago
Reply to  Morrison

You are one to talk

Steve H
Steve H
3 years ago
Reply to  guest

Bravo Sir!

JackBlack23
JackBlack23
3 years ago

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

Morrison
Morrison
3 years ago
Reply to  JackBlack23

Where is that quote from? I quite like it.

JackBlack23
JackBlack23
3 years ago
Reply to  Morrison

It’s the Bible bro!

Morrison
Morrison
3 years ago
Reply to  JackBlack23

Yes but which passage please?

JackBlack23
JackBlack23
3 years ago
Reply to  Morrison

There’s this thing called google …

Morrison
Morrison
3 years ago
Reply to  JackBlack23

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

Good excerpt.

Sean Fielding
Sean Fielding
3 years ago
Reply to  JackBlack23

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

Bofa Neezduts
Bofa Neezduts
3 years ago
Reply to  Morrison

Solomon

Bob
Bob
3 years ago
Reply to  JackBlack23

Nothing saves you.

JackBlack23
JackBlack23
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Wow that’s really deep bro …

Aaron Davison
Aaron Davison
3 years ago

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…

Paul .
Paul .
3 years ago

Sharp Comments!

CallMeAl
CallMeAl
3 years ago

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.)

Maximus Decimus Meridius

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.

Maximus Decimus Meridius
Reply to  Roosh

I wish I was a young whipper snapper. Just don’t get these memes. LOL Counter with my old school approach.

https://youtu.be/dmWfXKJbn9g

Morrison
Morrison
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago
Reply to  Roosh

memecenter

>>>/reddit/

YosarriansRight
YosarriansRight
3 years ago

“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!!!!!!

Morrison
Morrison
3 years ago

“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.

Cecil J
Cecil J
3 years ago
Reply to  Morrison

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.

TerminallyChill
TerminallyChill
3 years ago

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

disqus_2015ScorpioWater
disqus_2015ScorpioWater
3 years ago

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.

Scuttlebuttin'
Scuttlebuttin'
3 years ago

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.

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
3 years ago
Reply to  Scuttlebuttin'

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

Zanardi
Zanardi
3 years ago

Deep article, Roosh!

Fidelis ad urnam
Fidelis ad urnam
3 years ago

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

fact_comment
fact_comment
3 years ago
Nate
Nate
3 years ago

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

pinetree
pinetree
3 years ago

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

Morrison
Morrison
3 years ago

Good job!

Grab That One
Grab That One
3 years ago

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

Roosh is going into the second stage,

Amanda Johnson
Amanda Johnson
3 years ago

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.

BAT 21
BAT 21
3 years ago
Reply to  Amanda Johnson

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!

GyanB
GyanB
3 years ago
Reply to  Amanda Johnson

Amanda, they are far from Free dear.

Tim Lonoh
Tim Lonoh
3 years ago

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.

Stan S
Stan S
3 years ago

Your articles and ideas will bring change to the world.

H Ross Perot
H Ross Perot
3 years ago

Watch TV.

Bo
Bo
3 years ago

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.

Bo
Bo
3 years ago

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

Djay
Djay
3 years ago

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

Cecil J
Cecil J
3 years ago
Reply to  Djay

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.

Bob
Bob
3 years ago

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.

TyKo Steamboat
TyKo Steamboat
3 years ago

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

Bofa Neezduts
Bofa Neezduts
3 years ago

Oh I love this shit!

Barwin
Barwin
3 years ago

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.