Happy People is a four-hour documentary that chronicles a year of living in the Russian Siberian village of Bakhtia (population 300), a settlement with no permanent electricity, telephone, or land access. Its inhabitants principally live off the land from the dint of their near-constant labor. I was deeply affected watching what is essentially a window into the past, of how much of humanity used to live.

Part 1 of Happy People

The settlement does have modern amenities such as motorized boats, snowmobiles, and chainsaws, but the bulk of their work is done with basic tools and fishing gear. They have to hunt and labor constantly not only to provide for the present, but to ready themselves for the following season, especially winter, where deep snow cover and the freezing of the river may mean death for the unprepared. Men build boats out of logs, construct huts by hand, craft their own skis, and make custom animal traps. Fishing and harvesting of wood is endless, and though I wouldn’t say the people are suffering poverty, they don’t experience the constant daily comforts that we do.

The lives of the Siberians are determined by the weather and seasons; the clock of nature drives nearly their entire behavior. I compare that to my own life in which nature is absent. The sun has no bearing on my life, and my avoidance of it is easily compensated by taking vitamin D pills. I bathe myself in electric light, worshiping it as if it were my god. My labor consists of entirely mental effort while seated, and going to the gym is only a soft simulation of the labor that the Siberians perform. While I eat only according to my bodily needs, I surely don’t hunt for my food, and barely have to prepare it.

A warmer season may mean I can dip into a beach or pool, but mostly it just determines what clothing I wear and what type of mild discomfort I feel from the the heat or cold. The only time nature disturbs my life is the one or two times a year when I wait out a heavy rainstorm to pass before walking outside. It plays practically no effect on how I live.

Not long ago I shared the idea that we may be living in a computer simulation. Even if you take that to be false, city life is certainly a simulation when compared to Siberian life, one that removes human beings from nature and allows them to have a pleasant and comfortable existence away from hunting, farming, manual labor, and the struggle to survive. It places them in a fantastical cocoon.

Constructs within the city, such as office work, casual dating, fine dining, computers, and even money create an environment in which the seasons, the rivers and lakes, and the soil play no role. Millions of tons of concrete have been poured upon your city to aid in the simulation, and when you walk around its logical grid-like pattern, what other conclusion can we reach that we are nothing more than simulated beings in concrete palaces that serve ends which are completely severed from human needs? The work we do in a city is make-work to serve the simulation, that when stopped would not even threaten your own survival thanks to the welfare state and altruism of others. It’s useless work that has no life-or-death consequence.

The relationship between the Siberians and their land is symbiotic. They are careful never to exceed the productive output of the land, meaning they must live in harmony with it. The relationship in the cities, however, is one that mirrors the parasitic leech. We look to the city to extract the maximum amount of money, material possessions, or hedonistic pleasure units possible, without any consideration or evaluation of their earthly costs, which we do not see anyway because the simulation has perfected their concealment. In turn, the managers of our city leech off us, seeking to extract the most amount of labor, tax revenue, and acts of submission. Even the Bible knew that cities were multipliers of vice, a place where evil could easily flourish.

Every time you pause in front of a “Don’t Walk” sign, waiting for the light to turn, or when you pay a parking ticket that was stuck to your windshield, you agree to the rules of the simulation. Compare that to the Siberian village, where the natural order is based on survival. The pettiness and absurdity that is a daily occurrence in cities are absent in the village, where rules must be followed to obey nature, not a trivial bureaucrat who seeks to expand his wealth or power. Such natural law is just, while cosmopolitan law is often not.

Even city life is too strenuous for the feeble modern human, and so a new simulation called the internet has be layered on top of it. Interacting with other people or dealing with the normal emotional states of human existence is so difficult that a growing percentage of the population must withdraw into their virtual world of games and social networking, living a simulation within a simulation, and soon the virtual reality layer will be paved on top of that. We are so hopelessly removed from nature that we would crumble to pieces after just one week of what the Siberians have faced for centuries. If we cannot live with nature, how human are we?

I must ask myself if I want to continue living a simulated life in which I’m surrounded by comfort, concrete, and electronic screens, or live one closer to nature, where occasionally I must pick up an ax and strike it at a log to ensure I won’t freeze in the night, instead of merely simulating this strike by entering an air conditioned gym with top 40 music playing in the background. I look at how the Siberians live and can’t help but feel ashamed at my weakness, because for all the talk of masculinity, I perform it in only a simulated form, and would not be understood by the men who carry rifles on their backs in the middle of the tundra to protect themselves from real predators, who pray to survive the hunt and bring enough food for their families waiting at home. I lament how the entirely of my life has been a simulation that has manipulated my ideas of what is real and true.

Should we really be surprised at why modern Western people are so unhappy, so unfulfilled? We are living simulated lives, with rules and environments created by other men to control our output and behavior. Nearly everything we do is an unneeded construct to please the simulators while practically nothing of what the Siberians do is artificial. The smiles I saw in Happy People might have been few, but they were genuine, and I saw not a hint of men wondering what their life is for and what the meaning of it all was. They know the purpose of their life is to live according to the rules of nature and to survive from the gifts it gives them. I wonder if I’m brave or strong enough to live like that, too.

Read Next: Are We Living In A Computer Simulation?


  1. Lika September 14, 2015 at 9:17 am

    >>I wonder if I’m brave or strong enough to live like that, too.

    Give it a try…

  2. General Stalin September 14, 2015 at 9:24 am

    There is another documentary called “Happy” that is also pretty eye-opening that you should check out: http://www.thehappymovie.com. It is about the study of human happiness and what governs it and our quality of life, as well as how that differs from culture to culture. Similar to how you came to the realization a while back that most all goals of happiness are fleeting, this documentary attempts to explain what makes people truly “happy” at an intrinsic and fundamental level, as opposed to shallow, fleeting, surface level, hedonistic mental stimulation.

    The people working to survive in the Siberian tundra truly rely on one another and the land in order to survive; therefore family, community involvement, and personal growth and responsibility are all extremely important and rewarded thusly. People like us know we could quit our jobs today and stop doing whatever it is we do day-to-day and everything would still be fine because in the grand scheme of it all it doesn’t matter. These people genuinely spend everyday ensuring their survival and well-being.

    1. Yeah, really! September 14, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      People in modern society truly rely on the currency — a worthless promised based by an equally worthless piece of paper, disk of metal, or worst of all, a number assigned to them by their task masters.

    2. Garibaldi October 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Stalin? FU

      1. Garibaldi October 6, 2015 at 11:13 am

        PS. only mistake Garibaldi did, was to stand for the ’emancipation of women’. Stalin made many more dumbass mistakes.

  3. peanus September 14, 2015 at 9:48 am

    roosh, why are you still a christian?

    1. Ella of Frell September 14, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      I don’t believe he has been a Christian. He is reading through the Old Testament right now though.

    2. Lalitaditya Muktapida October 30, 2015 at 7:23 am

      He was a born a muslim and now he is an atheist with Buddhist ideas. I was not aware that he was ever a Christian. You don’t need to be a Christian to admit that the Bible has some good ideas in addition some poor ones.

    3. Lalitaditya Muktapida January 14, 2016 at 3:54 am

      Oops! My bad. His Dad was Muslim but he was baptized an orthodox Christian. In between he picked up some Buddhist ideas and now nobody quite knows what he is.

  4. me September 14, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Are you planning to go there and try that life yourself? If so, I look forward to a Bang Siberia book.


    1. d18kv178 October 7, 2015 at 1:59 am

      more like Bang a Rabbit.

  5. AnimeNazi September 14, 2015 at 10:07 am

    “People with modernity problems tend to have problems with Jews, who more or less invented modernity (Einstein, Marx, Freud, Franz Boas, etc.)”
    Quote by JEFFREY ((((GOLDBERG))))

  6. Joe Cavanaugh September 14, 2015 at 10:15 am

    no, you are not strong enough for siberia. don’t even consider it. after one week you will run back to your laptop, air-con, and latte.

    1. Titan000 September 16, 2015 at 5:58 am

      That’s why a gradual transition must be done in order to be strong enough for Siberia in the 1st place.

      You don’t go straight to the lifestyle. And it certainly is a a recipe for disaster.

  7. Dman September 14, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I respectfully disagree. I don’t think running from modern life and toward some pre-industrial idyll is the key to happiness for many, or even most, men. Of course there is surely pleasure in being around nature and performing hard physical labor. But, the notion that such a life is what will make you truly happy is illusory.

    Our fathers and grand fathers and great-great grandfathers did not struggle, and in some instances fight and die, to make a better life for their children (us) so that they could throw it all away to live like medieval peasants.

    Happiness is an internal dynamic state fueled by external process. Mostly it is the former. I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and I live in one of the most hated cities in the U.S.

    1. Petar September 14, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Comparing healthy living in harmony with nature to medieval peasants who were drawn back a thousand years by the catholic church’s boycott on all knowledge, common sense and spiritual sovereignty…

      1. Dman September 14, 2015 at 11:05 am

        It is not meant to be a literal comparison. And I don’t even say that no man should live like this. Men should live as they see fit. It’s not for me, and I dare say, it’s not for most.

      2. Dawg the Hall Monitor September 15, 2015 at 12:13 am

        Haha. Most scientific discoveries in the last 2000 years were unearthed by devoted Christian men.

      3. Petar September 16, 2015 at 12:24 pm

        When there is no non-christians in a society, there is nobody else but christians to do the discoveries, is there?

      4. Vi Ps September 30, 2015 at 12:41 pm

        Well, Petar, there were a lot of non-Christians in Islam, China, India, Africa, America before Columbus and the Pacific Islands. There were thousands and thousands of years of non-Christians. Science (as we know it) was only born in Christianity. Taking Christianity out of the public realm produced feminism, liberalism and an unsustainable debt. When everything collapses, I hope you are dead so you don’t see how moronic your utopian dreams were.

      5. BAT 21 October 6, 2015 at 3:28 pm

        Add relativism to your list! Most 20 to 25 year old males right out of college, never been in the military have little to no clue of what to do or how to survive in the outdoors. Most military people could adapt easily to extreme conditions. I did, I was stationed in the extreme heat of the middle east and while in the Air Force was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. Of course lived on a military base, however, we were trained how to live in the wild in extreme conditions and we lived in the snow. Today’s beta hamster men would die and wither away!

      6. Hancock October 9, 2015 at 3:54 am

        And you assert that in the wild Airmen would do much better?
        -USMC Scout Sniper

      7. BAT 21 October 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm

        Hancock – Nothing in my response states that Airmen would do much better! If we are comparing branches of the service then Marines as a whole are better prepared than Airmen. As a loadmaster, I went through numerous survival classes with pilots. These classes are as tough or tougher than what a standard Marine goes through. As previously stated spent many years in both severely cold and hot climates. SMSgt, USAFR

      8. SpartacusRex December 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        USARMY – 13F Forward Observer

      9. Lalitaditya Muktapida October 30, 2015 at 7:25 am

        It’s interesting. Because there is no evidence that Christ actually existed. There are too many contradictions in the Bible for it to be called the perfect word of God. That being said, the Bible does have some good ideas. It has poor ones as well.

    2. Davoud Askari September 16, 2015 at 8:28 am

      I agree, I go into the ‘outback’ until I remember why I live in ‘civilization’ again. Most people go camping and come back…

    3. kelley October 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

      i could not agree more……..my dad and grandad grew up in much tougher, hard working, agricultural environments…..and both of them agree that the only thing good about the “good old days” is that they’re gone

  8. Skoll September 14, 2015 at 10:45 am

    All of our social problems in the modern world can be traced to the fact that we have removed ourselves from the natural order. Can you imagine a woman turning fat and demanding gender equality in that Siberian village? Feminism only exists because of the artificial comfort that exists in our society.

    With every passing day I feel more and more disgusted with my city life. Living in the nature is my prime goal.

    1. Chris Brony September 15, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Let’s set up a commune in British Antarctic Territory..raise Penguins and Polar Bears for food, hunt seabirds, seals and whales, breed Antarctic rabbits…..

    2. Clark Kent September 15, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Get out of the city for a while man really.
      Too much time in the city can make you go bonkers… City life is not only a simulation, it’s a fucking tease.
      Every minute of every day the city is pushing its shallowness and stupidity on you.
      I bet we spend at least a good one-quarter of every day just trying to ignore the constant marketing and bullshit.
      Just getting out of the city for a little while will do good for your soul. Whether it’s camping… Going on a busride and crashing a motel on the outskirts of town… Whatever… Just get away from the constant neon-distractions.

    3. Titan000 September 16, 2015 at 5:59 am

      Don’t change too quickly but transition gradually. This ensures the change is more permanent.

  9. Petar September 14, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Love this article. Been saying for ages that I do not believe man can function and succeed in any profound way by living out of the natural order.

  10. Petar September 14, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Blessed be your eloquence.

  11. elbomb September 14, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    It took me about four hours to read a similar article.

    “The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. They have greatly increased the life-expectancy of those of us who live in “advanced” countries, but they have destabilized society, have made life unfulfilling, have subjected human beings to indignities, have led to widespread psychological suffering…”

    1. Skoll September 14, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Which article would that be? Sounds like Jared Diamond.

      1. Roosh September 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm

        It’s Ted Kaczynski’s manifesto. I’m actually reading it right now, though I wrote this article beforehand.

      2. Skoll September 14, 2015 at 2:20 pm

        Ah, yes. His manifesto has been on my to-read list for a while now. He was way ahead of his time. And, of course, things have obviously gotten a lot worse since his time.

    2. NonCanadian September 14, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Industrial revolution has nothing to do with that. Political correctness, multiculturalism, affirmative action, quota hiring, feminism and tolerance are to blame. All that PLUS the fact that white able bodied males actively promoted and accepted all the above mentioned “values”.

    3. mambo September 14, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Following up on this.

      His article is rather rigorous. To the extent that we agree with his definition of “freedom” in paragraph 94 we must agree that technological society cannot be reformed in a way which will prevent it from narrowing freedom.

      Even if you do not agree that your idea of freedom is the same, you still have that what Kaczynski describes as freedom will be narrowed by a technological society.

      In a very real way we are shaped by our reward structure…by money. Kaczynski is argues that the long-term limit of this evolution will be a society where individuals – to the extent they still exist – are only token pieces of an economical machine. He argues that even benevolent technology will be used to decrease our freedom. To a large part this is already correct. An exerpt:

      Our use of mass entertainment is “optional”: No law requires us to watch television, listen to the radio, read magazines. Yet mass entertainment is a means of escape and stress-reduction on which most of us have become dependent. Everyone complains about the trashiness of television, but almost everyone watches it. A few have kicked the TV habit, but it would be a rare person who could get along today without using ANY form of mass entertainment.

      I suppose the only hope – outside of a sort of return to being animals put forward – is to fundamentally and radically change the human reward system on a large scale. Kaczynski argues that once such tools were released they would be used instead to increase economic efficiency. A solid point.

      As a corollary, this paper effectively refutes libertarianism.

    4. Titan000 September 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

      It did alot of good things as well. But is the downsides worth it in comparison?

  12. NonCanadian September 14, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Ain’t nothing bad in combining modern lifestyle with the love of nature! I personally hate big city life with non stop rush hour, zombi like crowds and lack of personal interaction between people.
    But I’d love to live a life with using all the modern amenities like internet, water supply, electricity, sewage systems, cars, highways, supermarkets. Nothing bad in using all the good stuff our humanity has created;)
    Even better if those amenities are located somewhere by the ocean in the tropics.

    1. ZioFascist September 15, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      thats where upper middle class and rich white people live- in nice suburbs that are borderline rural.

      where i grew up, lots of folks had horse farms and porsches in their driveways

    2. Titan000 September 16, 2015 at 6:01 am

      Just be mindful of the possible negative impacts of modern technology on nature.

      Technology must change to be oriented towards that goal.

  13. Shlomo Shekelberg September 14, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Roosh, are you trying to say that people can be happy with a life free of usury/debt slavery, Talmudvision, and mindless consumerism?? By the Protocols, that sounds like a nightmare to me!

    1. NonCanadian September 14, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      I have NO debt, loans, credits to pay out. I have NO TV and haven’t had it for over 15 years now.
      And I hate consumerism. It’s all inside the person and everyone makes his/her own choice how to live his/her life.

      1. LOL September 14, 2015 at 12:52 pm


      2. NonCanadian September 14, 2015 at 12:53 pm

        If living my life THAT way equals antisemitism then I sure AM one;))

      3. Tim September 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm

        Heh 😀

    2. ZioFascist September 15, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      TalmudvisioN! hahahahahaahah fuckng LOVE that phrase.


  14. D Beguiled September 14, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Roosh, thank you for this, I will definitely watch it. I saw a similar documentary you might be interested in.

    It’s called “Tales From the Green Valley,” and the premise is, you take modern men and women, albeit historians and anthropologists, and have them spend a year trying to live like farmers in 17th century England.

    It is a twelve part series, and what is fascinating about it is that, unlike other reality television shows, this one is peopled with scholars who have a professional interest in the time period and, consequently, seeing it through and making it work.

    At the same time, the show takes a bunch of soft modern people and makes them work on a farm with 1620s technology. There are three men and two women.

    I will give you one guess which sex works harder, finds it more satisfying, and complains less.

    Anyway, here is a more detailed description:


    And here is where you can watch it on youtube:


    Thanks again for the heads up about this Russian documentary. Will definitely check it out.

    1. NonCanadian September 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      I’ve seen the “Tales from the Green Valley” in full! VERY good stuff, indeed!
      Strongly recommend!!

      1. D Beguiled September 14, 2015 at 1:03 pm

        Yeah. Learned a lot from it actually. These sorts of videos are soo different from most of what we watch that they are very inspiring.

      2. NonCanadian September 14, 2015 at 1:08 pm

        Most videos show some kind of yet another Hollywood Gossip speculating on who slept with who and who dated who and for how long.

        Or simply promoting another useless gadget or hairstyle or whatever else goes with the mainstream daily agenda.

    2. Andrea September 14, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks for sharing this.

  15. spicynujac September 14, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    There is a marked change in your writings since your summer hiatus, and I enjoy it.

    The fact that you have become more introspective and thoughtful by unplugging (albeit not living a difficult Siberian life) this summer proves how we are more fulfilled when we withdraw and simplify.

    I wonder how much of modernity actually improves our lives. Yes, the dishwasher lets us save 3 minutes after every meal not washing dishes by hand. So we can watch more porn and play video games?

    I’m certainly thankful for airplanes that allow me to travel without spending months on a boat and air conditioning and heating that allows me to sleep in a pair of boxers comfortably, but many of our inventions seem to have destroyed our humanity. We all agree women were far more pleasant and kind just a decade ago, when we had the internet but not smartphones with apps. And they were probably much warmer and fun 10 years before that without the net at all. Many of these inventions are a double edged sword. Modern first world nations never make the top happiness lists…. Are we in fact the primitive, savage culture?

    I spent the last week without artificially heated water, and guess what? I enjoyed it. (I was in a warm climate). Your body adjusts to the minor temperature difference and the slight discomfort urges you to quickly clean yourself. I remember growing up there was a man down the block who took a cold shower every morning. He was a mythical, powerful, masculine man, and he had an aura of strength and wisdom about him, although I thought he was nuts to forgo hot steamy water.

    I came back from my trip with a desire to garden, aquaculture, build, create, grow, and become more self sufficient. You don’t have to move to Siberia. Baby steps.

    1. NonCanadian September 14, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      I totally agree with the stuff written above. An average normal male needs a place to live in, internet to stay in touch with the rest of the world, running water, a simple phone to be in touch (no, NOT an Iphone or smartphone), some food and a job he likes. A simple car allowing him to get around would also be nice.
      All those fancy wired gadgets only makes life worse since they isolate people from each other as well as from the rest of the world including oceans, nature, rivers, lakes, animals, birds, wind, blue sky.

      1. spicynujac September 14, 2015 at 2:30 pm

        And yet I am back 2 days and find myself drawn back to my computer, internet, snack foods, etc. The culture has a huge effect on the lifestyle you lead. Architecture, design, work/jobs, city planning, access to nature, all that makes a huge difference. Sitting in a big isolated house with a computer that I must type on alone for hours forces one to change one’s normal behaviors. Proof that I really do need to leave the west.

      2. NonCanadian September 14, 2015 at 2:38 pm

        I’ve left the West 7+ years ago and never looked back or regretted my decision for 1 second. I live the life I WANT and not the way mainstream media is telling me I should!
        I do have internet, computer and a car. But I never wanted to “Keep up with the Jones” like an overwhelming majority of people in the West are told by all the magazines and TV shows.

      3. spicynujac September 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm

        Where did you go? Generally or specifically? Do you work? I am somewhat close to having enough savings that I could get by and live off the interest of my savings in a very cheap country.

      4. NonCanadian September 15, 2015 at 6:12 am

        I went to Russia first and then to Ukraine. And that’s where I’m right now. Yes, I do work. I’m a married man and have to take good care of my family.
        Ukraine and Russia are indeed cheap or they become cheap as soon as you learn to live the way locals do.
        If you have any questions-feel fee to ask.

      5. Chris Brony September 15, 2015 at 7:46 am

        To be honest too many of us spend too much time on our laptop, i pad, i phone etc We read less books. We do less. We see more and skim more but understand less and less in-depth. I worked out in the last 5 years if you spent just a couple of hours a day on facebook its the same as 2 years working 30 hours a week. Think what you could have done in the same time…too many people looking at pictures of sunsets online instead of real sunsets. Too many people thinking ‘liking’ facebook posts change the world. Even the politicians fell into this with the #bringbackourgirls campaign and kony 2012 you tube film – they learned liking, retweeting and watching doesn’t change things…..

      6. NonCanadian September 15, 2015 at 12:31 pm

        Western world can NOT live without internet, Iphones, Ipads, Facebook, Instagram etc.

        Just imagine the reaction of sheeple if all those gadgets were taken away from them.

        What if they ain’t able to “Like” someone’s stupid photo on Facebook or to post a photo of their own shit on Instagram?

        I ain’t got no Iphone, Ipad and I ain’t registered nowhere in social networks. But I do have a wife and my family!!

        Damn, man, I LOVED this line of yours: “too many people looking at pictures of sunsets online instead of real sunsets” !!!!!!!! Modern people are in fact afraid of nature!
        Look at modern males or females, they are unable to interact in real life, they absolutely NEED a gadget to stay in touch!!! I’ve seen tons of examples even here in Ukraine when male and female go on a date , visit a restaurant and BROWSE THEIR IPHONES while sitting at the table!!!!!! Same happens all over the world these days!

  16. Ella of Frell September 14, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I would bet that farmers have less mental health problems since they are more connected to reality. At least those who farm more the old fashioned way.

    1. Copperhead Joe September 15, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Safe bet. You single?

  17. GoingSane September 14, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Hey Roosh, sounds like the point of the cycle where man dreams of going “back-to-the-land/nature.”
    Seems like in the US alone such desire presented during the Great Depression, after World War II, and the disastrously co-opted Hippy movement.
    Might be a good read for you when you get time:
    The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic by Stephen M. Krason.

    1. Titan000 September 16, 2015 at 6:03 am

      Hippies think return to nature is a return to eden. But it is not so. They returned because they did not make the right adjustments and adaptations to be capable of living such a lifestyle.

  18. runsinbackground September 14, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    You’ve been reading your Mishima, I take it. He was a great man; one in whose footsteps lesser men could profitably follow.

  19. DerWeltenbummler! September 14, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Roosh, I think that I can understand how you feel.

    Wouldn’t it be great for you to just take a break from everything? You could ask a good friend of yours to take care of your websites in your absence and just focus on Y O U R S E L F! And leave everything behind…your cell phone, your laptop, etc.

    Write down some questions on a piece of paper that you want to answer for yourself before you go native and believe me: The answers will come automatically!

    By the end of it you will know what is important to you and how you want to progress in your life! Do you need to change anything? I am convinced that you will find the answers….

    An experience like that would make you much stronger and would make you feel alive and it will be good to know for you that you could return at any point to your daily life (if you decide you want to continue that road).

    Best wishes,


  20. Morrison September 14, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    “They know the purpose of their life is to live according to the rules of nature and to survive from the gifts it gives them. I wonder if I’m brave or strong enough to live like that, too”

    All due respect, you probably are not. Niether am I for that matter. Most of us are not, and the ones that are fit to scrape the modern world off their shoe and go at it alone and don’t have email, and do not have any desire to come back and give their feld report. But survival off the land can only be successful in groups. The book “Into The Wild” gave us an idea of how easy such a lifestyle can become fatal if one goes solo.

  21. Bearded Bear September 14, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I guess living in harmony with nature doesn’t literally mean living in a tundra, but finding the truth. We should be able to make an extra effort to perceive the reality in today’s artificial shells we call cities, in contrast to these people who live in the woods. Our paths are different but the end goal is the same.

  22. Ryan September 14, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Bunch of bullshit. I’d rather live in a complex modern society than out in the snow with some dogs fiddling with my fucking fingers. We didn’t come this far evolution wise to just turn back time and go against everything we’ve built. If you have no aspirations for advancement or technology so be it. But don’t expect me to agree that my purpose in life is to “survive”. That’s fucking boring. Sorry but we were there thousands of years ago there’s bigger issues to solve now. I want the most modern things. Where is the virtual reality? Where’s augmented reality and 20 naked virtual bitches around me? Where’s the hover boards? When do we live on mars? Bring ALL that shit and more.

    1. Chris Brony September 15, 2015 at 7:48 am


  23. Dawg the Hall Monitor September 15, 2015 at 12:14 am

    This is genius and depressing at the same time.

  24. Sa September 15, 2015 at 1:08 am

    just go work on a farm bro, pick strawberries for 12 months and see if you can still be fucked after that. better (or worse) yet, cut sugar cane

  25. JHypers September 15, 2015 at 2:04 am


    What you have described in this article is precisely what I felt ten years ago as an 18-year-old about to graduate high school, only at that time I could never have put it in those words. At the time I thought Alaska would be my refuge, seeking a life of adventure on the edge of nowhere, a pipe dream at best.

    Fast forward ten years, and that pipe dream is full-fledged reality. I don’t quite live the subsistence lifestyle of those Siberians, but in the far north of the Alaska bush, things are remarkably similar…if you want them to be. My village is fortunate to have road access, but is still well over 100 miles from the nearest city…a very small city by most standards. The Alaskan urbanites have a choice as well. They can either go the route of most Americans, or they can choose to be weekend warriors and simulate their own adventures. Either way, they still fall back on the creature comforts of electricity, fossil fuel heating, and modern plumbing. I’ve lived at times without those staples, and it truly puts things in perspective, and allows you to realize how little we humans actually need to sustain not just our existence, but our satisfaction in life. My employment keeps me on my feet throughout the day interacting with people in my community, and I return home to the simulation…but at least I know I can walk out my door, across the yard, into the woods, and into honest wilderness that would make most modern Americans wonder why I choose to live in such a remote place. I tell them I am lucky to have a road. Many villages are just like Bakhtia, with the only way in or out being the river or the bush plane. The traditional knowledge of the natives also share numerous similarities with the Siberians…after all, geographically Alaska is eastern Siberia’s closest neighbor.

    The point of my response is that we as Men always have a choice. We can remain in the Matrix, or we can leave, and carve out a different way of life for ourselves. Sometimes that means giving up on things like a Poosy Paradise…although Men from outside tend to do well with native women. Sadly they are mostly westernized and are thus smartphone addicted Facebook status whores nowadays.

    In my six years in Alaska, I’ve seen people come and go, many who showed up with a certain expectation of an ideal rustic lifestyle, only to be crushed under the weight of reality: sub-zero cold, 20-hour darkness, bugs, unpredictable weather patterns, manic-inducing 24-hour days under the midnight sun, long distances to travel just to get from one town to the next…and that’s just for the folks who don’t even bother to get out into the real country. Some of my greatest memories are of walking through open forest, dense brush, tundra tussocks, hanging bogs, fording rivers, climbing mountains, skiing across frozen lakes and down steep coloirs, paddling through whitewater rapids, sometimes without seeing other people and modern amenities for days or weeks at a time. The real masters of wilderness push their trips to 30 days or more, covering hundreds if not thousands of miles, all under their own power of movement.

    When we return to civilization, we tend to be more grateful for the basic creature comforts in life…but are also more willing to give them up for extended periods of time. This is, I firmly believe, what Men evolved to do: bask in the glory of their accomplishments, but never forget what they did to earn them, and in so doing, periodically return to the bleeding edge of civilization, step beyond the brink, and risk it all to keep moving forward into the unknown.

    Thanks for the great article.

    1. Joel October 6, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Just back from 3 months in Alaska & while I cannot claim to have really lived it (only a few backcountry nights and just two of those alone) it opened my eyes. Back in NY again & all is easy hot & cold running everything people to wipe my ass if I want that done. Somehow have to keep the energy from this trip & improve my life.

  26. mclovin89 September 15, 2015 at 2:25 am

    saw your caucas post. they wont accept you since you are mixed.
    The caucas is a very tribal bunch like that of middle east or india or something.
    If you were full blood it be easier, you can look up hbd chick for confirmation.
    youre best off in latin america balkans or eastern europe….mayber western side of ukraine or serbia bosnia or some secluded islands like greenland jersey isle of man faroes islands or falklands

  27. mclovin89 September 15, 2015 at 2:35 am

    greeedy evil hedonistic city is like the europeans and the living off the land and nature is like the native americans it seems.

    you could live among them, or with laplanders or saami in finland and pick a tradional mate.

  28. mclovin89 September 15, 2015 at 2:42 am

    westerners are unhappy, cuz we are so far removed from our habitat, many dream of a zombie apocalyse of some sort as the media puts out due to wanting that primal struggle of living life, which is ironic since the closer you are to death makes you feel alive. The masculinity in you cries for struggle, thats why men are complacent now and looking for one. Previous generations had the depression and ww2, we got nothing. We try and come up with a lame boogeyman like jihadis….When the real struggle is inside us….They have their struggle to survive and create stability due to invasion and before that surviving in the desert, we dont so we look for an invisible enemy play white knight in other lands or pick up a cause to feel fulfillment or take just be greedy and take until it bites us.
    its very to look for the outside struggle but the real one is inside.

  29. Sir Thermite September 15, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Amen! Watch it last winter and it’s one of the most compelling documentaries I’ve ever seen. My own father, who’s almost 70, doesn’t have fast enough web access in the rural area where I grew up, so I bought it to show him on DVD. Reminded me of Richard Proenneke’s retirement to Alaska that he filmed in the late sixties (“Alone In the Wilderness”) but all the more impressive for being shot in HD during modern times.

  30. 66Scorpio September 15, 2015 at 5:59 am

    This reminds me of when I meet girls and they talk about “camping”. I fucking hate camping. I spent a decade with the military engineers and it was camping but tolerable because I packed several kilos of C4 and a whack of 5.56 which were all enjoyably discharged in training to better defend my family, my bank account and my way of life. Unless I am offered something epic, like boning a river nymph tied to a tree so her orgasm will redeem this world as we know it. . .wilderness treks are not for me.
    I generally like the city. I liked NYC and I like Shanghai. Fuck, I even like Toronto. In the worst city ever I paint faces and explore “The Dark Side”.
    But the hell with all that, I came to China and now I am in a city of six million that no one has ever heard of. My girlfriend is 26, a diamond-in-the-rough-model-body at 5’9″ and slim, notch count of three (as far as I can reasonably tell), who wants to get married and have babies because that “is [her] duty” and she won’t have the energy later in life to chase after and look after the kids.
    You could study Chinese for years and troll all the farm girls from Fuzhou to Urumqi and not find some one better.
    The city is a crucible. Don’t give up on it, but move in and out.

    1. General Stalin September 15, 2015 at 8:45 am


      1. 66Scorpio September 17, 2015 at 2:33 am

        It’s a Chinese thing.

  31. laura mcmahon September 15, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Shut up and get a job you ugly old loser. You should be married by now.

  32. laura mcmahon September 15, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Roosh youre middleaged and ugly.

  33. laura mcmahon September 15, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I also suspect youre a borderline paedophile.

  34. laura mcmahon September 15, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Roosh why arent you married yet. Will no one have you. Youre getting past it now.

  35. laura mcmahon September 15, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Why dont you get a job like a real man.

  36. laura mcmahon September 15, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Btw youre also one of the ugliest men i have ever seen. Start saving for surgery. Youre like a 1 or 2 pushing if you lost some weight.

  37. laura mcmahon September 15, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Youre also nearing 40. Well past your prime. The only way you will get a woman at that age is if youre a millionaire.

  38. James Simpson September 15, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    All that kind of living does is put your outlook lower in the hierarchy of needs. When your entire life is spent gathering wood and scraping by to survive, you rarely have time to ponder the philosophical, the sublime or the political in order to answer some of the great questions that men like Plato and Socrates from within the walled city of Athens.

    Asking great questions, finding answers, advancing science and technology,f and building things requires effort, toil and sacrifice. You may not always know what the consequences of building a better mouse trap will be, but the engineer who dares to has by far done more for me than a bunch of villagers in Siberia.

    If you want to rough it in the wilderness with a rifle on your back, try the Army. If there was ever a masculine brotherhood that transcends all time periods (Ancient Egypt’s armies of the Pharaoh to OIF/OEF), that’s it.

    1. Titan000 September 16, 2015 at 6:05 am

      Nah the feminized PC army is no place for a man nowadays.

  39. E. September 15, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    The grass is always greener on the other side.
    Interesting thoughts, as always, even more bearing in mind that not so long ago you thought you thought you would enjoy living in NYC.
    You’re reading it now, but I remember the Unabomber was discussed in the forum a while ago if I’m not wrong.
    Anyway, we missed articles like this one. Welcome back, sir.

  40. splooge September 15, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    the caucus wont be nice to you half caste. those guys are very tribal n close knit hbd chick can confirm…better off in latin america russia ukraine or balkans

  41. Miroslav September 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I have some sympathies for your argument, but I think you are on the wrong track. The thing we have today is called civilisation, and it is great invention of human kind. You don’t like (REAL) nature, no human does. Nature is unspeakablly cruel, ruthless, tyrannic, we are only few who managed to survive it’s cruelness, there are countless genetic lines that went extinct (both humanoid, and other species). Human quest is to runaway from nature and it’s cruelness, it’s limitation… and to spread life all over universe… No system is perfect, this either, it has it’s drawbacks but also many benefits… if you have better offer it. There is very good saying which explains state of human condition, there is no final solution to problems, just choosing new ones instead of previous.

  42. Clark Kent September 15, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    As always there has got to be a balance.
    Unless you argue that technology is inherently unbalancing you have to consider that what we need is less time wasted on distractions and more time living.
    That doesn’t mean the internet must cease to exist.. rather that we have to respect its place in our lives.
    Same thing with nature… You have to respect the sea… You have to respect the bear… You have to respect gravity.
    What we see in the modern city is the idea that more is better… bigger is better… brighter is better… It’s not the technology itself that’s out of balance but the fact that we’re using it to feed our vices and not respecting the negative effect that will have on us.

    Too much time on ROK can make a dude go crazy too… You have to respect the manosphere as well.
    Roosh you could probably consider taking a well-deserved genuine break… Seems like your hiatus was no vacation at all. Maybe this is partly why you are so intrigued by the idea of living a simple, bare-bones, and more embodied kind of life…

  43. ZioFascist September 15, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    hey goys,

    the real reason many of us are un-happy in the west is because we lack true people to call friends and many have sour relationships with their families.

    it doesnt help that it’s nearly impossible to find a girlfriend or a woman who is a half decent person.

  44. Bahlza Dragon September 16, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Roosh, before you run into the presumed Utopia, I’d read Blithedale Romance by Hawthorne. Just sayin’.

    1. Trouble September 17, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Probably Hawthorne’s worst work.

      1. Bahlza Dragon September 17, 2015 at 4:59 pm

        Based on what? Have you read it? If so, what did Coverdale think that Zenobia should do when he first met her? What did Zenobia say she should have done when she and Coverdale last met? What did Priscilla make? Given that you think it’s the “worst,” that means you’ve read ALL of his work, right? How would you compare this to The House of Seven Gables, or “Young Goodman Brown”?

        If you can’t answer those questions, obviously, you haven’t read it, which means you’re just saying that to be a contrarian dickhead. Get a life.

  45. Titan000 September 16, 2015 at 5:57 am

    ”Millions of tons of concrete have been poured upon your city to aid in
    the simulation, and when you walk around its logical grid-like pattern,
    what other conclusion can we reach that we are nothing more than
    simulated beings in concrete palaces that serve ends which are
    completely severed from human needs?”

    In rebellion against the fractal patterns of nature as well as its organic nature. Again the solution is to change the nature of technology and human thought.

    Roosh I recommend you slowly transition to that lifestyle if you so choose. Don’t go full on too soon otherwise you may not be able to sustain the change.

  46. rester45 September 20, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    I enjoyed this article, thanks Roosh. I wondered why you do not post your articles on the forum too like RoK.

  47. John Smith September 21, 2015 at 7:10 am

    I have spent seven months of my life in a similar setting. A Romanian village of 4,000 people, where they live mostly off subsistence agriculture and shepherding. Romanian Winters can be almost as harsh as Russian ones, with temperatures reaching – 25 °C. I had to cut wood and all that. Another peculiarity of the village was that they still had traditional dances and that kind of stuff; they preserved their traditions.

    My opinion on life there? It was boring as hell. I almost went nuts.

    It works if you are already born into that kind of life and know nothing about city life; but as someone born in the city – and a foreigner on top of that! – the switch is nearly impossible to make.

    While I enjoyed the article and I found it interesting, you are guilty of romanticizing a lifestyle that’s only good for simple people with simple minds and/or without much in the way of desires. Living the “Siberian life” means kissing goodbye to intelligent conversations and an exciting sexual life among countless other things.

  48. כשכשכשכשכלוילוילוילו September 22, 2015 at 3:50 am

    “instead of merely simulating this strike by entering an air conditioned gym with top 40 music playing in the background.”
    You need to find a better gym, my man…

  49. Ted September 22, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    The Old Testament was written by God?
    that must be the dumbest thing i’ve ever seen.

  50. doramin September 26, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Werner Herzog was talking through his hat. I saw it too and those people did not look like they were jumping for joy. They were as much a part of the system as the rest of us. Those nasty weasel-thingys they were hunting (sable) were their only source of cash money. Their lives were continual toil and very different from the comparatively well-padded existence of those self-righteous Discovery Channel “Reality TV” Alaska dipshitz. I’m sure most of them would be happy to be living an easier life if they had a choice in the matter.

  51. Lunastrelki September 27, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    I moved to New York from a smaller metropolis on the west coast about a year ago and have decided that the environment here is definitively anti-human. While I have never been an incredibly social person, the desensitization I feel in New York’s populace is stunning.

    The entire city seems to be constantly steeped in the putrid smell of both natural and industrial rot emanating from the sewer-like conditions in the subway. Everyone gets in everyone else’s way; people and cars pay each other no courtesy whatsoever. The two hours I spend daily walking to and from the subway station and in the train is a sickening exercise in reducing thousands upon thousands of human faces into beings little more significant than ants.

    On the other hand, I have it good compared to a lot of people. My colleagues and superiors are generally good people, and due to my faith, I am in a relationship that far more closely resembles a traditional union than the vast majority of modern men can ever hope for.

  52. Earl Henson October 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Didn’t Roosh write a blog on why you NEED to move to the city? How being in the suburbs sucks?

  53. d18kv178 October 6, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    “Should we really be surprised at why modern Western people are so unhappy, so unfulfilled?”

    do you imply that all “non-Western” people live off the land in small villages?

  54. TomTabs October 7, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Sounds like someone needs to get a regular job and a regular girlfriend 🙂

  55. SlickyBoy October 7, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Good stuff. But try Alaska first, then see if you can handle Siberia.

  56. Seti October 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    One though: Roosh, you are reading Industrial Society and it’s future.

    Pick-up is an surrogate activity.

    Before dying to boredom or sexless life, one must learn game to score girls. And then, becoming a womaniser is surrogate. One could live with one or two girls at time, but the rush to live a real life makes game an activity in itself.

    Maybe people who dedicate to game have less satisfaction, in the way the Unabomber told, due to an intelligence or stamina too high to be conformed with a fat wife and PlayStation, porn or Facebook nonsense. To me, being happy just with that is the final point of domestication of men and mental retardation.

    Yes, I am saying that the well-behaved nice guy with “big dreams” and blue pill mentality, if never redeem himself, is a dead end of evolution. A man that has already his soul enslaved by the System (the perfect herd to those who inventend and rule it) and that deserve every failure, and I am not even talking about surviving in any collapse society have.

    Another though: Maybe as an American you at least can try living a natural lifestyle.

    But imagine trying to do that in Venezuela or Colombia.

    If you are a middle class or high middle class man from Caracas or Bogotá, you are more similar to middle class Americans from big cities than to the rural contrymen of your own country.

    Bogotá and other big cities are safe, but if you go down deep were people live natural you would encounter guerrilla and a lot of tough stuff.

    In Venezuela, the rural areas have become a copy of the barrios from Caracas. Rural areas with people with guns shooting at you.

    Thugs riding horses, lol.

    When I think about it I forget about natural lifestyle and all that, pity myself for living a fake life, as a man and as a “Southamerican” and focus on Game.

    It’s not depressing, but accepting the life as it comes. If I were born in Siberia…If I were born more goodloking o with smart parents…If if if… You know what I mean. It doesn’t matter. But living in a simulation and knowing it is really moronic to care about luxury or weird social status. I prefer focus on pussy and self-improvement. One can be seeing as living a nihilistic lifestyle. Just fucking and thinking too much. I am no even there yet, I am too young, still working on what to do and my Game.

    But why bother studying that much to get a nice house and luxury car? To marry that girl that ten yeas ago (If I were 30 when I “will marry”) will get buttfucked by any man that dares to ask?

    Getting further in these thoughs, If there is any hope, in the World, it relies in the rural men of America (soldiers?). And some of the “nerds” of America (I mean computer scientist, bioengineeers and all that High IQ and really important workers, not just Yugih Oh or My Little Ponnie waste of flesh).

    For they are men who are in the center of the System. And they are getting buttfucked by the System. Going to wars not for they children or land, but you know who…

    The System needs the simulation. They provide the System with their real Power. A Mass of feeble people, disoriented and fragmented, diverse and individualistic and hedonist, consuming and also working in works that destroys them but provides the System with really important value. Imagine a Company that works with oil. You need your weak, hedonistic, and also dedicaated and competetive office worker. You have the soldiers doing their dutie in their lands. You have the proles to do the dirty job. And that office worker is no less than a slave. Indeed he is more of a slave. He is weak, he think he is ok by buying things and maybe he is cucked by his wife. Maybe his wife is fat. He has lose all kind of resistance because he is “living the dream” of having things. And also, he is weak physically, mentally and spiritually. He is a sheep-piece of the Machine. But he will never wake up. He will continue seeing tv after the job and ordering pizza for the kids and thinking he is living the Great Life.

    If there is any hope, it relies in rural men and nerds.

  57. TornLegorf . October 9, 2015 at 10:01 am

    In a sense living in a city is as arduous as in the Tiaga. All that concrete and steel was not at all easy to put into its form and place. The city offers just as many opportunities to starve to death from not working. Mental work is very hard and in ways more difficult than purely physical labor. Our cities reflect just as much about our species as do our endeavors to not leave our world untended in the most remote of its corners. Still, the nostalgia of going back to a simpler more balanced and naturally harmonious existence calls to men more and more. We almost wish an end to our “civilization” as it has become increasingly a drudgery. In our last desperate clawing against the loss of what we perceive as our own humanity like a drowning man reaching for salvation in fantasies such as zombie apocalypse we seek refuge from the monotone we have built ourselves.

  58. Alexei October 17, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    I grew up in city Krasnoyarsk and I can tell you that life in the city is much better than wilderness life. Do not make romantizations based only on film. Same effect as Facebook with only showing highlights of life. Truth is, more time you spend, there will be a desperation and a need to feel to live more comfortable. There is a reason people have such depression in the rural area. Do not think they are much better, what is not shown is alcoholism and violence in this regions.

  59. SavvyOutdoorsman January 16, 2016 at 12:41 am

    I started a blog for guys like you. Information and tips that will enable guys to get out , enjoy and harness the natural world for their benefit..Information that I’ve gleaned from 35+ years spent living and working in the woods and fields of New England -every day of my life.

  60. djolds1 February 2, 2016 at 1:46 am

    City life is a mouse utopia.

  61. Alex Weir February 25, 2016 at 12:33 am

    The thing about all that nature living is that if you get dysentery you die. There’s too many of us to live that way. Things that remote Siberian villages don’t excel in include discovering penicillin.

    Both cities and villages are necessary. Neither one is superior to the other.

    As always the best approach is to find the middle ground. That lies in not letting your environment define you.

    Feeling adventurous? Go camping. You can chop all the fallen trees you want in your local National Forest.

    Want a challenge? Learn the Goldberg Variations.

  62. Alexei F. Karamazov January 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I hadn’t read this before. It’s excellent. Could serve as the preface for a much, much longer work.