ISBN: 0375705104

Alan Watts (1915-1973) was a British philosopher who helped popularize Eastern philosophy to Western audiences. After gaining value from his Youtube lectures, I picked up The Way Of Zen to further educate myself on his teachings.

For the sake of simplification, there are three main schools of Eastern philosophy: Buddhism, Zen, and Tao. Depending on who you ask, Zen is seen either as its own unique school of thought or a flavor of Buddhism, especially when it’s written as “Zen Buddhism.”

As for the principal difference among the schools, the level of asceticism required decreases as you go from Buddhism to Zen to Tao. A Buddhist religiously meditates away from the masses to receive enlightenment, often in mountainous escapes, while a Taoist can theoretically receive enlightenment in his apartment in the middle of New York City. Buddhism requires more of you from behavior while Taoism requires more of you in understanding the “path.” Since Zen exists in the middle between the two, it takes components from both, but in reality there has been so much mixing between all the schools that having distinctions is not particularly useful.

The great Tao flows everywhere,
to the left and to the right.
All things depend upon it to exist,
and it does not abandon them.
To its accomplishments it lays no claim.
It loves and nourishes all things,
but does not lord it over them.

Compared to his lectures, this book was more dry and academic in tone because he wanted to trace the history and mechanisms of the various philosophies instead of giving you teachings that could be immediately put to use, but there were still many interesting segments.

It is fundamental to both Taoist and Confucian thought that the natural man is to be trusted, and from their standpoint it appears that the Western mistrust of human nature—whether theological or technological—is a kind of schizophrenia.

In the materialist West, you are trained for hating who you are and what you have. You are a car that is eternally in disrepair, and must be always taken to this mechanic or that to be diagnosed and fixed. Forced self-improvement and accomplishment never ends, as well as the pursuit of pleasure to momentarily numb yourself from the lacks and aches that you have been programmed to think you have. The end result is that you come to believe that there is a problem with human existence itself, and that living life as you are, without conscious improvement, is a mistake.

It is fundamental to every school of Buddhism that there is no ego, no enduring entity which is the constant subject of our changing experiences. For the ego exists in an abstract sense alone, being an abstraction from memory, somewhat like the illusory circle of fire made by a whirling torch. We can, for example, imagine the path of a bird through the sky as a distinct line which it has taken. But this line is as abstract as a line of latitude. In concrete reality, the bird left no line, and, similarly, the past from which our ego is abstracted has entirely disappeared. Thus any attempt to cling to the ego or to make it an effective source of action is doomed to frustration.

In all Eastern philosophies, the ego is seen as the bringer of suffering, a parasite that forces behavior upon humans for its own ends instead of benefit to the human. Many men have died in duels or other fights solely because the ego was injured, not the body or soul. Taoists like Osho claim that the ego is an artificial program installed by civilization, and while that can’t quite be verified since most humans of the world have been touched by civilization, it’s clear that human nature is deeply compatible with getting hijacked by the ego.

Man is involved in karma when he interferes with the world in such a way that he is compelled to go on interfering, when the solution of a problem creates still more problems to be solved, when the control of one thing creates the need to control several others. Karma is thus the fate of everyone who “tries to be God.” He lays a trap for the world in which he himself gets caught.


…the human situation is seen for what it is—a quenching of thirst with salt water, a pursuit of goals which simply require the pursuit of other goals, a clutching of objects which the swift course of time renders as insubstantial as mist.


…to seek to become Buddha is to deny that one is already Buddha—and this is the sole basis upon which Buddhahood can be realized! In short, to become a Buddha it is only necessary to have the faith that one is a Buddha already.

When you solve one problem, a new problem immediately appears. The second you answer a critical question about life, a new question pops into your mind. Humans believe in the false notion that once a certain situation is attained, happiness or enlightenment will occur, but as Osho has said, “Enlightenment is a realization, not a situation.” We are spending time and resources to put ourselves into a specific situation, and then once we get in that situation, we adapt to it, feel that we are still suffering or that we lack yet one additional critical component, and then go about spending more time and resources into achieving a new situation, but what we’re doing is no different than a child who thinks a new toy will provide him with permanent entertainment and stimulation.

There is nothing that exists in the material world that can provide perpetual fulfillment, because it is simply adapted to, and while something may provide intense meaning for a time, that meaning will inevitably fade, and the truth of this reality can never be escaped no matter how much more achievement is attained.

The way I know I’m pursuing a false goal—a false God—is if it’s something in the material world, whether money, an object, or a woman. Working on its attainment will keep me busy, will make me feel alive or useful for a duration of time, and will satisfy my ego which wants me to have more material or more accomplishments so that it can say it is superior to others, but will not produce anything everlasting compared to an understanding or realization of what life really is.

The illusion of significant improvement arises in moments of contrast, as when one turns from the left to the right on a hard bed. The position is “better” so long as the contrast remains, but before long the second position begins to feel like the first. So one acquires a more comfortable bed and, for a while, sleeps in peace. But the solution of the problem leaves a strange vacuum in one’s consciousness, a vacuum soon filled by the sensation of another intolerable contrast, hitherto unnoticed, and just as urgent, just as frustrating as the problem of the hard bed. The vacuum arises because the sensation of comfort can be maintained only in relation to the sensation of discomfort, just as an image is visible to the eye only by reason of a contrasting background.


For when a human being is so self-conscious, so self-controlled that he cannot let go of himself, he dithers or wobbles between opposites.

To fully know or experience a thing, you must know its opposite. The highest pleasure can only be felt by someone who has experienced the deepest pain. The feeling of being fully awake, or enlightened, can only be experienced by someone who was asleep or ignorant. You will not receive satisfaction from plenty unless you know what it’s like to be lacking. A thing is defined by its opposite, which explains how unconsciously you will go back and force between extremes instead of staying in the middle. When you dive into one intense behavior, what you’re doing is compressing a spring to propel you into its opposite.

Philosophers do not easily recognize that there is a point where thinking—like boiling an egg—must come to a stop.

This applies not just to thinking, but also experience. Right now, I have enough knowledge to understand my place in the world and those around me. I do not need more knowledge or information. I do not need to sleep with more women, travel to more countries, taste more foods, see more movies, read more books, or write more articles. There is nothing more the material world can give me beyond what I already have, know, or understand. While I will of course gain more knowledge and have more experiences in the future, I’m not fooling myself in that it will complete me or finalize my essence. Once you’ve reached a certain level of material comfort and understanding, more is not the answer, only existence is.

Yet it should be obvious that action without wisdom, without clear awareness of the world as it really is, can never improve anything. Furthermore, as muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone, it could be argued that those who sit quietly and do nothing are making one of the best possible contributions to a world in turmoil.

I will agree that Eastern philosophy is useful for elites who wish to control humans. There is no easier human to control than one who is happy with things as they are, who meditates all day, and who does not seek power. This is why the KGB was interested in Buddhism because of how it spreads ideas of inaction, and allows those with power to keep that power without competition.

Yet we must ask what is best for the individual versus what is best for society, and how sole focus on the latter can be destructive because of how it treats humans as aggregates, cogs, units, and tools of production. You can walk in an American city today, and marvel at its cleanliness, relatively low crime, and “civilization,” but behind that orderly facade is massive illicit drug use, pharmaceutical abuse, sterile relationships, internet addiction, and mental suffering. How much of our efforts should be focused on the individual, and how much on the societal? That is the question of the day.

The perfection of Zen is to be perfectly and simply human. The difference of the adept in Zen from the ordinary run of men is that the latter are, in one way or another, at odds with their own humanity, and are attempting to be angels or demons.

Those who suffer the most in this life are the ones who want to change and control others, because they believe that their own happiness or enlightenment cannot occur until other human beings behave or act in a way they demand, which involves controlling the instincts and drives of potentially millions of living organisms. The same applies to men such as myself who want to constrain female nature with patriarchal rules that would improve society, but which come at the cost of conflict for the man who must now expend energy to enforce those rules and also for the woman who is prevented from acting in full accordance with her destructive animalistic urges.

Zen has no goal; it is a traveling without point, with nowhere to go. To travel is to be alive, but to get somewhere is to be dead, for as our own proverb says, “To travel well is better than to arrive.” A world which increasingly consists of destinations without journeys between them, a world which values only “getting somewhere” as fast as possible, becomes a world without substance. One can get anywhere and everywhere, and yet the more this is possible, the less is anywhere and everywhere worth getting to.

There is no escaping the reality of existence, where suffering must be felt if you want to experience pleasure and where there is no material pot of gold at the end of a rainbow of experience. Merely understanding those facts is helpful to see that there is no problem with you specifically, and getting angry at your perceived lacks in the same as being angry at the world that you’re a part of, at the rules that govern our reality.

The Way Of Zen did provide a helpful background on Buddhism, Zen, and Tao, but beyond the quotes I shared above, it won’t give you more than what you can freely find within his online lectures. Start with those first, and if you need more of an academic understanding of Eastern philosophy, this book will be worth your time.

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  1. General April 3, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Nah. Eastern misticism is a wishy – washy way of women, soft individualism, and nihilism. You know what are the most popular non – fiction books in Germany nowadays? Self help and eastern esoterism.

    Let Allan Watts and other new-agers rest in peace.

    1. Morrison April 4, 2017 at 5:40 am

      “Nah. Eastern misticism is a wishy – washy way of women, soft individualism, and nihilism”

      I hear ya – but can you recommend other pholisophers and / or books?

      1. Schopenhauer April 6, 2017 at 3:56 pm

        Don’t listen to him, he does not know shit. Here is the list of your dreams:

        Counsels and Maxims -Schopenhauer-
        Seneca’s letters about brevity of life, and mortality
        Enchiridion -Epictetus-
        Meditations -Marcus Aurelius-

        These are not long books, the Schopenhauer one is the longest, but all of them will stay with you for the rest of your life. Read them and re read them over a longer period of time, but read at least a bit every day. The above books kick ass, trust me. Get audiobook formats too, very powerful to read a book and to hear an audiobook version of same work.

      2. Morrison April 7, 2017 at 5:56 am

        Thanks, man. I recall somewhere that Schopenhauer was one of the first philosophers to bring buddishm philosophy to the west.

      3. Schopenhauer April 7, 2017 at 9:28 am

        Yes. And the logical process of why he did so, is extremely convincing. However, Schopenhauer wrote both complex work, such as his main one “The world as will and representation”, which requires preliminary work to fully understand, and work intended for “everyone, even those unfamiliar with my philosophy, although those who know it, will be advantaged”, which is his Counsels and Maxims, from the work “Parerga and Paralipomena”.
        Just get Counsels and Maxims, translated by T. bayley saunders. It is even in the public domain as a free book, also get the excellent audible audiobook narrated by David Rintoul, it is very powerful. You can just join for a month, a few bucks, download the audiobook, amd then disactivate membership, it is easy. Focus on the few works as I suggested, as Schopenhauer himself said, good work must be reviewed. In other words, better knowing 4 powerful books by heart than reading dozens of books once. I believe really useful books are very, very few, and they are hardly the ones most popular

      4. AdvocateNurse April 8, 2017 at 12:13 am

        “Writers may be classified as meteors, planets, and fixed stars. They belong not to one system, one nation only, but to the universe. And just because they are so very far away, it is usually many years before their light is visible to the inhabitants of this earth.”
        ― Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

      5. AdvocateNurse April 8, 2017 at 12:26 am

        “Each day acquire something that will fortify you against poverty, against death, indeed against other misfortunes as well; and after you have run over many thoughts, select one to be thoroughly digested that day.”
        ― Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

      6. PrinceKaysar April 12, 2017 at 11:27 pm

        Indeed. I own a copy of both Enchiridion and Meditations and carry them wherever I may go. Very good material for remaining grounded in a world that feels increasingly chaotic (especially if one spends a significant amount of time on the internet).

      7. Gladius May 16, 2017 at 5:14 am

        Nietzsche who was a disciple of Schopenhauer. Nietzsche is huge.. Are many YouTube docs on Nietzsche start there…

    2. German audience April 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Eastern mistycism is not wishy washy. YOU are wishy washy, superficial, and shallow. And the crap you say people are reading in Germany (how do you know, though? Made statistics?) is NOT eastern esoterism or “self help”. You are just one of these half washed people who call “self help” and “eastern esoterism” the 3 books you have ever seen. Plus, wtf eastern esoterism and the “way” of women (whatever it means, which does not mean shit anyways) have in common?

      1. Bacon Barry April 8, 2017 at 9:37 am

        Indeed. I suspect he is projecting his own insecurities there.

    3. Seneca April 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      Ps. As for nihilism, only the truly mature people get the weight of this: we will all die. And life is very, very, very short. How long was a year? 10 of these make about one seventh of the life of a person living as an old person, and no one knows if they even get old. Nihilist? No shit 🙂 And the majority of the population just does not get this stuff. As Aurelius wrote, “we all go around believing we will live ten thousand years”

      1. AdvocateNurse April 8, 2017 at 12:45 am

        “Each day acquire something that will fortify you against poverty, against death, indeed against other misfortunes as well; and after you have run over many thoughts, select one to be thoroughly digested that day.”
        ― Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

    4. Bacon Barry April 8, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Very simple minded and stupid attitude.

    5. Uncle Albert April 22, 2017 at 3:33 am

      New age? Buddhism is 2500 years old. Samurai used meditation techniques to be fully present in battle and achieve equanimity. Wishy-washy? Nothing could be further from the truth. How can it be a way for women when it was invented by men? Furthermore, the purpose is the destruction of the individual self which is nothing more than an abstraction. “You” and the who you think you are is only a thought and an idea with no concrete reality. Meditation shows a man the true nature of reality and of the self. Read a book before you shoot something down. You clearly know nothing of what you speak.

  2. SomeRandomFellow April 3, 2017 at 10:56 am

    On the other hand, lack of satisfaction leads to constant struggle to improve. If only that struggle was useful in the large scheme of things.

    We have to ask ourselves what is really worth pursuing. If we take Zen far enough, we end up with Japanese grass-eaters.

    1. Roosh April 3, 2017 at 10:58 am

      “Japanese grass-eaters”

      They’re pursuing an anti-social, isolationist extreme that is definitely out of accordance with human social nature. It’s a similar strain with MGTOW.

      1. SomeRandomFellow April 3, 2017 at 11:15 am

        What is in accordance with human nature then ?

        I think different people have very different claims on what human nature is.

        It is very hard to use human nature as measurement stick, since it is ill defined, not to mention we might end up with a naturalistic fallacy.

      2. Roosh April 3, 2017 at 12:07 pm

        Start with the basics:
        Sitting, standing, walking, moving

        Then the sex natures:
        Men – hunting, protection
        Women – nurturing, gathering

        Then the individual natures based on genetic variability: priest, warrior, merchant, engineer, etc. It’s the passion you have that doesn’t feel like “work” and which you’re not doing for status/ego.

      3. SomeRandomFellow April 3, 2017 at 12:10 pm

        Great answer.

        But what if someone is by nature a restless materialist, or a degenerate for whom everything feels like “work” besides watching porn and taking drugs ?

        I feel what you are saying, but oftentimes I see broken people, like lesbians and others and I ask myself whether they would ever fit in a traditional society. It seems the modern world has bred many broken people who can not be fixed. So I wonder what to do with them.

        But overall I agree with this philosophy. But then how much of it is an individual solution and how much requires collective action ? I want to socialize with women and men, but I am being persecuted for being masculine. To live in accordance to Zen one seems to need a world that can accommodate the lifestyle. Our world has made meeting the basic social human needs of masculine men almost impossible.

        I wish I could just get a girlfriend and have 7 children. But most men do game by necessity.

        Can you be Zen in a modern world ? To what degree ?

      4. Roosh April 3, 2017 at 4:10 pm

        “But what if someone is by nature a restless materialist, or a degenerate for whom everything feels like “work” besides watching porn and taking drugs ?”

        They’re actively pursuing excess instead of the middle path. There’s nothing zen about seeking pleasure and having desires that need to be fulfilled. To a Taoist, an antifa and alt-righters are the same (one is Ying, the other is Yang). Both are grasping, trying to change the world to what they believe is right, but more importantly, they need each other. Without antifa (or SJWs), who would the right attack?

        “But then how much of it is an individual solution and how much requires collective action ?”

        The collective is formed from individuals. If the individual is broken, how can the collective ever be balanced? Focusing on “improving society” is a top-down approach while focusing on the individual is bottom-up. Societal standards and laws are important, but you can have a million laws and still have a broken society.

        “Can you be Zen in a modern world ? To what degree ?”

        Yes, but it would be lacking in excess materialism, status, and ego gratification. You would be a spectator instead of a participant. The ego wants to participate, wants to change things. With Zen you are an observer who does not desire more than an ordinary life. You’re invisible, a “nobody,” who lives only on the basics.

      5. Vincent Law April 4, 2017 at 6:01 am

        Have you ever read Nietschze’s critique of Eastern Philosophy?

        He basically lumped it into his slave morality category and called it garbage. In a way, he was trying to achieve the 5th and final stage of platonic state of enlightenment that comes after the Tyrant stage- complete rule by the ego.

        I was initially interest in Zen myself for about 2 years and that was because I associated it with Samurai or something warrior-like. But then I realized that Zen only really flowered after the wars in Japan ended. And that it was basically a philosophy of coping for many out of work warriors who lost their meaning in a modern and much safer society.

        Perhaps that is why the office plankton, lost students and depressed white collar types have flocked to it in the West.

      6. SomeRandomFellow April 4, 2017 at 4:04 pm

        Thank you for the answer Roosh.

        I have really rumigated on this the previous day and have come to see the value of this.

        From the perspective of individual happiness Zen seems to be appropriate. It made me realize I may have been somewhat invested in ego in the past, so it’s good to be reminded of the beauty of simple calm life.

        But the problem I see is that Zen creates docility, which is what elites would like to see. Not only that, but it also fetishizes moderation.

        I also think inaction and passive viewership is fantastic for living a calm simple life, but it goes against my values, and possibly my deepest inner core to just spectate while the world gets destroyed. Zen would also mean accepting the destruction of the world around you while you are at peace with it. Not sure it’s my cup of it.

        Nonetheless, a useful and interesting perspective.

      7. Roosh April 5, 2017 at 8:02 am

        “Zen would also mean accepting the destruction of the world around you while you are at peace with it. Not sure it’s my cup of it.”

        Zen would also say that you are a part of the world (actually you ARE the world), so by fighting against it, you’re actually fighting yourself, and that will just lead to suffering and pain. Alan Watts explains this well in his youtube lectures.

        For me, the line between observer and warrior is when it comes to protection of yourself, family, or tribe. But fighting globalist interests and shadowy figures online, mostly for lulz or to defeat random strangers, is too distant from my natural need of protecting my tribe, and is unlikely to lead to a good outcome.

      8. SomeRandomFellow April 8, 2017 at 9:17 am

        ” Zen would also say that you are a part of the world (actually you ARE
        the world), so by fighting against it, you’re actually fighting
        yourself, and that will just lead to suffering and pain.”

        I absolutely agree. I just don’t think suffering and pain is something to be necessarily avoided. I think sometimes suffering and pain is useful and necessary. I would say it is important to avoid UNNECESSARY suffering and pain. Otherwise it seems to me that Zen could interpreted as hedonism in disguise.

        ” For me, the line between observer and warrior is when it comes to
        protection of yourself, family, or tribe. But fighting globalist
        interests and shadowy figures online, mostly for lulz or to defeat
        random strangers, is too distant from my natural need of protecting my
        tribe, and is unlikely to lead to a good outcome. ”

        I agree with you on that. Fighting things online is not really a natural need. But to be honest, I enjoy it. So this one is more of a personal interpretation / choice.

      9. SomeRandomFellow April 8, 2017 at 9:19 am

        Also, Roosh I am trying to change my pass to post an article and there seems to be an issue with ROK servers. If it could be sorted out it would be great. I have a really timely article regarding some recent political events and think it would be great to post it as soon as possible, since it is releveant.

        Could you look into it ?

      10. SomeRandomFellow April 8, 2017 at 10:41 am


      11. GS May 18, 2017 at 4:23 pm

        It would be beneficial for manosphere acolytes to watch the old Kung Fu TV series. On its surface it is a “SJW” show because it’s left-leaning but it’s completely lacking the us vs. them mentality of modern left-leaning entertainment. Caine exists in the amorality and corruption of the old west, a world crueller in most respects than our own. But Caine does indeed pass through the middle of all this conflict, sometimes solving Hatfield vs. the McCoy situations. This ability to peacemak is largely gone today thanks to the way the internet breeds polarization and ideological silos. I hate to say it, but manosphere is one of them. I know it advertises itself as a sanctuary of sorts but this emphasis on listing out grievances is every bit the yang to SJW’s yin. The best you can achieve with that is a stalemate.

        I do get the sense from this posting that Roosh is on a broader spiritual journey and PUA and alt-right thought are really just waypoints. It will be interesting to see where this takes him next. Remember that Buddha himself was a ladies man before enlightenment.

        The other thing about this is how zen/tao/buddhism relates to the alpha/beta dichotomy, which Roosh didn’t comment on.

        There are a couple episodes of this show where Caine gets the hots for a chick. In one of them, he winds up getting played (red pill wisdom) similar to Bruce Wayne getting pwned in Dark Knight Rises. In another the flashbacks tell him to keep it in his pants and just be what red-pillers would construe to be a white-knight mangina.

        This kind of hero is simply nowhere near the alpha male ideal, and yet at the same time, the point the show demonstrated each week is that in the clutch, he can kick ass. He just doesn’t use force unless it’s absolutely necessary.

        The fact is that pursuing notches, as fun as it may be, is no different from chasing money or fame. You have a momentary feeling of having accomplished something rare, and then you’re back to asking “is that all that there is”?

      12. legno April 10, 2017 at 6:58 pm

        How did you find yours, Roosh? I’ve never been able to.

  3. Grab That One April 3, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Roosh, don’t be fooled by these spooks.

    From Theosophy to the Beat Generation or How even the Occult was Disguised

  4. Tali April 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    “grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”
    – I like the Tao with regard to the serenity to accept the things I cannot change (many involving human nature). I’m not sure how applicable it is to identifying the things I can change, which changes might have a meaningful impact on my life (living in a different place, for example), and which ones are just the never-ending treadmill, or would crate as many problems as they solve.

  5. Lunostrelki April 3, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    “Buddhism, Zen, and Tao” were only the religious schools of East Asia, with their practitioners being arcane specialists. For 95% of the people the guiding principles of everyday life was Confucian patriarchy. The sacred and the secular influenced one another and are not to be understood in isolation.

    1. William Adams April 3, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Yes. Whereas Zen is a sub-branch of Mahayana Buddhism (although quite different from many other sorts, such as Pure Land Buddhism), Confucianism is one of the original Chinese streams of philosophy (although sometimes merged, or at least co-existing with Buddhism and Taoism, like in Korea).

      Many of the Confucian ideas such as li, ren and yi correspond to transcendent virtuous principles that one finds in the West too, such as honor, truth, loyalty and arete.

  6. Zach the Conqueror April 3, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    great stuff roosh. continue to share your philosophical musings; a great strength that has made me learn many things one way or another

  7. kelley April 3, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    i cannot think of drivel less worth reading

  8. TJ April 3, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    I prefer Watts’ recorded lectures. Check out “You’re It” and “Out of Your Mind.”

  9. Joel April 4, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Roosh can you please look into UG Krishnamurti if you haven’t already, I’d love to hear your take on him

    1. Blinko23 April 4, 2017 at 11:02 pm

      UG is the fake Krishnamurthi. Jiddu is the real deal.

      The two Krishnamurthi’s knew each other. UG attended many of Jiddu’s lectures but failed to achieve enlightenment. So he then went around the world spitting at all teachings in spite. In his spite UG still said a few worthwhile things, but really he was only paraphrasing the deeper understanding of Jiddu, with a cynical taint.

      Just say NO to UG.

  10. Friederick Ahriman April 4, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    From incel to Chad to philosopher. It’s like you’re living the journey of the West. I think you are 100% on point exploring the Tao. It would be an absolutely twisted irony if Westerners began to adopt Taoist views and practices. We poison the poor Chinese with Marxism and in return get enlightenment.

    Anyways, you’re way ahead of the curve, and it’s awesome.

  11. Friederick Ahriman April 4, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Although one secondary thought: the ‘eastern philosophy helps the government control people’ objection is a bit rich. I find it hard to imagine a populace more easily led that nihilistic western consumers.

  12. Tick Tock April 5, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Aristippus of Cyrene. Now, THAT’S a philosophy!! 😀
    And a bit of Epicurus, for the good measure (pun intended…)… 🙂

  13. Self improv April 6, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    A lot of what I have read, was already confronted by Schopenhauer. He calls it “the will”, an instinct that makes you constantly become, but never being. The “will” feeds unto itself. His philosophy also fuses with Buddhism. But the “will” is not self improvement, he does not makes the mistake you are making. The question is not IF self improvement, but WHICH self improvement. 95 per cent of all contemporary American authors are writing shit. Anthony Robbins and Arnold Schwaznegger are not self improvement, they are shit for 16 years old. The problem with Taoism is that it is too obscure. In the Stoics and Schopenhauer I found what I looked for, for years. Get the counsels and maxims, you will never look back. Also Schopenhauer explains why even after you had casual sex with 100 women, you did not really get anywhere. “For all pleasure is chimerical”. If every man really learned not to overrate sex and women, the world would be different. All this bullshit about how you are not a man unless you are having sex, or unless you are seeing women, etc, it is ridiculous. I don’t even understand you guys, why do you give a shit about what women are doing or saying. To me they are of no importance whatsoever, Life is really too short to devote to emptying your balls in a condom while

  14. William Adams April 7, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Some might have heard about the macriobiotic diet, linked to Zen and founded by George Ohsawa.

  15. Mins dominicus April 7, 2017 at 10:14 am

    634. Nietzsche: “The concept of decadence.— Waste, decay, elimination need not be condemned: they are necessary consequences of life, of the growth of life. The phenomenon of decadence is as necessary as any increase and advance of life: one is in no position to abolish it. Reason demands, on the contrary, that we do justice to it. It is a disgrace for all socialist systematizers that they suppose there could be circumstances — social combinations — in which vice, disease, prostitution, distress would no longer grow.— But that means condemning life.— A society is not free to remain young. And even at the height of its strength it has to form refuse and waste materials. The more energetically and boldly it advances, the richer it will be in failures and deformities, the closer to decline.— Age is not abolished by means of institutions. Neither is disease. Nor

    633. “What about all the countless and rapidly escalating symptoms of
    decline then?” — The bigger and stronger you get, the more you eat and
    drink, and therefore the more you piss and shit. How hard is this simple truth of
    life for you retards to grasp?

  16. Bacon Barry April 8, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Brilliant article.

  17. Pantalones April 8, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Got it for free👍

  18. Wade April 9, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    “I will agree that Eastern philosophy is useful for elites who wish to control humans. There is no easier human to control than one who is happy with things as they are, who meditates all day, and who does not seek power.”

    You can think this if youd like Roosh, but it is YOU who causes your own suffering. You are not separate from the whole that is existence itself. And constantly separating yourself and demonizing others is the sole reason you created your own hell of depression.

  19. Maximus Decimus Meridius April 13, 2017 at 10:33 am

    “it could be argued that those who sit quietly and do nothing are making
    one of the best possible contributions to a world in turmoil”

    YES!!!! I’m saving the world! Will comment more later. Must get to the gym.