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The faster you realize will not change the world the sooner you will stop doing things for everyone else and start doing it for yourself.

Do you know how advertising works? Through repetition. You’re infected without being aware. When the opportunity arises you will buy the product your brain is already familiar with. Those who think they are immune to advertising are most affected because they make no attempts to block it.

TV is to program you. That’s why it’s called programming. Turn that shit off.

You’ll be dead before your dead. Your spouse will die and your adult children will visit you once a month. You’ll be scolded by a minimum wage immigrant whenever you soil your pants. Life is long, but there is a window you need to take advantage of.

No one will complete you. People can only increase or decrease your happiness level. No more.

“Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meager life than the poor.”

Get a medium sized box and put all the possessions you need in life inside. If you can’t say goodbye to all that other shit, well that shit owns you. In one year get a smaller box and do the same thing.

Buy nothing day? How about buy nothing month. You’ve been trained like a monkey to buy since you were two years old.

There is no God. You will die and that will be the end of your existence. All that you are will disappear forever. Remember that every time you stall, hesitate, and fear.

Enjoy it while it lasts because it’s going to end. I guarantee you it will. Take a deep breath because the pain will pass or you will adapt. I guarantee that too.

Do you think you’ll be playing golf in Florida at 65? You’ll be lucky if you can hold a golf club. Don’t believe the lies, don’t believe the 40-year work plan, don’t believe in retirement. Right now is your retirement. Don’t believe your real estate broker, don’t believe your investment adviser, don’t believe your boss. They are using you for your money, time, labor. Use them instead and get the hell out.

That so-called legacy you want to leave? In just a few generations your descendants will be as genetically related to you as a random stranger off the street. Do it for the right reason.

What’s the one thing you can do to put your life on a more fulfilling track? Don’t ask others for advice, don’t put it through committee—just do it now. But you’re lazy.

Remember it’s the journey, not the end result. No end result has changed any man.

A poor Argentine man I met travels by juggling at intersections and asking restaurants for leftover food. What was your excuse?

Do not work a day more than you have to. Are you sure that 401k is going to be worth it to you some day? You’re betting the prime of your life that it will.

If you want to be unhappy, all you have to do is try to impress other people. If you want to be happy, don’t do things which you are told makes you happy.

If you’re spending more than your income, you will work until you die. How many years of college and work have you put in so far? If you quit right now, how many years would you last without having to work? Do you see what the problem is? But you’re rich all right because you can go out to the new restaurant serving fusion dog shit and down $15 cocktails at the club with people carrying business cards.

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.”

Tell me you are not sleepwalking through life.

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I’m going to guess that you didn’t have a lot of friends in high school. Am I right?

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well his points are all true

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That philosophy is all fine and dandy, and I’m sure we all would like to be unemployed and travelling through South America… you’re lucky that you’re in a position to do it.

Some people want to raise families. Juggling on the corner of the street is not gonna put your kids through college or put braces in their mouths and dinner on the table.

Some people have other people to think about than themselves. There are ways to make a living without being a cubicle monkey, and there are ways that allow a person to balance work and life without sacrificing the ability to support a family.

Congratulations for quitting your job and travelling, it really is a wonderful experience. But please don’t sit on your soapbox and try to make the rest of the world feel bad about their lives.

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That was a great post. Thank you.

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And after all, if there were no people sitting in those cubicles designing aeroplanes or busses, travelling to and in South America would be much harder.

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What, are you reading Nietzsche down there?

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Someone is in a bad mood today. smile

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Thanks, Tyler Durden.

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I also disagree that you can’t be active and enjoy life at 55, 65, 75. My parents still travel. My grandparents still travel. Not everyone’s life is about finding 18 year olds to sleep with. Some find success and satisfaction in seeing their children grow up, in holding their grandchildren on their knee.

Some people like being cubicle monkeys, because it allows them the resources to shower, live with heat, grocery shop for their families, and provide shelter.

Happiness doesn’t have one definition, or one path. If you’ve found yours, congrats. Although by the tone of your posts, it doesn’t exactly sound like you’ve found your happiness yet either.

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You in brazil yet? what are you waiting for? methinks that once he’s in brazil, he won’t be writing depressing posts like this.

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I needed this post today. Good work Roosh.

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im printing this out… im getting more and more convinced to do my RTW trip when my lease is up, in march.

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I’m glad only your life plan is acceptable. I’d never want to live a life where I drive a Audi A6 to work every day, have a 3 story house in Palos Verdes, where I have a legion of housekeepers to maintain my luxirious home, the money to get the best healthcare, to own a beachside villa in Barcelona that I can retire to for 3 months out of the year, my own private jet, and endless good health to enjoy it all. Sounds absolutely terrible. I’d never wish that life on to anyone. Wouldn’t you be depressed owning your own vinyard?

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Some outstanding replies to cliched hippy bullshit…your about 40 years too late man.

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Although I don’t embrace all of your beliefs Roosh, I do think you are spot on about taking risks and getting out there. Per Laura’s comment, sure, Roosh has some cushion that is a combination of luck (parents that care for him) and planning (saving up enough money while being a corporate whore like the rest of us) that let him take this trip– but the fact is he made a conscious effort to make it happen.

It’s easy to spend life rationalizing why one doesn’t take risks (I need find a husband/wife, I need more money, etc), but this isn’t a dress rehearsal, and the chains that bind us socially and economically only grow as we get older.

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Roosh’s dry spell has really thrown him on a downward spiral. Nietzsche called, etc, etc.

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Please actually read Nietzsche, before you go making comments about it. I believe it’s Fyodor Dostoevsky you are thinking about. Nietzsche was a propoent of the overman idea, wherein you use your creativity to overcome nihilism and define your own morality.

I don’t know why people associate nihilism with Nietzsche, besides the fact that he noted nihilism is what results after the first step in the three step process as you attempt to achieve your true potential and reject all societally imposed moral values, because logic by itself is incapable of generating a coherent value system as there in no basis for it when relativism is introduced.

Roosh seems to have already come to the most immediate and obvious answer, which is a toned down version of hedonism.

If you want to truly be exposed to “nihilism” go read Brothers Karamazov.

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I think the main point here is we live in a fear based society. Anyone who can break out of that mindset deserves kudos. Be it by living the life of a nomad or having the balls to start a business and make crap loads of money. It’s up to each of us how to overcome the elite’s plan to keep us in line.

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Sean… DO YOU SEE THIS? This is an Anger Prisoner. A textbook example. DO YOU SEE THE FEAR, PEOPLE? This boy is scared to death of the truth. Son, it breaks my heart to say this, but I believe you are a very troubled and confused young man. I believe you are searching for the answers in all the wrong places…

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Patrick for a guy who hasn’t had a decent gig since “Roadhouse” you seem awfully sure of yourself.

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Best Post in a while… as I sit in my cube farm I now hate my life… thanks Roosh

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Excellent clutter-busting advice. Your advice is BANG on target.

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“They say money can’t buy happiness? Look at the fucking smile on my face. Ear to ear, baby. Anybody who tells you money is the root of all evil doesn’t fucking have any.”

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all maxims to live by. i predict women will find disagreement with these thoughts more than will men because women are practical creatures by nature while men are nonconformist strivers and experimenters.

When the opportunity arises you will buy the product your brain is already familiar with.

one word: ipod.
iriver makes an equally good mp3 player as apple at half the price yet no one has heard of it. why? apple saturated the consumer market with advertising, and effective advertising at that. once a critical tipping point was reached — i.e. the point at which ipod became a tribal tattoo that defined the in-group from the out-groups — it practically sold itself regardless of the merits of the product relative to its competitors’ products.
anyone who says salesmen, marketers, and ad execs are overpaid have no idea how much those skilled manipulators of the human psyche are indispensable to moving a company’s product.
kind of like game.

Buy nothing day? How about buy nothing month.

while i agree with the spirit in which this advice is given, it is probably the most unrealistic to put into action because it would require an uphill battle against human desire. women buys things to make themselves prettier to potential mates and men buy things to impress women. both buy lifestyle goods, machines, and toys because it gives a temporary blast to the reward center of the brain.

That so-called legacy you want to leave?

kids are a buzzkill.

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because women are practical creatures by nature while men are nonconformist strivers and experimenters

Women are practical? Sorry Roissy, going to have to disagree with you on this one. I’m no misogynist, but you can’t break it down to women are practical while men are nonconformist. I’ve known my fair share of chicks who are not in the least practical, and I’ve met quite a few dudes who are as straight-laced and anal as is humanly possible. It goes both ways on that one.

If anything, women might disagree with this post more than men because many of them have a powerful instinct to procreate and raise younguns, which doesn’t allow for much soul-seeking.

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What is your great legacy that you have left to the world? How to pick up chicks? How to manipulate and use people for your own benefit? How to put yourself and others at risk for pregnancy or STD’s?
Your high disregard for empty-headed women?

It’s really all about being lazy and mooching or using others isn’t it, Roosh?

Signed,
Probably the only woman in America who doesn’t think you are slick!

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So…when exactly are you going to finish your South American holiday and come back to live in the States with Daddy and his submissive wife so they can support you and wait on you, little boy? Then you can be on a quest to find a Real Woman = domestic slave and feel justified to take advantage of any girl who has had too much to drink in DC bars?

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gfy: It goes both ways on that one.

true, but i’m talking about averages here. on average, men are more risk-taking (AKA impractical) than women.

If anything, women might disagree with this post more than men because many of them have a powerful instinct to procreate and raise younguns

that is exactly why women are more practical. they need a steady supply of resources and a reliable man to help raise their kids, while men, not being burdened with the rigors of pregnancy and being able to, theoretically, walk away from any act of conception, are freer to pursue adventurism in the service of attracting more female attention and for their own hedonistic pleasure.
don’t be swayed by the impulsive impractical purchases that women are prone to, like multitudes of shoes and ridiculous designer handbags. while this is a weakness of theirs in the short term, in the big picture women show a keen awareness of exactly what they need out of life… and men… in order to survive and procreate. it’s men who are the dreamers.

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Rooshy…

You smelly ass hippie. Get your ass back to work you sand bum loser.

“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right; greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms, greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge — has marked the upward surge of mankind and greed, you mark my words — will not only save Teldar Paper but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. “

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“Don’t believe the lies, don’t believe the 40-year work plan, don’t believe in retirement. Right now is your retirement. Don’t believe your real estate broker, don’t believe your investment adviser, don’t believe your boss. They are using you for your money, time, labor. Use them instead and get the hell out.”

Amen!!!

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The irony of this post is that what allowed you to make this trip was playing by the rules of American corporate society. And let’s be clear: eventually you’ll need to come back, so basically you are on an extended vacation.

You make some good points about relationships and women in the sense that no one will complete you: only make you happier or unhappier.

I believe you are correct that many people do not “get” that life won’t ultimately be about how much money you have or your possessions.

However, you fail to see some things. I don’t want to go to South America and live in hostels. It doesn’t interest me in the slightest. Not because I am greedy or materialistic– it just sounds bland and unfulfilling. I’d rather have a challenge honestly. I’d rather work at things, meet interesting people, spend time with my family. I am sure it is fun going out all the time and travelling, but at the end of the day- when will that get old? You may say never, but ultimately eventually it will.

Saying you shouldn’t live for retirement is good advice, but I’d rather work at something challenging that I enjoy right now and live each day as if I was only living until 60. This may sound uniquely American, but you probably would be totally screwed right now if you were suddenly diagnosed with cancer and what if you DO have children some day?

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“The rich been doing it to the poor since the beginning of time. The only difference between the Pyramids and the Empire State Building is the Egyptians didn’t allow unions.

You realize that the richest one percent of this country owns half our country’s wealth, five trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work, two thirds comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons and what I do, stock and real estate speculation. It’s bullshit. You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create nothing. I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it. Now you’re not naive enough to think we’re living in a democracy, are you buddy? It’s the free market. And you’re a part of it. You’ve got that killer instinct. Stick around pal, I’ve still got a lot to teach you”

Gordon Gecko

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I’d also like to add two things:

You make a lot of good points– they make me wake up and think. But honestly, you don’t sound happy at all so I question how much validity I should assign to what you are saying. Is this just anger that people don’t realize this stuff?

Let’s be honest, you would not be thinking any of this shit if you hadn’t grown up totally comfortable in one of the richest countries in the world, then getting a posh corporate job. In my grandfather’s day– poor Irish immigrants could give a fuck about all this nihilist bullshit– they wanted a good job, to earn good money to live a good life. My grandfather who had come from nothing but saw his son go to law school and himself had made a good living died and old and happy man. Sometimes it just sounds like you’ve never struggled in your whole life.

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Great post Roosh.

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I agree with reducing your attachment to material garbage. Unthinking consumerism gets many Americans into trouble for no good reason.

But I don’t think looking at homeless Argentinian street jugglers in admiration is a step in the right direction either.

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Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed- interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing sprit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing you last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that?

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Oh dear people, this subject is much ado about nothing. The Singularity is near….let the boy have a good time in South America.

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roosh when you get back to the states, call me and we’ll do acid together.

if you love everyone, they will love you too. i love you and i love a lot of people i’ve met

but not everyone has been receptive of my love
not everyone has been ready for it

that’s okay, there’s a time and a place.
let it be
let it be
let it be

and love

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rina, have you been reading stephane’s ideagasms?

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Roosh is on to something. But there’s a very angry undercurrent. I’ve been following his posts throughout South America. I haven’t seen much joy or happiness or exuberance in any of these posts. Something is troubling him and he can’t shake it. Maybe part of the reason is he has chosen to stay in total shitholes, which probably was a mistake. But on the other hand, he’s living a pretty cool adventure that he has planned for years. I expected more positive stuff.

Roosh *is* onto something here though. Take away the incendiary language, and at its core this post is about listening to your inner voice and living your own life instead of someone else’s. Too often, many of us just go with the flow and do things that are “expected” of us and what society values (that’s how most of my lawyer friends became lawyers, and they f-ing hate it but don’t have the balls to break out).

Be honest with yourself about what you want in life. Want to paint? Paint. Want to write travel books? Do it. Whatever you do, don’t sleepwalk through life doing something you hate, thinking “oh, but I can retire at 55.” Jesus Christ, you only get one shot at this life thing, so don’t waste it. I went through something similar to Roosh a few years ago, and now I live in Vietnam. I love it here. Live your dream.

But don’t take my word for it. Read the text of this speech by Steve Jobs on finding your purpose and happiness in life. It contains more wisdom per word than anything I’ve ever read.

http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

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ideagasms?
i don’t need a website to show me that i love people, and therefore can be happy. it’s not a cliche, it actually works when you care about others unselfishly and unconditionally.

i also don’t need a trip to south america.

but don’t take my word for it, one day you will see it, too.
i hope smile

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While the tone at times is harsh, condescending and angry towards cubicle workers, I think there are some great bits of advice in this little rant. Especially this:

“If you want to be unhappy, all you have to do is try to impress other people. If you want to be happy, don’t do things which you are told makes you happy.

If you’re spending more than your income, you will work until you die. How many years of college and work have you put in so far? If you quit right now, how many years would you last without having to work? Do you see what the problem is? But you’re rich all right because you can go out to the new restaurant serving fusion dog shit and down $15 cocktails at the club with people carrying business cards.”

Unfortunately, the tone will probably cause people to disregard the whole post, even the good parts.

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I think you people all make yourselves unhappy. Why is everyone so damn angst-ridden? Spend enough time thinking about why you’re not happy, and what you should be doing if you weren’t being held down by “the man”, and it’s guaranteed you never will be.

So what, you have to have a job, and work and pay taxes. Hell, none of you are starving, are you. Your families don’t have to worry about where they will sleep tonight, or if they’ll be kidnapped, raped, murdered by some fanatic religious or ethnic group. There are millions of people crossing our border, illegally, dangerously, just for a bite at this awful life we live here. I’m sure given the shot, Argentine juggler would be here too, typing away in some sad cubicle. Get some damn perspective. I can’t believe how pathetic Americans are.

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If you’ve ever considered a career in motivational speaking then I suggest you abandon that idea entirely.

Others have observed correctly the undercurrent of bitterness and anger that takes away from the wisdom of what you have to say, which by the way is nothing new. If you’ve ever sat through a PBS fundraiser and watched Wayne Dyer you would know that you’ve been preceded and bested.

I agree with Tampa, success and wealth earned is enormously satisfying and those that say otherwise haven’t earned it or don’t have it.

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And on another note, there’s a reason we need those illegal immigrants…because Americans who used to take hard working, productive jobs now “paint if they want to paint, and write if they want to write” instead of building ships or fishing or farming. Hedonism at its finest.

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I look forward to seeing Roosh on a corner in Adams Morgan with a full beard and 53 years old peddling “Bang” for my leftover fries. By the way Roosh, Brazil is known for its legal prostitution. Talked with a friend of mine who has been there many times and the pros are very open about approaching you. Guess you can recall your previous experience on the beach and apply.

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Roosh, I suggest picking up this book, “The Magic of Thinking Big.” I have been reading it and it is quite good. Your intellect will be wasted following the philosophies of Tyler Durden and the hypnotized guy, Peter Gibbons, from Office Space. Whether you want to admit it or not, we need your smarts in our society to help cure us physically. Espouse your thoughts on our inner selves through your bestsellers!

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wow… you made people really mad with this post

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Good food for thought, You definitely hit a nerve for some…..especially anonymous (there is only one so don’t get it twisted) who unmistakenly commented about 15 times, I mean how much hate can you have to comment 15 times on how much you disagree…….definitely hit a nerve there…

I think the post came off a little negative to some because you are not sharing the fun stuff that you share with close friends (the last one was great)…..either way keep doing what you are doing…..youll have plenty of time to do some of the mundane shit when you get here.

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