ISBN: 1580632254

I’ve previously reviewed Osho’s When The Shoe Fits, but this book may actually serve as a better reading for complete beginners to Tao since it’s more introductory in nature. However, it does lack the parables that make it as interesting as When The Shoe Fits.

Buddha has walked, Lao Tzu has walked, Jesus has walked, but those ways are not going to help you because you are not Jesus, and you are not Lao Tzu, and you are not Lieh Tzu. You are you, a unique individual. Only by walking, only by living your life, will you find the way.

When you study another man, you are studying his path, and what is unique to him. When you read my game work, and all the pickup lines I’ve used, you feel empowered with the knowledge, but until you use those lines yourself, you won’t have experienced game. A baby can watch his parents walk for months, but the first step he takes will still cause him to fall over.

Christianity, Hinduism, Mohammedanism, are superhighways; you need not risk anything, you simply follow the crowd, you go with the mob. With Tao you have to go alone, you have to be alone.

Religions are useful in that they hand you an already cooked meal of morality and rules that will likely be enough for you to lead a productive life, but their one-size-fits-all approach does clash with the modern notions of individualism that encourage us to be our own Gods, which is why so few today are truly religious.

…ignorance is not the barrier against truth—knowledge is the barrier.

All the knowledge you have jammed in your brain causes your ego to exclude experience that conflicts with what you think you know. The more knowledge you have, the more you live a filtered experience of neverending cycles of confirmation bias, all because your ego doesn’t want to ever have to admit it’s wrong or that the time and energy spent educating yourself was a waste. This is why taking the red pill is impossible for some people, because it would force the person to admit that they have believed in the wrong ideas for the bulk of their lives, and that much of their college education was useless.

Thinking cannot deliver truth. Truth is an experience, and the experience happens only when thinking is no longer there.

All the truth I’ve realized in my life has come from direct experience. I can read a book where a man explains the truth to me, but unless I have experience that led me to believing that truth, I will not believe it with conviction.

Thinking is dreaming with words, dreaming is thinking with pictures—that’s the only difference. Dreaming is a primitive way of thinking, and thinking is a more evolved way of dreaming—more civilized, more cultured, more intellectual, but it is the same—only the pictures have been replaced by words. And, in a way, because pictures have been replaced by words, it has gone even farther away from reality, because reality is closer to pictures than to words.

Thinking is seen as a negative process in Tao because it’s shaped and controlled by the ego, which is a self-protection mechanism that doesn’t want to see reality as it is. The more you think, the more your ego is guiding you into a pre-determined safe space that will not conflict with your existing knowledge and past experience.

The more you have of this world, the less you have of happiness, because the more you have of this world, the stronger becomes your ego, the more strengthened is your ego, more crystallized—hence unhappiness.

Material possessions drain your happiness because you now have to expend energy, time, and work into keeping and maintaining them, on top of new fears of losing them. I thought that as I saved more money over the years, I would be less fearful of entering poverty, but that didn’t happen because I became anxious of vague economic forces and black swan events that may take my money away. The anxiety was of a different nature, but the absolute amount of the anxiety remained the same. The only person who is not anxious at all of poverty is the man already deep in it, and who has no possessions of his own.

Drop your intellect, and you will not lose anything. Carry your intellect with yourself, and you will lose all. Drop your intellect, and you will lose only your imprisonment, your falsity. Drop your intellect, and suddenly your consciousness will soar high, will be on its wings… and you can go to the very south, to the open seas where you belong. Intellect is the burden on man.


Begin with ignorance, and some day you may be fortunate enough to know. Begin with knowledge, and this is certain: that you will never be able to know.

But if I drop my intellect, how will I contribute to mankind? How will I help man fly to Mars? How will I solve the intricate problems of modern society? How will I make more money to accumulate greater material possessions? These are all questions demanded by the ego. Observe low IQ people and you will see that lacking intelligence is not a hindrance to their life, and in some cases, they are able to experience reality more fully because they lack rules, principles, and expectations that constrain their more intelligent counterparts.

Only an inferior person thinks in terms of superiority. A real person, an authentic person, is neither superior nor inferior. He simply is— unique; nobody is lower than him and nobody is higher than him.

Most of your social behavior has an aim of showing yourself as superior, in the most subtle of ways. For example, helping other people is a way for you to show your superiority, especially when it is done publicly. You want others to see how generous and kind you are, and for them to commend you. This gets out of control in the case of virtue signalling, where people show how “kind” they are to third-world foreigners in a way that actively harms their neighbor’s safety or economic well-being.

A comparative happiness is a pseudohappiness. “I have a big car and you don’t have. Because you don’t have, I am happy.” This is something foolish. How can I be happy because you don’t have a car? What has it to do with my happiness that you don’t have a car? “I have a big house and you don’t have a big house, so I am happy.” This happiness seems more interested in making others unhappy rather than in being happy oneself. “You don’t have a car, you don’t have a good house— I am happy because you are miserable.” Look at the logic of it, the mathematics is simple: “I am happy when people are miserable, so if people are more miserable, I will be more happy; if the whole world is turned into hell, I will be supremely happy.” This is the logic, and this is what man has been doing.


Comparison is the root cause of misery. To be noncomparative—to be neither higher nor lower, just to be yourself, not to think in relation to others, just to think in terms of your tremendous aloneness—then you are happy.

Many times we compare ourselves to those more fortunate, and it leads to insecurity. Then we see a crippled man on the street and we feel better, because we realize we are not as bad off as others. And then we see a rich man in a Ferrari, and again we feel insecure. We derive our entire self-worth through external comparison that has an end result of wanting everyone else to be less fortunate than ourselves. This method of comparison has actually been institutionalized in many countries, such as the Scandinavian Jante Law, which aims to push down others who are succeeding in life.

Contentment comes only when you are not comparing, when you are simply within yourself, totally in yourself—centered, rooted. And by being in your being, you suddenly realize that the whole is yours, and you are of the whole; you are not separate. The ego has disappeared, you have become universal. In that moment, there is great contentment, great benediction. But that benediction, that contentment, does not come through rationalization; it comes through realization—that is the difference. Consolation is a rationalization, contentment is a realization.

How does contentment come about? Through accepting reality as it is, without filters put in place by your ego and society, and that existence alone, of simply being alive, is the point of life. You are breathing right now, and you are conscious; congratulations, you have achieved an incredible feat in this vast universe. Nothing more is needed besides satisfying your needs of survival, which if you’re able to read this, I guarantee is being satisfied at a high level of material comfort.

A man who is trying to “figure it out” is bound to fall into a tremendous trap and will not be able to come out of it easily. Once you start intellectualizing about life, you start going astray. Life has to be lived. Life has to be lived existentially and not intellectually. Intellect is not a bridge but a barrier.

The reason we develop theories to figure out life is because we want to minimize pain and suffering. Intellectual theories that explain what is happening right now can then be extended to predict what will happen, and if I know what will happen, I can steer around the difficulty and protect myself.

Thousands of men in Silicon Valley are developing artificial intelligence to take away any potential downside of life, but at the same time, they are removing any upside as well. The joyful surprises of love and friendship will be reduced to mathematical formulas and algorithms. You will know everything about a new lover before you meet her, you will know what diseases you’ll get and when you’ll get them, and you will be told what type of jobs or hobbies to perform without finding out on your own. You will even be told on which day you will die.

That which is caused is never eternal, that which is caused is temporal. When the cause disappears, it will disappear; it is a by-product. That which is uncaused is going to be forever and forever, because there is nothing that can destroy it.

Uncaused is when you’re “happy for no reason.” You feel an energy coming from your spirit that is not based on a direct cause from your environment.

I commonly see uncaused happiness in people who are highly religious. They believe God is guiding them and their experiences. Even in the face of evil, they are calm and content. Those who use stocism alone are not able to accept negative events as easily as the religious, since they apply a material logic to the nature of the world that can still lead them to the question of “Why me and not him?”

If your happiness is caused, keeping it simple is the best strategy, as I mentioned in my podcast on hedonic adaptation. If you climb the biggest mountain in the world, how can you be happy when visiting a little park? If you make love to the most beautiful girl in the world, how can you be happy with a girlfriend or wife who has flaws? The more experience and excitement you seek, the more you desensitize you to the little causes of happiness.

An ambitious man will always regret. Alexander died sad, in great frustration, because ambition by its very nature is unfulfillable.


Only a nonambitious person can be happy. An ambitious person is bound to be always frustrated.

The sum of pleasure you achieve through any gain must be equal to the sum of pain that is experienced through its loss. There is no other possibility in a universe where matter can neither be created nor destroyed. If you date a girl for one year, all the pleasure you received from her will be given back in pain when you break up. (Breaking up is so acute since the pain is experienced in a shorter time period than the pleasure gained.) Anything you buy right now will give you a pleasurable rush, which is given back in the debt or labor you have to pay for that object along with the pain experienced when it no longer gives you pleasure.

A question may arise: so why bother? Why even try anything? Why not go live in a cave and meditate for hours a day? Well, many people do! Taoists don’t recommend this approach because it’s the forced opposite of hedonistic ambition. They advocate for living according to your nature, without ego, though the interpretation of that can be subjective.

But even if in the Old Testament you have two pages [of recognition], or twenty, or two hundred, what is the meaning of it? And as history grows bigger, those two pages will become smaller and smaller and smaller, and one day [you will become] just a footnote. And then when history will become even longer—and it is becoming longer every day— the footnotes will also disappear somewhere in the appendix, and by and by you are gone.

Tomorrow you may be remembered as a great man. Books will be written about you. Then you will be remembered in compilations with other men, and as history goes on, the words that describe you get smaller until you exist in name only. If you’re lucky, you will turn into a meme, like Hitler, or by pscyhoanalyzed for your faults in the future or suspected of being secretely gay, like Alexander, but none of that recognition can compete to living in the present.

…philosophy creates a screen of words and you cannot see the reality as it is. It distorts reality, it interprets reality, it gives a garb to reality, it hides reality, it covers reality.

Has philosophy ever been helpful? Outside of stoicism, I can’t think of any philosophical work that has made much of a difference to the individual. Either that philosophy has been long dead, its realizations made impotent by the hands of time, or it was dropped into a vast sea of other ideas and philosophies, its effect neutered by new avalanches of work. Philosophy is great for the men who invent the philosophies, who are able to leave their mark and feel like they contributed something that can allow them to control the world from beyond the grave.

…the moment you start asking, “What is truth?” your mind starts supplying words; it knows the answers. Those answers are all false, those answers are all borrowed, but it gives you beautiful answers. They satisfy you for a while, and if your inquiry is not great, they may satisfy you forever. Only a great inquirer sees the point that words are meaningless.

Analyzing an experience can only offer rationalizations that soothe your ego into maintaining its image of superiority.

The rebellious person is one who does not bother about the society at all. He simply lives through his innermost core; he is one who follows his Tao. If society fits with that inner Tao, good, he goes with the society; he is not reactionary. If the society does not fit with his inner Tao, he goes alone. He is not a traditional, conventional, straight person. His criterion is his inner soul.

A man who is purely reactionary, who is attempting to fight the mainstream culture, is actually swimming with the culture, because his behavior is wholly determined by it, just as much—if not more—as someone who is for the culture. Counter-culture is yang to the culture’s yin—they are inseparable. The clash between the culture and counter-culture breeds the synthesis that creates the culture of tomorrow.

An untrue life is worse than a true death: a true death is better. An untrue happiness is worse than a true unhappiness— let this be remembered always. True tears are better than false smiles, because growth comes through being true. Growth never comes through falsity, and the ideal of gentleman is the ideal of the false man.

For many years I have put on the clown mask to engage in fornication with women. I’ve concealed, danced, and acted. The end result of those orgasms were only satisfying for a brief moment, because I had to put the mask back on as soon as the ejaculation was completed. When the pain of acting or fulfilling other people’s expectations of you become greater than the pleasure received from keeping up with appearances, you are beginning to listen to your true nature.

…let there be a harmony in the contradictions within you, then you will reach to the highest point and the highest peak. Don’t choose one, choose both together. Be courageous. Don’t be miserly in choosing. When life gives you a paradox, choose the whole paradox; swallow it all and whole, and digest it completely and you will become a flying dragon.

For every personal conviction you have, there is the opposite lurking within. For many behaviors you have ever criticized, you have done it or are doing it, and within every person you despise, there is a part of you within them. Your ego wants to imagine itself as perfect, as flawless, but we are not perfect, both the good and bad exist within us, and that which we eagerly attack may be what we are composed of the most, because it’s our ego’s way of dealing with the inner contradiction.

Lao Tzu is passing through a forest, and the forest is being cut. Thousands of carpenters are cutting the trees. Then he comes near a big tree—a very big tree, one thousand bullock carts can rest underneath it—and it is so green and beautiful. He sends his disciples to inquire of the carpenters why this tree has not been cut yet. And they say, “It is useless. You cannot make anything out of it. Furniture cannot be made, it cannot be used as fuel—it gives too much smoke. It is of no use; that’s why we have not cut it.” And Lao Tzu says to his disciples, “Learn from this tree. Become as useless as this tree, then nobody will cut you.”


Don’t become a human commodity and nobody will be able to use you. And if nobody is able to use you, you will have a beautiful life of your own—independent, free, joyful. If nobody can use you, nobody can reduce you to a means. You will never be insulted, because in this life there is no greater insult than to become a means: somebody or other is going to use you—your body, your mind, your being.


You feel very happy if people come and say, “When you are gone we will never be able to replace you.” You feel tremendously happy, but what are they saying? They are saying, “You are a thing we are using.”

Because I am useful to men, they will always make demands of me. “You are a good writer, Roosh, so why don’t you write more articles?” “Make more Youtube videos and podcasts for me.” “Your game advice needs updating.” “I don’t like how your beard is getting so long.” “When are you going to do a happy hour?” And on and on. The second you become useful to someone, you enter a subservient role where the relationship can only be kept intact by continuing to provide usefulness.

Life cannot have any purpose, because if life has any purpose then something will become more valuable than life, and again the question will arise: What is the purpose of that? If we say, “Life is to attain truth,” then truth becomes the real purpose. But then what is the purpose of truth? If we say, “Life is to seek God,” then the question arises: “What is the purpose of God, or of achieving God, or of realizing God?” In the end you have to drop the word purpose…

Until you can arrive at the conclusion of “This existence is the purpose, and the sole purpose,” you will enter a un-answerable chain of never-ending causality. The essence of being is the purpose.

Hope is dressed-up desire. Be hopeless. Nothing is going to happen. Nothing ever happens. There is no future, so drop all ambition. Only this moment exists, so don’t rush hither and thither; it is pointless, it is neurotic, it is mad. Just relax in this moment, just be.

Some may interpret statements like this as nihilism, but there is a subtle difference. Nihilists believe existence has no purpose, nothing has value, and there is no objective truth. Taoists believe that existence is the purpose, and everything within that existence contains its own unique consciousness, energy, and place within the universe, because if something exists, it must be an important part of the universal whole, no matter how insignificant. Taoists also believe objective truth can be derived from nature itself.

When the intellect claims, “I am the whole,” then there is trouble. When the intellect says, “I am just a part of a vast entity, of a huge entity, and I do my work— beyond that I don’t know what is going on,” then there is no problem.

The universe is the whole, and we are a small part within that universe, but are not separate from it, and this is proven through studies in quantum mechanics, like the double slit and the delayed choice experiments, which show that the conscious observer is a necessary part of determining how the universe is composed of in the present, and how it was composed of in the past. If you think of yourself as distinct from the universe, you will continually suffer when having its effects thrust upon you for seemingly no reason.


Once logic claims, “I am the whole,” life becomes meaningless. Once somebody says, “Life is nothing but science,” then it is a reduction and everything is reduced to the lowest denominator. Then love is nothing but chemistry—a hormonal thing. Then everything can be reduced to the lowest, then the lotus is nothing but mud.

By reducing everything to a scientific theory, to a product of “evolution,” to explanations of “love is like eating chocolate,” we remove the joy from our existence. Then there is no soul, spirit, or truth, just a collection of atoms that are randomly hurtling through space and colliding with other atoms. Take it far enough and you may even conclude that suicide is rational.

…if you are trying to improve yourself, you will try to improve others. Your own disease goes on overflowing onto others. Once you stop improving upon yourself, once you accept yourself as you are, unconditionally, with no grudge, with no complaint, once you start loving yourself as you are, all interference disappears.

Those who are most sick will attempt to make others as sick as them to normalize their sickness, to feel that they are not alone. A woman who is morbidly obese will teach others that beauty exists “at every size” so that she feels better about herself. A man who struggles in loving one woman will teach others to bang hundreds of girls around the world.

What a man tries to prove to you that he is, he is not, because what is does not require proof. What a man does not try to prove, he is, because he is so filled with the quality that he doesn’t even notice, just like you have forgotten that you are breathing in this instance until I mentioned it.

This is none of your business what others are doing. This should be one of the basic attitudes—not to think about what the other is doing. That is his life. If he decides to live it that way, that is his business. Who are you even to have an opinion about it? Even to have an opinion means that you are ready to interfere, you have already interfered.


To have an opinion about you means that deep down somewhere I want to manipulate you. To have some opinion about you, this way or that, means that I have a deep desire to be powerful over people.

How about if a man is trying to kill others? How about if he wants to molest children? How about if he wants to promote homosexual families over heterosexual families? At what point do we actively try to control and impose our will for the health of society?

The problem with believing that there are standards to uphold is that you will inevitably enter a logic where you can justify killing 100 people if you believe that it will save 1 million, or you will kill one man if you know it will prevent the rape of 100 children. This logic will then find it justifiable to start wars and torture others with ideas that are different from yours, all to stop an evil that may very well be objectively based. Imposing standards or morals upon someone is the beginning of a path to killing, so the hard question is asking which standards are worth imposing upon others, because any imposition—at its core—is a concealed form of violence.

Ultimately, Osho and other Taoists believe you should live passively in the “feminine” to allow life to merely happen to you. Taoists stand against living life as the masculine, as an aggressive ego that is trying to impose your will and standards upon others to receive fleeting worldly benefits, but don’t confuse the Taoist use of feminine and masculine with the modern definitions concerning individual behavior. There is no Taoist that advises a man to act like a woman or change his sex and become one, because that would be going against his nature.

Ironically, the modern woman acts in a more masculine manner than men according to the Tao, because they are aggressive in seeking status and fame while pursuing material excess. Even the ego of a woman is higher than that of a man, because a woman is unable to ever admit she is wrong or to accept rejection, things that men are far more capable of doing.

Gender revelations aside, I highly recommend this book by Osho. Him and Alan Watts have done a lot to relieve the angst of my existence, and I have found more value in the Tao than other philosophies I have studied.

Read More: “Tao: The Pathless Path” on Amazon


  1. Gabriel March 12, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Good job. Really good article!

  2. Anonymous Disqus Account March 12, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    In a university world religions class I studied Kabbalah, Sufism, and Daoism for a paper I was writing and the only book still on my shelf from those years is the Dao De Jing.

    One thing I really like about Daoism is that it doesn’t force a person to integrate a bunch of ideas on pure faith (e.g., transubstantiation, rising from the dead, miracles, etc.) in order to take on a spiritual worldview. It retains many of the benefits of a simple materialistic interpretation of reality, but doesn’t deprive existence of its grand character. I liked the Sufi mystic Rumi’s writings as well for this reason and I found many of the mystic thinkers of different traditions have a similar and almost pagan-like worship of nature and being itself.

    One point of disagreement I have with Daoism is that I don’t necessarily agree that all boundaries are bad, that there are never cases where violence is justified, and that a pacifist mindset can be applied in all cases. Like Buddhism, Daoism is an excellent philosophy for peacetime, for the contemplative life and creating meaning, and for gaining perspective and finding some peace in your soul. But existence and a level of freedom are preconditions for this kind of life.

    We’re not only seeing this reality play out in the ultra-egalitarian post-enlightenment mercantile cucked West, but also in places like Buddhist Myanmar. These Buddhists, who presumably believe that true salvation is to be found through enlightenment in the next life, are nonetheless profoundly motivated to maintain their existence and way of life in the present by fending off their Muslim invaders. Daoism needs a way to address this basic reality, and I think it does implicitly because it was born in an era where tribes and empires were the norm. I don’t see Daoists as explicitly ignoring or denying the legitimacy of these basic facts of life but rather trying to see through their illusions when everyone is caught up in the fever of it.

    1. Roosh March 12, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      Like you I agree that Tao is too pacifist. I think because its main thinkers were distant to violence.

      I take some of it’s ideas but I’m too rigid.

      1. Blinko23 March 12, 2018 at 4:35 pm

        Very good article and good points overall. Love Osho and Alan Watts

        The sometimes confusing questions of pacifism vs when to take action arise because the Tao adds a thin veneer of philosophy over its more ancient advaita-vedanta roots. The latter contains no philosophy whatsoever.

        In Advaita, right action simply becomes apparent to one who is realized in the Absolute. Right action can sometimes (though very rarely) include violence or war. There is no debate or philosophizing about it. In fact, one of the greatest Advaita teacher of the 20th century, H. W. L. Poonja, was himself a terrorist during India’s fight for independence! And this was *after* he became enlightened.

        If you are interested in delving into the Tao’s more “pure” roots, I would suggest “I Am That” by Nisargadatta. It pulls no punches. No fluff. Just the direct, bare-bones truth:

      2. Karan March 12, 2018 at 8:53 pm

        try reading the bhagavad gita, it has the perfect balance of meditative philosophy and just war theory

      3. Vik Ivedi March 13, 2018 at 11:37 pm

        Hey Roosh I like a lot of what he says but I don’t understand why he thinks we should not want power over others. I for one refuse to take the black pill! This world can be saved from the worthless feminazis that took it from us! We as Roosh V acolytes will prevail.

      4. Blinko23 March 16, 2018 at 11:01 am

        For those interested in Osho, Netflix just released a documentary on him and his “cult” today. It’s Netflix so maybe they won’t give him a fair shake but the trailer certainly looks great:

        I am familiar with the entire story and I am convinced that the entire “Osho and his followers tried to poison the local town” was actually a psyop conducted by FBI informers/infiltrators. The government had decided to take down Osho and his growing city and to eventually poison him in jail. They of course succeeded.

        Not saying that Osho’s little town wasn’t filled with some nuts. It certainly was. But they were mostly harmless. What they represented though was a threat to the established order.

      5. Allyn71 March 16, 2018 at 12:35 pm

        “I am familiar with the entire story and I am convinced that the entire “Osho and his followers tried to poison the local town” was actually a psyop conducted by FBI informers/infiltrators.”

        In reality, having had a close relative who unfortunately was part of his group, it was not a “psyop”, nor was it “harmless”. He barely got out alive. You are correct it was a threat…to those who had desired to leave but were conned into staying.

        You really have no idea what you are talking about here.

      6. Blinko23 March 16, 2018 at 2:02 pm

        Could be. But we also had a close contact there (a longtime friend of our family) and he saw things very differently, and corroborated the psyop angle. And he is not some brainwashed loon. Far from it.

        Btw, I am not doubting that the group was cultish and that Osho’s bureaucracy was controlling. That was all true. But all the propaganda against them and their eventual dismantling was over the top.

      7. Vagus March 19, 2018 at 6:38 pm

        Osho made the biggest mistake of his life allowing Ma Anand Sheela and her clique to start running things. Watch her body language & speech to see what a drug-addicted sociopath (and probably vessel for demonic possession) acts like. For all of his talk in his writings of being ‘more enlightened than the Buddha’, Osho comes off as quite gullible, naive, and outright stupid at times. The wisdom of serpents he did not have. All of his surviving followers being interviewed on camera are vacuous losers. You (Roosh) may change your opinion of him.
        The government definitely overreacted, with some elements thinking they were going to stop another Jonestown and others using it as a misdirection for the public to cover up other shadiness going on (1984-87). If the whole apparatus really wanted to take them down it would’ve been so easy to fake a mass-suicide.

    2. Brock March 13, 2018 at 6:20 am

      The money launderer from China is causing house prices to skyrocket that a roach infested bedroom in a rooming board house starts from $1,000 in Toronto and $2,500 in San Francisco.

  3. Arthur Konrad March 12, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    You have read “Zen Flesh, Zen Bones?” Some of the stories might seem rudimentary to modern listeners, but the koans included in “Mumonkan” are priceless. Also, for the completely “upright” take on Buddhism, Evola’s “The Doctrine of Awakening” is not only a superb discourse on Buddhism, but also surprisingly one of Evola’s finest works.

  4. BrazilianJoo March 12, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Roosh, I like this article and all, but some things were a little off. Firstly the pacifism. Pacifism is just incorrect. Agression or threat of it against your property is crime and must be repealed.

    My second criticism is the slandering of philosophy. Utilizing the human mind’s tool of reason (the only tool we really have to understand our reality) is correct and advanced humanity a whole lot.

    Philosophy has made it so we can study what is objectively. You can use Aristotle, Leibniz, Decarte and Hume to become a good orator. To not contradict yourself and not say things which are false (humes guillotine, leibniz logic rules, etc).
    You can also derive philosophically the answer to how people should govern themselves and what is objectically correct.

    Take Hoppe’s defense of private property:
    All conflicts arive from the inherent scarcity of resources (be that money, a car, or one’s own body). If someone wants to use your car or your body whole you do not want to let them use it, there is an irreparable conlift of interests. Therefore the only manner to resolve this is assigning through private property law which property belongs to who.

    Philosophy isn’t obsolete. Maybe platos theory of ideas or something but it is a great tool even today.

  5. Spider58x March 12, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    One of the better article you ever wrote.

    There are only two types of people in this world:
    1)Those of live life
    2)Those who only watch others live life while they allow theirs to pass by them

    1. j molonoy March 18, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      There’s a third kind of person – the evil j3wish parasite who thinks nothing for other races and religions, if but only to abuse, murder and exploit them, for that is he j3wish sociopathic genetic and cultural tendency.

      1. Anti-Gnostic March 20, 2018 at 6:15 pm

        We get it already. You’re not a fan of Jews. Do you have anything else of substance other than your favorite topic?

      2. j molonoy March 23, 2018 at 11:24 am

        We get it already. You are a jew troll. Shut up, real men are talking.

      3. Anti-Gnostic March 24, 2018 at 2:02 pm

        Again, do you have anything of particular value rather than shilling?

      4. Anonymous Disqus Account May 22, 2018 at 12:17 am

        just reading through your comments.
        your perspective is more sober than most.
        i’m not yet consigned to defeat, but i agree that the problems are as severe as you describe them.

  6. Hugh mungus Anges March 13, 2018 at 6:18 am

    How are you going to pay the rent when a Chinese money launderer is offering ten times the average price for a home in the Bay area or Toronto?

  7. Hugh mungus Anges March 13, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Without money we will be homeless. The Chinese are causing house prices to skyrocket that homelessness is on the rise in Vancouver!

  8. Franck March 13, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Thank you Roosh for this excellent post.

  9. William Adams March 13, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Very good article. That the world and each individual exist in parallel (mututal relationship, object+subject) are points emphasized by many of the existential philosophers, like Ortega Y Gasset.

  10. Alessio Grahovac March 15, 2018 at 7:51 am

    FYI, there are two typos at ‘If you’re lucky, you will turn into a meme, like Hitler, or by pscyhoanalyzed’. This should read: ‘If you’re lucky, you will turn into a meme, like Hitler, or be psychoanalyzed’.

  11. Nick of Time March 15, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    “The essence of being is the purpose”

    And every purpose leads to have more chances to survive.

    “Life cannot have any purpose, because if life has any purpose then something will become more valuable than life (…)”

    If you don’t have any purpose you will simply be. You will slow down. And then die. Your so precious life will end. Mentally or physically. Taking action, winning, improving – it’s pure surviving thing. The only thing that is wrong with that is this – there are people who don’t like this. Who’s unhappy because of it. From beginning, after hundred wins, after thousand loses. The problem is not the behaviour itself, but lack of joy, joy of… life.

  12. Adrian Bye March 15, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    I think you may have a western view distorting Daoism. Daoists in China spend a lot of their lives practicing martial arts like Kung fu and learning to become very good fighters.

  13. Samir Mustafa March 16, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Rajneesh Osho was nicknamed “sex guru” and banned from 21 countries; Roosh is banned from England.
    Osho collected Rolls-Royces; Roosh collects BMW’s.
    Both have grey beards, and Roosh is an anagram of R. Osho.
    Roosh is reincarnated Osho!

  14. Kerberos March 17, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Amazing review. I hope you’ll do more. Could you also write an anti-computer/gaming/technology article? Majority of the people in the west are stuck on video games. Even the ones calling themselves alt-right are fat gamers.

    edit: Bitcoins dipped. Loving it. More and more laws/rules/taxes are coming for virtual coins. People thought it would be a way to get away from the bankers. They are too superior to us mortals.

  15. GulliverFredrich2 March 18, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Osho is not a “Taoist” he is simply re-packaging Indian beliefs and cultural tenets to a western audience to make money and become somebody. Everything that he espouses has nothing to do with Taoism and Taoism itself was introduced to China likely from Indian sources via Central Asia. Taoism is just watered down ancient Indian philosophy and thinking in a Chinese context.

    Also Hinduism is NOT A RELIGION! Contrary to what many people believe, it’s a not a religion in the sense of the Abrahamic religions, where you are forced to submit or surrender to one authority figure and personage, and have you adhere to a certain place and figurehood and region of the world. Hinduism is much more flexible then something rigid and 2 dimensional like Taoism or Buddhism, because it says that there are multiple manifestations of the one reality or Brahma and the “gods” are simply personages of these one supreme reality or God of Brahma. You can forge your own paths or find your own paths towards Brahma and pursue self-development in your own way towards it.

    Taoism and Confucianism are seriously idiotic and moronic philosophies that appeal to the ignorant and unsophisticated crowd. Likely people that don’t have much of an awareness of actual cultures and civilizations and peoples throughout the world. Like Roosh for an example!

    1. Amore A March 20, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Hinduism is truly moronic nonsense which even its own followers don’t take seriously. That’s why it hasn’t produced any writings or thinkers of value since before the Common Era. Who needs blind obedience and dogmatic servitude when you can worship cows & monkeys and take ritual baths in a polluted river?

      1. GulliverFredrich2 March 22, 2018 at 8:34 pm

        Lol no! HInduism is truly the most scientific and rational civilized environmentally friendly system ever devised by man. Hinduism produced countless thinkers and scientists that would trample a lot of thinkers in the common era that it is NOT even a laughing matter.

        Even a lot of Physicists and scientists FROM THE WEST, have said its by far one of the scientific religions ever created.

        Hinduism is not woeshippig COWS and monkeys and bathing in polluted rivers. Lot of White Euros still shit in public places, and even during the classical period used to shit in public places and the water supply/streets, have pigs/animals go all over public places etc that has nothing do with Hinduism.

        Hinduism is not a religion in the sense of the Abrahamic religions. There is nothing in it that says you need blind obedience and dogmatic servitude to anything, Hinduism is a wide spanning flexible system to access the spiritual realm through your own path.

        Shitty low grade Daoism and Buddhism is just a carbon copy low tier knock off of Hindu Indian philosophy.

        Let’s be honest you don’t know jack shit about Hinduism or about this subject matter.

      2. Amore A March 23, 2018 at 3:03 pm

        You think concocting a “scientific” religion (oxymoron) is something to be proud of, like it makes a difference if it’s made-up anyway? Tuggees and untouchables…how rational and civilized. And the “gods” are obviously stand-ins for abstract concepts like comic book characters. What rational person could seriously believe in ludicrous beings with 50 arms and elephant heads? That’s juvenile. Hinduism itself is a knock-off / offshoot of a more ancient primitive nature worship.
        Buddhism and Daoism at least throw that crap out and give you just the abstract concepts. (We don’t even have actual writings of Buddha and Lao-Tzu, only what their followers recorded.)
        I sound like I’m hating, but It’s no better or worse than any other major religion. All humans have a bias towards the systems they are brought up in. It’s understandable. The vast majority of people in the West NEED dogmatic servitude of some kind or another to keep them from blowing up bridges and sniping Congressmen. Maybe in a few centuries they’ll evolve when they see Kalki riding his horse.

      3. GulliverFredrich2 March 24, 2018 at 12:47 am

        Again, you keep showing how much you don’t know much about Hinduism or about this subject matter, which let’s be honest you know absolutely jack shit about.

        Hinduism IS NOT A RELIGION PERIOD! It’s not a religion in the sense of how people define the Abrahamic religions. The dieties and figures are just manifestations of natural phenomena and the universe. They arent singular totalitarian entities like the idiotic Abrahamic god

        And yes Hinduism IS SCIENTIFIC because IT HAS AND DOES CONTAIN A LOT OF SCIENTIFIC THINKING! This has been attested to by many thinkers and philosophers from the West.

        Lastly ‘”untouchables” and class systems are universal and have been found from ancient/medieval Europe to feudal Japan to Meso-America etc etc. The British actually introduced the caste system in India because they wanted to introduce the Latin American style racial caste system in India when they managed to colonize the region. Ancient India had the most flexible social class system, you had peasants becoming kings and emperor’s and you had members of “lower castes” writing important sacred works, and different people “switching castes”. None of this ever happened anywhere else in Eurasia/Europe etc etc..

        Also you ignorant dumbfuck, “Buddhist” and “Daoist” societies never actually got rid of social caste systems you dumbfuck. Tibet and places like China had one of the most , if not the most rigid caste class systems in the ancient and medieval world’s and still do. Yet IGNORAMUS’S like you fail to understand that in this context.

        Let’s be honest, you don’t know much about or anything about Hinduism or this subject matter, you don’t know much anything involving this topic. You are a complete ignoramus, who’s info comes from wiki and online forums full of idiots and IGNORAMUS’S like yourself etc etc.

  16. Chris Brony March 18, 2018 at 5:59 pm


  17. j molonoy March 18, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    The most evil religion is judaism as the talmud says its okay to exploit and murder your enemies(=people whose only crime is not to be born j3wish).

  18. sahwar March 19, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Excellent article, Roosh!

    Your personal experiences with both The Red Pill (TRP)/(sex/relationship) Game-players and also many more philosophies and alt-culture perspectives has certainly benefited thousands of people who are fed up with mainstream views who don’t do much to help people deal with their lives, and the comments sections proves that there are quite a number of men (and even women, though this is the manosphere side of the Internet) who more or less share aspects of your personal journey and real-life observations on women, dating, relationships, and cultural shifts.

    Alan Watts and U. G. Krishnamurti were more in the Taoist/Daoist lifestyles with a a good dose of Western materialism and hedonism, while Osho was more of the Western luxury laced with Eastern philosophy gurus, but as the Yin and the Yang, they were all helpful to many people while also being criticized by many others.
    And this is also true of you, Roosh, your (life)style and autobiographical-philosophical pursuits and (text-laid-out) observations – are a blessing to many men brought up in a highly toxic Western(ized) over-feminized formal education background. And for this we are thankful to you for caring-by-sharing.


  19. Hex Sho March 19, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    How does your ego justify writing this?

  20. Hex Sho March 19, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    This is refreshing. I’ve said similar ideas on Bold & Determined comment section (focus on your body and be present to cure anxiety), not as eloquent, and was attacked and he wrote a blog post about how stupid this Zen shit is.
    One of the points in his blog post on “How to be a Man” is to “Say No to Zen”.
    He’s made a point to attack anyone who can live contentedly in the present and see through his facade, as he is incapable of living in the present. He says you should live in the future and actively try to make your ego huge (and weak).
    Mike Cernovich isn’t too much better. He can’t go 5 minutes on a stream without saying how awesome and famous he is.
    Roosh is much higher IQ than Victor Pride or Mike Cernovich.

    Now Is The Only Thing That’s Real.™️

  21. kelley March 22, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    It’s more work and bother trying to digest this bullshit than it’s worth…….be a man, run your own show, it’s that simple……. follow this nonsense and wind up under a bridge with all your other idealistic friends…….hunger pangs aint funny

  22. Samir Mustafa March 28, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    I overlooked a creepy coincidence between R. Osho and Roosh. Osho led a bioterror attack (poisoned 751 people). The next U.S. bioterror attack was the 2001 Washington, D.C. anthrax mailings. Please correct my misinformation, but I think Roosh worked in D.C. as a biologist for a company that handled anthrax around that time. It looks a grand conspiracy to frame Roosh! I’m going to put on my tin foil hat and search whether Osho had a pug named Arnold.

    1. Roosh March 29, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      R. Osho is also an anagram of Roosh.

  23. Tali April 2, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    I read this essay yesterday, about a guy who fully lived according to these stated principles (without ever hearing of Taoism):
    A memorable quote: “John Lydon remembers him from this era, as hippies began to fade, and before punk was born. “He’d strip naked, he had the smallest willy in the world, and he didn’t give a toss who looked […] I loved him for that. I thought, ‘he doesn’t care, and look, he’s completely happy. He’s got bongos which he doesn’t know how to play, no sense of rhythm — none! — but a total sense of joy. He certainly wasn’t what my mum and dad had in mind as Jesus. But his message was good.” ”

    It was an interesting to see how these principles can be taken to their logical conclusion. I like the Tao, but I think that Osho misses something critical, based on the quotes here. Passive acceptance is good sometimes, but other times we should push against things. What we need is the wisdom to know the difference…

  24. My Comment April 11, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Fascinating look at the Tao. Roosh may be one of the few who seek the spiritual/philosophic side of the Tao. Chinese are not a philosophic people beyond a belief in materialism. The Tao for them is all about achieving specific goals such as increasing the profitability of investment property, getting better grades and finding a high status spouse. I wonder if there are any people besides westerners who seek the spiritual side of the Tao.

  25. Robert Hagedorn May 21, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    The TAO tells us we should live like the rest of the animal kingdom. But the rest of the animal kingdom never fucks–it only mates. Am I overthinking?