Don Your Armor

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals.  The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.”

-Jesse Owens

For countless millennia, men have waged war.  We have sacrificed blood, sweat, tears, time with loved ones, and often our very lives all to ensure a brighter future for our descendants. Over the many thousands of years of bitter conflict, we adapted – no, adapted isn’t accurate…

We learned how to thrive.

Those who couldn’t rise to the task were weeded from the gene pool, leaving the strong to carry on.  Over countless ages, this got imprinted into our very DNA.  Men are born with an innate desire to compete, to clash against an adversary and rise as the victor.

It’s a clash of wits and a battle of wills.

Bodies crash into each other as both sides vie for the advantage.

Things have certainly changed in modern times, but not as much as we like would like to believe.

The battlefield has become an conference room.

Your armor and sword have been traded for a business suit and laptop.

Instead of negotiating the terms of surrender, you negotiate contracts.

Some men thrive under these new conditions while others search for a way out of the rat race.  Some resign themselves to being stuck behind their desk at a dead-end job they hate until they either finally earn enough to retire or die, whichever comes first.

The men that fall into that last category are already dead.

Whether you see yourself as one or not, you are a warrior like your ancestors before you.  The setting is different, but the objective is still the same: Pursuing a brighter future for your descendants.

Let that sink in.  You are a warrior.  Every morning you stride forth to battle and every evening you return home to your waiting family.  Your paychecks are the spoils of war, rewarded to you for battles well fought.

You probably don’t think of life this way, but you should.  To view each day as a fight for your very future creates a grim urgency to the tasks that lay before you for you will understand that today isn’t a guarantee, neither is tomorrow.

“One who is a samurai must before all things keep constantly in mind…the fact that he has to die. If he is always mindful of this, he will be able to live in accordance with the paths of loyalty and filial duty, will avoid myriads of evils and adversities, keep himself free of disease and calamity and moreover enjoy a long life. He will also be a fine personality with many admirable qualities. For existence is impermanent as the dew of evening, and the hoarfrost of morning, and particularly uncertain is the life of the warrior…”

-Code of the Samurai

Will you march into the fray with your head held high or cower in fear?

Will you eagerly await the next battle or drag your feet?

Will your integrity and honor inspire others to do great things?

Take a half hour to look back on your life so far.  If you died today, what sort of legacy would you leave behind?  Would your family be taken care of or be left destitute?  What problems have you shrugged your shoulders at and said you’ll leave them for another day that never comes?

Wake up!

In the blink of an eye, the another day becomes another month, then another year.  Soon you are in your twilight years wishing you had done so much more.

Today I want you to make a promise, not to me but to yourself.  Promise yourself to live each day like it was your last; like today you will be face to face with death and your victory over him for another day rests on the outcome of a coin flip.

“Any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.”
― Homer, The Iliad

Get up early each morning, look in the mirror and tell yourself that another day of glorious battle is upon you.  Don your armor, be it a suit and tie or overalls. Get out there and face the conflict with honor.

Finally, when it is over and you drag your weary body home, pick up your wife and kiss her like you might never see her again.  Play with your kids and create memories that will stay with them for long after you’re gone. Sleep well and eat better.  Lastly, take care of your body, mind, and soul so you can face the following day with renewed vigor.

Your job sucks, trust me I get that.  The daily grind can weigh heavy on your soul and leave you wondering when it will end.  This is your war.  The trials and rigors that you endure every day are the fires that will either harden you or melt you away to a husk of a man.  It will test your patience and your mettle.  Whether you succeed or fail depends on your mindset.

If you approach the upcoming day with dread, you will surely die. Your soul will be chipped away ever so slightly more and set up the next day for the same.

If, however, you greet the day with courage and determination and you fight with all the strength you can muster, you may very well survive to fight another day.

One fateful day, your war will be over and you will reap what you sow.  Now take some time to look at how your future is likely to shape up based off your current trajectory.  What do you see?  Do you see a tight-knit family, a comfortable retirement, and the health to enjoy it all in your future?

Those are your spoils of war.  Enjoy the benefits of your hard work persistence to keep going strong where others falter.

Dignity

Duty

Stoicism

Incepto Ne Desistam

 

Author: Jak

Jak, married and father of three, seeks to help the Red-Pill Community take its next step past the petty cynicism and ineffectual anger. While he recognizes that men are significantly handicapped by the modern legal system and culture, he doesn’t accept that traditional marriage is untenable in today’s social climate.

Rather, men must be willing to adapt to this new world by implementing new tactics and approaches to maintaining a balance of power. Jak is here to provide you with these lessons.

  • The old adage that “you get out of it what you put into it” seems apropos today.
    My grandpa told me once that this world is a cold, hard rock that you have to carve your place into. And thinking about that struggle and the legacy one might leave, I think we have to bear in mind that while we must build it in our lifetime we also have to remember to leave challenge behind for our descendants.
    They said he was of the “greatest generation” and had fought the “war to end all wars,” and I admire and am thankful for all of them, but I think a major reason we have declined so far is that with all that “done” subsequent generations have taken advantage of the ease without appreciating it, taken our better condition for granted in other words. It’s nice to be reminded to stay thirsty, my friends.

    • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

      Your grandfather fought in World War 1?

      • bem

        @goingsane:disqus
        His grandfather probably STARTED world war 1!!!

        • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

          I’ll Ferdinand YOU!!

          • Beartastico

            It was pRussia hacking the Zimmerman telegram!!!

          • bem

            ha!! “PRUSSIAN HACKERS”!!!!!!

          • jammyjaybird

            Funny thing is, Prussia DID actually hack a telegram, written from Napoleon III to Bismarck, and distorted it to cause the Franco-Prussian War. Which lasted a mighty six weeks. Bismarck knew the value of fake news.

          • bem

            nothing ever changes….

          • Chip Baskets

            In gonna look into that

          • michaelmobius1

            that’s fine, just no revisionism around here right

          • englishbob

            How exactly did the Prussians hack a telegram that was sent to them? Do you mean that they just misrepresented the details to the press?

          • michaelmobius1

            pretty nice

      • Yep, though he joined in the final year (don’t know how much action he saw). He lied about his age supposedly and then in WW2 landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day.
        He got pretty banged up and carried shrapnel in his legs for the rest of his life. Then served as an MP for awhile before eventually becoming a truck driver in Indiana and then moved south and became a farmer.

        • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

          Dang! Tough man, sounds like.

          • Just a little tidbit, most of what I have of him are things my father has told me. But, when I was born in 1983, my grandfather went out and bought dozens of Louis L’amour Westerns. In each one, he wrote my name and birthday, and a message. Nice idea, I’ve always thought.

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            when I was born in 1983

            I have a t-shirt I wore in high school from that year. Gah, I feel old.

            Neat idea on the novels actually.

          • bem

            har!
            yeah I think I have a scar that old…

          • Boothe

            You feel old!? I graduated HS in 1976 and I still don’t feel old! I plan on feeling young right up until I check out. In fact when I run into the next 20 something receptive hottie I may very well be “feeling” quite young. 😉

          • englishbob

            LOL! When he said Westerns I was thinking movies. Why would you sign a Betamax cassette?

          • Yep. On the beach he was okay, but then in the hedges they had a 2nd Lt. get hit and stepped on a popup mine when they went to get him. Then later, he was spotting with binoculars for the 50 cal they’d brought and took a sniper round through the left hand and shoulder. I’d be pleased to have even half that grit.

      • EastsideProphet

        Plausible.. my grandfather was born in 1886. My dad in 1930, after the old coot married a younger woman. I was born three years after grandpa died at 80 years old.

    • La’darell Luthor

      Something I’ve noticed with the women in my life: They have no concept of legacy. The idea of something beyond the here and now is completely inexplicable.

    • englishbob

      Your grandpa fought in both world wars? That’s hardcore!

  • dckhead_con_artist

    Why do we keep knocking on corporate America? The jobs that are considered to be “dead-end” or “cubicle slavery” are the jobs that sent America to the moon and are the ones that are advancing technology. Engineering can be boring, finance is boring, and IT admin work does not consist of playing video games. My Dad sat for hours in front of a drafting board, a box full of pencils, and a stack of stencils. Scientists sift through thousands of pages of data and try to curve fit the data into a visual pattern. Astronomers watch images of planets for years. These are also the jobs pay the most and enable many of us to buy a large house, drive a nice car, and travel, yes see the world, with our 5 weeks of vacation.

    • It would be interesting to pinpoint the exact time and catalyst when America started to condemn success. We know why, debate on precisely who, but it pretty much started hitting mainstream thought when it arose in pop-culture, exactly when?
      Side note, this morning it is now apparently racist to point out that someone ever worked flipping burgers, while at the same time no one seems overly concerned that a pretty solid entry-level job is going away with the advent of robotic burger flipping. ???

      • EastsideProphet

        The burger flippers of this generation now have 4 year Gender Studies degrees, so they need their jobs to pay no less than $15 per hour. Got loans to pay. $15 today, $25 tomorrow. After an initial investment, a robot could be much cheaper, hence preserving the first amendment rights of cheap burgers for all.

        • “Bot Lives Matter!”

          • L’UltimoConservatore

            More like PFETR. People For the Ethical Treatment of Robots.

            😀

        • dckhead_con_artist

          A manager at QuickTrip (gas station) can make up to $50K per year which is more than an entry level engineer or physicist. Don’t knock keeping the fountain drink machine topped off with syrup.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            stick up kids dont walk in and jack entry level physicists..

          • dckhead_con_artist

            it would be funny to see the physicist rob the joint with ski masks and AK47s.

          • bem

            Ever been to CCNY? Penn? Temple?

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            UPenn is in the hood?

          • bem

            Less so now, but yes, surrounded. I knew science-type guy from Temple who go gunned down there.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            why didnt he blind the gunman with science?

          • bem

            He said “Dol be tellin’ me what to do!”

            some people just dont listen….

          • EastsideProphet

            Yup. If you find yourself working at QT, be the best QT worker ever.. might pay off.

          • Chip Baskets

            Qt is one of mans greatest inventions.
            Cleanest, nicest quickie mart ever.
            2r hrs.

      • Beartastico

        It all starts with when success was equated to conspicuous consumption.

        • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

          Those fucking late 19th century socialist/communist/progressive movements basically set it all in motion. If I had a time machine I’d head back and off every one of their “philosopher leaders” with extreme prejudice.

          • Beartastico

            Much of that garbage had been around for over a century at that point though. Just look at the French Revolution.

          • Jim Johnson

            It goes all the way back in one form or another. People are naturally covetous and don’t want to work for it themselves. Is slavery that different?

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            Sure, and I did consider the 18th century revolutionary types, but they didn’t really seem to make it gel in society. They were just belligerents. The real hardcore thrusting of this shit seems to me to have come from the much more organized forces in the late 19th century. Of course I’m always open to discussion on how it may have been an earlier date.

          • jammyjaybird

            Here’s a bit of perspective — the growth of European mass society (late 19th century) was accompanied by the simultaneous desire to improve the lives of those new masses.

            Your hated leftist philosophies didn’t exist prior to that because 1) not that many people existed, and 2) these new masses of people were clogging up cities like Manchester, London, etc. They were right there on the street, being poor, being dirty, acting uneducated, and the new middle classes were pulling power away from the centuries-old aristocrats.

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            I understand the reasons that they not only formed by thrived as a movement. The life at the time did suck and lots of displaced rural people didn’t work well in the urban cities. I get it. I sympathize. But there are better solutions to be had than to basically “nationalize the industries of the capitalists!” and then more or less keep everything else the same only with new pigs on top of the pile ordering others around. Which when you distill their philosophies to the bare nuts, is what they were really all about.

          • dckhead_con_artist

            Preserving the head of Lenin is something Putin needs to phase out. I suppose he is just trying to appease the remnants of the pro-Commie party. Some Russians still worship Lenin more than Jesus.

          • jammyjaybird

            Sorry, GoJ, your comment makes no sense. Conspicuous consumption has been around for all of human history — hell, showing off slaves in ancient Rome was a marker of high status. The twentieth-century version in our own society is a function of modern capitalism.

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            Don’t believe I mentioned conspicuous consumption never being around. I was talking about the late 19th century lazy ass pseudo-intellectuals who tried to basically mold philosophies out of German collectivism and force it on the world.

        • bem

          Solid point.

      • cheeseburgercheeseburger

        this site is racist too- why doe the background gotta be snow white?

        • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

          Because black didn’t work

          …..wait for it……….wait for it…..

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            you guys gonna post any race baiting articles? I cant stay away from them on the site that shall not be named. guy I thought was smart said there were black folks in japan. another guy, when i asked him why sub-saharan people had no written languages, came back with “because we have superior memories, no need to write anything down”

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            While I kid around, this place really isn’t designed conceptually for that kind of topic. What does race, religion or the color of food in China have to do with being a better father, husband and leader in your community?

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            I know, I know…kiddin around

          • bem

            “all black people are no good at everything”
            Discuss.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            always stirring the pot. this is why you get banned

          • bem

            last time I help you!
            jeeeeeeeeeeeeeez

          • jammyjaybird

            We can order combo plate #4 with extra wontons for our kids

          • L’UltimoConservatore

            You mean… there aren’t going to be articles about how China is controlling our minds based on the color of our wonton soup!?

            🙂

          • bem

            just dont let them near your coke!

          • Chip Baskets

            For it has been proclaimed that oriental folks are prone to urinate in pale faces coca cola.

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            I can’t see them acting that wantonly.

          • bem

            you’re on a (egg) roll today!

          • L’UltimoConservatore

            BANNED! For excessive pun-age. 😀

          • bem

            cruel and unusual pun-ishment…

          • L’UltimoConservatore

            You are hereby banned^2. Banned SQUARED.

            😀

          • bem

            Cool! we’re gettin’ the BANNED back together!

          • Iattacku

            We leave that crud with return of kings.

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            Indiddly deed sir, we do.

          • But, but, who will call out the (((others)))? Who will blindly ignore the many real problems with their own races and cultures (or however they choose to atomize people) while amplifying those of others?

          • bem

            you sound jewish….
            WAIT –
            maybe Puerto RIcan….

          • Ah, crap. I thought I’d broken my hand-rubbing habit.

          • Henry VIII

            Apart from the sheer negativity, I believe the race-baiting articles (and comments) were the main reasons many of us gave op on Return of Kings…

          • I honestly used to laugh at those. It was the SS coming for the commenters in the night that bugged me.

          • bem

            The summary bannings did it for me. Honestly though I always enjoyed the discussions more than the actual articles. Even when the articles sukked, I’d wind up having a good chat and/or some laughs with the peanut gallery. And now they’re 90% here.
            The content, philosophy and format of this site are far more in tune with my priorities though, much more so than the race-baiting, hate-fukking, world-ending drivel on ROK.

          • BANNED! oh…wait…

          • bem

            easy – EASY!!!!
            itchy banning-finger!!

          • Iattacku

            it got annoying. I am an army brat so i have been living in diverse environments my whole life. And from experience there are nice people and dick heads in all races. So i don’t like generalize a whole race off of a few bad apples. And on top of that it seems very weak. Instead of accepting reality(which is taking the red pill) and making the most of your life they would rather play blame games. This is the information age you can find evidence that points out any race’s faults.

          • One of my best friends growing up was Indian. My fiancee and her parents are Indian. My roommates in college were Indian.

            The first two are great people I love to be around. The roommates were invariably assholes suckling on their mommies’ or girlfriends’ teats for basic survival and wouldn’t clean a damn thing around the apartment.

            All this to say, I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiment.

          • Chip Baskets

            “WE WUZ KANGS!”.
            …….
            FLYING PYRAMIDS N SHIIIIIT!

        • L’UltimoConservatore

          WHITEWASHING! Quick call the fascist mobs!! Time to grab yer pitchforks! 😀

      • I was NEVER a burger flipper, and thus all burger flippers are (insert something insulting)!

        No, I was an amusement park vomit cleaner and a shelf-stocking drone that, it turns out, made less than the average McDonald’s employee.

    • I think you misunderstand. I’m not knocking on corporate America. If you like your job, great. This article is about mindset; to go out every day and live like it’s your last. If you do this it doesn’t matter if you like or hate your job. You will do it to the best of your ability.

      Same with your family. If you may never see them again, how differently would you behave?

      • dckhead_con_artist

        I wasn’t directing my comment at the article ,just making a general comment overall. Over there at Return of Kratom, men with desk jobs were considered chumps. I am actually quite proud of my cubicle job and some women even find it interesting.

        • Gotcha. Carry on then.

        • bem

          upvote for Return of Kratom.

        • “Over there at Return of Kratom, men with desk jobs were considered chumps” I never got that either. It was always “quit being a slave and quit your job.” Its not that fucking easy to just wake up, read ROK and say “you know, fuck it Im out”

          • L’UltimoConservatore

            It sure isn’t. First you have to be successful at being your own boss, THEN you can kiss the US goodbye. (Provided you have the desire to do so. :-D)

          • I’ve noticed some bloggers in the ‘shpere are always going on about “quit your job” or “I made a million dollars without working” but I’d love to see what they do for a living, if anything at all.

          • I made fifteen-thousand dollars last month following this one simple trick! For only $1000, I’ll let you in on the secret!

          • L’UltimoConservatore

            ……

            OK, the check is in the mail!

            😀

          • Chip Baskets
          • L’UltimoConservatore

            That’s always been curious to me as well. Somewhat naively I just assumed they were app developers or something that would allow them to move around relatively easily. (Within reason. You actually have to spend time -making- an app!) The more articles I read though it became apparent that was not the case. Seems to me a lot of the “quit your day job” sorts on the blogo-sphere really are similar to those old commercials promising easy money.. if you just send $5 to buy their book.

          • KingEdward

            Men need to work together to send people to the moon, or……… to warp spacetime and travel to the stars. Men…….. need…. to…. work……. together. Women are statistically insignificant. So……….. the problem in the West is really that some men, are trying to outsource their brothers to India, China etc…. If that was outlawed, we’d see a 1950’s and 60’s resurgence of great companies and great jobs. Combined with outlawing voting for people on welfare, and we’d see some measure of respect returning to working at the desk. Men can never achieve anything if they are just an individual “alpha” . When they work together, as in the Tower of Babel story, even God will be impressed with their achievements.

        • I never liked the corporate environment, as a rule (and that includes the general corporate-ness of education). The jobs themselves kick ass, and I love tackling technical challenges and developing new solutions, but companies tend to view you as an instrument that can be either locked in a bland, heavily regulated cubicle or dropped into an open fishbowl with shitheads who won’t shut up about the latest [popular tv show] episode.

          I always prefer being in control of my environment. Often I just need a quiet, comfortable space where I can just churn out work without distractions for several hours (i.e. my home office).

      • Iattacku

        I agree. Realistically speaking any day could be your last so that analogy makes perfect sense.

    • Murdoc34

      I’m going to agree with you here, and extend the concept to the more general case of those that characterize capitalism as a form of exploitation. I always kind of figured we all need shelter and food. You can either build a house and farm the land yourself, or we have this neat system called an economy where you can trade your labor for the labor of others. Someone else can build your house and grow your food, and you can design an iPhone to give them in return.

      In no system can you expect to remain idle and survive.

      • bem

        prezactly.

        An unmotivated data-entry clerk can expect no more success than an unmotivated farmer or Kratom supplier.

        • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

          Yeah, but really motivated data entry clerks creep me out a little.

          “I’m going to enter the FUCK out of this data!!!!”

          • bem

            hahahahaha

          • A really motivated one writes a program to automate all that shit and then laughs at his colleagues who still do it by hand.

          • StraitlacedMissouri

            LoL I used to do that in the Corrections field. I took my job very seriously and you really just made me laugh at myself! Sigh.

    • Mh. And others sit on their asses all day long, doing predictable jobs that will never develop into anything. There may be cubicle jobs that lead up to something great but most don’t. Most cubicle jobs are just … survive another day. Think of advertising or CRM (Customer Relationship Management is what they call it I believe, lmao) and stuff like that, which makes up a lot of these types of jobs.

      Sure, you can’t always choose. But let’s not pretend that every job has some kind of high noble goal ahead.

      • Iattacku

        True they many not. I think he was just taking a shot against the whole anti desk jockey attitude that has been going around. At the end of the day most of these digital nomads in the manosphere are able to do what they want because people do the jobs that keep society running.

  • EastsideProphet

    Good stuff, brother. Whether you’re a cubicle jockey, or a self – employed contractor, remember you’re trading your labor for money. Therefore, work to your utmost ability; be the best damn cubicle jockey there is. You might find things improve from there. If they don’t, start your exit strategy. If you’re near 50, like myself, it may not be the whole 100% career change you’d like, but rather, it might be fine tuning what you are, and pushing it to that higher level. 100% doable, unless you insist in standing in your way.

    • jammyjaybird

      (Ali G voice) What is dis thing called a cubicle? Izzat another word for a tiny ice cube? And why are there jockeys? Is they racing horses on ice?

      • EastsideProphet

        Who dat dem dey do?

  • bem

    “We have sacrificed blood, sweat, tears”

    well, after all, what goes up must come down…..

  • Beartastico

    Good article. Keeping focus and actually being consciously sentient on a daily basis is something our society is losing rapidly. I will say the article reads like a trailer for an open world rpg video game.

    • Whenever the zombie apocalypse happens, I WILL be treating the world as an open world RPG game. Heh.

      • Beartastico

        If you ever need to brush up or get in some real life practice the current heroin epidemic in the rustbelt is about the best simulation I can imagine.

        • Jim Johnson

          I was about to post a picture of a crowd staring at their cell phones, but then I realized that would have been from a cell phone. The body snatchers got me too.

          • bem
          • Jim Johnson

            That, I I can’t figure out how to run this damn thing

          • Honey Badger

            Do you lecture the kid who’s third from the left for being a phone zombie or for his incredibly poor choice of footwear?

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            gym zombies too..they move really slow- set, check phone…I have to bully them from time to time

          • UWOTM8

            That kills me, the type who posts on social media about going to the gym for “like 3 hours”.
            Bish pls, you worked out for 30 minutes and spent the rest of the time texting and flexing in the mirror.

          • I’m in and out in half-an-hour. Focus on the exercise at hand, lift until I just can’t do another rep, and go home.

            Anything more than that is meaningless to me.

          • UWOTM8

            That’s exactly what I do. Some guys used to give me shit in college about it. Then I fucking smoked them on the fitness test….

          • Speaking of guys who give you shit in college, I always hated the “first month of the semester” gym goers who smeared chalk on absolutely everything. They made a huge mess and just left, every semester.

            And they hogged the goddamn squat racks. You don’t need to do eighteen sets with low weight, Mohinder – shit and get off the pot!

          • UWOTM8

            The second semester New year’s resolution crowd was my favorite strain of cancer. They never made it past 3 weeks.

          • At least the majority of those idiots kept to the treadmills and elliptical machines, where I was.

            Well, and the racketball courts, but I cared even less about that than the cardio machines.

          • Jim Johnson

            Eighteen sets on low weight……wouldn’t it be better to go up a few flights of stairs?

          • It’s not like there weren’t dozens of staircases around campus. One semester I had a class up on the fourth floor after every leg day – that was always fun.

          • Jim Johnson

            I guess it is more about posing for you Facebook selfie

          • I got Facebook for one reason – to coordinate with people for my Eagle Scout project. I kept it only because some of the groups I was in in college used Facebook to coordinate.

            These days I log in about twice a year to upload interesting pictures I feel like sharing. I never view my “timeline” (where people bitch about things out of their control and lie to one another about how awesome they are), and the sooner the whole site falls into the wastebin of history the better.

          • Jim Johnson

            My wife says it is going downhill. You have four or five that post ninety percent of it with nothing but junk the rest are big announcements like babies weddings and funerals. No personal conversation. I deleted my account in 2009

        • It truly is a fucking sad sight to see. Some of those towns look like something out of Fallout

          • Hey, man, you got any Jet? I got, like, 30 bottle caps and a broken toaster I ripped off some shmuck.

  • The Champion

    Excellent article, Jak! I posted this sometime earlier, but I’m gonna post it again. Miyamoto Musashi’s Dokkodo is a summary of his philosophy and way of life. This is some thing every man should keep in mind:

    1. Accept everything just the way it is.
    2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
    3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
    4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
    5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
    6. Do not regret what you have done.
    7. Never be jealous.
    8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
    9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself or others.
    10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
    11. In all things have no preferences.
    12. Be indifferent to where you live.
    13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
    14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
    15. Do not act following customary beliefs.
    16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
    17. Do not fear death.
    18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
    19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
    20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.
    21. Never stray from the Way.

    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

      dunno about #1 or 11-13

      • The Champion

        Musashi’s life is that of the ascetic. Modifications can be made as needed to suit the modern life, but I find in my experience the fewer the preferences the better.

        • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

          I have never really been attracted to Asceticism. It sounds “great” on paper, but having grown up poor I’m telling you for a fact that living a great life full of good friends, good food, good sex and fun toys beats the ever living *hell* out of not having those things. I mean hands down. And enjoying said pleasures does not make one shallow, any more than eschewing worldly things makes one an outcast.

          In the end it comes down to what makes your life better for you, on your own terms. There is no one set of rules that apply generally to all as a better path.

      • I can appreciate 11-13, particularly from certain mindsets. The young looking for work, for example, could take great lessons from all of these things.

        With regards to #1, I think it can remain applicable outside of the ascetic context. First you understand, then you accept that this is the way of things at the moment, then you correct. If you cannot accept that this is how things currently are, you cannot appreciate what it takes to make a difference (and you look and sound like an asshole – see the SJWs for great examples).

  • Joseph Curwen

    This modern world is being especially designed to kill the soul and tame the positive instincts of Men. Now, if you try to ‘adapt’ the real soul and the positive instincts of Men to be functional in this world, as the article suggest, you are only allowing this killing of the soul and taming of the instincts. You are playing their game.

    • Note I never mention the end game. Some people thrive in the corporate world. Some, like myself, don’t.
      The point is to change how you approach each day.
      Do you attack each day with unbridled ferocity or cover your head and just try to survive? If you work a soul sucking job, attack it each day, then when you get home, work on a way out of your predicament with the same level of ferocity. That’s what I find myself doing more and more. I kill it at work, no matter how much the work sucks and then I get home, spend time with the family and get back to killing it here; writing articles, answering emails, scheduling guest posts, colloborating with Jnyx and Cynic.

      • Lou Skunt

        That’s fucking right Jak! No matter the task, grind it out with focus and determination, get it done and go home to your family. It’s amazing – the amount of excuses you encounter these days. We can deliberate all day long, but the bottom line is this… without Effort, Real Effort, nothing will ever change in your life.

        • “If you don’t know what to do, do SOMETHING” – a friend of my dad’s

        • “without Effort, Real Effort, nothing will ever change in your life.”

          Spot on Lou. Want something? Get up and go get it.

          Want to change something? Get up and change it.

          I’ve noticed people tend to think a lot about making changes or how to achieve something but a small fraction of people actually do what is necesscary. The majority of failures blame external forces as to why they cant get ahead, or place some impossible prerequisite on why they havent started.

          My brother has been contemplating going to school to be a diesel mechanic. Everytime I ask why he hasn’t, he says “Oh well I have to get a house first” or “I got a lot of bills this month” and if for one second he’d nut up and just go sign up, hed be able to afford a new house AND the bills. I’ve seen this countless times with others.

          • I knew this guy who was always looking for a job (because he loved to rack up debts on trivialities). I tried to set him up with a few trade jobs that were upwardly mobile and didn’t require any initial education, but he’d just blow them off.

            Honestly, I see it in myself from time to time. I keep thinking about getting some certifications, but I always balk at the few hundred required for each test. I’ve finally started to nut up and study for one, but it took me a while to decide to apply my willpower to it.

          • bem

            “Ideas only work if you do”
            -Ghandi

          • Jim Johnson

            Gandhi was my little bitch – vinny pringo

          • iBooB

            Better than wanting to become a diesel dyke I suppose.

  • Murdoc34

    Inspirational words, Jak, and quite timely. Today happens to be a key day in a process which will result in either significant disruption or significant advancement.

    I intend to win.

    • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

      Bon chance.

    • bem
      • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

        I’d wager a good 90% of those guys were dead before their feet hit dry land. That assault was a slaughter that we won through sheer numbers and attrition and grit. Lots of daddies and brothers didn’t come home from that beach.

        • bem

          That’s why I chose that image for this bit of bespoke memery.
          It’s a perfect, chilling example of “doing what must be done” and not being preoccupied with some future prize you might feel entitled to.

        • jammyjaybird

          I knew an old man, back in the nineties, and he always repeated the same thing: “No worries, no worries, no worries. Why worry? What’ve I got to worry about? No worries, no worries, no worries.”

          For a few weeks, I thought he was just senile. I found out later that he’d been one of the few survivors of the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach. No worries indeed, not after that.

          When you watch 200,000 of your fellow soldiers get ground into meatpies in a single morning, well … it does something to your mentality.

          • Honey Badger

            Had a guy at work that was a battle hardened Marine during Vietnam. One day while working with him, I was complaining about something but he was just calm and cool as could be. Asked how he could be that way and he told me, “anyday I’m not getting shot at is a good day.”

        • John Galt

          Back in 94′ my hometown paper had an article about a local vet to acknowledge the 50th anniversry od D-Day. He was with the 2nd wave with 4th ID on Utah beach. From the article, he said resistance was light on the 1st day as a private of a rifle platoon. The slogging in land was harsh and slow going. By the 6th week, when he caught a bullet, he was platoon Sergeant as all the NCOs and officers from the first day were long gone. He mentioned he always felt ashamed that he received replacements and within a day they were dead and he never caught their names.

          He caught a bullet in the forehead, that deflected 90 degrees and blew out his left eye socket and his jaw. He spent a year at Walter Reed getting his face back together. Went back to Ohio, became a farmer of 50 yerars and fathered 6 childern.

          Most of the guys who landed on D-day never saw Paris.

        • AutomaticSlim

          And for what?
          To save Churchill from humiliation?
          And to allow Stalin to grab Eastern Europe?
          What a waste.
          We should have sold Japan the damn oil for 5x the price.
          Would have stayed out of that whole mess.

          But FDR and his hideous wife were proto-globalists.

          • La’darell Luthor

            Churchill not suing for peace was probably the beginning of the end for society.

        • La’darell Luthor

          More than a few died due to drowning, between the heavy gear and a general lack of ability to swim.

          • John Galt

            I recall reading that a lot of the wounded drowned when the tide came back in.

        • Reyngout

          I had a great uncle who was at Normandy and survived WW2, Korea and Vietnam. I thought, “Holy shit, what are the odds”.

        • Darth Vader

          Given the slaughter on the beaches of Normandy that day, one thing that always blew my mind was the proposal for operations Sledgehammer and Roundup. If memory serves me right, they were plans for landing in France in summer of 1942/43 respectively to take the heat off the Red Army. I figure that the Germans would have had at least 4-5 times more men and equipment available at the time and it would have made Omaha beach look like a walk in the daisies, relatively speaking.

      • Chip Baskets
    • Murdoc34

      Gentlemen, today is a good day. I am smiling more right now than I have at any time during the previous two weeks.

      Today was an exercise in confidence, competence, and efficiency. Gave a few people some pleasant surprises. Even surprised myself, in a certain way, as far as the efficiency part applied…

      • Congrats on a job well done. Care to elaborate a bit on what was going on today? You can cut out any details that might ID you.

        • bem

          @recrop34:disqus yeah tell us stuff

        • Murdoc34

          Heh, I feel I’m already resorting to phrasing things awkwardly to avoid too much identification. Let’s just say I’m securing a more stable future for my family.

  • UnreconstructedConfederate

    One of the good things about my job is, I don’t do the same thing all day every day. We have our busy seasons and slow seasons. During those busy seasons, I walk in the door in the morning ready to go, I don’t want to visit or stand around and talk about it, I’m ready to ride.
    Too bad it doesn’t pay more…

    • I’ve heard that about Santa. Maybe you guys should unionize.

      • UnreconstructedConfederate

        Santa and I are buds, we got high together last week and took a sleigh ride just for the hell of it.

        • Jim Johnson

          I suppose it would be like riding horses, they will compensate for drunkenness

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            And you get there faster by flying.

  • Boothe

    I start my day out bright & early. I hit the weights not just for health and aesthetics, but it really gets my blood pumping and gives me a positive attitude. Just one more rep or a few more pounds lets me know I am already starting today out just a little bit better than yesterday. That is the foundation the rest of my day is built on.

    When I get to work and my coworkers ask how I am doing, I tell them “Fantastic!” Because I am. I strive to have the troughs in my life cycle above the peaks in the vast majority of other people’s lives. You can call it “fake it ’til you make it”, but if you start every day with the approach that it will be a great day, more often than not it will be!

    And if you approach the most mundane and unpleasant tasks at the workplace in a positive manner you will get through them quicker. People around you will notice and your value as an employee will increase. It has been my experience that when your current employer doesn’t appreciate your effort, opportunities will come up with people who do. So get out there and live life to its fullest. If you don’t it’s no one’s fault but your own.

    • A useful trick for cultivating the good day mindset: learn to let the little annoyances and problems go. Take a moment after you’ve been cut off in traffic or misplaced your car keys to remind yourself of how awesome it is that you woke up in the first place. Remind yourself of the things you’re going to accomplish that day and the things you accomplished yesterday.

      I found that this transformed my mindset tremendously.

      As a minor side tip, I never answer the “how’re you doing” question in a standard way. I always say, “Better every day,” or “Better than I deserve,” or “You know what? I can’t complain.” Not only is it different (and thus at least a little interesting to people), but it honestly makes each day feel better.

      • UnreconstructedConfederate

        My standard answer to ” how are you doing?” is ” Every day above ground is a good day”.

        • bem

          Mine is “fuk you – whats YOUR angle?!”

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            My response can be similar prior to 8am, after that I’m usually ok.

          • bem
          • Reyngout

            “Whats the difference between a a light bulb and a pregnant woman? You can unscrew a light bulb….

          • Darth Vader

            The word “angle” as to say “What someone REALLY wants from you” summarizes my whole experience living in Connecticut years ago. Or maybe it’s just a northeast corridor thing? Here it’d be more likely to be used by some Amish contractor building your roof.

          • bem

            I think its derived from pool, one’s ‘angle’ being their plan, scheme or next step. Learned it in NY

      • Boothe

        I am still working on that cut off in traffic thing. I find that it helps if I wave to them…with one finger of course. 😉

        • I tend to curse up a storm, myself. Then I calm my ass down and do what I described.

          • I put in my earbuds and listen to an audiobook. Driving is one of the few times I get to unwind so if it’s going a bit slow, oh well. I’ll just get further through the audiobook.

          • What kinds of books do you usually listen to? I’ve been known to take in some history-oriented audiobooks, but I’ve also found that quality sci-fi with a good reader can be more entertaining than a television show (and, on rare occasions, more entertaining than the book in hard copy).

          • I’m currently about to start book 4 of the Surviving the Dead series. It’s a good zombie apocalypse story. Really well written.

      • michaelmobius1

        “Take a moment after you’ve been cut off in traffic or misplaced your car keys to remind yourself of how awesome it is that you woke up in the first place.”
        Sure beats complaining constantly that you didn’t

    • jammyjaybird

      “I strive to have the troughs in my life cycle above the peaks in the vast majority of other people’s lives.”

      I think that sentence is going to be my very first tattoo.

  • Dominus Antonius

    “Soon you are in your twilight years wishing you had done so much more.”

    How do you guys balance ambition vs comfort?

    I’m on the waitlist for med school. If I get in, I’ll be doing what I love and making a killing economically as well. But… I’ll be 38 when I graduate, with little time for friends, family, and the lady friend until then. It’s a lonely lifestyle. Right now, I have enough money to back away, move back home and join the family business where I’m around loved ones everyday. I’m doing great in school and most likely will get accepted, but seeing pictures of everyone back home starting families and living life grinds at me, because I know these are years I will never get back. At the same time, if I do quit, I know it’s always going to be on my mind that I was so close. What gives?

    • I’m afraid I can’t offer much advice on this one. I got my MBA at 24 and got married a couple years after. Perhaps one of the other guys here can offer some advice.

      Are there any similar degrees that will take less of your time at maybe the cost of making slightly less? If so, maybe you could start there and get the degree you originally wanted at a slower pace as you get married and start a family.

      • Dominus Antonius

        Thanks man. I’ve come up with a backup plan to pursue a less time consuming discipline, should this plan falter. It’s good to hear your guys’ opinions because I already know what friends and family are going to say.

    • AutomaticSlim

      Push forward.
      That is my advice.
      I didn’t and I am freaking miserable.
      Even though my salary and net worth put me in a high percentile, I am freaking miserable.
      If being a doctor is what will give you satisfaction, go for it full speed.
      If you have an easy time getting girls, then use them and lose them until you are an MD. If you do not (like me), then bang escorts as best you can afford. But get that MD. And become the master of your universe.

      • Dominus Antonius

        Thank you, man. It’s the voice that says to “keep going” that I can’t ignore.

    • John Galt

      Cost-benefit analysis. Pending where you are, being a doctor may not be financially benefical. Fuck, I know a doctor who talked his son out of med school because he sees socialized medicine (one payer) in the US as inevetible. That system rewards insurance companies, not those who practice medicine. Where do you want to be at 40?

      • Dominus Antonius

        Thanks for the advice, man. I’m pushing forth out of virtue. If it works out, then wonderful. If not, I can move on knowing I put my entire soul into my effort.

    • Murdoc34

      if I do quit

      You didn’t say ‘if I do decide to join the family business’. You said ‘quit’. I see this as a tell. I think you are saying you do not want to ‘quit’.

      ambition vs comfort

      I reject comfort as a basis for such a decision.

      I do, however, find ambition compelling. So, perhaps using the ambition is the better long term outcome, for you and everyone around you. Your family will certainly understand, and there will still be Christmas breaks and the like, which will be more special, frankly, due to your absence.

      What authority do I speak with? Not a tremendous amount. I did make a decision many years ago, though, that your story reminded me of. I had completed an undergrad degree, and was entertaining the possibility of adding a JD on top of it. I financially prepared and worked enough and took enough tests to open the real opportunity, and decision time had come. Ultimately, I realized a few things. While the financial rewards were attractive, the lifestyle that it would have required was not (to me). I concluded at the time my disposition & personality* probably wasn’t a good match with others in the field I’d find myself working in. But the key difference in our stories – I also realized my ambition was lacking. It wasn’t something I had ever dreamed of as a kid or anything; all I was doing was really just entertaining a possibility. So I opted out. And I do not regret doing so. I truly did not have the ambition to follow through.

      *Upon reflection, right now, this may have been an incorrect conclusion. I have grown and matured in ways since decision time, and can actually see myself being effective if I was doing this work today. By itself, though, this would not have changed the course of events.

      • Dominus Antonius

        You’re right man. It’s better to ride it out and know where you stand, than always torture yourself with “what if?”… In June, I’ll know where I stand and have made peace with both possibilities. I’m pushing forward.

    • L’UltimoConservatore

      I was always interested in being an astronomer. So I thought. Got through the bachelor’s and had a blast doing it. As I was studying for the physics GRE (a required test for graduate school in any physics discipline) all my acquaintances were working in some form in the tech industry. So there I was studying my head off while everyone else was buying houses. Should have stopped right then and there but I somehow thought education was still important. Knowing that there was no real future in astronomy (or rather, no future I wanted to be part of) I switched over to engineering. Two degrees later I was very highly educated, burdened with huge student loans, and .. unemployed right smack in the middle of a depression. 😀 (That’s actually the topic for another story. In order to get even small jobs I had to “forget” my degrees. AHEM.) And of course I’d put off getting married until after I was done with school. All those degrees and I apparently didn’t have a brain in my head. 😀

      I got out of it by writing my own apps. The irony of it is, I could have done that without all the stupid degrees.

      If I could go back in time, I’d slap myself around after my bachelor’s and tell myself to knock it off, get married, and quit the education obsession. But… hindsight is always 20/20.

      Sure I’m in Europe now doing great, but I’m also approaching late 30s and still haven’t settled yet.

      Ask yourself how much you really want it and if it is more important than starting a family.

      • John Galt

        Astronomy is actually a hobby a plan to do when I retire (if thats actually possible). Where in Europe?

        • L’UltimoConservatore

          I think I’m roughly 5 years away from the US now. Started off in the UK, moved on to Poland for a couple years, now I’m in Italy. Might be considering Malta soon if the tax situation is as good as it sounds.

          I liked Poland but the trouble was the weather. Way too cold for me! 🙂 (I … didn’t care for the UK.)

          • John Galt

            I have about 15 years on you. Outside of a couple of years in Dublin I have been based mainly in Germany, but have travelled extensively for work. Yeah the weather in northern Europe sucks big time.

      • Dominus Antonius

        I commend you for uprooting and living life on your terms. When I find out my answer in June, I will either continue into my dream career, or move on entirely knowing I gave everything I had.

        • L’UltimoConservatore

          That’s really the best choice. Give it everything you’ve got, and if it’s a no, well you at least know it wasn’t to be. Better than having “what if” questions later on.

          Good luck to you! Hope it works out for the best! 🙂

          • Dominus Antonius

            Fingers crossed, Brother… Fingers crossed.

  • La’darell Luthor

    Whether or not it’s intentional (and that isn’t the point of discourse), it’s clear that man is drifting too far away from his natural roots. I’m not advocating a return to the ancient, unending wars of genocide and brutality, but man is, at heart, a savage beast. Even the sheeplest MGTOW or Beta-simp can showcase this, if only for a moment.

  • MCGOO

    The only thing I look at like it was a battle or fight would be a sports game where I get psyched up and ready to charge and conquor. But as for an actual war, I’m not enlisting in someone else’s conflict that is engineered to further bleed the west and establish globalist hegemony. But here’s the thing: If you’re going to be successful at general battle and warefare you have to treat it like a perfectionist sport. You also have to be creative and artful in your strategy. If I ever had to go out warring, I would tackle it like it were an important or justified task or job that had to be done – like a project. If inclement weather or unfavorable conditions occur, then the job is postponed (like painting the house) but nevertheless the task is on the docket. A declaration of war sticks on the docket.

    Women I never considered so much a conquest or battle as much as it was like learning a foreign language. Women are a challenge that is more academic.

    As for actual schooling and academics, I’m sorry to admit that you have to flip on what you might consider a ‘woman brain’ and go obscessive compulsive over whatever field strikes a chord with you. For optimum advance in the field which you have aptitude, you obscessively compulsively hit book after book, problem after problem to solve – kind of like a woman compulsively shopping and squandering on shoes or bling – what you as a man do is you find your cerebral sweet spot and give your undivided time at what you enjoy pursuing academically. That’s how scientific breakthroughs were landed upon, with obscessive bouts of time spent on a subject matter that kept repeatedly triggering the mind to repeat the postulation and then scrapping the outcome and repeating – until an order of truth or formulae can be crunched – kind of like an obscessive bulemic woman repeatedly crunching on junk food and barfing – or a ho running repeated carousel stints and finding or cataloguing the bugs or flaws in the dudes to continually erase the board and start over until a lamentation of some sort qualifies her as a patent ho. Only the man has scientific inquiry and he is armed with tools. Whereas the woman has emotive obscessive drive and her control tool is her snatch.

    Eeh I think that squares it.

  • Chip Baskets

    I start off everyday by looking at myself in the mirror, then I say to myself “I’m good enough, in smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like me!”.
    ..

  • John Galt

    I read the article Friday night, but haven’t had a chance to comment accordingly, and wanted to say this is a great article Jak. Well done. Most men, and I include myself in this group, are so dulled and desensitized to the dreary routine and responsibilities of life, you occasionally lose sight of it all. One should relish the fact you are still on your feet and still fighting.

    Life is hard. Be harder.

  • BlowMe

    So this is where all of my favorite ROK commentors went.

    It’s great to see you all!

  • michaelmobius1

    heh, can we have some articles that threaten the system please. I haven’t seen anything controversial in ages…or forever.

  • englishbob

    Keep in mind that most of our ancestors were not warriors but workers. Its OK for us not to be warriors also. But equally, if your job sucks don’t stick at it. Work to find something better.

  • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

    The funny thing about the pure warrior is that unless he can adapt (in the way that the article suggests) he is utterly fucking useless. I was thinking about this the other day. Women have always chased men who had the resources. But if you have all the gifts that would make you a man of resources in 11th century England then you have literally fuck all nothing in the modern world unless you can adapt. A pudgy, out of shape, soft handed attorney making 7 figures has very more power, resources and will than a 6’5 pure blooded man with a direct line to kings, physical power, fighting prowess etc. That kind of guy is good from grunt work in a war,…and that’s only because google subsidiary Boston Dynamics hasn’t perfected the robots that will replace him. I worry about people who look at the virtues of the past and think that they mean dick in the modern world.

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