Moving Beyond the Basics

An apt comment from one our readers spurred me into digging into this topic a little further since it ties in really well with my post on Transcending the Red Pill:

You’ll find no end to sites within the manosphere that discuss topics like making money, lifting weights, and learning game.  Sadly, there aren’t many sites that go beyond the basic, superficial uses of these concepts and apply them more broadly.

In fact, many of the concepts widely discussed around the manosphere share intimate ties with the 48 Laws of Power.  Study them, and your understanding of the basic principles will deepen.

An analogy I like to use to further illustrate the concept of applying these principles is comparing the individual skills to tools.  Everyone knows what the common use for a hammer is, but are you limiting it’s use to JUST that?  What other uses can you find for it?  The more uses your can find for each of your tools (ie – skillsets), no matter how trivial they might seem, the more prepared you are for any situation that might arise.

A hammer, screw, and screwdriver…or a way to open the bottle of wine?

As I am wont to do, I’m going to bring up martial arts as we dig deeper into this topic.  In my primary style, Taekwondo, we often throw a curveball at our newer students.  We’ll demonstrate a down block to them and then ask them if we just performed a block or a strike.  Immediately the response is “a block.”

The truth is, it’s only a block if you intended for it to be a block.

Your goals and intent will largely shape how you use the basic skills you learn on many of these manosphere sites.  Just like the revelations I had when I started incorporating Aikido into my Taekwondo training, your mind will begin to swim with possibilities the first time you use the principles of frame NOT to pick up a woman at the bar, but rather to close a deal at work or get a huge discount on a big purchase, like a car.

Transcending the basics of Red Pill philosophy is a personal journey that is going to look different for each person depending on a range of criteria including, but not limited to:

  • Current job/career
  • Married/Single
  • Kids/No kids
  • Financial situation
  • Short-term/Long-term goals
  • “Enjoy the decline” outlook or seeking to better the world

So how do you go about accomplishing this?  Primarily trial and error, I’m afraid.  There’s no step-by-step instruction manual for learning how to apply these principles on deeper and broader levels.

What CAN help you on your way is to continue reading various sites within the manosphere and try to glean different perspectives on the same topics.  Another approach I personally employ is to read books like The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of War, and The Nine Laws and begin creating links between the teachings in each book and the RP philosophies as a whole.

This is a process of regular introspection and taking what you have learned and examining it from every angle.

This is possibly why most manosphere sites only focus on the basics and avoid digging deeper into these principles.  The deeper you dig, the more confusing and jumbled things become and it’s often easy to get lost in the weeds.

Like a set of tangled Christmas lights, you must slowly and methodically work your way through this in order to have an end product that is useable.

The long and short of this article is that there is no how-to manual that spells every little bit out for you.  I’m sure the comments section will be full of examples from our readers (in fact I hope it will be), but what works for one person might now work for another.

  1. Learn the theories.
  2. Apply them.
  3. Master them.
  4. Find new ways to apply them.
  5. Rinse and repeat Steps 2-4.

Be patient and forgiving with yourself as you learn to walk and then run.

Further Reading

Dark Triad Man

The Rational Male

Illimitable Men

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.