How can I say this, be accurate, get right to the edge of the severity of the situation, while still avoiding hyperbole?
The collective, the combination of the institutions of society and the media, is running a massive psy-op on you, an elaborate brainwashing campaign, and a grand marketing scheme to get you to be average, give away your sovereignty, and become wholly dependent on said institutions.
I’m not even talking about a grand conspiracy. Just the simple consequences of incentive structures. Always remember, people do what they’re incentivized to do.
So why would you be brainwashed into living the middle-class nightmare, believing everything you see on the news, and outsourcing your thinking to media pundits?
Simple, compliance keeps the machine running. I talked about this in my book. Society is centralized, meaning it needs lots of dependent people at the bottom to support those at the top.
We could have a decentralized society where people did their own thing, had their own little mini empires, and traded with each other. But that dream, for the collective, is gone.
You can still have that dream for yourself. You can still have a tailor-made career doing what you love, a bit of money in the bank, flexibility over your time, your freedom.
But you have to unplug from the matrix.
Take the Red Pill
“The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.” — Morpheus
Is there a better microcosm for society than the movie The Matrix?
In the classic scene, Morpheus gives Neo two choices — take the blue pill or take the red pill. If he took the blue pill, he’d go back to his normal life, a life of ignorant bliss or ignorant ignorance, depends on how you think about it. If he took the red pill, he’d know the truth about the world.
He takes the red pill and he does learn the truth about the world, which ultimately gives him the power to play with the reality of the matrix itself. That’s what taking the red pill will do for you.
You don’t get to live a successful life without knowing the truth about the world. You’ll have to see the world for what it is, the good, bad, and ugly. To maneuver properly, you can’t have your head buried in the sand.
And, honestly, sometimes it sucks to know the truth. When you get deep into self-improvement, study information from different sources, actively try to disconfirm your own beliefs and realize that the answers are always somewhere in the middle, in the grey, you feel alone.
Because 95 percent of people live in the black and white, either-or, binary world that causes all the problems we’re having today. You will want to shake these people, scream at them, and dump loads of facts and information in front of them. But they won’t listen.
“The demoralization process in the United States is basically completed already […] Most of this is done to Americans by Americans. As I mentioned before, exposure to true information does not matter anymore. A person who is demoralized is unable to asses true information. The facts tell nothing to him. Even if I shower him with information, with authentic proof, with pictures, documents, he will refuse to believe it.” Yuri Benzemov
They won’t listen because they are demoralized by propaganda. Fully plugged. Trying to explain propaganda to them would be like trying to tell a fish it lives in water. It’s too late for them. Focus on saving yourself and those who can be saved still.
Taking the red pill doesn’t mean you’re always right, it means you understand the extent of your own ignorance. Most people don’t understand this at all. They think they’re objective about reality when the opposite is true. They can’t fathom complexities or nuance. And you’ll get frustrated trying to ‘help’ them.
So what should you do? Honestly, I don’t have the answer to that. But I can tell you what I did.
How to Gain Wisdom
‘Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.
People often tell me I’m wise. I’m not. I just study life, a lot. Spoiler alert — not much about it has changed.
I read a ton, watch videos, listen to audio, etc. I’m constantly on the hunt for information — the truth about the world. Doing this long enough has shown me a narrative that runs counter to the one we have in society.
Society would tell you opportunities are limited. My studies have shown me opportunities are insanely abundant.
Society would tell you that you’re rational. My studies tell me you’re completely irrational, which is something you can use to your benefit by correcting your mental errors and taking advantage of the mental errors of others.
Society tells you to get into debt, become a slave to consumerism, and then complain about your lot in life. My studies have shown me how to build wealth by buying assets.
Basically, once you start to crack open a few books you realize you have the cheat codes to life. You’ll continually think to yourself “How did I not know this? Why didn’t anyone tell me this?”
All the puzzle pieces to a good life will fit together seamlessly and you’ll feel like you know these secrets, except they’re not secrets at all. Studying these subjects remind you of what you know to be true deep down already. People in society already know, deep down, that the societal narrative is BS. But most are too brainwashed to fully reach that layer in their mind.
If you do reach that layer, keep digging, and protect yourself from the narratives that try to keep you down. Start working on your dream in silence. Act normal around your friends, family, and peers, because, trust me, they don’t want to hear you speak from your soapbox.
Plot out your plan while understanding that much of what you’ll experience throughout a day will contradict most of your beliefs. You have to be able to handle that — feeling intellectually alone.
Of course, there are plenty of like-minded people out there, but they’re usually in places like this, online. There aren’t a bunch of enlightened people in your personal life, at least not to start with.
You focus on building. You build a new mindset and belief system, a new project of business, and a new set of like-minded people to connect with while staying away from the negativity in society.
Build a Fortress for Your Mind
“People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.”
On top of re-programing the narratives in your mind, you’ll have to continue to protect yourself from the narrative every single day. You have to be mindful of your environment.
In the first few years I spent studying life and writing about it, I read more than 100 books, listened to audiobooks on my commute, listened to talks and tapes while I worked out, cleaned, did laundry, everything. I was trying to hammer positive thinking and rationality into my subconscious mind by drilling it over and over and over again.
I’d read the same books three times, watch the same videos dozens of times, I’d study these concepts until I had a deep second-nature understanding of them.
Read the book Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s an autobiography, but it’s a sneakily good self-improvement book — one of the best. Basically, he used the same strategy to get ridiculously strong and applied it to all areas of his life. Reps, reps, reps.
He knew nothing about real estate and went on to own a multi-million dollar portfolio. How? He studied thousands of properties and had conversations with tons of real estate experts. Reps, reps, reps. He wanted to become the highest-paid actor in the world, and he did it. How? With physical training and acting training for roles in action films. Reps, reps, reps.
This is how you become successful in life. You get your reps in. You study and implement over and over and over again until it works. People ask me how I built my writing career. I wrote every single day for five years straight without ever taking a break.
On a short-time scale, success is random. On a long time-scale, it’s predictable. You get your reps in, give yourself enough time, and get those mental reps in so you can block out the negative noise of the world and get your work done.
You’ll get to a point in your life where you’ve studied and done so much that the societal narrative can no longer sway you. You’ll have your self-doubts, sure, but you’ll get to a point where you know so much that you can’t unknow it.
With that information and the experience to back it up, you can accomplish most of your dreams.
Move Forward No Matter What
“Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful” — Warren Buffet
2020 has been the most successful year of my life, even with everything that’s going on. They say the sky is falling. For most people, it is. For those who don’t know the truth about the world and don’t have the tools to properly navigate it, times are hard.
But then there’s this parallel universe I live in, a universe people from all walks of life live in, where it has never been easier to become successful. I’ve seen people making more money than they ever have in their entire lives in the middle of a pandemic and social uprising.
At first, I felt a bit guilty about it. I’m living a great life while the world is literally burning around me. But then, I remember, that the people who could benefit from the message don’t even want to hear it. They don’t want the plugs removed, so there’s nothing I can do for them.
As far as my mission in life goes for the foreseeable future, I can only help the curious, the ones on the fence, the ones who can kind of smell BS but still feel trapped by the narrative. Maybe if we all lead by example we can bring more people into the fold. I’m pessimistic about that, but I’ll try.
I’m going to need your help. The more educated, free, self-directed people in the world, the better. You’re not just stepping up to the plate for you, you’re also stepping up for the world. See, one additional free-thinking successful person means one less brainwashed helpless person.
Let’s start shifting the ratio.
In terms of getting the motivation, you need to change your life, I’ll say this — it’s no longer safe to be average. It’s no longer healthy. There was a time where following the status quo was a neutral proposition, but those times are gone.
If you choose to stay in the masses of men and women who lead lives of quiet desperation, understand that the desperation won’t remain quiet. Does it look quiet to you right now? Exactly.
I recently wrote an article saying that you’ll have to secede from the psyche of society to live a successful life. There may come a time where you’ll have to physically leave. The inequality of not just wealth, but the mindset, of people in society, is accelerating at an insane rate.
Now more than ever, it’s important you join the right side.
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