All about self-improvement

Physical Discipline

A fundamental aspect of the red pill is self-improvement. This extends to all areas of a man’s life: improving the body, mind, spirit, knowledge, wisdom, social skills, family and society.

Many men have come to understand the red pill at a superficial level: they read the manosphere blogs and realise everything they’ve been raised to believe about women, sex, money and politics is a lie. And there, they stop. Some of them say “enjoy the decline”. Some contribute to it. Others complain about the unfairness of the lot of men in the West, and go on to seek government intervention to improve things, not realising that it was reliance on government which got us into this position in the first place.

To such men, the label ‘Men’s Rights Activist’ (MRA) or ‘Men Going Their Own Way’ (MGTOW) has – usually derogatorily – been applied. These men know, intellectually, the tenets of the red pill, but they are not living it. They have no experiential knowledge of the red pill.

 

 

I do not believe it is in the nature of man to willingly accept unsatisfactory circumstances. Man will always strive for greater and better things, and will in fact never be satisfied, for there is nothing on this earth that can satisfy man. But men who say ‘enjoy the decline’ are wimps. They are barely men. They have chosen to believe that it’s too hard to halt or mitigate the West’s decline, and so they say “enjoy it while it lasts!” and embrace slavery to hedonism.

What cowardice.

Can you imagine how things would have turned out if the Greeks at the pass of Thermopylae had said “it’s too hard”? A man fights for things, and he dies for them, if necessary. He understands that a man who capitulates to the easier path has given up something more precious than his life – he has given up his manhood.

Of course, all men fail. Resolve collapses at the final hour, and all mortals break in the end. But if the man survives, and he has the sense to recognise his failure, he will seek to change his ways and strengthen his resolve. But how will a man have the resolve for the great battles in his life when he does not even fight the small ones? Firstly, he needs to recognise where the battles are. This is another facet of the red pill: educating men. Not in useless facts and knowledge, much of which is taught at school; but useful, experiential, knowledge which can be directly used and applied by any man in his life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, think of all the things that you can do each and every day to improve yourself. They are myriad. They don’t have to be spectacular. It’s the little things, done day after day, that over [all] result in a stronger, smarter, more productive man. Engaging in physical discipline is, in the end, a form of mental discipline. But in this article, I want to focus on the tangible physical activities that can be done to train both mind and body.

Plato in The Republic said that in his ‘ideal’ state, the citizenry (‘guardians’ to use the book’s terminology) would spend the first few years of life engaged in gymnastics to produce ‘hardness and ferocity’. I would go further and say that gymnastics (i.e. physical exercise) develops will and resolve, and sharpens the very mind itself like books and philosophy never could. Just try squatting under a loaded barbell without having a focussed, resolved mind! The mental dialogue of ‘just one more rep’ versus ‘I can’t!’ never ends. For this reason, physical activity of some kind is indispensable for living the red pill. Personally, I find squats to be the most challenging kind of exercise. They are the most ‘in your face’ painful kind of demanding exercise. Others may be different. If you’re not up for squats, do some other kind of exercise. And remember, your resolve is tested before you even get into the gym. Are you going to watch TV, or are you going to get in the car and drive to the gym? Are you going to stay indoors, or are you going to put on your runners for a jog in the rain? Are you looking for excuses to avoid physical activity? The mind is brilliant at creating excuses. Ignore them.

 

 

What about a cold shower in the morning? Every day, I have a cold shower first thing in the morning – yes, even in winter. I used to hesitate for a moment before turning on the tap: “its bloody freezing this morning, am I really going to do this?” The mental battle never ends. But even better would be to just jump in without thinking about it. Your mind still needs to make its little excuses, but your resolve grows each and every day.

Intermittent fasting is all the rage in fitness circles at the moment, and its health benefits seem pretty solid. Fasting also saves time in the morning – a win for efficiency. When you smell toast and bacon in the morning, you will be tested. Another battle for you to fight.

Sleeping on the floor can be great for posture. It takes some getting used to, but I think it’s better for you than sleeping on soft mattresses.

So, seek out these trials, knowing that your testing produces endurance. Become aware of all the opportunities available for testing yourself, knowing that this develops your perseverance and a proven character.

As much as I don’t care for Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s politics, here, he is absolutely correct:

 

What other physical tests can you think of? Please post in the comments below.

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