Stefan Molyneux made a very good point in an interview with Dr Jordan Petersen recently and I thought I’d share it here as it is as relevant to our troubled times now as it has ever been. He drove home the point by giving two modern day examples of why old wisdom is still the best. The fundamental principle that we was referencing was something like ‘when the devil makes you an offer, don’t take it’. He alluded to Matthew 4:1-11 in doing so [the point was made at the 16 minute mark].
His meaning was this. When someone comes along and offers to give you something big in return for something small, you will find that the concession you make will never end up being small. No one, especially evil people, make a bad bargain for themselves. In trying to obtain what you want by asking others to give it to you, 100 times out of 100 you will lose the bargain. But there is another way. Small transactions and victories, made and won consistently and over a long period of time will get you to where you want to be without ever giving putting you in the position where “the devil” requires you to make a deal. This process, though harder, will prove worth it in the long run. Dr Petersen advises us to “Do what is meaningful, not what is expedient”.
One of the examples Molyneux gave was to put Harvey Weinstein in the role of the devil and the young women who started the #metoo campaign in the role of Jesus. When a powerful ‘devil’ walked in the room and offered them the role of their dreams, it came with a terrible price. The disgusting creature gave very little to his victims in return for the price they paid. For the women who refused, being blacklisted was effectively an end to their career. Hollywood is controlled by ‘devils’ and all contracts made there are laced with poison.
But consider actors such a Patrick Stewart and Russel Crowe. By the time Patrick got to Hollywood he had trod the stages of the West End thousands of times. He was hot property and could walk into casting auditions like an equal. Russel Crowe had made dozens of Aussie movies before The Quick and the Dead and so had power to walk away from bad contracts without it destroying him. Both men made many small transactions to move to where they needed to be. At times they probably wondered if they’d ever “make it” but they were patient and are now superstars.
It is not lost on me that females in the industry have it harder as they have a closing window of opportunity to get noticed in their early 20’s, plus there are fewer good roles going around. Personally, I fail to see how being an actress in Hollywood leads to anything but ‘a host of demons’.
Wilfrid Laurier University
After listening to Molyneux, Petersen had his own example of such an occurrence. Most of us will be aware of the Lindsay Shepherd ‘academic freedom’ case that went down recently (If you’re not, see it here). In response to the debacle, Wilfrid Laurier University’s President spoke about the incident and all commentators agreed it was X minutes of empty bullshit. The president did not have one original or helpful thing to say. Petersen asks the question of what price has the president paid to be allowed to be president of a major university? The answer is she gave up her voice. She no longer has the ability to speak her mind. Instead she now has this ridiculous voice that must echo the narrative that her overlords require. If she were to speak truth, she would breach her unholy contract and lose everything.
Lessons for life
Do not give up what is truly powerful (ie meaning) in pursuit of what the devils of this world tell you is powerful. Here is a short list of things not to do:
- Do not give up your sexual sovereignty to star in a bad Hollywood movie;
- Do not give up your voice to obtain a position of power which give you no power but to speak other people’s words;
- Do not give up you ability to be who you want to be just so you can be popular in the eyes of people you don’t know;
- Do not give up your dignity just to go with the crowd.
If you fight these micro battles every day of your life eventually you will come into meaningful power. Not money or fame but real power. The power to speak and be listened to by your peers. The power to have others know that you are who you want to be. You will be beholden to none.
Unfortunately it would appear that his is a lesson that we will all have to learn over and over again until the end of days.