An essay from my upcoming book!
The 21st Century West is a cauldron of competing ideologies and cults. Many of them highly organised institutions. Growing up in such a place is over-stimulating. We are bombarded by imagery of everything we naturally crave. Sex, Food, Riches among others. The 21st century battle is one of the mind. Many of us have become slaves to branding. The child faces this gargantuan battle alone unless they are guided by an enlightened philosophical parent. Their senses are delicate and cannot cope with the amount of stimuli the Western world is currently producing through television, advertising, movies and music etc. An adult must be sober in order to see the the truth. They must be acutely aware of the kinds of stimuli they are taking in, in order to remain self aware and coherent to the intricate complexities of the info war.
To remain in this state, we must ingest foods that do not warp our sense of reality. We must ingest foods and substances that do not alter the mind too much away from reasoning and self responsibility. And away from emotional submission, fantasy, weakness and defeat. A good goal to have is to always be aware of the greater picture - the worldly and philosophical events that affect civilisation and beyond. It pays us men to be tuned into this. A sober state of mind is required to perceive reality at this level. It is a heightened state – and requires the taking of responsibility of ones own emotions. We must aim to have the ability to see clearly even when amongst the corrupt.
A steady flow of water into the body will aid connection to reality. Foods with rich flavours may decrease your level of focus. Foods high in sugar can bring down your boundaries – as can alcohol. A sober diet is one of natural foods and flavours. This will uncover pain – so much of the food we eat is to comfort and tranquillise ourselves. I have experimented with vegan, vegetarian, and carnivorous diets. I find the meat and vegetable diet to work best for sobriety. We all differ in what we can ingest without altering our minds, self knowledge will allow us to be tuned into when we are reaching our limits with what we eat. Food is important, not only in terms of nutrients, but in terms of psychological effect. Certain tastes can be addictive, and we benefit by being aware of this.
When I speak of mind altering substances, I don't just talk of eating a marijuana cookie. I talk of sugar, caffeine, simple carbs, etc. These are all foods that can reduce a sense of empathy and compassion for ones self & others. This can be harmless if one is in a social environment of high trust, and if the consumption is boundaried and confined to satisfactory degree. Recreational drugs can degenerate the mind. They cause overstimulation in certain areas of the brain. It can be hard to tune back into reality after one of these 'trips'. It may increase ones empathy towards oneself temporarily, but may also decrease empathy to others due to a heightened sense of internal presence. We all need moderation, and we get this from our social environment. An environment of people who take mind altering substances is one of high uncertainty and low trust. Many experience fear whilst taking drugs – I submit that is due to being less able to grasp reality due to lack of helpful feedback from oneself and others.
Growth can only happen when one realises the truth about oneself and accepts it. No empathy = no growth. No one can realise truth when they are in fantasy land – at least not directly. Fantasy is warped by definition. When we consumed by fantasy – which is the case when we consume mind-altering substances - the truth doesn't matter so much. In the worst case scenario the truth can become irrelevant. The sensations that occur as a result of the fantasy over-ride the reasoning part of our brains. A child who is witnessing a parent on drugs is dragged into the upside-down world of the parent, because they rely on the parents capacity to perceive reality. Though the child is on a journey to independence, in their former years they only see what the parent sees in a sense. They look to their parents to describe and in form them of the world they see around them. The more severely the parents mind is altered, the more abusive the are being toward the child.
Of course, eating a big hearty meal that wavers focus whilst in a loving environment is healthy – when we are fighting for freedom – it is unhelpful. When we are pursuing self knowledge or processing our trauma, it is often unhelpful. Many of us desperately want the emotional fulfilment of being raised well in our childhoods. We can only give this to ourselves with the help of a good therapist. To achieve this in reality takes years and years and years of hard work, trial and error, emotional unease and failure. But as a result we grow stronger and more capable than any other being on earth. A man with self knowledge is an exceptional being. The rewards that come to him are heavenly. The temptation with mind altering substances is that they give one a sense that they have achieved this goal without doing so. To get this 'experience' in a drugged fantasy land takes minutes, if not seconds. Getting emotional fulfilment from a fantasy is not in itself a sustainable way to live. This road will degenerate the mind. From personal experience, it can be beneficial to learn from these experiences, but I do not endorse drug taking. Western men in particular must remain as reliable moral agents. A man who is in a stupor is no help to anyone. We are non of us perfect, but I submit this is a healthy standard to aim for.
The view of the mind-altered parent from the child is more empirical than the parents view of themselves. The child sees a grown adult whose capacity to provide, defend and conquer hindered. The parent themselves may need to be cared for whilst on their 'trip'. It will harm the child significantly. When we are raising and protecting the innocent, we must take every precaution within our power in order to help them get the empathy and love they need to become strong and productive members of society.
Imagine you spent 20 years of your life chasing these fantastical emotional fulfillments. What, in reality, would you have to look back on and be proud of? The answer is likely next to nothing. One sat, one dreamed, one pulled away from reality into an isolated mental state, where one wished reality was not what it is. We are affective when we take action. Reality runs on despite of what we wish it was. If we tune into it, we become very helpful and valuable. We set a good example to children and they follow us in taking action in the world.
The immovable fact is that if one wants true happiness, one must work for it. One must become comfortable with being uncomfortable when necessary. Comfort and security will arise out of this as we age. It will be a sustainable comfort caused by improved conditions in our lives. A drug user who never admits that he is an addict never stops being an addict, and will eventually destroy the cognitive capacities required in order to make such a realisation. Quitting drugs can be difficult, but pales in comparison to the sweet and strong state of sobriety coupled with the knowledge than one is pathing the way for a healthier, more prosperous generation. Staying on mind-altering substances is a very irresponsible path which will cause the kind of self resentment that will end ones capacity to achieve real emotional fulfilment - which comes from helping people within your in-group and giving life to children. This, after all, is what fantasies are about, whether its being a millionaire, dating the dream woman, being adored by millions or being the hero of the story. They are all consequences of helping the people around us. We become depressed and anxious when we don't help others because we are not generating any value in reality and are thus condemning ourselves as 'worthless'. Much of the low self esteem in western men is caused by socialist propaganda, but we can surmount this with self knowledge, and resurrect our innocence, power and love.