How to set massive goals and achieve them. Every man needs to know how to set massive goals and achieve them.
Set Your Massive Goals Every Day
Write down your wildest, most audacious dreams, even if you don’t think you can achieve them, down every single morning and every single night. This isn’t the law of attraction. This isn’t dreaming, it’s actively keeping your ideals in your mind, and as they change, as you write more of them more often, and some fade, it becomes clear what goals you should aim at, and which ones you should drop.
Setting massive goals also keeps you motivated. When you’re excited about something, anything, where you’re headed, what you’re working on, even possibilities, you have access to energy that caffeine can’t give you. Nothing can give you the same energy as excitement. It will allow you to get up earlier, work harder, and achieve those massive goals someday. You need excitement. You need motivation. And you need to be inspired. Keeping your eye on the future, not the past, and the massive future you’re creating, gives you the energy you need to actually achieve that massive goal.
Ambitions Are Why You’re Here
Your ambitions aren’t just dreams, they’re insight into why you’re here and what you’re here to do. You need to listen to your dreams, goals, and your ambition. Don’t brush it off as a lie. It isn’t a lie. It’s the truth, the thing you need to do no matter what everyone else tells you that you should do. Write your ambitions down every morning and every day and keep moving forward toward them.
Structure Your Day At the End of Every Day
This isn’t covered in the video, but a part of achieving your massive goals is setting the smaller tasks that need to be accomplished to actually achieve them. Don’t plan your day on the day or in the morning, plan your day at the end of your work day. You’ve just finished a work day, you know what you have to do, it’s far better to take this time to plan your goals than wasting time the following day, and likely planning the wrong things.
Don’t Tell Anyone!
They’re called, Identity Goals, and by telling people someone, you see them as having seen you as having already achieved the goal. Plus, you have a small sense of having achieved it as well. Have a few confidants that you tell your goals, but even that’s not necessary. It’s better for you and your goals if you keep them to yourself and just achieve them.
By keeping your goals to yourself, you keep the fire going. You don’t quell the dream. You don’t crush it before you even take the steps you need to take to get after it. Think about all of those poor souls who talk more than they do. You know who they are. You probably hate to be around them. Their words are empty, and it’s not just because they like to talk about their goals, it’s because of how the act of talking about goals ruins the energy, the fire, that should be fueled through action, not words.
Be one of the few who DOESN’T tell his friends and everyone in between his massive goals. Be the one of the few who’s too busy working on achieving them to be gabbing about them.
Work hard. Work in silence. Achieve your massive goals!
How to be more productive, even when you’re tired. Everyone wants to know how to be more productive, and many of us know how, in theory, but we don’t do it. If you want to know how to be more productive, even when you’re tired, depressed, and lethargic, it begins the night before, when you plan your day.
Never plan your day the morning of. And every day should have a plan. I talk about it a lot in my book, the Lost Art of Discipline. If you don’t have a very simple plan, usually 1-2 important things that you have to do in the run of a day, then you’re going to do the wrong things. These things or tasks should be important. They should bring you closer to your massive goal. But once you identify what you have to do, the thinking about what you have to do is OVER.
Now, you shut off your brain and work. You no longer need to think about what has to be done, you did that the night before. Now, all you have to do is sit down and focus on the SINGLE thing that has to get done first. And there must be order! Never attempt to do more than one thing at a time if you want to be productive.
Shut off the phone. Shut off the internet if you can. Shut your mind off as far as thinking about what you should be doing, you know what you should be doing, now do it. It’s tough to do when you’re tired, and when your mind wants to wander. But is it? Meh, not really. Focusing isn’t that tough, it’s just something you do. You don’t think about anything else but the thing you’re to do in the moment.
If you have an idea that doesn’t pertain to the task, that you should write down, write it down and then get back to work.
Set a Timer. That is, create a work block of, say, 30 minutes, and focus for the entire thirty minutes. When the timer goes off, get up, move around, get outside, go to the gym, do something, just move away from your desk. Then, at your next work block, do the exact same thing, set a timer, focus on a single thing until that timer rings. By giving yourself a time frame, you have a challenge that isn’t endless. You CAN focus for 30 minutes, it’s tougher to focus if you don’t know how long you have to focus for.
I’m sitting at my desk when I receive a text from my old man’s best pal. It’s an article entitled, ‘Traditional masculinity‘ causes ‘homophobia’, ‘bullying’: Report, in the Toronto Star.
This is too far, is my response as I glance over an article that essentially says that what men are genetically programmed to be, what men have achieved, the achievements that have led to the highest quality of life in our history as humans, is bad. The article is in response to a new report from the American Psychological Association (APA) that says traditional masculinity is wrong.
Only the Strong Survive
Fact: we’re here today because of men with traditional masculine values. If they didn’t have them, they’d die. If we don’t have them, we lose, and our family suffers, as does our society.
That said, let’s hear this group of quacks out with an open mind.
What are the harmful aspects of traditional masculinity?
Let’s first highlight some facts. It’s better to be strong than it is to be weak. It’s better to be tough than it is to be soft. If you’re weak and soft you’re going to quit, fail, you won’t be able to support your family, you don’t be able to compete against adverseries who are tough and strong, and you won’t be happy.
So what does the organization say are the harmful aspects of masculinity?
“The main thrust of the subsequent research is that traditional masculinity – marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression – is, on the whole, harmful.”
This displays the laughable idiocy of organizations like the APA. They list four incredibly important and beneficial attributes that serve anyone, let alone men trying to make it in the world, trying to better the world, trying to protect and provide for their family.
Competitiveness has resulted in every major and minor evolution in our species, in technology, and as a society. Without competitiveness we’d still be hunting with our hands. Without competitiveness, people don’t want to improve their life, and a life that isn’t improved isn’t really a life, it’s an existence, and acceptance that you have no control over anything. Life without competition is simply hell.
Dominanceisn’t really a masculine trait, especially not a traditional masculine trait. For thousands of years a man’s primary goal was to protect his family, provide for his family, and build his family. Family always came first. To dominate them wasn’t his objective. Even men who craved power, they simply craved power, it wasn’t the domination of others, it was fulfilling what they saw as their reason for being here. And this was only a very minute few. The Roman Definition for Masculinity is excellence in all things – that’s as traditional as you can get, Ancient Rome, how is striving for excellence in all things bad?
Aggression is a beautiful and wildly necessary attribute. It’s the best antidote to fear you can have. Aggression can defeat a bully, it can conquer an obstacle, it can move a man forward when he would otherwise be paralyzed by fear. Fear and aggression cannot coexist, so what you’re saying is that we’re better off afraid?
Man Are Men Because of Our Balls
Quite literally, the differences between men and women are the result of testosterone. Testosterone led to changes in our brain, or physiology and physique and thus, our role. We’re typically bigger and stronger, we also can’t have babies. Thus, it has been our sole role for thousands of years to hunt and gather. We also defend.
You cannot change what and who a man is. If he’s ambitious, don’t quell it. If he’s tough, help him develop it further. If he’s weak, make him tough, because weakness – as they’ve said – isn’t a masculine trait.
More from the article, this is gold:
“Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development, constrain their behaviour, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict, and negatively influence mental health and physical health,” the report warns.
Among the pillars of “masculinity ideology” are “anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence.”
Ah, the “gender role straing and gender role conflict” that masculine men go through (NONSENSE). Gender roles aren’t real. Men are men, women are women. We’re not acting, we’re not confining ourselves to a certain way to act. We act as we do because we are men, and the best thing you can tell a boy is to man up, he’ll know exactly what it means, it means to stop complaining and work harder. It means to not be a pussy and to be tough – well done! When has toughness ever harmed anyone?
Let’s also keep in mind that this is the same APA that deemed pedofilia was a ‘sexual orientation’, something they later claimed was a typo (nonsense). So they’re not exactly credible.
There is no role strain or conflict. This is something made up and very new. It’s the result of the blurring of genders and the making up of new ones to aphese confused people – and I’m not attacking people with gender dysphoria, or transgenderism, it’s just that they make up a very small part of the population, maybe 0.01% of 0.01%, so to say that men and young men have conflicts about their role is a dubious and harmful claim. You’re trying to treat the majority like they’re a minute fraction of a minority.
It’s the wrong way to deal with this.
Anti-feminity? Of course! What man would want to be feminine. Adventure, how in God’s name is that a bad pursuit? Risk? We’re more prone to risk because of our testosterone levels, it’s a very direct result of something we innately have, so to deny that we’re more aggressive, more prone to risk, and that we even enjoy violence, is to tell men and boys to be something they are not.
The APA is telling transgenders to be who they think they are, while at the same time telling men that being who they are isn’t healthy, and that they should actually turn their back on who they are and try to be more feminine.
You know what’s coming…
The attributes that the APA hate most are effects of testosterone. The limitation of testosterone is a cure to these awesome and wonderful side effects. It’s a wonder when they’re start prescribing estrogen pills to men to change their harmful behaviors.
“Though men benefit from patriarchy, they are also impinged upon by patriarchy,” said Ronald F. Levant, EdD, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Akron and co-editor of the APA volume The Psychology of Men and Masculinities.
Here’s what’s wrong with this statement from the start: There Is No Patriarchy.
Here’s a look at the most dangerous jobs in America (not including being a soldier)…
Here’s a nice stat sheet for the ‘oppressed’ and hyper sensitive women of the #metoo movement.
Yes, men, the creators of this patriarchy also actively sought out the most dangerous jobs. They’re so privilaged that they decided they’d die at a higher rate than women. Not in the graph above is the fact that men commit suicide twice as much as women, maybe more.
This is also a dangerous narative for the survival of our species. For thousands of years men and women have been working together to raise families and tribes and communities and nations. We have not bee in opposition, nor have we thought of ourselves as opponents. We literally need one another to create a family, to grow a family, and to extend the species.
Yet, organizations like the APA, whom the government – especially the schooling system – holds in high regard when it comes to making policies – DANGEROUS – wants to pit men against women, it wants to create a patriarchy that doesn’t exist.
The result, of course, will be that our boys will be taught to be women and more feminine in schools, especially public schools. All forms of masculinity will be taken out of state-funded institutions. And being straight will eventually be outlawed at this rate.
The lunacy is incredible.
A year ago I was on my lawn doing some yardwork when a woman approached me. She was doing the census. She asked if she could ask me some questions. I obliged, and the first question was, “Are you a man or woman or other?”
My heart dropped, what a ridiculous question. What a ridiculous question for her to have to ask, and I told her so. She agreed. She’d asked thousands of people that question and almost all of them had the same response, and not one of them answered the question differently than their appearance would convey. She went on to say that her son is in public school, and they now have a third washroom for the third gender that doesn’t exist.
You’re Doing More Harm Than Good, APA
I don’t think this report is aimed to help anyone. To deny people the right to be who they are, and not just who they think they are, but who they actually are, and to dency the truths about the goodness of masculinity, to paint it with a bad brush, and to pit men and women against one another, is insidenous.
There’s no attempt to do good by saying that traditional masculinity is harmful.
There is only evil.
You’re setting up policies that would create more victims. We do not need more victims. And then there’s suicide.
Women attempt suicide about twice as frequent as men do, and yet men are up to 75% more successful. The reason is that we attempt suicide by violent means, because we’re more violent. Now you may say that by making men soft, you’re going to diminish that success rate. No, because women attempt suicide far more than men, by making men act like women you’re simply going to increase their rate of attempts while at the same time removing from them the values that helped men cope with the weight of the world.
Suicide is on the rise, not on the decline. The Greatest Generation, who had to deal with the Great Depression and then the Second World War, committed suicide less than we do today. The problem isn’t that we’re too masculine, it’s that we’re not masculine enough.
Men do not need an excuse. We do not need to talk more about our feelings. We need a purpose. We need a challenge. We need to feel like men.
By getting them young and influencing their behavior – which is what I suspect an organization like this will aim to do by influencing public school policy – you’re going to create far more confusion, while also compounding an inability to deal with it.
Without the stoicism, the toughness, the grit, the ability to endure and persist, the values that are traditional masculinity, you remove a young man’s ability to cope with the brutality and toughness of life. You will increase suicide rates. You will increase the amount of men taking medication for depression. You will increase the number of men who can’t take care of their families. You will degrade an entire section of society and relagate them to the pitiful state of victimhood.
That said, you’ll also have far more patients paying you hourly fees, likely government-subsidized because this will turn into an epidemic of soft males who cannot lead industries or households and will fold under the pressure, unlike those great men of the Greatest Generation who faced far tougher obstacles.
Maybe that’s your aim.
Why You Need More Testosterone, Aggression, Competition, and Stoicism
Alright, I got all of that out. And I don’t even think I cussed.
So, the battle lines have been drawn. We can see what they’re doing, where the end goal is, or where this will lead.
They want to rid our society of the virtuous and good, the masculine values that created the first great nations in history, defended against Nazism, Communism, and Socialism, that allowed all races and religions the same opportunity, the pursuit of happiness. And I’d also add, the pursuit of wealth, success, and greatness.
While the right to this pursuit was won and created by great men and great women, and the masculine values they took to court, to the battlefield, to a new land, you will only win the pursuit with the masculine values that organizations like the APA aim to destroy.
The same goes for your sons.
While they influence government and education policy and practice, you have to be dilligent. You have to actively seek out ways to create the strong, stoic, powerful, reliable, dependable, ‘archaic’, masculine man that you are genetically hardwired to become.
For those that want to develop such virtues, we go through them in The Average to Alpha Tribe, with a course calld the Barbarian Virtues, modelled after this Theodore Roosevelt quote:
“Over-sentimentality, over-softness, in fact washiness and mushiness are the great dangers of this age and of this people. Unless we keep the barbarian virtues, gaining the civilized ones will be of little avail.”
And I’ve created a Tribe of sorts to develop them through trials, by adopting a tougher life, rather than an easier one.
The crew from the BBC Earth are following a troop of monkeys in West Africa. Still affected by what they saw the day prior, when a group of males attacked and possibly killed the alpha of the group in a coup attempt to knock the leader, David, whom the crew had grown to admire and respect, off his pedestal as leader.
As the film crew, accompanied by a researcher who had been studying the troop for years, reached the spot where David was left to die, they couldn’t find him. They searched, covering miles, checked trail cams, but still no sign.
David was left with torn appendages, a massive gash in his leg and backside, a testament to the damage that an ape can inflict, even on one as formidable as David. After searching for hours they finally find him. He’s foraging for food after having spent a few days sleeping, recovering, so he can make his march back to his clan and do what he’s hardwired to do, reclaim his throne.
The researcher leading the film crew, when talking about David, gives some insight into who he is, not just what he is. He became the alpha much earlier than normal, while he was still a teenager. He’s maintained his rule about twice as long as a normal alpha does. It’s as if he’s hardwired to be in a power position.
It would be easier to just remain where he is, or to join the troop and accept a lesser role, one of a follower, not a leader. Instead, he marches back and, by a cunning bluff, reclaims his domination over one of the leaders of the coup, maintaining his spot as leader of the troop.
Being leader of the troop, however, will inevitably mean he’ll be attacked again in the future by one or more of the other ambitious younger, even stronger males that want to lead the tribe – which also means they’ll get first crack at any female in heat.
David does what he’s hardwired to do, even though it means a tougher life, one primarily spent in solitude, always having to fend of adversaries and protect his troop.
The parallels to life, our life, are vivid.
The other day, after a buddy of mine and I were talking about Grant Cardone, and how the guy is actually killing it, with multiple funds and real companies that do real business, not the smoke-and-mirrors that pervades the internet today, I searched for his podcast by typing in his name. The problem: half a dozen came up, I didn’t know where to start.
Go to his website and you’ll see programs and products, courses and books to solve pretty much any issue you may have in your quest to create wealth. His output is incredible. He’s always moving, working, evolving, learning, and producing. It makes sense that he’s on top.
A couple years ago I read a book by Donald Trump – forget about what you think of the guy (good or bad, as most of the bad has only come about since he announced his run for office, before that he was largely beloved). Trump went into his schedule. Every night he slept for about 3 hours. That’s all he has time to manage. That’s almost a maniacal motion. His workload was incredible, and the projects he took on had a scope that was far more daring and audacious than anyone I’d come across.
Another parallel with Trump is that as he’s aimed higher, there are more who want to bring him down, much like David, our chimpanzee friend.
Being on Top Isn’t Easy, But If It’s Who You Are That’s Where You Have to Be.
It’s easier to be an average chimp in the troop. It’s easier to be the employee than it is to be the employer. It’s easier to invest in the fund than it is to create it. It’s easier to be fat and weak than it is to be lean and strong. But you cannot be average, or the employee, or the investor, or the fatty, if that’s not who you are, and I don’t think that’s who you are, I know it’s not who I am.
I won’t have the same sense of fulfillment if I don’t give my all to whatever I’m doing. I won’t be as happy if I’m fat or weak, I won’t be as good a man if I only aim for what I know I can do, and I’m guessing you’re the same.
So, Who Are You?
If you’re an alpha, a leader, a winner, then you win.
The accolades or successes are almost trivial. If you’re a winner, you act like a winner, and being a winner, an alpha, is hard, it’s a lot harder than it is to be a loser. But if you don’t act like a winner, you’ll end your life with regret, you’ll be mean and grumpy, you’ll never do what your soul needs you to do, you’ll never actually live. You’ll spend your eternity existing. You’ll be remembered as nice, maybe even as good, but not as the great man you had it within you to become.
As David rose and licked his wounds and headed back to reclaim his throne, the researcher said, “it’s hard to be an alpha”. Something inside David, maybe it was passed on through his genetics, hardwired into his DNA, would not allow him to rest. He could not exist as something other than what he is, an alpha. It would betray his existence, it would be a lie, a falsehood, even a sin. Of course, those thoughts didn’t go into this chimp’s mind. He didn’t detach and see the grand scheme, nor did he weight the work that would have to be done, the battles to be fought, he simply acted as he, the alpha, acts.
How are you acting?
We think too much. We have dreams that are true, they’re whispers into what makes us happy and fulfilled, but we rationalize their avoidance by weighing the work that it would take to achieve them with the comfort we’d rather have in the moment. We do this enough, and those dreams disappear. We accept that we’re regular, that we’re not the alpha that we clearly were when we were coming up. We settle. We reach our end. We regret. We die.
Your ambitions are not lies.
Steven Pressfield, in his wonderful book, Turning Pro, writes: “To feel ambition and to act upon it is to embrace the unique calling of our souls. Not to act upon that ambition is to turn our backs on ourselves and on the reason for our existence.”
Define, ambitiously so, who you are. Spend time thinking about this. Dare to think greatly about what you want, about what you want to achieve and who you want to be. Now, compare that man to who you are acting as now.
Are you acting like the alpha? Or are you choosing to be average?
One requires little thought, it’s innate, it’s in your DNA, a part of who you are. The other is actively degrading who you are to opt for a more easy existence.
David will die. He’ll likely finally be killed in a battle for his throne, probably by more than one enemy, and another alpha who is simply being an alpha will take his place. He will not relent. He will not grow old and in peace. He will fight ‘til he can fight no longer because to do anything else would betray who he is, and there can be no honor in that.
Resilience is similar to toughness, well, it is toughness, but it’s deeper, it’s inner strength and fortitude. Resilience could have also been the title for this part of the course, which brings up a truly great book by Eric Greitens called, Resilience. In his book, Greitens, a former Navy SEAL talks about something we’ve touched on thus far, that there is no such thing as ‘rising to the occasion’.
Navy SEALs train ridiculously hard. Just to be considered to become a SEAL you first
Have to pass buds, BUD/S, which is a 3-week brutal course that’s now famous the world over, where the goal is to essentially weed out those who cannot handle the load. After that course, the trials don’t stop. They’re constantly training for the worst case scenario because it’s known in the military that you cannot just show up and expect to endure the trials that battles bring, the horrors that it thrusts into your lap, or the shit that will inevitably hit the fan.
You do not rise to the occasion, you merely fall back on your training.
This notion that you have simply ‘have’ resilience is not a risk I’d like to take. Why would you risk it when history shows that it’s those who are best prepared that achieve success. Those who don’t prepare, quit, die, and lose.
Life is Brutal
Life has its great times, but it also has its inevitable failures, losses, and downright
difficult times times that we have no other choice but to endure. The act of enduring, however, isn’t merely getting through something. So often when tough times come, we wait them out. What actually has to happen is that, even though we may not be motivated, even if our backs are against the wall and we really just want this struggle to end, we instead have to UP our game rather than falling down and regressing to our current situation.
That’s tough to understand when life’s shitty, when bad things happen, and when it seems like everything we do is just unsuccessful, but it’s true. You do not lower yourself to the difficulty, but improve how you work, think, and act so that the climb out (it may not be easier) is quicker, and that it happens at all.
While we can train fortitude, we also need to alter how we think about this, and I’ve learned this from experience. The situation is never as doom and gloom as it seems.
1. See things from above and from the future.
I just had a minor crisis. At its onset, I admit I freaked out a bit. I thought of the worst case rather than seeing is from the correct perspective, which is from above and from the future. Everything I’ve tackled in my life, in the moment, seemed a hell of a lot tougher than it is. And when you see it as a part of society or even the planet, when you see in your minds eye how others are struggling, what they’re going through and how they’re enduring, whatever it is you’re in the middle of can be tackled and overcome.
See the struggle from the correct perspective. See it along with how everyone else struggles. You’re not alone with it, and there are a lot of people going through a hell of a lot worse than you or I are right at this very moment. And then see it from the future, from having gotten through it – which you will – and have that peace that’s going to come in time anyway.
2. Accept the struggle, the pain, the loss, the failure.
Don’t deny its existence. Don’t wish it wasn’t here. This is your life right now, and you have to accept it as it is. The only thing you can ever do is make the best of a situation. If you do that, you can endure anything.
3. Move forward.
You cannot stop, you have to move forward, toward your goals, and you’d damn-well better have goals. A life without goals is a tough proposition. We need to be moving forward, to be improving, growing, evolving, and learning to feel as though we’re in some way winning. Stay the course. Keep the discipline. And continue struggling to achieve your goals.
4. Don’t wade, swim.
Make a decision. Be decisive. No one can respect anyone who’s wishy washy about anything in life. Be decisive! Be clear about your decisions, but make them quickly and move forward. The worst thing you can do is to not make a decision. To just sit and wait. You have to decide. You have to act fast. And if it ends up being the wrong decision, then you can deal with that later, in the future, but at least you’re moving forward.
5. Don’t get down on yourself.
You’re the fucking man. You’ve done stuff. You have potential. There’s a lot of people who would like to be you, to have what you have, to have the skills and charisma you have. Keep that in mind. You’re still the fucking man, that doesn’t change because of a change in circumstance. Keep the confidence. You can and will climb out of this, just don’t get down on yourself. You are not your situation. It’s a part of the process. You’ll learn lessons from this, it will not be your life’s story, nor will it be your end.
6. Become more disciplined.
You don’t give up or give in to how the rest of the world lives, or how you think others live on the instagram or whatever people are following now. No, you double down. You adopt more discipline to ensure that you control what you can because in times of tribulation it seems like so much is out of our control. Control what you can. The time you wake up. Your workouts. How you work, when you work, what you work on, what you aim to achieve. Be more disciplined, not less. Continue training fortitude, don’t let the situation change that quest and necessity.
If you want to feel like you’re living for a reason, and if you want to feel alive, embark on some kind of adventure. Life’s better when we are doing so. That’s what I’d deem as “life”. We have to work, we have to make money and so on and so forth, but it’s the adventure that inspires us to work harder, that makes us feel alive. It motivates us. When you’re only in your routine, it can get boring, your problems can become all too powerful, they can grab a hold of you and your life and suffocate whatever inspiration you had within you. Do your work, be disciplined so that you can embark on adventures.
This is what happens when you give an inch, and then another, and then another. Within the last week, the dangerous and vocal minorities of the #metoo movement or those who are pushing it, and vegans have outlawed one of the best Christmas songs ever written, along with most of our favorite English idioms, like ‘bringing home the bacon’ (ps. If you like bacon and you’re a man, get a free copy of my new book, the Man Diet here).
Of course, they haven’t outlawed a thing, they’ve merely stated that they’re offended by nearly everything and would like the rest of us, the masses, to curtail our language and song choice to fit their ever-growing sensitivities.
In fact, I never really cared for the song, Baby it’s ColdOutside, but now I do, and I’ll request it wherever I am and play it as often and as loudly as I can.
Here’s a nice stat sheet for the ‘oppressed’ and hyper sensitive women of the #metoo movement.
It is lunacy, but there’s also danger in it.
Small groups often create massive amounts of change if only for the reason that the majority don’t really care. I’m not going to die without hearing that song, nor will I decease if I can’t say ‘bringing home the bacon’ in public (which I’ll now do more of). It’s not life or death, and it isn’t for vegans or the other sensitive group either, but they think it is.
Nassim Taleb talks about this a fair bit in his book, Skin in the Game. He gives a few examples. One is if your child is allergic to dairy and he goes to a birthday party. The person who put on the part will curtail the food to your kid’s needs simply because the rest of the group doesn’t need dairy.
Another example is kosher. People who eat kosher make up a minuscule amount of the population, and yet have greatly influenced the food we buy, as much of it has a kosher stamp on it. So why does so much of our food in grocery stores have a kosher stamp if so few are actually kosher?
It’s because the majority isn’t not going to eat something if it’s kosher, but the minority will only eat what is kosher. So instead of losing out on this fraction of the population, food companies bend to them knowing that this will open their market to kosher eaters while not affecting the general public.
The examples are endless. He uses the example of once more liberal and Christian nations in the East and in Africa being turned into what was once a minority religion, Islam. It wasn’t because of a change in beliefs, but due to differing rules. Islam has strict rules. You cannot leave Islam. You also cannot be in a divided home, if your wife or husband is Muslim, you then have to convert. Over decades and even centuries of this, the strict rules of the once minority eventually create a majority.
So while these small, loud minorities want us to stop using terms like bring home the bacon or stop playing songs like Baby it’s Cold Outside, even while loving films and books like Fifty Shades of Grey further showing their lunacy, inconsistency, and lack of knowledge about what they actually want, there is danger in ‘giving an inch’.
We can see it in books that were once incredible works of fiction that are now more close to prophecies, like George Orwell’s 1984, a must read for every human.
You Need a Distrust of Government
Every country must have a healthy distrust of government. It’s the only aspect of our society that we give power to. And as we know, power corrupts. It does not want to stay as it is. It wants to grow, to get more power, to control more than it currently does.
America seems to have this in their blood, which is encouraging. Canada, where I live, does not have enough of this distrust. We’re like lambs to the slaughter. We wake up one day and we have a Prime Minister who wants to place rules on how we speak, he wants to regulate what genders are hired and where they’re hired and even what genders exist, ignoring basic biology and evolution.
Europe seems to have a lack of this distrust, which is incredible for they have more reason than most to distrust government.
Why all this talk about distrusting government?
Read 1984. This call to stop terms like bring home the bacon has one end for these radicals, it’s to have it regulated, thrown out of our vernacular and punished by law. Just like calling someone by the wrong gender when the eyes don’t like on that subject, is punishable by law in some places, and even in some States.
You give an inch for a long enough time and you wake up to the fact that it’s now miles.
This lunacy has to stop somewhere. The majority have to put their foot down and claim their own freedoms over the freedoms of the few to ‘not be offended’.
More and more it’s appearing as though Theodore Roosevelt’s wonderful observation about an increasing softness during his time is finally coming to fruition, it’s never been more applicable, and never been more important to adhere to:
“Over-sentimentality, over-softness, in fact washiness and mushiness are the great dangers of this age and of this people. Unless we keep the barbarian virtues, gaining the civilized ones will be of little avail.”
Enough pandering to the soft.
Instead, build up the strong. Praise the victorious. Let the winners lead and pick up those who won’t win in their wake.
I, for one, intend to bring home the bacon until I kick the bucket.