Higher Consciousness

A while back I got into a small row on Twitter with TRT expert Jay Campbell (you can view the exchange here).

The original topic was the subject of video games but the actual disagreement ended up being over a fairly popular esoteric idea (namely that there are levels to consciousness and presumably achieving higher levels will allow you to “see” some previously hidden level of reality).

A photograph of Epsilon Dimension. I took it with my third eye during a session of astral projection.

Now, while I’m not a fan of esotericism I have some ideas many would consider esoteric myself. For example, I don’t believe all biological humans have souls, but those who do have a spiritual sense that may allow them to sense things beyond their biological ability.

The problem I have with Jay and others like him are two-fold:

First (as I stated in a subsequent reply, perhaps a bit too bluntly), is that for the most part their beliefs are the product of fantasy. We live in spiritually bankrupt times and many people are suffering from a lack of spiritual nourishment. As a result they frequently become either marks for charlatans, or more commonly, become their own prophets to feed their need for spiritual fulfillment.

And if your need for spiritual fulfillment is strong enough, your mind WILL provide it for you. This is especially common for men (or women) who have seen some success in life. Believing yourself to be limitless is a very useful trait if you want success in the material world but unfortunately it has the opposite effect in the spiritual world.

The second (and more dangerous issue) is that many of these guys use these beliefs to externalize and weaponize their negative reactions to somebody. Their appeal (particularly to individuals with high levels of Machiavellianism) is pretty obvious: if you accuse someone of being “low consciousness” or having “bad vibes”, what can they do? These are inherently subjective experiences. The accuser doesn’t have to actually answer any objections and the accused has no way to negate the accuser’s claims (not unlike the Social Justice Warrior concept of subjective “lived experience” having objective value).

Now, I definitely could have handled that conversation better (Jay subsequently blocked me and I returned the favor), but its lack of productivity doesn’t take away from the underlying issue, and I do thank Jay for putting the attention of my baleful third eye on this issue.

Twitter Flagellants

There is a particular type of content on twitter that has been increasingly getting on my nerves over the last week.

It’s very common, particularly on self-improvement accounts aimed at men.

And what I am talking about?

Abusive remarks intended to “encourage” the followers of whatever guru or influencer posted it.

“If you’re taking the weekend off you don’t deserve success!”
“Put sugar in your coffee? You are soy!”
“I spent the last year locked in my room shitting in a litter box and drinking my own urine and you’re not willing to wake up at 5 am to work on your business?”

Twitter Guru Addicts, 2019, Colorized

I don’t really blame the gurus themselves for this. This type of content is very popular, and many of them, even if they’re not tracking their stats, will gravitate towards posting more content that gets them eyeballs and retweets.

The problem with this content, which I’ve dubbed “cuckbait” is that it becomes a perverse mind trap.

Failure produces guilt in people who haven’t had their mindset reoriented towards viewing it as progress.

The guru’s harsh words “punishes” the reader, who now receives psychological relief from their guilt, removing the opportunity to earn relief by getting back up and trying again.

Furthermore, the guru’s words sends a message to the reader that he is unworthy of success.

If you think you don’t deserve something, it’ll only naturally bleed into your ability to work towards that thing because you will believe you are not capable of attaining it as you currently are.

You will also build up an association between the work and psychological pain, a major cause of procrastination and something I will talk about in a future post.

This type of content can be entertaining in small doses, but reader beware: if consumed incessantly it becomes poison.

I’m not against the consumption of motivational material or platitudes.

But I recommend finding people who provide motivation through encouragement and positivity.

Aside from building feedback loops that reinforce negative thought patterns in the long term, the frenzied, abusive nature of cuckbait is counter-productive. Like a huge burst of adrenaline can get you to move but take away the fine motor skills required to perform precision tasks.

And self improvement is 90% small, precise changes.

Use the nuclear stuff sparingly and at key moments, if you need it at all.