I was no doubt blessed to be born in America, and if I could hypothetically roll the dice on my next birth, I could hardly wish for better luck than to be born here again.
A majority of the world’s population is poor and destitute with virtually no means of improving their lot. Many face mortal danger from depleted resources, oppressive authorities, political instability, lack of opportunity and little hope to advance their lives beyond a daily struggle for basic survival.
You will never understand the full extent of this reality until you’ve gone to the third-world and spent time there.
Most non-westerners would trade places with you or I in an instant. Our good fortune is beyond measure – no dispute. And I’d be a great fool to curse this land as many disillusioned men have, because it has given me the freedom to choose my own life and the privilege of having the unique perspective that I am about to share…
America, while firmly defining the first-world in most ways, is itself steeped in a different kind of poverty – a poverty of spirit.
In America, strong men with great potential wander about lost and hungry. Men who think independently and seek truth; who uphold beauty, strength and honor as their guiding principals; who seek a rich life of genuine relationships, good nature, feminine women, authentic art and deep, colorful life-experience… are outcasts in a wasteland of empty promises, manufactured environments and boundless hostility from their brethren.
True men, who care little for assured safety and comfort, novelty and amusement, consumerism and runaway lifestyle upgrading.
Intelligent men, who are satisfied with naught but a bit of bread and an undisturbed space to make art and work on their own projects; who despise popular culture and pay no mind to social conventions that reduce them; who couldn’t care less about sports and entertainment; who’d rather figure it out on their own than have their hand held; who don’t want to ‘work for work’s sake’ in a rat race to nowhere; who desire genuine relationships full of warmth and kindness…
These men are met with endless frustration and discouragement in our current post-masculine America… because they do not fit the new narrative.
These men are constantly poked and prodded by the tentacles of the corporate establishment. They’re heels are bitten by the fierce dogs of political correctness.
Independent men have a will and a mind of their own… one that remains unbroken despite constant attack… and for that crime, they will never be forgiven.
If they refuse to bend, these men are condemned to solitude… as most all company is bad company, for them. Some of these men are crushed by their solitude, and all but shrivel back up into their mother’s womb for shelter (see 4chan).
For the few that stay true to themselves, and endure the frost of solitude, the pressure of being alone will, in time, forge them into stronger, better men. The fire of their ambition will burn brighter, to realize success, if for no other reason than to escape the hostility of the mainstream.
Checking the level of your ambition
Capitalism has proven to be the very best system for organizing society in a way that gives the greatest number of people the most opportunity for prosperity.
So, if you are driven to accomplish big things, innovate new frontiers and/or get rich… there is – still today – no better place to be… or at least no better place to start… than America.
After all, what have socialist countries like Australia or Spain given the world in the last century? What innovation has come out of Latin America that has changed the world on the level of Facebook or Apple?
Although globalization and the internet may soon make geography a moot point; today there is still no place with more access to the best people, the greatest institutions, the most resources and the greatest upside potential for fortune and success.
These things matter if you have big dreams and ambitious goals.
But if you, on the other hand, just want to live an easy life, with good food and inexpensive housing, colorful people, long vacations from work, beautiful scenery, a vibrant culture, feminine women and a very human daily experience… GET OUT OF AMERICA.
Those things are not what America is about.
Save as much money as you can or start a location-independent business and just go. You have no idea what you are missing out on. For lifestyle and culture; metropolitan America is the bottom.
Even New York City, the so-called mecca of world-culture, moves too fast and demands too much from its inhabitants for them to have the time and the means to enjoy it all while ‘living easy’. Unless of course you are very wealthy.
Near any other country (that isn’t a complete third-world African ghetto) will offer you a richer life experience than you can have in metro-America. And for a very small fraction of the cost.
(NOTE: ‘Metropolitan’ as to distinguish from living on a farm in the country or a cabin in the mountains in America – which is a different experience altogether and only realistic if you are financially independent.)
The Commoditization of The Human Experience
Everything in America is about money and capital.
Living in America, you are always selling or being sold to… even when you aren’t interested in buying or selling. Everyone is selling to survive and thrive – so it never stops.
And it knows know limits: You are being sold on procedures and drugs at the doctor’s office. You are sold on ‘education’ when you enter a university system. You are sold on giving to church and charity.
In no uncertain terms, everything in American society is commoditized.
Nothing is sacred. Nothing exists without the bottom line. Nothing can escape the black-hole of dollar demand.
And when there is no true foundation of values to which capitalism can be leashed and restrained, we see this ‘commoditization-effect’ infecting everything in our lives.
In America, people, relationships and experiences are commoditized no different than consumer items picked up at the local Mega-Mart. They are treated with the same air; they are portrayed the same in media and advertising; they are manipulated the same by corporations and politicians.
People, relationships and experiences are seldom genuine and wholesome in metro-America. These important ‘life-things’ are manufactured, sterilized and packaged for the mass market… with all the genuineness, warmth, spontaneity, danger, spirit, wonder, freedom, nature, color and uniqueness hammered out of them.
The raw human experience of simply living isn’t valued in metro-America as it is in non-western countries, because everyone here is on the make all the time. Everything is a constant commotion and everyone is so focused on where they are going that few stop to consider the place they are now.
Most people in America are so wrapped up in social expectations and stubborn identifications with political ideologies, that they are all but incapable of having an independent thought or a spontaneous, authentic experience.
A casual stroll along the Las Vegas strip or a few Tinder dates with shallow American women will illustrate these points better than words ever could.