Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mencken on Feminism - Well, Sort of

There aren't any Menckens around anymore, not in the MSM. Newspapers are in big trouble and it's their own damn fault. I used to be a newspaper editor and the publisher was a moron with an MBA from Harvard. He didn't know what the hell he was doing.

If you want newspapers to get back online there needs to be truth and nastiness, like Mencken used to do. And others like him, such as James M. Cain. Today they're a bunch of PC cowards, boring and talentless and cowardly.

Anyway, here is a short quote from Mencken on certain women.

"One hears that 'the women of the United States' are up in arms about this or that; the plain fact is that eight fat women, meeting in a hotel parlor, have decided to kick up some dust."

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Women Entering and Destroying Male Spaces

Is it because of that "shit test" silliness? No.

It's because of envy, which leads to wanting to destroy, even if you destroy yourself.

It's because of the desire for power, domination and control - the Dark Triad for women (feminism is the Dark Triad for women). The Dark Triad, for men and women, is not what those in the Manosphere think it is. In reality it's a horror.

The Dark Triad is just narcissism, and if one characteristic that can be used to describe narcissists, it's envy. Which is why I point women's greatest flaw and pride/hubris (thinking they always right) and envy (it's right there in the story of the Garden of Eden).

As Sam Vaknin writes, "Envy is at the core of my being: seething, foaming-at-the-mouth, destructive, morbid, and potent. I envy other people's happiness, possessions, accomplishments, status, spot in the limelight, contacts, you name it. I disguise my envy. I rationalize and intellectualize it. I do my utmost to ruin the source of my frustration while pretending to be his or her friend. I lie sleepless at night, rebelling impotently against the injustice of it all, that any one should surpass me, perfect as I am."

Vaknin is a self-aware narcissist who narcissism put him in prison.

I've also pointed out not only is feminism based on the envy of men and the desire to unwittingly destroy them, in many ways so is the Manosphere, with its denigration of women.

As Randi Kreger writes about the envious: "[The envious] feels contempt for those he envies and puts them down vociferously--sometimes to their face, sometimes not. This restores his upside down world where he's always on top."

Since women as a group (Hivemind, that is) destroy everything they touch, they have to be kept out of certain things - politics, for one. Education is another, unless you want to make education a real degree along with learning Latin.

Women are never going to go in STEM. They aren't going to write computer games, just whine they want the games changed to be more "female friendly."

Mythologically women are either nurturers or destroyers. Currently, the destroyer is ascendent. But not forever. For that matter, not even for long.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Creative Admiration: From Envy to Mastery"

The "motivation trifecta" is is autonomy, mastery and purpose. It's been studied all over the world by scholars from many different disciplines.

People imitate each other; it's how we learn. Apparently we tend to feel gratitude (or are supposed to) when we can imitate someone and it allow us to achieve mastery and therefore excellence (as in the arete). That can lead to eudaimonia, or flourishing/well-being.

In other words, at first we imitate or at best emulate, then through autonomy, mastery and purpose we can achieve excellence and therefore eudaimonia. But it always starts with education/emulation (the word "education" means "to draw out.")

Everything we do is built on what came before. We should be grateful for that - and it certainly shouldn't be destroyed in the hopes we can achieve something better from chaos.

I've written before of mentors. We are short on them today, and as for dead mentors, certain people are trying to destroy them, often as Dead White Male Slaveholders, and trying to replace them with mediocrities. And for some odd reason, they are always from failed cultures. And we are supposed to admire and emulate them?

It's an attempt by the envious - the mediocre envious - to destroy the culture.

This is from Psychology Today and was written by Jeffry Davis.

Admiration is an artful way to convert envy into mastery.


"Would watching Michael Jordan waft across a basketball court inspire you to become a more skilled hoopster? Would listening to Eric 'Slowhand' Clapton (tagged by Rolling Stone as the #4 guitarist of all time) goad you to dust off your six-stringer and try your own hand?

"I've been wondering about these questions. I've been wondering whether or not cultivating admiration can shift envy toward mastery.

"The root of admiration is wonder. Literally. The Latin mira translates to 'wonder.' When you stand before someone you admire, you open up to the possibilities of being human or of being creative. You glimpse even what might be possible for you. And you're drawn toward that person through your desire to be like if not better in your own way than that person.

"A few social psychologists such as Jonathan Haidt (The Happiness Hypothesis and the forthcoming The Righteous Mind) have studied admiration with mixed results. Haidt and Sara Algoe gathered their college-aged participants for a study of excellence, gratitude, and admiration to observe whether or not certain stimuli could consistently motivate participants to be more exceptionally selfless (excellence) or more skilled (admiration). They showed participants videos of Mother Theresa and of Michael Jordan, for instance. Videos of both did, in fact, inspire the desire to be more selfless and skilled, respectively, but some participants felt more daunted than inspired by Jordan's prowess.

"Understandable. There is, I think, a motivation-admiration curve just as there's a motivation-challenge curve. Most people, for instance, like a challenge within their reach. And 'within their reach' is key. If a task is too easy, many creative people get bored. Too challenging, and they'll get frustrated.

"So, too, with what I'm calling the motivation-admiration curve. With a number of my clients, we study masters in their fields- whether that field is literary writing, photography, marketing, blogging, entrepreneurial ventures. 'Find a remote or dead mentor,' I say. Then - knowing the folly of trying to discern the magic of creativity from the product itself - we nonetheless study the craft and techniques of certain masters.

"Why? Because creative mastery involves in part studying masters.

"The idea is to find the right model within the client's range. A client is writing a novel set in another country and with shifting points of view. I suggested we read and study together Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible so she could see how Kingsolver masters the shifting points of view among the mother and four daughters. After she finished reading the novel, she said at first she got excited. 'Then,' she said, 'I panicked. I'll never be able to do that!' The motivation-admiration curve seemed way out of her range.

"After I talked her off the bridge, we talked about the purposes of the exercise, and soon she discovered that she could do some of what Kingsolver does but do it in her own authentic way.

"She realized she could imitate and emulate. Imitation is the foundation of our mammalian creative impulse. Emulation is the actual building of something with our unique signature - but built nonetheless on the foundation of masters who, we're grateful for, have preceded us.

"Once she started delving more complexly into the interior complexities of her characters and started walking in the rhythms of her characters' voices, she got out of her way, so to speak, and started letting each narrator of her novel simply tell his or her own version of the larger story.

"Her deliberate study of Kingsolver let her see that it could be done and gave her some glimpses into how (skill) it could be done. Her despair dissipated. And she saw what she could do. And she did it. Her novel likely will be published next year.

"Here are three tips to get you started:

"1. Choose a master within your field that is 'within reach.' A master within reach inspires but does not frustrate you. You see you can learn from this person - even if remotely (or even if the person is dead - See Michael Cunningham's The Hours for evidence of his admiration for Virginia Woolf).

"2. Some clients keep mastery notebooks and files - evidence of their study of their respective field's masters. These notebooks and files contain actual examples of masters' works, interviews with the masters, and clients' notes, too. Try it. Use some combination of Evernote, hard copy files, and visual files or corkboards to absorb the master's work.

"(You're not making an altar to a hero! You're gathering ideas for inspired study!)

"3. Imitate intentionally. Our teenaged minds take Emerson's 'Imitation is suicide' way out of context when we strut around saying, 'I'm an original' - which is, ironically, a very unoriginal teenage stance. Truth is, from being an infant on, we learn what it means to be creative human beings by imitation. You might as well do it intentionally and learn in the process. From imitation comes, perchance, emulation.

"Admiration is an artful way to convert envy into skill. But more than mere skill, it is a way of bringing out the best in yourself and giving concrete shape to that best within. It's also an essential way, as an adult, to keep admitting that you don't have everything figured out, that you're never too old to learn something new, and that your field has potential to keep surprising you. Enjoy this one wild life."

Monday, October 27, 2014

Imitation, Admiration and Envy

"Admiration is an artful way to convert envy into mastery." - Jeffrey Davis

I don't remember who is was - perhaps H.L. Mencken - who wrote that when people are allowed to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. It can be a terrible thing, and it can be a great thing. Because, as even Thomas Jefferson noticed hundreds of years ago, imitation is how we learn.

There, unfortunately, a big difference in the way men and women imitate. Men generally imitate other men out of admiration (and such imitation can lead to excellence), the way men wear the jerseys of their favorite athlete or sports team.

Often, women imitate men out of envy, which is not a spur to excellence but destruction. "He has an easy, high-paying career," they tell themselves, "so I want one, too. As long as it's not outdoors or dirty or dangerous, of course."

They don't know they're imitating men. To them it's about "fairness" and "justice." Overthrowing the Evil Patriarchy. All that silliness.

If someone was to tell them they were imitating men out of envy, they'd have hissy fits.

The problem with envy, of course, is that you want to bring down those you envy. So women, while they want to imitate men, also want to bring them down. Which is bizarre, since it brings societal destruction.

Men don't imitate women. If they did, it's a sign of degradation.

As far as I know, the ancient Greeks were the first to notice that admiration is the benign form of envy. The destructive form of envy is, well, envy.

The latter is what women overwhelming. Destructive envy, to bring down the other, and, unwittingly, bring down yourself.

And when someone envies there can be no gratitude - which means no happiness.

"Imitation is the foundation of our mammalian creative impulse." - Jeffrey Davis

'Women's Intelligence as a 'Mirror'"

Some women are very intelligent and creative but they are exceedingly rare. They tend to cluster in the arts but not the sciences. I have no sure explanation for any of this, but I do know some reason try to convince themselves - and others - there really have been female Isaac Newtons out there.

Speaking of Newton, he was clearly a geek/nerd kind of guy. So was Adam Smith, for that matter. Many men of that type were, and are.

I have no sure explanation for that, either. Why would most of the intelligent, thought, rational, science-oriented men tend to be of the geek type? Who generally aren't that popular with women?

Women do tend to imitate men's opinions, though. I once had a women tell me universal health care was a good thing "because it works in Europe" (which it doesn't). When I asked her if she got that opinion from her ex-boyfriend (a nitwit liberal) she said nothing. She also imitated my opinions - and she was a very smart women compared to the average woman.

Since women are generally economic parasites the more society tries to "bring them up" to parity with men, the more men have to be brought down. What is this? Envy? Sure seems so, and anything based on envy is guaranteed to fail.

The following was written by Julian O'Dea and is from his site.

”I have a theory that women have evolved intelligence sufficient largely to assess the intelligence of men as potential sexual partners. They are clever at detecting cleverness. They are good at mimicking and copying intelligence. I find this with my wife – she is always repeating my opinions, sometimes word for word, back at me. I think this is why women excel in formal education. They can repeat the lecturer’s opinions back at him. '

"Something I said at this discussion:

http://traditionalcatholicism.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/intelligence-and-genetic-fitness/#comment-196

"Alte, the blogmistress, had written, in response to David Alexander:

”'Your personal focus on eloquence blinds you to recognizing true intelligence, I think. You mistake good breeding and class for true talent. Most 'smart women' aren’t very smart in any useful manner, whereas most 'smart men' are. The women have merely been trained to mimic the men’s intellectual displays, but that does not mean that they actually possess the same intellect.

"Them girls thar just talk nice and write real pretty. But if you listen to what they are actually saying, or what they actually do, they are pretty useless. They would be better off making babies and teaching them to speak eloquently and eat with forks and knives, [than] crowding the more competent but less sociable men out of the job and education markets.'"

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Women Who Are Full of Hate, Envy and Vengeance

For some reason which I cannot explain I have run into a lot of unmarried/divorced women who are full of hate and revenge. Revenge is often caused by envy, so I figure these women are full of all three.

Probably the first time I noticed this was in college, when I ran across some women who I can only describe as having "thick features." Not attractive, a bit overweight, would never have good bodies even if they lost the weight.

They often seemed to think they were entitled to guys way out of their league, and they were in a rage at guys in their league and tried to do things to them. Hate, envy, revenge.

Now I'm running across quite a few never married/divorced middle-aged women. Same - hate, envy, vengeance. Same thick features, same weight problems. They act entitled to something they don't deserve, and are full of hate toward many men.

Somewhere in their heads there is apparently something about "Hell has no fury like a woman scorned." They don't realize if they've been scorned it's their fault for being so unpleasant. Their hate slops over onto innocent men.

Carl Jung, as I've pointed out before, said women's greatest flaw was thinking she was always right. That means men are always wrong, which means men are the cause of women's problems. At least in the heads of many women.

Such excessive pride, such envy, such hate, such desire for vengeance! Those are women's greatest flaws, and so much of it is directed toward men. And that's one of the reasons so many men are withdrawing from women. And many women cannot see that.

Because, of course, it's not women's fault. It's men's fault, so they have to change. But men have changed and tried to accommodate for decades. It's give and give and give and never get. No respect, no appreciation, no gratitude. Just abuse, contempt, hate, envy.

I decided quite a while go many women are just big, immature children. Not all, of course, but enough.

Sooner or later there is going to be a backlash. In fact, it's already started. It started a while ago. That's why marriage rates are at a 93-year low.

I wonder this, though: are women ever going to look in the mirror and realize how much of thee problems is their responsibility?

Answer? Most probably not.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Why Would Any Women Want to Usurp My Position?

"Feminism at its core is envy of men and a desire to usurp their position. It would be difficult to overstate just how deep this feeling is." - Dalrock

I realized many years ago feminism is based on the envy of men and therefore the desire to bring them down. That's why it's destructive - if men are destroyed, so are women, even though most women don't know that.

Leftism - and feminism is leftist - is about destroying. Destroying everything, actually, mostly out of pure envy.

Women want to usurp men's positions - those high-paying, indoor job. They don't to be carpenters or taxi drivers or auto mechanics or miners or work in a steel mill.

I can't imagine any women wanting to maintain her own car, the way I do. She's welcome to change the oil and transmission fluid or change the brakes. Have at it, honeybunch.

You can also tear the rest of the carpet out of my house and put down laminate. I'll supervise and bring you a drink.

You can also tear out the wall and change the leaking shower head. We can't use the shower until I do that.

I ran across a woman a few days ago who changed the electric motor on her dryer. She watched how it was done on YouTube. I didn't bother to tell her that was easy.

Why I asked why she didn't have her 17-year-old son pull the motor off, she said he would man-handle it and break it. I don't think she was ever married, so this teen-age boy (a high-school dropout) had no father to explain to him how to control himself.

She's got the attitude she can do anything a man can, but when something went wrong with her car it was a male friend of hers who pulled the head and fixed it. He's self-taught, too, just as I am.

I occasionally tease her. She ignores me. I saw her putting oil in her car and suggested she change the oil someday. I could tell by her face she's just steaming when I say such things.

I can't imagine any woman wanting to take my position. Working on cars, fixing houses, fixing the plumbing, changing wax rings on toilets...they don't want to do that. They want me to do it. They want to feel triumphant about doing the easy stuff, which makes them think they're equal to men in the hard stuff.

This is childish self-delusion. I'm waiting to see them get boards dropped on their heads, which happened to me when I was building houses with my father when I was 12 and 13. Or run a power saw over a finger and get a groove in that finger, which I have also seen. Or hit a thumb with a hammer, which ain't funny no matter what the cartoons portray. Or find the tip of some guy's finger when he fell off a ladder.

They don't want any of that. Can't even do it, for that matter. It's always the east, indoor stuff. And if they were forced to do the hard stuff, can you imagine and tears and complaints and resentment?