Monday, May 27, 2013

The Mythology of the Manosphere

"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." - Ecclesiastes 1:9

There is nothing new in the Manosphere. It's all been done before - and better in the past.

Let's take the belief in women as gold-digging untrustworthy "hypergamous" (ridiculous word) whores. That is, women motivated solely by selfishness and greed. In mythology, they are the Whore and Witch. Eve, who seduced and misled Adam. This is how the (non-existent) "Alphas" see them.

Then there is the Madonna, the Virgin Mary that "Betas" put on a pedestal. Those two concepts - the Madonna and the Whore - are ancient, thousands of years old.

Woman as Seductress, as Witch, as Whore. As if men in the past didn't know about these things. These concepts are common in mythology - Kali, who is Woman as Creator and Destroyer. In Star Trek it is the Borg Queen - Seductress, Creator, Destroyer. The movie, Body Heat. Fatal Attraction.

Feminism is based on the envy of men and the wish to bring them down. In the story of the Garden of Eden, Eve is seduced by the serpent - a symbol of hate and envy - and Adam is seduced by Eve. Both are weaklings, both put the blame for their actions elsewhere: for Adam, on Eve, and for Eve, on the serpent.

The lesson: blaming your problems on others is what brought evil into the world. It's called scapegoating, or projection, and it's the first defense people engage in.

As feminism is based on the envy of men and the wish to destroy them, even if women bring themselves down, so is the Manosphere based on the envy of women and the wish to bring them down (hence the belief in them as Whores) even if men destroy themselves (which is what the PUA types as Roissy and Roosh have done - or will do).

By the way, the word "sin" correctly translates as "missing the mark."

This doesn't mean there aren't a lot of just complaints in the Manosphere, but let's separate the just from the envious. The biggest red flag for envy is visciously putting someone down.

Women are not either Whores or Madonnas. They are a mixture of both "good" and "bad," just as men are. For men and women, that accepting of the good and bad in women is embodied in the Greek goddess Sophia (Wisdom). Seeing women as Whores or Madonnas is not wise. To use modern narcissistic terms, they are either devalued or idealized.

There is a lot of misguided concepts in the Manosphere. For one, the belief that women have no control over themselves and are always attracted to "Bad Boys." Which women? In reality, the Whores - the strippers, the groupies, the drug-abusers, the lower-class.

The late mythologist Joseph Campbell identified what he called the Hero on a Quest. In his Hero with a Thousand Faces he described it as "A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man."

Campbell liked to say that the Hero’s Journey was man’s quest to find the Feminine Divine. And you cannot find the Feminine Divine if you see women as either Whores or Madonnas.

Campbell defined the components of the Hero on a Quest as: "The hero starts in the ordinary world, and receives a call to enter an unusual world of strange powers and events (a call to adventure). If the hero accepts the call to enter this strange world, the hero must face tasks and trials (a road of trials), and may have to face these trials alone, or may have assistance. At its most intense, the hero must survive a severe challenge, often with help earned along the journey. If the hero survives, the hero may achieve a great gift (the goal or "boon"), which often results in the discovery of important self-knowledge. The hero must then decide whether to return with this boon (the return to the ordinary world), often facing challenges on the return journey. If the hero is successful in returning, the boon or gift may be used to improve the world (the application of the boon)."

You can see this sequence in Star Wars (Campbell was Lucas' mentor). The greatest danger is the Dark Side. This is what has happened to frauds and liars like Roissy and Roosh. They failed the Road of Trials. They have failed and turned to the nihilistic, power-mad Dark Side.

As Roosh as recently admitted, " matter how much alcohol or caffeine I pump into my body, no matter what artificial flag goal I make, no matter how much I abstain from masturbating, and no matter how I try to jack up my testosterone levels through diet or weight lifting", he no longer could find women as desirable, displayed sexual dysfunction, and admitted his current state was that "like an addict coming off a drug."

He also wrote: "...a girl's opinions on friendship, a basic element of humanity, are completely useless....if you peel back the layers of a modern woman, you'll find that her life's total education has little real-world application." This is why I use the term, "The Lost Boys of the Manosphere."

That is the Dark Side that devoting your life to meaningless sex and seeing women as Whores leads to. As I said before, investigate the life of the late porn star John Holmes, who fell completely to the Dark Side when it came to sex and drugs and power over women, which means denigrating women to objects to be dominated and controlled (he was a woman-beater).

There is such as thing as an Intellectual Hero on a Quest. These are the ones who investigate, who analyze, who seek, and if they don't fall for the Dark Side, they can come back with self-knowledge, which is their boon for mankind. Unfortunately, some of those who seek knowledge in the Mansophere fail and fall. I just mentioned two of them.

Or, as Campbell wrote: "The hero journey is one of the universal patterns through which that radiance shows brightly. What I think is that a good life is one hero journey after another. Over and over again, you are called to the realm of adventure, you are called to new horizons. Each time, there is the same problem: do I dare? And then if you do dare, the dangers are there, and the help also, and the fulfillment or the fiasco. There's always the possibility of a fiasco. But there's also the possibility of bliss."

"There is no peace, there is anger/There is no fear, there is power." - Sith Code

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There are bad things about the manosphere and many of your articles are right but trying to say that men and women are of equal standing and of the same strengths and weaknesses goes, not only against basic reasoning but against the very tradition you supposedly are trying to resort to.

Whether you like it or not, manosphere is a response to an environment where relations of men and women were destroyed since women, as the weaker and meaner of the sexes were "liberated". Whether you like it or not, for the most part, when men had the headship of the household didn't denigrate their females, the way every female that has the lead in the household does to her husband.

The truth is women are not equal to men, are complimentary, and such fact must be reflected once again in our codes and legislation if the west hopes to survive. Another fact is that women are incapable of "loving" men in the way men love them, such a fact is even acknowledged in the Bible when Paul advises the husband to love his wife as Christ loved his church but advised women to accept without question their husbands authority. There is a whole body of literature that deals with this already and you should do well in checking it, from the Greek tradition, scholastic philosophers and Schopenhauer.