Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think

http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/06/taming-mammoth-let-peoples-opinions-run-life.html

“Your Authentic Voice, somewhere in there, knows all about you. In contrast to the black-and-white simplicity of the Social Survival Mammoth, your Authentic Voice is complex, sometimes hazy, constantly evolving, and unafraid. Your AV has its own, nuanced moral code, formed by experience, reflection, and its own personal take on compassion and integrity. It knows how you feel deep down about things like money and family and marriage, and it knows which kinds of people, topics of interest, and types of activities you truly enjoy, and which you don’t. Your AV knows that it doesn’t know how your life will or should play out, but it tends to have a strong hunch about the right step to take next.

But in today’s large, complex world of varying cultures and personalities and opportunities and options, losing touch with your AV is dangerous. When you don’t know who you are, the only decision-making mechanism you’re left with is the crude and outdated needs and emotions of your mammoth. When it comes to the most personal questions, instead of digging deep into the foggy center of what you really believe in to find clarity, you’ll look to others for the answers. Who you are becomes some blend of the strongest opinions around you.”

I think people in neoreaction-type pursuits could identify with this.

 

One response to “Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think

  1. Reblogged this on A Life Un-Lived and commented:
    Uh, no. This is all wrong. “Authentic Voice” is not a good idea. Yes, know yourself. Yes, don’t be ruled by social fear. But this “true self” happy-talk is something alien to DE, and the PUA’s sure aren’t selling it. DE teaches, instead, that you are subject to certain limits imposed by reality, that this reality can be manipulated to your advantage, and that many people around you in modern western culture have been taught a model of reality that is not predictive of real outcomes for proposed actions. If a person reading the linked essay is steeped in modern western social mores, that person’s “authentic voice” will not provide accurate guidance regarding reality. The break with fantasy comes invariably with the realization that the advice of our culture is non-predictive for outcomes for recommended strategies. The Red Pill moment is may be compared to George Costanza’s decision to do everything the opposite of his intuition – he ignores not only the Mammoth, but his own “authentic voice.” When the truth of reality becomes apparent, that’s when change happens, and that’s when life shifts into something wondrous.

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