I’ve been looking for this.
Yes, there’s even a GDP difference between Christians. They don’t dare mention other religions or the GDP connection to IQ (Protestants socially select the smartest workers to breed with, a “helpmate”, Catholics do not). That’s why there was a British Empire but the Vatican just sits there, pouting. Catholicism killed the Romans.
I think daytime alcohol consumption might factor in though.
Since there’s no such thing as a teenager, why don’t we hold teens responsible for their hobby choices? This is the time of greatest potency in learning and you can cherrypick me all the studies about response time you want, those exist in a vacuum. As in, when compared with any other use of time, including SLEEP, it’s the leisure equivalent of brain rot.
Imagine a little kid trying to convince you that because one sweet won’t kill you, they can live off sweets (this is also what vegans do).
And all around the internet, grown men with the same vices complain.
Why can’t we do anything?
Well, it’s a little like sawing off your feet at the shins then entering a marathon.
It isn’t that the other guy or girl has an advantage, you spoiled yourself.
In a healthy society, the words Spoil Yourself would garner the reaction of Kill Yourself.
You can’t blame adults or society for compulsive addictions like picking up the game controller to escape reality the fifth time that week.
Why not exercise? I don’t mean lifting weights, that’s bad for you. Human joints can’t take it, they’ll be the old geezers in wheelchairs while the rest can still walk. The price of vanity.
I mean gentle, everyday exercise our forefathers got by running errands.
You have every right to be lazy. However, if your brain learns nothing else, one day you won’t be able to turn it off and whose fault is that?
You gonna blame Ubisoft?
Don’t get me started on the damage of porn.
It’s worse than the pop music. And you think that’s repetitive.
If I forced you to watch some independent French film involving a tunnel for hours every week, you’d want to shoot me.
Involve a pair of tits, on the other hand…
and this is without going into the illegality of minors viewing such material, the grooming aspect.
Grooming for what? Well, that’s the wrong question. Grooming what out?
Ask any man who doesn’t really use porn or never did rely on it (the toxic 3D video kind), and men who broke the severe psychological addiction to its release (everything bad for men is scientifically referred to as self soothing) and you’ll find they have more energy. Freud knew this, which begs the question why was free porn allowed?
In an age of nuclear war, the world doesn’t need men. It doesn’t need soldiers. Men who are meek – capable of aggression but also capable of self control – so it beats it out of them. Or it ingeniously makes them beat it out of themselves.
Anything heavy on the endorphins is not good for you.
The scourge has a name but it goes disused – hypofrontality.
Vices do not just get a mention because everyone is a wet blanket. They destroy an individual’s life and that’s fine, they chose it and nobody cares. You wanted to ruin your own life, okay. However, they tend to spread like diseases. The wages of sin we see in modernity – bad fathers > bad families > bad children > bad economy > bad marriages > bad children > bad fathers.
If men want to lead society, they must first reject vice. The cycle of Empires is clear about this. There is no way around it. That’s the fee, anyone can buy power if they suffer for it first. It’s just that men have the best natural advantage to grab for it – if they don’t androgynise themselves with destructive hobbies first.
The destructive hobby is a 20th century invention.
Think about that.
Prior to that hobbies were either useful, fruitful (including money) or self-creative.
(Exception: the original feminists maintained little girls were wasting themselves on pointless occupations, busywork.)
Hobbies used to be lifestyle choices. There is no such thing as a suicidal lifestyle choice.
The men did well out of that. By keeping teenage men out of the workplace too, it is great for the old men who couldn’t keep up but wastes their time when at least apprenticeships or some part-time work are vital to retain brain functions.
One of the biggest false takeaways from this: let’s make learning fun! – lazy teachers everywhere
You can’t throw ipads at this problem until it goes away.
Learning is not fun. It is a job. It is hard. It is work. That is its value.
LEARNING IS WORK.
Don’t fear work. Don’t lie to them. Don’t make it seem easy. Have faith in them. Stop infantilizing everything.
Let the lazy kids drop out and ruin themselves pre-emptively (13/14 should do it) than hold back the rest. Head Start failed. You can’t make everyone college material.
Asia is pounding us in league tables because they still learn by rote, the Victorian method that worked. It isn’t some patronizing fun task. You take it seriously, it’s a job. Stop measuring little kids like Nordic countries do or they’ll give up too soon. Pay students, a meagre amount, maybe means-tested. Take education seriously or standards seriously fall.
This includes: fire all teachers below a certain IQ. They make terrible role models. There used to be morality requirements of a teacher, to prove character. Bring those back.
No mixed schools. Lower performance, optimize for performance.
Oh, and PE classes are ridiculous. Why should little girls be doing army drills, no wonder they become mannish? It releases testosterone.
The American economy will never recover until the video game industry dies. Gamergate happens, a lot of men opt out of new releases and a short time later the economy is doing better. Coincidence, friends?
Stupid “men” learn to consider success in a fake world as real. It’s kinda like status Communism, they get all the shots of adrenaline and endorphins pumping, so why try? So why seek that the hard, real way? The biochemistry makes it feel real already.