I typically read 30-40 books a year – 99 percent of it non-fiction.
For many years, I read superficially. You read the words and that’s it, right?
To really understand the material in-depth, it requires reflection.
By reflecting, you drill the information deeper into your brains. It’s like a cigarette burn on the brains, forever leaving a scar.
The brain is shitty at remembering random numbers but it’s amazing at association. That’s why mnemonic works.
Usually, I pick a quote that resonates well with me and I spend 10 minutes reflecting on it.
Recently I read “The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements” by Eric Hoffer.
I stumbled upon Eric Hoffer by reading The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements – it’s an amazing book, considering it was written by a self educated person.
Here are my reflections.
“A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people’s business.
This minding of other people’s business expresses itself in gossip, snooping and meddling, and also in feverish interest in communal, national and racial affairs.
In running away from ourselves we either fall on our neighbour’s shoulders or fly at his throat”
The best selling magazines are celebrity gossip magazines. It’s the consumption past time of the untermenschs.
“The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready is he to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause.”
It’s easier for a pleb to claim that he’s a master race than to achieve anything significant in his life. People who depend on the state and religion are weak, generally speaking.
People need structures in their lives
“Their innermost craving is for a new life – a rebirth – or, failing this, a chance to acquire new elements of pride, confidence, hope, a sense of purpose and worth by identification with a holy cause.
When they exit school, they’re given the work-retire structure imposed by society.
However, there isn’t a strict structure so they left to their own device, they revert to decadence – ie, fat people, watching TV 3 hours a day, falling for multi level marketing scams.
Joining a mass movement gives people structure. Perhaps human nature crave order – it’s the human of things.
“When people are bored, it is primarily with their selves that they are bored. The consciousness of a barren, meaningless existence is the main fountainhead of boredom.”
A bored middle age house wife watches Oprah Winfrey on Monday morning before picking up the kids from school.
She craves an adventure – a new life – instead of submitting to her fat husband who doesn’t even fuck her good.
She is bored, so she signed up for Ashley Madison (the website wouldn’t exist without a market)
Every day seems to blur together, a repetition of cooking food, picking up and dropping off the kid to soccer class and snuggling with her clueless husband at night.
“How was your day at work, honey?”
“That’s great. Good night.”
She cannot escape her meaningless existence, as a bored upper middle class house wife. So she lives through her kid.
She stays up late at night, bugged eyes, wondering what the fuck is she doing with her life.
“Time for a little valium,” she tells herself.
“The differentiated individual is free of boredom only when he is engaged either in creative work or some absorbing occupation or when he is wholly engrossed in a struggle for existence.”
Perhaps this is why zen monks – whom live in temples – are adhere to a very strict schedule. There is no time to experience existential angst when you’re busy working.
People are creatures of habits – same reason why a 72 years old with 14 million dollars in his bank account can’t stop working 12 hours a day. Work is his reason to live.
Because the work ethic is so cemented into his consciousness, he can’t stop working much like a smoker who can’t quit.
Hope and wishes are easier than doing something
There is hope that acts as an explosive and a hope that disciplines and infuses patience. The difference is between the immediate hope and the distant hope
Late night infomericals cater to plebs.
Instant weight loss in the form of diet pills endorsed by celebrities, get rich quick schemes and “call this hot babe on the hot line, she’s waiting for you!” is catered to the dregs of society – those stupid enough to stay late at night watching TV before heading to bed.
The smart ones are in bed reading.
Immediate hope works best with plebs and people looking to buy something.
And I right or am I wrong?
Every established mass movement has its distant hope, its brand of dope to dull the impatience of the masses.
People want things and they want it now. It’s human nature.
Freedom is a double edged sword
Freedom of choice places the whole blame of failure on the shoulders of the individual.
Unless a man has the talents to make something of himself freedom is an irksome burden.
Of what avail is freedom to choose if the self be ineffectual? We join a mass movement to escape individual responsibility.
Freedom is a double edged sword – you’re free to eat whatever you want but you’ll also get fucking fat. 70 percent of the American population is either fat or extremely fat.
The feminist movement is lead by ugly women who opted out of the dating scene. I will make the world miserable if I can have it, is their subconscious slogan.
The fat acceptance movement is lead by obese women who are sick of fat shaming. Being fat shame hurts their feelings so they launched their own psychological war … in cyber space.
For the fatties, it’s easier to join a mass movement than to exercise and eat right.
Frustrated, oppressed by their short comings, blame their failure on existing restraints.
Actually their innermost desire is for an end to the “free for all”.
They want to eliminate free competition and the ruthless testing to which the individual is continually subjected in a free society.
Feminist wants to ban sex bots – “because it degrades women”.
What they really want is less competition in the dating world (even ought they have very little dating value to begin with)
What makes a good leader in a mass movement? (Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Stalin etc)
Exceptional intelligence, noble character and originality seem neither indispensable nor desirable.
The main requirements seem to be: audacity and a joy in defiance; an iron will; a fanatical conviction that he is in possession of the one and only truth; faith in his destiny and luck.
A capacity for passionate hatred; contempt for the present; a cunning estimate of human nature; a delight in symbols (spectacles and ceremonials); unbounded brazenness which finds expression in a disregard of consistency and fairness.
Never show your weakness.
People are attracted to winners and stray away from losers.
Confidence (even when it’s faked) is attractive because it shows competence. A confidence leader can lead the mass of frustrated people into a promise land.
Moses lead people through the sea. Hitler lead desperate Germans out of economic depression.
Self preservation is a person’s biggest motivation
If you can promise the person a better life, they will follow you.
… same reason why women love rich men (money provides them with a better future)
…. same reason why women love tall men (it makes them feel safe and protected)
…. same reason why women love self confident men (if he’s confident with me, what other amazing things he has going on his life?)
Develop an iron will and never show weakness.
Using hate to control people
Common hatred unites the most hetrogeneous elements. To share a common hatred, with an enemy even, is to infect him with a feeling of kinship, and thus sap his powers of resistance.
It’s easier to hate than to love.
Hate is primal like a dog salivating at the sight of meat.
Hate gives people a reason to stop looking at flaws in themselves. Hate is democrats vs liberal, democracy vs communism, good vs evil, Jew vs goy etc.
Hate gives people a sense of superiority and unites them into a common cause.
Do not appeal to reasons and logic but rather emotions – specifically, hope for the future.
“If we get rid of the ______, the world would be a better place.”
“If you join the army, you get paid to travel the world, have friends and fight for your nation.”
“Join our church and you’ll get eternal salvation.”
Adolf Hitler understood the principle of giving the frustrated people, hope.
Too well, perhaps.
Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.
Thus people haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance.
A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both.
A trite plot in books and movies: seek revenge because a gang banger / serial killer / an old grand mother killed my family / daughter / girlfriend / dog.
It’s the same recycled plot yet people still consume it like buttered pop corn.
Hate and revenge are so embedded in the human psyche that we cannot get enough of it.
(Or perhaps the plebs just really, really like)
When we lose our individual independence in the corporateness of the mass movement, we find a new freedom – freedom to hate, bully, lie, torture, murder and betray without shame and remorse.
Mass movement is amoral.
(There are good mass movements also)
Mob mentality is strong because the individual no longer relies on his own strength – instead, he borrows the strength from the mob whether it’s a corporation, army or government.
Freed from personal responsibility, the person is capable of extreme good or evil.
“Officer, you’re telling me to … shoot a baby?”
“It doesn’t look like a baby from here, soldier. Follow my orders!”
“Y-yes officer …”
The motivation behind rare self confident leaders
The self confident of these rare leaders is derived from and blended with their faith in humanity, for they know that no one can be honorable unless he honors mankind.
I started BecomeUberHuman.com because I believe in mankind’s destiny for greatness.
Sure – you got idiots out there – but there has always been idiots. Then you got select few – men who are smart and took action that changed humanity forever.
I would consider someone like Elon Musk to be a god tier Uber Human.
(Sure – there are many brains behind Space X and Tesla but it’s Elon Musk who waves his big balls by putting all his wealth on the line)
Not everyone wants to be an Uber Human.
I know a guy who’s middle age, fat, has a wife and kid. He owns a small hostel. During his spare time, he likes watching people play video games on Youtube.
“Do you think there is a meaning to life?” I asked.
“It’s better not to think too much, you’ll feel bad.” he replied.
Start writing down your reflections today – here’s how …
Write down on your notebook, or on a blog, or in a Microsoft text pad. Whatever works for you.
Every time you read a book, high light quotes that interested you and spend 10 minutes down your reflections.
If you do this every time you read a book, your understanding of it will deepen. A year from now, you’ll be surprised how much you written down.
But it’s not enough to read books.
That’s all for today.