I think I’ll turn this into a series of posts which I’ll revisit now and again. I’m writing it mainly to map out my own thoughts on changing lifestyle – to keep me focused on the task itself – but there should also be some good information here with regards to the red pill and Game.
In the initial post I said this:
… I think most guys can’t transition to a time rich, cash poor lifestyle because they don’t have the looks or charisma to succeed in it. Obviously people with good looks and charisma can succeed in either sport. The point I’m making is they have more options.
This is something I was talking about on the phone with my Dad earlier today. I didn’t go too deep into it but here is the jist of my argument:
- Most guys are betas who cannot compete using their looks or charisma because they simply don’t have enough of it
- This means to have enough SMV to get the girl that they want they need to play the status game. And even then, they’ll be getting recycled units, not ones fresh off the production line.
- The “system” sees an opportunity and creates the rat race for them; a paradigm whereby they can spend most of their time and in return receive status.
- The rat race is a perfect system to keep the betas under control because it exploits human nature of always wanting more. You see your neighbour has a slightly better car and so you need to one-up them. This is another way of describing the hedonic treadmill.
- The betas are indebted to the system and so the system will give them just enough status to keep them involved in the rat race. They especially do not want to give the betas too much as it would ruin the incentive structure for other betas.
- This contributes to the career focused and consumerist culture
So if you want to step away from the rat race and focus on having more time – and what you can do with it – you are going to have to have value stemming from your looks or charisma. You’ll need to have a personality which can withstand attacks on all fronts which are telling you that you’re “wasting your potential.”
The important thing here is that having SMV outside of status, plus the right personality, gives you more options. You don’t have to be part of the rat race because you can get a girl another way and you can stand to not live a life of luxury. I’m fortunate in myself that I don’t buy big ticket items and am not locked into a pattern of renewing my car, flat, phone, etc. every two years. For me, taking the leap will not be as far as it would be for others.
I imagine it will be hard to go through with the decision, though. You’ll have the majority of people telling you you’re crazy. I’ll earn a fraction of what I do now if I transition to a time rich, cash poor lifestyle. Imagine what my/your parents are going to think? They’ll be worried, that’s for sure, and especially so because this concept of downshifting wasn’t around when they were in their twenties. Then there could be the friends watching on while they’re “safe” in their corporate jobs. Perhaps they are secretly hoping that your plan will fail because otherwise what are they doing with their life? Then what about the trust that people put in you? How about your landlord, is he going to need more rent upfront?
These are all things that I’m going to have to deal with. But overall it just feels more like a waste of potential to be in the rat race than utilising your talents to get out of it.
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