The Art of Autodidacticism

Autodidacticism consists of teaching oneself. The vast majority of the proponents of Game are autodidacts, especially looking back to the PUA days when the literature being passed around mainly consisted of forums and field reports; one had to make his own way.  Before Bang and Day Bang men like Roosh had to actually go out into the field and fail, and fail, and fail, and fail, and win to finally learn anything.

Just as every man is in possession of what he requires to improve his Game or to improve his body, so too does he have the needed tools to improve his mind. Strength training is simple work; there is no man who can internalize Game that cannot train his body.  The same is true of autodidacticism, as one can teach his muscles, training them to grow in strength, flexibility, agility and endurance, so he can teach his mind, training it in clarity, logic, aesthetics, and intuition.  

These are the foundational blocks upon which a sound mind is built.

Clarity takes the first seat, especially for anyone whose education consists of public schools and colleges; primarily the concern is for clearing away the vast store of indoctrinations that any blue-pill man accumulates throughout his life.  There is much excess and superfluity that clogs up and distracts thinking, the product of entertaining many hamsters. Most people who have been schooled are functional idiots, especially those with a modicum of intellect.  This slight gain on their dumber neighbor allows them to push bullshit–fake it till the opposition gives in–that alleviates the need to question blue-pill thinking.  Unlearning is only the first step, at every step along the way be on guard against the seeping in of old ways of thinking.  Clarity is our night watchman.

Logic is the next step in that, having cleared away the junk, one needs be able to order and arrange what is left and what novel ideas and concepts are brought in. He must understand the outcomes and consequences.  As Game relies heavily upon pattern recognition this should come easily enough.  Logic is the gatekeeper of new ideas. If an idea is unclear, it can be clarified or discarded; if an idea is of great complexity, it can be broken into component parts for individual analysis. Without logic clutter becomes the norm again. Return to step one.

Aesthetics maybe a strange choice to many, but it is the necessary next step.  Aesthetics is the study of beauty, but this is just the aesthete’s way of saying it is the art of discrimination, that is, knowing what is good, what is of quality, what is beautiful, and equally what is not.  Considering its applicability one need only consider his pre-Game and post-Game conquests and average their scores: from HB6 to HB9? Nice. But aesthetics in its application tends further than mere discrimination, having perceived those qualities which are considered beautiful, whether in language: cadence, rhythm, and rhyme, or in women: slender waists, pretty faces and pert bottoms, one is able to extrapolate and expand, to create new complexities like symphonies, or beauty with femininity and tenderness.  Aesthetics is the measure of one’s tastes; once your head is clear, your thoughts ordered, and your notches of the highest quality, your all around tastes should rise to meet the new standards.

Intuition, in the sense used here, is the ability to predict with accuracy, naturally and automatically, those things which will or ought to be.  It is the culmination of the three previous steps and the application of what these entail.  It is this ability that provides the connections between new information and old, that allows us to guess at what a historical figure may do next in a narrative, and then when he does otherwise to understand why. For the musician it is knowing the next note before it is played, for the poet it is the next word, the next phrase. It is the way one easily connects patterns of empires: Roman, Britian, America; or figures in history like Caesar and Lincoln, or Alcibiades and Otto Von Bismark; or political eras: Republic to Democracy to Aristocracy to Oligarcy to Tyranny to Monarchy to Republic ad infinitum.  To Game this would be like the internalization process where the practitioner overtime relies less on conscious laboring and more on his new natural choices. Let it be repeated intuition is the culmination of a sound mind; if predictions are not within your skills you must return to easier exercises and due the reps that build the skills: read more poetry, study better men than yourself–or at least those more astute and austere, learn more history, etc ad infinitum.

The Bliss Of Autodidacticism

Of late there have been a number of articles discussing the so-called self-made man, whatever that actually means is still up for debate.  Whether the self-made man is a myth like the HB10 or bigfoot, or if he just eschews publicity one may never know.  No one will deny the premise upon which the self-made man procures his notoriety: what one does himself is more valuable than what he does with help. Or, if not more valuable per se at least more imitable.

The self-made man is imitable because he conquers; he conquers both himself and whatever might oppose him; he rises above all others; he lifts himself up by his own bootstraps; he is given nothing; he takes all for himself. He is the archetype of masculinity.  Most men in the ‘sphere are self-made to a certain degree, or at least rebuilds. No one did the approaches for you, or the push-ups and the squats; no one changed your lifestyle, or pushed you to go across the world, or across the country. If a man accomplishes anything it is because he is moved to do so.

If one is so inclined to bear the mantle of Western Culture, he must press into it like Sisyphus, working his mind in the same Sisyphean labors he did to strengthen his body, to change his life.  The four steps–clarity, logic, aesthetics and intuition–will come if one presses into the books. Nothing more is needed than a fresh and ready mind.

When everything you’re told your entire life is a lie you need only start at the beginning to start.

Veritas numquam perit,
The Poet

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