Saturday, May 4, 2013

Tolle Lege players

From Vox we learn that some of the big names in pick up artistry are experiencing the temporal wages of sin:

Somebody call the CDC. There’s an epidemic of Player Burnout in the air. Edward Thatch,YouSoWould, and Roosh are all contenders for patient zero. I myself recently took a medically-imposed month of vacation from The Game, and I don’t feel like I missed much.
Could it be, fellow gentlemen of ill repute, that our pride- and lust-fueled romp through the wreckage of western civilization is an insufficient means of slaking our manly thirst for purpose in this life? Could there be more to life than the pursuit of our next notch? How often do we even consider the question?
A hungry man cannot imagine a higher purpose than his next meal. The sex and love-starved young men of America cannot imagine a greater goal than woman. But gorge a man on either food or sex, and he will start to see the base and biochemical nature of the pleasure they offer. Roosh spent a decade honing his social skills and traveling the world in search of nubile young babes. He lived the literal dreams of so many men.  Still, he returns to us and tweets“I’m bored of women.” 
...The world perceives a stereotype of the seduction community. We’re a bunch of cold, soulless, degenerates, doing whatever needs to be done to get the lay. We hate women. We’re men of singular mind and purpose. But this is not the reality I’ve seen, in the decade or so I’ve been immersed in the community. It takes a certain degree of intelligence and capacity for analytical thought to truly grok the seduction community, and those traits tend to correlate with a craving for real emotional bonds. Many of us have repressed those cravings, because we’ve been hurt, because it’s easier to wear the armour of emotional invulnerability, or because  it is what this subculture demands of us.
The symptoms of Player Burnout present when the heart of the pick-up artist cries out for something more. It is a yearning for something greater. If you cannot find satisfaction from sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll alone, be grateful for that. 
"Our heart is restless, O Lord, until it rests in Thee." Augustine of Hippo was one of the major players of Antiquity. In his old life he was what we might call an ALPHA. He was popular, he was a smooth talker (he taught rhetoric for a living), he could have as many women as he wanted, he even had a bastard son. But it left him empty and desolate. One day Augustine heard a voice urging him "Tolle lege," take up the Bible and read. He eventually became one of the greatest Doctors of the Western Church and a saint.

Either the principles of Game are objectively true or objectively false. If they are true, then there can be no real incompatibility with Christianity. Like any other tool, Game can be used for good or for evil. You can use Game to make yourself a better, stronger, more confident man or to earn more notches. You can use Game to cynically exploit women's emotional natures to easily get them into bed, or it can give you a more sympathetic understanding of women's desire for strong confident men. If you choose to do evil, then consider it a great mercy from God if you get burned out or are brought low. That's when conversions happen. If you reject everything else the manosphere says, I would ask you to take this away from it: the Blessed Virgin Mary is the only woman in human history who was free from Original Sin. Stop putting women on pedestals and I guaran-damn-tee that that alone will make you significantly more successful at landing dates.

G.K. Chesterton is reputed to have said, "Any man who knocks at the door of a brothel is searching for God." Once in a while Roissy writes something that makes me think he's *this* close to conversion. None of this is to suggest that young men ought to pursue a hedonistic lifestyle. Extramarital sex is a mortal sin and you will go to hell for it if you don't repent, confess, and do penance. Our Lady of Fatima told the three children that many souls go to hell because of impurity. But most men, including me, have to learn this lesson the hard way. Frost's closing paragraph is itself a sign of God's grace working in his life. That yearning he feels will only be fully satisfied in God. He is free to choose what he does with that sense of yearning. I pray he makes the right choice before the end.

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