Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Essentialism only means what I say it means

Zippy has been of great help in clarifying my thoughts about Game:
A good definition can’t capture everything about a thing, but it will point us toward the essence of a thing; a bad definition will obfuscate essential aspects of what it purports to define.
Given that background, I’ve concluded for myself that the following are good definitions:
game (n): the male behavioral expression of inchastity
sluttiness (n) : the female behavioral expression of inchastity
In other words, "Game" is synonymous with pick up artistry and as I've said numerous times both on this blog and in other forums, pick up artistry is not an option for me or for any man who thinks of himself as a practicing Christian. The wider manosphere, however, is not exclusively about training men to become PUAs. Vox Day, whom I respect and who is not a PUA by any stretch of the definition, has done good work expanding Game into a more general socio-economic framework. Dalrock's position, as I understand it, is that Game is superfluous for men who practice Biblical headship in their marriages. A lot of unnecessary confusion has come from conflating Game with general self-improvement (or "Inner Game" as the insiders call it.) Traditionalists rightly point out that general self-improvement and searing critiques of liberalism are hardly unique to the PUA corners of the manosphere (although that could be considered a neg: "Your insights into the human psyche are not as magnificent as Dostoyevsky's," ha.)

Nonetheless, the manosphere is correct in many of its descriptions of modern Churchianity, that is Christianity infected with liberalism and feminism. Fornication is a mortal sin but at the same time I understand why many Christian men turn to Roissy and Roosh for advice on how to interact with women. Shaming Roissy and Roosh is a fool's errand, and telling Christian men to avoid them will cause them to ask, not unreasonably, "Then to whom shall we turn?"

Grace builds on nature as the saying goes. Being a virtuous Christian man does not mean being a wimpy beta male doormat for everyone. God made you with a specific purpose in mind. It's not an accident that God created you male. Men are not born, they're made. Sainthood does not mean you stop being you, but you become yourself purged of sins and imperfections. Now it's true that we'll never be free of sin while we still draw breath in this vale of tears, but God expects us to do battle with our sins and imperfections nonetheless. God does not transform us against our wills, but only when our wills cooperate with the gift of his grace.

It's true that many men grow up with weak or absent fathers. It's true that most churches and Catholic parishes cater to upper middle class progressive women. But in the age of the Internet, don't you sit there and tell me that there's no one to teach you about authentic masculinity. You know what authentic masculinity is already if you're able to recognize that schools, churches, and the corporate workplace disapprove of it.

Fornication doesn't just damage women, it damages men in spiritual and tangible ways as well. You do not fight evil with evil, but overcome evil with good. That is the real red pill.

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