Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Elites Are Not Evil, They're Just Acting in Self-Interest

Most folks are familiar with the five stages of grief:

1) Denial
2) Anger
3) Bargaining
4) Depression
5) Acceptance

Sometimes people make it through all five stages - which is good - and sometimes they don't - which is bad. In the "manosphere," this idea is usually applied to discovering the truth about women:

1) Denial - "Women are not like this at all!" - Still a Disney-believing "blue-pill" guy
2) Anger - "How can women be this bad?!" - Generally rants a lot on forums
3) Bargaining - "But not all women are like that!" - Generally posts less frequently on forums
4) Depression - "I give up on women." - actual MGTOWs (Men Going Their Own Way). Doesn't post at all
5) Acceptance - "All women generally follow this model. Now that I know their playbook, I can rewrite mine." - Generally posts infrequently but constructively

What doesn't seem to be happening in the "manosphere" quite yet is folks going through all five stages when discovering the truth about the elites (not a conspiracy theory, just think Game of Thrones, which is basically a show about the ups and downs of being an elite):

1) Denial - "These are just silly conspiracy theories."
2) Anger - "How can the elites be so bad?!"
3) Bargaining - "Surely some elites must feel for their fellow man! Help us!"
4) Depression - "The elites control everything and are evil. I give up."
5) Acceptance - "The elites are just acting in their own perceived self-interest, as they always have been, and always will be. They compete with each other too, with some attaining elite status, some maintaining elite status, and some losing elite status. In any case, now knowing that the elites are merely acting in perceived self-interest, I can now better act in my own self-interest."

As is the case with the subject of women, the most frequent posters on the subject of elites are those in the anger stage. And just as staying in that stage with regards to women is ultimately unproductive, so too is it with regards to the elites.

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