Not too long ago we introduced some new flairs that I've seen get moderate usage recently. If you've wondered where I've been as my posting has been intermittent at best recently, I'll answer the question.
I've been practicing what I preach and trying some new ideas that I think are important to the future of men.
I believe everything is about sex, and therefore the philosophies and strategies we discuss will always boil down to affecting your sexual strategy in one way or another. Our evolutionary drive has been great at pushing our species into new uncharted territories, but the common thread that follows all of history is that those who have sex and children carry on humanity.
But there are a lot of facets to life that we barely touch on here at TheRedPill, even though many of these facets are integral to finding happiness in life.
For some of us, finding sexual success is such a consuming task that we don't consider what we would do on the other side once we do find this success. For others, improving one's station in life is the major hurdle to even begin to find sexual success.
Every thread here starts with "do you even lift bro?" which is certainly the easiest life decision you can make to instantly change your life's path for the better. But there is so much more to discuss.
We've touched on limiting your liability in our culture that no longer hides its contempt for men. Instead of the pendulum swinging back as we hoped a few years ago, it is now more dangerous than ever to interact with a woman. Hollywood is getting hit hard, with dozens of accusations coming forward every week.
We've also touched on careers, money, video games, happiness, suicide, depression, drugs, and dozens of other subjects relevant not only to getting laid but to becoming a whole person with a healthy sex life.
But in this we have missed some of the most important aspects to life as men. Comradery, power and tribes.
Those who saw my introduction to the "building power" flair already know where I'm headed with this.
It isn't enough to lift, dress well, and approach women at bars. Women come and go, but the number one factor that has brought meaning and stability to my life wasn't women, it was the network of men in my life who I could depend on. Not just friends, and certainly not casual friends, but instead men that I consider to be my brothers.
Building a network of men that you can rely on is the single-most important requirement in a man's life.
What good is avoiding getting falsely accused by a woman... if you don't have a support network for when you do?
What good is building power if you don't have men you can depend on to defend you when others attack?
What good is having every skill under the sun if you don't have the network to accomplish complicated goals?
When you build this network, it stands to accomplish more than simply being a support network when things go wrong. This network becomes a unit with which you can band together and accomplish goals and tasks with greater efficiency and speed than any individual could. You become an economic and social unit with the strength of diverse specializations that can now compete with the world on incredible footing.
It should come as no surprise that our culture is focused on individualism as its primary mode. Men are at their weakest when they are unable to form tribes, and you better know that it is this very fact that has been used against us. Weak, thirsty men will undermine other men if it means sucking at the teat of social and female validation - even if only briefly. And when all men are focused against each other, they are unable to harness their god-given power, relinquishing it to the those running the show today: those who have built power.
Building power and building a tribe go hand-in-hand. Over the next few weeks we'll be announcing some new features of https://trp.red and TheRedPill forum that will be focusing on helping men build tribes and helping those tribes build power.
But you don't have to wait for me to post about it, you can get started today.
What is building power?
Building power is not something many people tend to consciously describe, but it's something we all work at in our daily lives. Whether it's personal developments such as physical self-improvement, education, discipline, practice, or cumulative work efforts, or simply amassing resources for future use, the goal of building power remains the same:
Maximizing future opportunities.
It doesn't get much simpler than that. Ultimately you are maximizing your options to follow the life strategy you prefer. When you don't have options, you do not have freedom. When you do not have freedom you do not own your fate, somebody else does.
If you decide you need a life change from something hindering your growth and happiness, you cannot do this without enough money, resources, or skills to accomplish these changes.
If an emergency happens and you need to make sudden life changing choices, you cannot exercise the options for which you have not prepared for.
If you want to start a family, you must first be able to provide for them.
If you are in danger or trouble, you must first establish a network of support options that can protect you from these dangers or trouble.
So why build tribes?
The first and most obvious answer is comradery: You need a social network and male connections to keep a healthy mind. Do not overlook the benefits of simply having a social friends group. They can bring balance to your life.
But the second and almost as important answer is that they allow you to build power at greater rates, and in ways that an individual is unable to do.
Individuals' specialization is one of the biggest strengths of a tribe. If each member of a tribe has a unique skill set, this can bring power to a group that others lack. For instance, having a mechanic in your tribe makes your tribe immune to automobile breakdowns. Having a lawyer in your group provides incredible resources in case of individual legal problems as well as investigating joint business ventures. This can extend to any number of special skills, professions, and even simple hobbies. Does a member of your group enjoy emergency preparation, HAM radios, and living off the land? A joint venture in your group could put emergency preparedness in his court while he enjoys the benefits of other specializations in your tribe.
The benefits to a tribe are endless:
Employment recommendations and opportunities
Business and joint venture opportunities
Encouragement / iron sharpening iron
Physical safety in certain circumstances
Shared costs on joint risks and liabilities.
Now, what I describe here sounds an awful lot like a commune, and in some ways it's similar. But understand a tribe does not have to live under one roof, or share food to become a tribe.
To have a tribe you must have a shared understanding and respect for a brotherhood, one that transcends interpersonal politics or disagreements between individuals.
And with that tribe, you can take your strengths and amass power than none of you could individually accomplish without the group.
Some of the ways I am building power in my own tribes consist of building infrastructure that takes us outside of the grasp of those who seek to control us. For instance, while TRP isn't exactly a tribe strictly speaking, I consider the purpose for why we gather together an important brotherhood that rises above all of us individually.
As such, I have been focused on working on communication tools with some of our members (most notably /u/gaylubeoil) on our platform https://trp.red. But it's not limited there. As I mentioned we have more to post in the coming days and weeks, and one of our next big moves is leveraging the size and strength of our community to generate a much larger and decentralized infrastructure that can and will run up against the biggest of enemies.
In my personal tribe, I am following similar advice, ensuring our free and open communication, and developing tools, products and business ideas of which we can share the risk and hopefully share the reward.
Every tribe needs a way to communicate.
It is my opinion that places such as Facebook, Reddit, Twitter and the like are all completely insecure and have been infiltrated from the inside. Your tribe needs a way to coordinate and communicate securely and privately.
Because of this, we will be announcing in the next few weeks a new Tribes feature of our red pill network that will allow like-minded men to band together privately under the banners of shared interests and brotherhood and discuss freely with each other without fear or intimidation from the culture and society at large.
We have many privacy, encryption and safety features to announce, and I'm very excited to get this project off the ground.
We have just soft-launched a web chat on https://trp.red that we're still considering to be in a public beta (no not alpha, yes I've heard the joke) which you're free to try out over the next few days until we decide whether it's stable enough to expand further.
In the mean time, stay tuned. More is coming. It's time for men to take back their own fates.