In an extended exchange with one of my readers who seems rather impervious to reasoned argument, I was hit with the following statement:
You are writing this like I’m not aware of all the theories which float around in far-right circles. It’s not like you are such a creative genius Aaron that you discovered this narrative of the elites on your own. You are mostly just regurgitating far right talking points. It’s your religion.
My first reaction was that this is pretty rude, and it is. Then I realized that you can encounter the same pattern elsewhere. It is used by intellectually dishonest people but also by those who have a hard time thinking clearly, so I am not saying that everybody who hits you over the head with a statement like that has ill intent. Translated into English, the statement is as follows: “You suck, but you do not suck.”
About a year ago, I bought a few collections of PlayStation 3 games. For the non-gamers among you, those games are about 15 years old. My goal was to play a few classics I missed, and it was simply more economical to buy them in bulk and sell the ones I did not want. I quickly learned that you meet a lot of rather unpleasant characters online when you want to sell used goods. They lowball you and tell you that what you are selling is “old crap”. One person with a female user name told me that she would pay me five euros for a game that was selling on eBay for 20 to 25 euros as it is “old and no longer interesting, considering that the PlayStation 5 is out already.” She did not see the contradiction in claiming that this was an old game with supposedly little appeal as she was unsuccessfully haggling for a better price. If you want to sell an old car, you can meet the same kind of character. They tell you how shitty your car is, but apparently it is not so shitty that they do not want to buy it.
As I dated a few crazy women, I encountered a variation of this theme as well. One girl I was banging casually once lashed out at me, telling me that I am a loser and that other guys my age are “successful doctors and lawyers” who drive nice cars and have fabulous apartments. I recommend hitting back hard, figuratively speaking, to keep bitches in line, so I could not help but ask her why she is banging me instead of all those other great guys. At face value, they are better in every conceivable metric, after all. She was dumbfounded as she did not expect this, and looked even more confused when I told her to GTFO. She was back the next day. I should add that some women denigrate you in an attempt to gain power over you, so this should be seen as a long-term issue instead of a one-off event.
The equivalent of a chick complaining about you is the gamer on Steam who leaves a scathing negative review for a game he has played for hundreds of hours. For a game that sucked so hard, he surely enjoyed it enough to keep playing it for months. The cognitive dissonance is rather startling because if this game was really such a chore to play, such people would have bailed a lot sooner. After all, it is not as if there are no other games you could play instead. In the end, people vote with their feet and their wallet. Gamers complain about broken games and shady monetization practices, yet Electronic Arts makes billions with micro-transactions in their games, and Bethesda can put put incomplete games like Fallout 76 that nonetheless sell millions. Thus, all this complaining cannot really be taken seriously, and gamers should not complain about being taken advantage of.
I also do not want you to complain about women who are quick to spread their legs for you, and who think you should be someone else. If you take crap from a chick you bang even though she drives you up the wall when you do not have your dick in her, the blame is also on you. Clearly, she does not annoy you enough. Otherwise, you would have sent her on her way. The same is true for people who incessantly complain about their job, colleagues, or manager. Really, if your situation sucks so much then why are you not looking for a new job?
Sometimes, going elsewhere can be a big step, such as leaving your country. Imagine paying 57% income tax in the top tax bracket, like in Sweden. Do you think Sweden would keep doing this if people in this tax bracket packed their things and left? Granted, there is an exodus of ambitious Swedes, primarily men, who rather go elsewhere than fund the country’s feminist utopia, but, clearly, not enough people feel this way. The bottom line is that it is nonsensical to complain about something you do not need to endure. Nobody is forcing you to read a blog that supposedly only contains derivative thoughts, play a game for hundreds of hours that is not fun, bang a chick that is crazy, endure a crappy job, or get fiscally raped by your government. Thus, it is not believable if you complain about any of this but stick around regardless to get more of it.