In Satire X, Juvenal laments about the days past of a strong, united Rome that took it’s civic duties seriously, fought for the empire, and represented the strength of their conquests. Roman men fought in wars to expand their empire, participated in government, and gave all other civilizations pause as to the impressiveness of the Roman civilian / soldier / governmental representative.
It was a time when honor, strength, and abilities of it’s subjects made Rome the greatest empire in history. In fact, one of this blogger’s most admired men, Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, a legendary figure who at one time abdicated absolute power, was a symbol of Roman manliness and virtue. I recommend reading up on him…for there’s a reason a city in the US was named after him.
When Juvenal wrote about “bread and circuses” in the early days of the early 100’s A.D., he was in the midst of a period of incredible stability. The period was known as “The Five Good Emperors”, was the longest, uninterrupted peace in the Roman Empire. In fact, when Juvenal wrote Satire X, Trajan was just beginning the expansion of the Roman Empire to it’s largest extent, from Spain to the Arabian Sea.
So what are “bread and circuses”? It was a saying developed by Juvenal to describe the declining Roman citizen. After years of taking up arms, the Romans had let others fight their wars, enslaved all they conquered, and had resorted to a life of sloth, greed, crapulence, and laziness. They did not take pleasure in ruling, they took pleasures in eating, drinking, socializing, and enjoying their spoils. Thus, the “bread and circuses” distinction was one of the Romans becoming mindless sheep, only interested in drinking, sexual experimentation, and who won the latest race at the Circus Maximus.
So why do I do a blog about this topic? What does this have to do with being Red Pill aware?
The term “plugged in” was obviously from The Matrix, a movie with so many comparisons to Ancient Rome. We are in a plugged in environment, with social media dominating us everyday, our need to get validation from total strangers continues to grow. We actually get a dopamine high from someone liking our posts, and just like a drug, we continue to post hoping that next comment, retweet, or like will go viral, making us popular with the human race.
As a blue pilled beta, my life was dominated by social media. I followed thots (those hoes over there) on Instagram, hoping that my one comment would get their attention and they would DM me. I posted on Facebook hoping for validation of my feelings, my aspirations, my desires. I posted on Twitter and started internet fights with complete strangers, hoping someone would validate me and my opinion.
My screen time on social media as a blue pill exceeded 4 hours a day. Always worried about who would like my post, always screening any notifications that someone liked my post. I was a sheep. I was more plugged in than I had ever been.
So if you’re immersed in the world of social media and not focusing on yourself, your goals, your dreams, and your ambition, you’re in effect enjoying “bread and circuses”.
You’re watching all the life around you while not working on yourself. You’re sheep.
Source: Gizmodo Australia
CUT IT OFF
So what to do? You cut if off. I decided to distance myself from social media. I deleted all apps. I went dark on all platforms for almost 3 months. It became necessary to focus all of my attention on myself. I needed validation, but from me. I became more self aware of what destructive habits I was involved in online. I unfollowed the thots, some of whom wondered where I went.
“Why aren’t you following me anymore?” one asked.
“Because, I need to follow myself.” I stated bluntly.
I didn’t need to waste time validating others or trying to validate myself in their eyes.
So, do it. Uninstall Facebook, Instagram, Twitter…everything. Until you are ready to use it in a manner that doesn’t require you to check it every 10 seconds for validation, it should be gone. Don’t explain it to anyone either. Say, “I needed my life back.”
So what were the results of this self imposed exile on social media?
I began to discover that the world around me was more than just fleeting internet dopamine gains.
I went to the gym, I read, I discovered. I talked to people. I hit on girls, I dated, I had amazing sex.
In short, I was living the life I was trying to portray to complete strangers on social media, except I wasn’t sharing it with any of them.
After I had cut off social media, I wasn’t in any hurry to get back and show off my new life. The only reasons, I figured, to get back on social media was to make money, help others, and teach men about what I had went through. So I made a plan for when I actually got back on, and I haven’t wavered from it.
I strongly recommend giving up social media to focus on yourself. It will be tough, as those who relied on you to be their validation will come calling, wondering where you went. And when they do, just say one thing.