Humans are naturally fearful of new experiences and new ideas. The first cave drawings were censored by spiritual leaders. Censorship is nothing new and cowards will always want to censor.
The latest trend is to censor straight, white male voices. Extremists tried having a SWAT team sent to my house to stop me from writing about the abuse of legal processes. When not trying to have white men killed, radicals are encouraging book burnings – both literal and figurative.
Some have suggested that people are reading too many books by straight white males. (Martin Daubney, “Are you reading too many books by straight white men?“) People are saying you shouldn’t read any books by white men for a year.
As I don’t pay much attention to race, gender, or who you bang-a-lang-lang, I decided to audit my Amazon.com account. My suspicion was my order history would include a lot of diverse voices without my giving anyone affirmative action.
My suspicions were confirmed.
If your star is not rising, it’s because you’re just starting off or not working smart and hard enough.
The world is full of morons and talentless hacks. Look around. Competition has never been less intense.
Successful people are always on the lookout for new talent. If you have talent, you’ll be noticed.
If you’re a woman/gay person/white man/whatever and no one wants to read your writing, it’s because you’re a shitty writer and your ideas are shitty.
Or maybe you don’t understand how to market your work. A lot of people are of the mindset that you need a marketing agency to get the word out about you. Others have, as James Altucher says, “chosen ourselves.” We don’t ask for permission to spread our message.
If you suck at writing or marketing, change your approach. Start by refusing to follow the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Losers.
If your book is not on this list, it’s not because you’re being oppressed.
Here are some excellent books by people who are not straight, white males. They earned their place on this list by having talent.
Juice Power – The man who actually put the book together is black! I actually had no idea. He would do some projects for me from time to time. I told him I was sick of bullshitters, and that if he put the book together, he’d earn a royalty. Support black-owned businesses by buying Juice Power.
Keep scrolling. There are more books downstairs.
The Giver by Lois Lowry (Amzn) – What would your life be like if you never felt pain, adversity, or other negative emotions? Is a life without emotional polarity (sorrow-joy, happiness-sadness) a less-than-fully-human experience?
Pimpology: The 48 Laws of the Game by Pimpin’ Ken (Amzn) – Pimpin’ Ken, a black man and former purveyor of prostitutional services, shares his view on the world and women. Ken offers a zero-sum view of the universe that doesn’t resonate with me. In Pimpin’ Ken’s view, you’re either pimping or you are being pimped. That said, his perspective is interesting and worth considering, as it’s one many people share.
To avoid being pimped, learn how pimps think.
The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh (Mike Cernovich review) – What was the Vietnam War like for a North Vietnamese soldier? How does one move on from the past when his heart is filled with sorrow?
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Amzn) – People are people and drama is drama. This collection of nine short stories from differing Indian viewpoints covers everything from loss of love to loss of life. It’s an emotionally moving book that shows, while cultures differ, there is something uniquely human we all share.
Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue (Amzn) – A tale of suspense about a woman held captive as a sex slave.
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls (Amzn) – A story about a woman who grew up in the hollers of West Virginia. If you grew up poor or with somewhat-absentee or hippy parents, you’ll love this book.
Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of the Self by Daphne Simeon (Amzn) – Do you ever feel disconnected from others? Do you have trouble getting into the moment and being in touch with your body and your human experiences? If so, you may have a depersonalization issue.
Even if you don’t have issues with depersonalization, this is a fascinating look at an understudied aspect of abnormal psychology and personality disorders.
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout (Amzn) – Sociopaths are everywhere, with some estimates suggesting 4% of the population is sociopathic.
Although we tend to view sociopaths as being killers, in truth most sociopaths are banal. They are ordinary. They are living next door.
Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant (Amzn) – How a man used the power of affirmations to improve his health and save his own life.
This book was a short, quick read that could have been deeper. Ravikant breezes past his hardship to focus on how he used affirmations to go from sick and nearly dead to thriving.
It’s a worthy read, however, as it shows the power your mind has over your well-being and physical health.
Mindset is everything.
Stop hating and start creating.
It’s far easier to believe the white man is holding you down, but the truth is anyone can write a book. You don’t need to kiss the feet of gatekeepers at major publishing houses.
You can write your own book, publish it, and market it all by yourself.
If no one is reading your writing, it’s because your writing is not worth reading.
Or it could be you suck at marketing.
We all started somewhere. It takes a long time to build an audience.
Hating on others or blaming the System won’t draw in new readers and will only make you feel helpless and dejected.
Have you read anything good lately?
Feel free to suggest books written by the oppressive straight, white man in the comments below.
Or suggest books by any other group of people.
There is a worldwide talent shortage and we are always looking for interesting ideas and brilliant people.