This election season has been hilarious for a lot of reasons, although one part of the fun has dangerous implications for all of us. Namely, why do political pundits and “journalists” ignore reality?
In 2016, there is one fact – yes, fact – that is undeniable. Scott Adams predicted Donald Trump’s rise. He explained in detail why Donald Trump would succeed where others said he’d fail.
There’s another fact of this election season. Pundits keep saying “No one saw Trump’s rise!”
This writer thinks my Trump predictions lack detail about his technique. He might have missed a few dozen posts. https://t.co/vbNY9jAUlb
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) January 30, 2016
Why do they keep saying that no one could have seen Trump’s rise. Are they frauds? If only life were black-and-white.
Pundits cannot accept that others saw Trump’s rise because it would destroy their egos.
We will do anything to preserve our precious little egos.
Think about the last time you saw a girl who made you stop. You didn’t approach because, “She’s a bitch.”
Whenever we refuse to take action, we find some reason to explain why the action would have been pointless. As Benjamin Franklin quipped, “So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.”
Rather than say, “I’m being coward here and need to take action,” we say, “Oh well that idea would never work. It’s pointless to try it.”
That’s why you won’t quit your job, start a business on the side, or talk to beautiful women.
It’s not because the idea won’t work or that you don’t want to run business or that beautiful women aren’t wonderful.
It’s because your ego is terrified of being punched.
Facing facts – that we are cowards and often wrong – is too much for people to handle.
Indeed, if I could only change one aspect of myself and everyone reading this, it’d be to change your mindset in two ways.
Change your mindset in these two ways only, your entire life will change.
- Accept mistakes as opportunities for growth.
- Refuse to define your identity based around your lowest points.
How do you define yourself? Most people define themselves based on their mistakes or a low point. If you were a bad kid or bad father or bad husband, that’s how you define yourself.
Yet there’s more to you than that. You’re a complete and total person. You have virtues and vices. You are not defined by your lowest points.
You are defined by your choice to grow from mistakes and to right wrongs in the future.
When you truly believe that, your ego goes into check.
When you are wrong about something or someone, it’s not a big deal. You learn from your mistakes.
Most people do not live Gorilla Mindset.
(And that’s why you can’t trust the news.)
Those of you who follow me on Twitter will notice something.
Everyone says, “The only people who use the word cuckservative are basement-dwelling neo-Nazis!”
I wrote a forward to the book Cuckservative. The co-authors of Cuckservative are Native Americans.
Why does the media – even “conservative media” – pretend we do not exist?
Re-read what I wrote about, above.
I’m a highly successful man. I sell more books than 99% of pundits.
Recognizing that I exist would be a fatal blow to their fragile egos.
“Wait, Mike Cernovich thinks the media is weak and cucked. He’s a masculine guy. Maybe he has a point.”
They must instead pretend I do not exist.
Think globally. Can you trust the media about anything?
Global warming models have failed. None of those predictions on climate change have come true. Yet global warming is real! Any evidence to the contrary will be ignored.
Open borders are a net positive for the natives of Western countries. Thus rapes and crimes will be ignored at the highest and lowest levels.
I often call the media frauds, though that’s a bit unfair.
Journalists are humans, and they lie to themselves, as we all do.
How can journalists become truth-tellers?
First they must admit their mistakes. Set aside their egos. Recognize that they aren’t defined by their mistakes.
Second they must grow from their mistakes. As new evidence comes in, you update your mental model and understanding of the world.
In sum, journalists – and all of us – must begin living the Gorilla Mindset.
UPDATE: David Brooks recently wrote a column for the NY Times proving me right.
In January of 2017 someone will stand at the U.S. Capitol and deliver an Inaugural Address. This is roughly the place where Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan once stood. I am going to spend every single day between now and then believing that neither Donald Trump nor Ted Cruz nor Bernie Sanders will be standing on that podium. One of them could win the election, take the oath, give the speech and be riding down Pennsylvania Avenue. I will still refuse to believe it.
David Brooks denies reality, and we all do.
Change your mindset, change your life.