Using Life’s Highs and Lows to Put Our Minds Back on Track

This is Philip Wyeth. It’s been quite an action-packed month for me since my last video. But before I dive into all that, just look at the craftsmanship in this brickwork here. I passed by this building a couple times while it was being constructed and just couldn’t help but admire the craftsmanship, the quality, the attention to detail. So I stopped by last weekend just to take a closer look. Unfortunately the guy who did the work wasn’t actually there. I guess he was done by the time I passed by. But just incredible. And people talk about wanting to change the world. Well, look at this! This guy has changed the face of this neighborhood forever just by his craftsmanship.

So anyway, over the past month, when my last couple videos came out where… you know, I had a sort of snarky attitude, if you will, or falling into a certain corner of the ideological battles we’re in right now. And just a lot has happened since then, and I wanted to, if not pull back, then just to refocus a little bit.

So there were some highs. Saw my family back on the East Coast, great to see the kids and see them growing up, see my parents… It was a great time. Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup, which was very unexpected for us long-suffering Capitals fans.

But there were also some more somber moments this past month as well. An in-law of mine had had a relative who was murdered a few months ago, and I attended the memorial service here in California. And it was just very intense. The man was a bit of a loner and sort of found meaning in life through his generosity, and the people who killed him took advantage of that. The memorial service was very touching, and at the grave site, because he was a military veteran, they had an honor guard which presented the flag and played “Taps.” It was just… It was incredible. And regardless of how you feel about our military misadventures in these past several decades, to see a man who had served his country being honored and remembered after dying so horribly, it was profound.

I found out also that somebody I knew when I lived in Oregon, Portland, Oregon, was killed about a week ago. Very unfortunate situation. I’m not going to get into the details for a number of reasons. I want to respect his family. Seems like a situation where everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong in about a thirty-second period of time. And now his family is left to pick up the pieces.

And it’s just giving me some pause, you know, because he was mixed-race and obviously my books touch on race, and some of my videos do. And one thing I thought recently was the fact that the Left, the way it’s been going recently, is turning nerdy, goofy, gamer white guys who would be more than happy to watch reruns of Mystery Science Theater 3000, turning them into racially conscious, almost White Nationalists. This is how polarized this country has become, and maybe some of my own content has leaned toward that in some ways.

And thinking back on my time in Oregon, who my friends were, including the man who is now dead… Maybe the best way to say this is that, we’ve all been so polarized, particularly since the 2016 election… Which I understand. Everybody’s sort of voluntarily or involuntarily moved toward their corner. And it’s also been amplified, the certain aspects of your personality, Left or Right, have been amplified. We’ve almost been forced into it, so now it’s like, we’re almost worried about a civil war. And a part of us, we’re all itching for it in a way.

Maybe we all need to step back right now before we start making really bad decisions for ourselves and for our country. You know, to think about whether you’re in the right, whether you’re a Good Samaritan, whether you’re trying to help people out. That doesn’t guarantee you that you escape that situation safely. We’re just entering a dangerous time in this country. I mean, there was that scuffle in Portland last Saturday involving people on the Right and the Left that got very violent. We’ve got this election coming up, we have Republicans or conservatives being harassed in restaurants. I’m not going to get into those individual stories this time. I just see the broader theme right now, and we’ve got to be concerned.

Even Democrats who are doing this whole hashtag walk-away thing are finding themselves being harassed and ostracized. Which maybe is a good wake-up call. The fact that Democrats, liberals, progressives, whatever you want to call them… They’ve had license to just mouth off however they feel in the presence of conservatives, and conservatives have been expected to take it, especially for the last ten years.

As the election approaches this November, where so much appears to be on the line for both Left and Right, maybe we need to not even try to build bridges to each other, but just extricate yourself from the whole narrative. How much of what you read everyday online, or Twitter, wherever you get your news sources, how much of that is just brainwashing? How much of that is talking points feeding into the narrative in your mind? How much of your entire world construct is, if not a lie or a fabrication, it’s created in a certain way so that you live a certain way?

I guess what I’m saying is, many of us probably got swept up into the politics over the past couple years more than we’d ever been in the past five, ten, fifteen years. What were we doing during those years we weren’t paying attention to that stuff except on the periphery, but now they’ve sucked us in and we’re their customer? News websites, Twitter feeds, Facebook fights… Maybe the best thing to do is to recapture what we were interested in ourselves back in 2011, 2007, and not feed into this frenzy which could turn into all-out chaos in November.

Thanks for listening. Please be sure to support me by checking out my books, Reparations USA and Reparations Mind. I’ll talk to you soon.

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White Guilt and Free Drinks at a Portland Happy Hour

This is Philip Wyeth. Looks like the hits keep on coming. Here we have an article from the New York Times, “Reparations Happy Hour Invites White people to Pay for Drinks.” And of course, this takes place in Portland, Oregon, where I had the fortune or misfortune of living for almost three years.

“In Portland, Oregon, organizers of the Reparations happy hour invited black, brown, and indigenous people to a bar and handed them $10 bills as they arrived. A small but symbolic gift, mostly funded by white people who were asked not to attend.”

That’s incredible. The $10 bill has Alexander Hamilton’s face, by the way. Is that intentional? Ironic? I have no idea. Okay, so “Brown Hope, a local activist organization, wanted the event to be a space for people of color in a mostly white city to meet one another, discuss policy issues, and plan potential action.”

Now, I just love these liberal newspapers… “While it was far from the full scale reparations sought by some as penance for the horrors of slavery and continuing racial injustice, Cameron Whitten, the 27-year-old activist who organized the event, said there was one similarity. It made attendees feel as if their pain were valued and understood.”

I love these titles, activist, progressive, advocate. That’s all the Left has is these buzz words. Here’s a quote, “It was only $10, but when I saw them I saw their eyes light up. What I saw there was that people felt like they were finally seen.” And here’s the thing, “I saw their eyes light up,” this patronizing, pretentious… like you’re talking… you’re putting hope into the mind of a four-year-old child or something.

And here’s a tweet by Cameron, this is incredible. “People of color are POWERFUL. Amazing turnout at Brown Hope’s inaugural reparations happy hour event.” Okay, that phrase, “people of color are powerful.” Maybe. Maybe they are. Maybe they aren’t. I don’t know. But the point is that isn’t an argument.

And this goes back to what I said in my last video discussing my two books, “Reparations USA” and “Reparations Mind,” how the Left is essentially just a middle school pep rally. Rah rah rah rah. “You’re great.” “You’re so great.” “No, you’re great!!!” That doesn’t mean anything. You have no ideas, you have no arguments, you’re just patting each other on the back.

Okay, so Mr. Witten said “he hoped the event, in addition to building community”–another completely meaningless phrase–“building community, would call attention to the reparations the concept that black people should be financially compensated for generations of trauma that preceded them.”

See, my books are maybe not as ridiculous as some people would think, because these events right now… Like today it’s a happy hour, 2018… What’s gonna happen in 2020? What’s the next thing? There’s already been a photograph I saw of people basically what wearing chains and holding signs saying I’m sorry, and being led by black people in the streets.

This self-flagellation by white people, where does it end? So maybe my books, which take place in 2028, under the premise that in 2024 a female Chinese American president gets elected, because of a Reparations platform, and then it’s implemented at 2025, how off base am I, really? Maybe some of the finer details, and the fact that I wrote it as a dystopian satire, but here’s the main problem we’re going to encounter, because it’s going to require a surveillance state. Or the surveillance state is already here and will be harnessed to dole out reparations. In my books you have everyday people of all races caught between the crossfire of idealism and technology.

Scrolling down the article, “Ron Daniels president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, a group that supports reparations, said they would be necessary for America to fully heal itself.” Another completely meaningless catch phrase. “Any efforts to bring attention to the idea, including a happy hour bearing that name in Portland, could help people organize around the issue–” Organize, another great throwaway word–“hopefully out of that experience there’s some education that takes place.” Education, what does that mean? A word without context.

This is amazing, this is how the Left is just gonna cannibalize itself. So “there was enough interest in the concept to fund occasional happy hours for the rest of the year, though they will be renamed Reparations Power Hour out of concern that the happy hour label was unwelcoming to people who do not drink.”This is glorious! Beautiful Leftist insanity! Happy hour? No, it’s a Power Hour. Why? Because it’s unwelcoming to people who don’t drink!

“Anticipating some criticism, he noted that it was not meant to diminish the seriousness of reparations. Should anyone question why white people were not invited, he said they’d show up by donating to make sure the event happens.

The final quote from Mr. Witten, “White people, we have love for you and we’re going to see you. We can’t not see you. Once a month we’re going to have these two special hours that we cannot get anywhere else.” That’s just… We can’t not see you. Can you imagine if a white person dared to say that about any other race? He would be mocked, pilloried, everything. But here, New York Times, because they have an agenda, this story, a happy hour, gets put in the New York Times, gets linked by Drudge, millions of people see it.

Also of note, in that tweet there were a couple responses. A guy named Christopher Thomas, who’s black, says, “It’s silly for black folks to show up to have drinks paid for, when we should be focused on group economics. Banking black, business development, investing, and generational wealth. Those drinks are not going to ensure that your children have a future.”

And then Sue Kelsey, aging white lady, “It is a step in the right direction. Need to start somewhere.” That is the problem with people on the Left, who just feel like we have to do something, so even though it’s a completely meaningless, ineffective thing, you can say, “We’re starting, we’re starting, we’re taking steps.”

Christopher Thomas makes a nice reply, “It’s factually a step in the wrong direction. Don’t reply to me with zero understanding of the history of black folks in America. We empower ourselves by aggregating our money, not sitting around, being around laughing and getting free drinks.”

And if you look at the picture more closely from this tweet of the people of event, you have two women kneeling, holding hands almost in an Asian pose. Didn’t a white high school girl take flack last month for wearing a Chinese prom dress and assuming the position? Is that not cultural appropriation by these women of color? Or maybe we need a mobile DNA test to see who’s allowed to do what at what times?

You know, the truth is I, like most white people, we probably don’t even care if you want to have an event, social event do what you want. Take any kind of zany, silly photos you want. The problem is it’s the people on the Left who are buzzing around everything like gnats. You’re forcing us to “get involved,” and you’re not gonna like what we have to say.

As Alex from the channel “These Things I Believe” talked about in a recent livestream, what are we going to do about all the people who were born 100 or 125 years ago, who were cryogenically frozen in the past, how racist are they by modern standards? Should we really allow them to spew their hatred after we find a cure for their illnesses? Alex thinks we’d be better off thawing them out right now and letting them rot in the Arizona sun.

So look at what you on the Left are bringing into reality. White guys who just want to be left alone are now entering the fray, taking your stupid arguments to their logical or illogical end points, because apparently we have to rub your noses in it for you to understand. If so-called progressives are even capable of nuance, metaphor, or god forbid, humor.

So I’m just gonna wrap this up by saying if you want to have social events and push your political agenda forward, that’s fine, do whatever you want. But take the eagle’s view for a minute and think about the demographic shifts in this country going on right now. The Latino population in particular is much larger than it was 10 to 20 years ago, and it’s only getting bigger. They don’t have any white guilt.

What are you gonna do, if you’re calling for reparations, when say, 10, 15, or 20 years from now, Latinos have a lot of political power and they have no white guilt? They are not gonna listen to your cries for Reparations. Yeah, so maybe you have 5-10 years to extract as much money, guilt, and public displays of humiliation by liberal white people before this all ends.

But I do want to say that my two books, they’re not as incendiary as maybe you would think, and I have characters of all races who are very sympathetic. And I actually have created a religion in the book called Modestianity, which essentially addresses some of the bigger existential and spiritual problems we are all facing.

And I’m really trying to offer a constructive way forward out of this malaise we’re in. Because with outsourcing, AI, potential of UBI, people are gonna have nothing to do. And if we have no spiritual values, no religion, and the surveillance state is our future… It’s just going to be everybody playing gotcha, trying to dig some dirt up on each other, and humiliate each other online. Is that really the future we want?

And that’s why I’m really suspect of this Reparations push or sentiment, because it’s only going to lead to more revenge and anger. It’s not going to build bridges and heal, like all these buzzwords talk about.

If you’re interested, read my books. The first one’s free as an e-book on iTunes and Barnes and Noble. You can see that I am trying to push through the current day malaise and really try to find a constructive solution, or at least philosophical ideas to help us get past the sniping and urges for revenge.

Because the elites, they’re all just laughing at us, they love for us to fight and not get along. Thanks for listening.

Links:
NY Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/26/us/reparations-happy-hour-portland.html
Tweet: https://twitter.com/CameronWhitten/status/998782478922924032/
“These Things I Believe” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpCHiJbgmj8

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Why I Wrote a Book About Reparations for Slavery

This is Philip Wyeth. So the question is, why did I write a book about Reparations for slavery? I’ve actually written two. “Reparations USA” and then “Reparations Mind,” which came out in April. The truth is that the book isn’t specifically about Reparations, that may almost be a vehicle for the broader points.

If you read the first, book you’ll see that the real villain is surveillance, the surveillance state, as well as what we do to each other when we have these tools at our disposal. Basically a giant database which allows us to keep tabs on each other for things that our ancestors did, or maybe we did twenty years ago.

I think it lends itself to a lot of dangerous potential consequences. We’re even seeing this in the news today when social media mobs jump on whoever is the thought criminal du jour. As I say in this most recent book, “Reparations Mind,” at one point, since the advent of the internet we were all chasing after our fifteen minutes of fame, but now we’re running away from our fifteen seconds of shame.

But getting back to the original question, why did I write this book in the first place? I think I had a lot of ideas bottled up that accumulated over time, and they were just looking for the right outlet. But it all came together last June when a friend of a friend of mine did some very public SJW speech, if you will, or presentation that was just so over the top, and I was “triggered” into writing an editorial about this, and how that was representative of how far off the deep end the Left is going these days.

And I didn’t like the tone of the editorial, I felt it was a little bit too harsh. And I had had this note laying around that I had written sometime in the past, the past couple years, about what became in my book the Historical Reparations Administration. So I merged the two ideas together.

I took your female social justice warrior and I morphed her into my character of Kate Donohugh, who is a supervisor at the Historical Reparations Administration office in Newark, New Jersey.

We follow her at the beginning of the first book, where she actually appears on an early morning talk show, “Tina Talk,” and it’s basically a puff piece as so often happens when these government employees go on shows, like Jon Stewart Show or Colbert, and yuk it up in front of a studio audience to basically propagandize what the government is doing.

And then we see her back at her field office interacting with Beneficiaries and Debtors, which are the two classes of people who either receive payments or pay into the program.

And then we also move to Newark, New Jersey, streets, where there’s a young black teenager, and his life is on the ground level, experience in a world where Reparations is three years in and the program is not really working as planned. He has dreams of being a musician and ends up writing a song which is critical of the HRA, which captures sentiment across the country. It becomes an overnight hit.

We also have a game show or reality TV show type spectacle, it’s called “DDM TV Live” and DDM stands for “direct descendant match,” where the super computer, MARVIN, “Macro Aggregating Restitution Vector Input Navigator,” scans old documents into the system and makes connections. And if your ancestors have something like ten or more violent interactions with somebody alse’s ancestors, they bring you on to the TV show for a Kumbaya moment where you basically hold hands and go off and work on some garden somewhere to put the old demons to bed, if you will.

Pretty ridiculous spectacle, almost the like “Running Man,” or yeah, “Running Man.” “Who loves you and who do you love?” Something like that, because a heavy topic like this, Reparations, I’d assume most other projects would take it in a pretty negative, revengeful way.

I believe both Amazon and Netflix are working on some sort of a show or a series about it, and from what I understand it’s all more like a fantasy, or “Twelve Years a Slave” or “Inglorious Basterds,” basically envisioning a history that never actually happened, or in the case of the other show, I guess it’s just another kind of a fantasy. If it wasn’t revenge, it’s that some policy was enacted in the late 19th century, which actually didn’t happen.

So my book is different, my series is different, because it takes place in 2028, it envisions in 2024 America’s first female, first Chinese-American president coming into office with her main campaign platform being this program. The HRA and Reparations.

So I put a lot of current-year-relevant things in the books. In addition to that I did try to make these books as fun as possible, because it’s a heavy topic and tensions… the divide across the country are just getting out of control. And it’s like social media is only exacerbating it. On the one hand you use it to make contact with people; on the other you’re just hitting each other over the head with this information.

Another reason why I tried to make it a little fun and zany is because I’m a big sci-fi fan. “Demolition Man” is one of my favorites that I revisited lately. Very ahead of its time, very clever, very fun. And I think that’s a great balance that you’d want to find when you’re doing sci-fi, speculating into the future, dystopian heavy subjects. Can you still have fun with it?

And that’s what I try to do… The original “Rollerball” with James Caan, another great sci-fi movie, dystopian, that maybe gets lost in the shuffle because people think the game itself is pretty silly. But great movie, and great commentary track too.

In the second book, I have a chapter that takes place in Las Vegas where they have just opened up a brand new Reparations-themed casino called Paybax, and it just has a lot of fun, zany flavors which you could say skirt the line between satire and ruffling people’s feathers, or triggering them.

But you know, the main problem I see on the Left right now is that they’re so sensitive, everything triggers them. And it reminds me of some video essay I saw back when I was in college twenty years ago taking photography classes, and there was a guy who was the subject of this, I guess it was an audio documentary, with still photographs.

And he was in the jungles, he was a doctor from America, and he was down… I want to say in Central or South America, very poor people in the jungles, and he just gave his life, every month, every day to help these people and help their children. I don’t know if it was the interviewer… somebody asked him a question about philosophy, and he grumbles, “Philosophy is for people with full bellies!”

And I really like that line because I see parallels with today’s people on the Left. They’re so coddled, they’re so spoiled, they’re allowed to get mad about everything but what matters. Whether it’s using the wrong word, being offensive, things that have nothing to do with life and death.

Basically so-called progressives are so bored and boring that they have nothing better to do than stick their noses in other people’s business, and always make them look over their own shoulders. “Have I offended you? Have I said something wrong?” And it’s just constricting our lives, it’s making it almost impossible to do anything, because they’re gonna dig up something on you.

And my book plays it out ten years from now where there’s this supercomputer which is scanning every document ever, it just can bring up everything you ever did. And I feel like it could just paralyze mankind.

So that’s why I say the villain is really the surveillance state, and Reparations is just a vehicle, and in some ways that’s just the extreme extension of this religion of Leftism, where they’re gonna make everything right, and of course at the core whiteness is the evil. Something white is the worst. Of course, most SJWs themselves are white, which I think is a product of the brainwashing, that they would feel like they have to do penance to make up or something that they’re not responsible for.

And the second book, “Reparations Mind,” gets very much into that, exploring the history of indoctrination. I’m hoping by keeping things fast-moving, humorous, and having likable characters of all different races, to avoid some of the pitfalls that you could easily fall into with this kind of a third-rail type of subject.

What’s interesting is the first book was written very quickly and it was almost like my mind and body were just ready, “You have to write this book now.” And it came out, it was… it’s less than 40,000 words, and it’s kind of a breezy, fast read. The second book is about 60,000 words and it took a lot more out of me to, basically transmute very big, heavy ideas and still keep it fun, still keep it fast-moving.

I utilized a lot more dialogue in the second book, and because I ended the second book on a cliffhanger, I’m now mapping out the third book as frantically as possible to complete the trilogy, with a possibility of more books if the series starts to catch on.

For this third book, even bigger ideas, even heavier ideas… I feel like our society right now is headed for some sort of an existential crisis having to do with all the tensions. Racially, socially, economically, even stuff having to do with AI, outsourcing… There’s really no meaningful work to be done. We have the spiritual void.

And I’m hoping to convey in the book, which takes place in 2028, some insights and some lessons that we can apply to our lives now over the next few years, so that we avoid any sort of conflagration of this, I call it “the cold-pressed civil war,” where people are in coffee shops lobbing Twitter bombs at each other across the table on their computers.

If that goes hot… we don’t really want it. In our veins, our blood, it may want it, may want violence. We’re ready, it’s been a long time. But in our hearts and our minds, we’ve got to say no, it’s only gonna bring suffering, knock America’s prestige off the world stage, and a lot of other bad forces from around the world will be happy to leap in and mess with us or take over, and maybe not be as benign as we hope we are.

Another thing about people on the Left that concerns me is where they are mentally. What’s their approach? I’m really debating, are they disingenuous? Lying? Stupid? Naive? Lacking any foresight? It just seems like sometimes their world is a middle school pep rally of just, rah-rah, “You’re so great. YOU’RE so great!”

But there’s no actual thinking being done, there’s no arguments being put together. Yet they feel like because they have the buzzwords, the feel-good catchphrases, they have the moral high ground and get to shame and incriminate everybody else on the Right, who basically… we’re just grumps, we’re jerks, we’re bigots, we’re hateful. All those catchphrases they use to just take control of the conversation.

And as we move toward this “Idiocracy” future which is coming true day by day… If you try to articulate an argument properly, you sound like Luke Wilson, everybody just laughs at you because they can’t understand. So I don’t really know how to resolve that divide of willful ignorance under the guise of a pep rally, while the more wise people on the Right are taking so much flak.

So I think I’ll end this talk right here about my books, “Reparations USA,” “Reparations Mind.” I hope it’s been informative and intriguing to you. Right now “USA” is available free as an e-book on most sites, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo. Amazon has it for $0.99, they haven’t price matched it. And paperbacks available for both books, “Reparations USA” and “Mind” on Amazon.com.

And if you have any other questions for me about the book and the series, feel free to post them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you. Thanks for listening.

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Alienated and Drowning in a Sea of Narratives

This is Philip Wyeth. As I’ve been brainstorming for the third book in my series, a dystopian future where a central computer distributes Reparations for America’s colonial past, the concept of alienation has come up as a main theme.

Looking at our society today, I see fatigue and apathy everywhere. We’re detached from the process of urgent work—like farming or manufacturing—and money is not enough of a substitute reward for those tangible products of our labor. How ironic that the people who set monetary policy are our masters, because keeping up with inflation seems to be the main motivator to work these days.

At the same time, having access to so much information has actually become more of a burden than a gift. Every tragic far-away news story is something else we have to care about, but can’t influence. After every documentary we watch, we think, “Great, another subject I have to have an opinion on.”

So the heart of this is that all the individual issues on our radar are symptoms of this larger malaise. It’s characterized by loss of faith, loss of meaningful work, and loss of gratitude. This means a turning away from commonality, and instead falling into petty sniping, or a lazy altruism where you pluck dying leaves from the comfort of your hammock—but never once dare to put on gloves, fire up the chainsaw, and cut down the infected tree.

This is followed by self-congratulation for ineffective, minuscule efforts against real problems, or more often rounding up a pitchfork mob to face down inconsequential foes or easy issues.
At best, people LARPing as champions of justice are the canary in the coalmine of a society that’s shocked to find itself rudderless after getting everything it ever wanted in a device that goes in your pocket.

But rather than merge the best of what current-year technology offers with wisdom and life lessons which have lasted for thousands of years, we use this incredible tool to dox people who disagree with us into suicide; get ourselves stuck on a hamster wheel chasing the high of Instagram likes; and fall into the temptation of consuming quick perversion, rather than patiently putting in the time to craft our own worthwhile expressive art.

It’s hard to know what the solution is when it’s easy to mistake symptoms for root causes, and who we see as the enemy are just distractions.

My stab at a way forward is to acknowledge that we’ve all been indoctrinated by narratives. And they have been more effective in controlling us than religion in the Information Age, because these gods aren’t as explicitly defined as say, Jesus Christ. Being so fluid and all-encompassing, these worldviews actually demand a larger and more steady share of our mental bandwidth—rather than just Sunday mornings.

We need something new. Because we are in serious need of some dignity in this Petri dish where the narratives we were raised on are not a source of strength, but have just wound us up like tops. We waste our potential and our lives regurgitating their talking points to the next generation, without ever asking a) if they’re true, and b) if there isn’t something bigger, more meaningful, and more important to learn about or spend our time doing.

As this glaze of alienation lulls our discontentment into numbness—with the occasional massacre or market crash causing our eyelids to briefly flicker—some of us have got to find the courage to declare that these narratives are not enough to sustain us. And then, unshackled from these competing weights of the world, we can each plant a few seeds and see which new ideas take root.

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Movie Review: I am Not an Easy Man – Subtle French Success

This is Philip Wyeth. I just watched a French movie on Netflix called I am Not an Easy Man. The plot involves a male chauvinist with many sexual conquests who, after getting knocked out, wakes up in an alternate Paris where women have all the dominant roles. Men in turn are the prey, and receive less respect while they deal with aggressive bosses, or bake cupcakes while their wives and daughters watch sports on TV.

Overall I think it’s very well done, and fair. It follows the rom-com trajectory, which helps move things forward, so it’s not just plain role reversal for its own sake. The cast inhabits their roles effectively as well—neither overplaying it or struggling to sell the inversion.

The movie also doesn’t throw too many punches, so it’s not lopsided for or against either sex. There are even some moments which made me aware of and sympathize with the maintenance and wardrobe hassles women endure, in order to get all those free drinks and compliments that men might resent.

“I am Not an Easy Man” is playful about stereotypes and traditional gender roles as well, being nonjudgmental and more matter-of-fact about the dances men and women do in real life.
There were some very clever flavors, like which hands win in a poker game, as well as the parallel version of what’s considered sexy body grooming.

I can’t overemphasize that even a light, silly movie like this would be botched in America—which leads me to the creeping suspicion that so much of what we’re told about how great life here is, might be—if not a lie—instead a sales pitch to keep us asleep, complacent, and not realize that we’re being shortchanged in life.

European movies in general give me the sense that we’re repressed, fragmented, not fully developed in our worldview. This film, being French, has a zesty flourish that an American production would not.

Whereas Hollywood is about the spectacle, or the political agenda—here we have many more subtleties, which in turn shows more respect for people. We as the audience are human beings meant to reflect on what we’ve watched—not simply be indoctrinated.

The rom-com foil of disaster striking right when you think they’re about to get together was really fun—seeing the woman get her apartment trashed by an upset lover was refreshing after seeing hundreds of Billy Madison types screwing up over the years.

They also resolved the question of how to restore the real world with a very clever twist. Final verdict, I’d give it 3.5 to 4 out of 5. The movie was thoughtful, but not too heavy-handed or weighed down by moralizing. A nice balance of fluff and observation as two people with many conquests go toe to toe—all with the artistic ambiguity you’d expect from the French.

Now, without spoiling the ending for you, I’ll just say that the scenery itself is in stark contrast to before, where everything was clean and brightly lit, like all bubbly rom-coms. The location here at the end is more like what a city street really looks like: a bit bleak, confusing, and agitated.

I feel like we’re being asked: what will we choose to do to find peace, balance, and understanding, in this militant battle of the sexes? Is there any warmth to be found in the spaces between all the talking points we hurl back and forth at each other?

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Even Ramen Noodle Soup is Now Politically Correct

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This is Philip Wyeth. I decided let’s have a little bit of fun today. My last couple of videos got in pretty deep, a little, a little more serious, little heavier than I was expecting this channel to get, at least right off the bat.

So something came to my attention which pretty much blew my mind. I can’t believe it actually happened. It’s something that I had thought in one of my crazy dystopian ideas might happen there. But no, it happened in real life and, you know, I want to keep this video light. You may hear various noises from around the building, just gonna let it roll tonight.

First, I got a can of Point the Way IPA by Golden Road, I think I’ll crack that one open. Yeah! So… mmm… that is good… Now I know why John from MGTOW is Freedom and Society for Men’s Freedom drinks alcohol on the air. It is, it is damn tasty.

So anyway, today’s issue–you can hear the packaging here, this is soup. This is ramen soup. Now, I normally eat very clean I lost forty pounds over an eight month period, so not too much ramen noodle soup in my life. But it’s good to keep handy, it’s good to keep handy for when you’re hungover or guests are over, whatever. It’s just something to have.

So when I picked up, you know, my flavor, the one that I like is the original, the blue packaging, which forever is called Oriental. Well now, the packaging, and you’ll see the picture accompanying this video, it’s called “soy sauce flavor.” And below it it says, “same oriental flavor.” So Top Ramen has basically caved to political correctness and they are phasing out the word Oriental in favor of soy sauce.

So, you know, it’s outrageous, it’s hilarious but it’s not shocking considering how people on the Left, their priorities are so messed up that… They’re gonna like chip away, it’s like they’re carving away at a statue thinking that’s gonna solve the world. Chip, chip here. Chip, chip there.

Meanwhile our country is just buried under homelessness, everybody’s broke, desperate for money, inflation, more wars, you name it. We’re getting all kinds of trouble, but you know, these little victories, that’s what matters.

So the soup is no longer gonna be Oriental. I’m may actually save this packaging because the word Oriental is printed on it right now, but I highly doubt that it will be, starting say, six months or a year from now.

So, but, here’s… Two things came to mind—let me set this down so I stop crinkling—but two things came to mind. One is this some sort of glorious coincidence where everybody is—everybody on the right, everybody right of center—is mocking people on the Left.

The soy boys, it’s the infestation of soy, and now here to bow to political correctness, Nissin, Top Ramen, has actually replaced Oriental with soy—and yes, soy sauce is actually something used in their culture’s food, so it’s not completely unprecedented or outrageous. But at the same time, they could have chosen any number of words or flavors. I mean, just “original” is fine or whatever, you know, fake meat—what is, what is this?

I mean, this is bad news when you look at the ingredients list, so you know, for the, for the sauce or whatever, I mean there’s… Oh my god, we got, okay maltodextrin salt, wheat, soybean. And then we got caramel color, dried leek flake–oh, garlic powder, hydrolyzed corn and soy protein. There you go, so it’s that soy protein, very important stuff.

But you know the last thing I was thinking about is, you know, if we’re going to be getting rid of words, you know, Oriental still plays a part in your life. Like, rugs. Oriental rugs. So now when you’re going shopping it’s like, do you want to get an Afghan rug? No, you want to get a soy sauce rug!

So, that would probably come in blue, like the packaging here. So, I think what I’m gonna do right now actually, I’m gonna stop this recording for a moment, jump online and see if I can gather any more information about this whole Oriental to soy sauce change, and see if I’m onto something. I’m gonna resume this in just a second.

Okay, I’m back and I’ve got it! Did some Googling, first thing I found Huffington Post, “Ramen is Racist” from 2011. Anneli Rufus, who if you look her up, pretty insufferable journalist. The best line in the whole article, and the way they write this crap on Huffington Post is just…

“Ramen is racist. Ok, not the noodles themselves. Not the stretchy, slurpy stuff that blabbity blabbity blah…” And then she says, “It’s not racist in substance but in context—if you go back far enough.” Just like, these chatty idiots on the Left… I just… they’re impossible to deal with.

All right, I’m leaving that tab. Next one, 2016 “Chrissy Teigen says she’s not offended by the term Oriental but maybe she should be.” So here we have a couple of tweets of hers. “I really really really clearly am NOT a PC type of gal but I’m a little weirded out at the Oriental dressing option on my flight.”

All right, and then: “Do I think saying Oriental isn’t appropriate? Yes, laughable and ignorant. Am I offended when I hear it? No.” Anyway, so then the article goes on, does some chatty stuff. Actually shows a picture of Top Ramen Oriental flavor and then the person in his Instagram asks—fantasianbaby—“What is even ‘Oriental’ flavor?” And then some hashtag stuff.

But moving along, starting to get to the heart of the matter, here’s some puff piece from 2017. “Top Ramen is Changing Its Recipe to be Healthier.” So that’s, under the guise of being healthier, that’s why they’re phasing out the politically incorrect name.

So here we got, let’s see, “the company has cut sodium by an average of fifteen percent across all varieties, removed all artificial flavors, and removed added MSG (though Nissin does include the reminder that Top Ramen still contains small amounts of naturally occurring glutamates).

So this one scrolls down, “beyond the recipe change Nissin is also announced it’s freshening up Top Ramen’s iconic packaging. Don’t worry, the colors aren’t going anywhere—blah blah blah—and the color coding system isn’t changing, shrimp is still pink, and Oriental is still blue (though now it’s called Soy Sauce).” So that’s that article on foodandwine.com.

And then last we have on the actual Nissin Foods website, “Nissin Foods Top Ramen Finds Noodle Zen with Updated Recipe.” It’s like, man, people actually write that for a living. Somebody actually is paying for their mortgage and their bills, by writing a press release for Nissin soup. How sad is that?

So reading this article, “Nissin is responding to consumer demand for reduced sodium, fewer artificial ingredients by updating its entire product line, to remove added MSG, artificial flavors, reduce sodium content. By focusing on what is truly important to the brand—delicious noodles—Top Ramen is improving its nutritional profile while maintaining the great taste fans love, all at the same affordable price.” Wow, that’s your life.

That’s what you do for a living. And so I’ve got a guy named Gary Lai talking about it—we got quotes, this is very important to have quotes in your press release. Then we’ve got bullet points about the sodium, MSG, and artificial flavors. And then, here’s the the home run right here.

“To accompany the recipe update, Top Ramen is also unveiling new modernized product packaging, additionally in response to consumer demand, for vegetarian options on the shelf, the bold new packaging now calls out the two vegetarian flavors. Soy Sauce—formerly called Oriental—and Chili directly, so that they are more easily identified.

But I will say that I did find a page here on Amazon, Nissin Top Ramen soup, Oriental, 3 ounce package of 24. Looks like the old packaging, I don’t know if you order it if you’ll still get that, if that might be rotten or vintage, but you know, maybe maybe I’ll place an order, let you guys know how I feel about it.

Thanks for listening. More serious videos to come. More social commentary to come, and you can always check out my books on Amazon. Reparations USA, Reparations Mind. Help support this independent author, and I promise to continue making great videos, ridiculous monologues, and just staying current as we lead up to the 2018 midterm elections. Thanks for listening.

(This transcript was first automatically generated by YouTube. I then went in and made corrections, as well as cleaned it up as best as I could.)

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Video was originally uploaded on May 15, 2018.

Conniving Change Agents of the Caramel Utopia

This is Philip Wyeth. The Left believes that it’s on a righteous crusade. A frantic mission driven by the historical narrative in their heads, and which silently guides them to heroically eradicate racism and oppression by intermixing and diluting all the races.

Under the cover of buzzwords like tolerance, inclusiveness, privilege… this army of change agents first goes about its stealth agenda by importing people from all over the world. Different cultures, different colors, different religions, different habits and beliefs.

But naturally, all the various groups are going to want to stick to their own kind, so step two of the plan employs the power of the educational system and the media. By day you immerse the children of immigrants into Democrat indoctrination centers, where teacher-zealots work in lockstep to erode family values and influence. Then after school, pop culture and Hollywood subversion fill in the gaps.

It’s all part of an unspoken brainwashing program to achieve the dream of some worldwide Utopian future which might best be described by paraphrasing the old blues song, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer.” Something like, one skin tone, no god, and one leader.

The crucial point I have to stress when discussing issues like this—because people on the Left are so disingenuous or obtuse that they always take things out of context—is the distinction between natural processes and those driven by agendas. If people of different races and backgrounds get together organically, that is perfectly fine and how it should be—that’s the flow of life.

But for progressives to implant their ideas by stealth, and when you catch them, they raise their hands innocently, “Who, me?” That’s what I can’t stand. If your beliefs are so great, then you should be able to advertise them and stand by them proudly.

But instead, people who notice the disproportionate number of commercials and ads that show mixed-race couples where the man is black and the woman is white—we take the criticism and have dumb questions spit-balled at us, like, “What, you don’t think there should be interracial marriage?”

That is not the point at all! The issue is that there’s this army of sleeper agents who have been indoctrinated to seize every opportunity to pepper the world with Leftism. You know, each day, innocently add a sprinkle here and there as you go about your routine.

And worst of all, unlike people who get in your face to preach their religion, Leftists will deny that they’re doing anything explicit, and simply claim to be on the side of what’s right, progress, change.

I just want them to admit that yes, they do have an agenda, and every day they subconsciously work to serve it. It’s the secrecy and plausible deniability that has to go. You get caught manipulating society and then play dumb—but if your cause is so sacred, it’s saving the world from violence and ignorance and discrimination through… let’s call it “a melting pot destiny”… then stand up and proclaim it!

Be proud. Don’t cower from the truth of what you’re doing. Because otherwise you’re not part of the righteous underground—you’re collaborators too afraid to stand in the spotlight, let alone take a bullet for the cause which allegedly will end bigotry once and for all.

But of course, you have to do it this way. No one in their right mind would relinquish their religion, their heritage, their culture, their language in the name of a philosophy whose ideas killed over a hundred million people last century.

Being exposed like this is why the Left seems to be racing against the clock. And ruthless in their tactics. Got to shut down the YouTube channel or Twitter account of anyone who can articulate why they disagree with their Caramel Utopia.

So-called progressives never thought that social media platforms, which they dreamed, like some NPR platitude, were “working to build bridges across cultures,” would in fact be used to repair or reassert the importance of walls. Because maybe there’s wisdom in “good fences make good neighbors”—and more sensible than letting Leftist tanks and a million unvetted refugees roll across those bridges into our backyard without any plan for accommodation or assimilation.

The Left is cracking up because everything had been going so well for so long. Got their black president Obama in there, had true believers like Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel carrying the party’s water. But along the way, the Democrats kept losing governorships and Congressional seats. Then phenomena like Gamergate happened and the social tide began to turn. They got blindsided on election night 2016 and it still haven’t recovered.

So these people who live for checkbox milestones, like first female this or that, they see the upcoming midterm election as their D-Day. Of course we’re the literal Nazis in that passion play, so “by any means necessary” is the motto that will justify anything they might do to subvert conservatives.

Because their old haughty confidence, the matter-of-fact sense of inevitability, has been replaced by a vicious snarl—dangerous not because it’s trained and refined, but because it’s desperate.

They’ve lost sight of the goal. They lash out at allies who merely acknowledge the existence of the Democrat plantation, let alone dare to leave it. Even non-political people who make the mistake of wearing the wrong dress end up facing the wrath of their digital firing squad.

And here’s the lesson to be learned: When the veneer falls away in times of stress, conformists do not cooperate. It’s every non-gendered pronoun for zhitself, scrambling like rats for something solid as they drown in a sea of conflicting beliefs.

I’ll be here to keep tabs on the hypocritical Left’s dance of death as the election approaches. If you want to support me, buy my books Reparations USA and Reparations Mind on iTunes or Amazon. Also please subscribe to this channel. Thanks for listening.

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Do Guatemalans Dream of the Gettysburg Address?

This is Philip Wyeth. Another Philip, one much more famous than me, once asked, “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” I’m going to paraphrase Philip K. Dick’s question to talk about the challenges we face after having taken in so many “new Americans” over the past twenty years.

Do Armenian immigrants learn about the old Jim Crow laws? Will Guatemalans from the migrant caravan study the Gettysburg Address? Can you convince an Indian working in Silicon Valley to take interest in the American Indian Wars?

This all may sound like hyperbole, or me trying to be cute, but what I’m driving at is the stark difference between America’s past and its future. A few days ago I dropped in at the local cigar shop to relax and get some writing done. Some regulars dropped in and started talking politics—at times things got heated, but these guys all know each other and honestly this is the kind of healthy debate I think people are starved for now that we only talk to each other through apps on our devices.

Most of the group was anti-Trump—not shocking since we’re in Los Angeles—but a couple of the guys were conservative and did their best to fend off the sometimes haughty questions the liberals were asking.

But the most interesting dynamic for me, and which leads back to the beginning of this talk, was a Jewish man in his seventies and a black man who was in his fifties or sixties. They both see the world through the prism of 1960s civil rights activism, and America’s legacy of slavery and racial discrimination.

There’s nothing wrong with that viewpoint in and of itself, but what they seem to miss is that so much has changed in just this century, that the old narratives don’t hold up anymore. Consider how these three concepts embody the change:

-The massive immigration with seemingly no rhyme or reason, and no consideration for the implications of assimilation or lack thereof, as well as demographic change. As Ann Coulter once pointed out to an audience of Latino students, who were not happy to hear her say it—America up until recently was once not multi-cultural, but biracial.

-Point two, a nationwide loss of wealth due to deindustrialization and several market collapses—with the surreal caveat being that instead of bread lines we all get to drink craft beer and eat organic food.

-And third, decentralization of narratives due to the internet. On the negative side is the disintegration of a national storyline and identity, but up for grabs is a more truthful tale, and perhaps some idealistic results—like internet flashmobs being able to prevent wars based on false pretenses.

So these old timers at the cigar shop, they don’t know about memes. They advocate for all kinds of immigration because they think it will help defeat lingering white racism—but at what point does this dilute the fabric of the country? They want one thing—racial justice—but the tools they’re using—massive immigration—could give us all an existential crisis.

Having lived in Los Angeles for many years and met people from all over the world—some I even do business with, so don’t try and pigeonhole me, please—but I can tell you that their primary motivation for coming here is to get away from repressive regimes or extreme poverty. Yes, they come here for a better life, as the talking point goes, but Americans on both sides of the aisle are deluding themselves if they think that many immigrants will study up on the Federalist Papers or the Dred Scott decision.

Maybe these things shouldn’t be on their radar, who knows? The great experiment of high-speed internet and touchscreens is what’s going on right now. Putting smartphones into the hands of people in the Third World can be like a world warp for their communities, and do far more than any “feed the children” infomercial on TV. Maybe it’s better if we’re all mentally free to take part in this technology free-for-all, without all the baggage or being tethered to the latest handful of new Abe Lincoln biographies.

But if we’re forced to abdicate not only our history but our culture, what is the point of our lives? To provide housing and plumbing to people from other countries? To publicly flagellate ourselves by virtue signaling on social media because our ancestors were bad?

Where do our supposed obligations end, and do the new Americans have any of their own? When does the brazenness of caravan migrants, whose supporters always find a way to rationalize people cutting in front of other would-be legal immigrants—when does this sense of entitlement give way to gratitude?

Or is the true sentiment, unspoken and hidden deep inside the hearts of everyone who’d rather kick in the door rather than knock, is it that the sins of the past are so great that America’s residents get no say? That the ledger of our historical guilt can only be evened out through pandering, confiscation, and eviction?

The most troubling aspect of all is that the Left is willing to drown out their opponents under a torrent of shame just because you disagree with them. They’ll get your account suspended, dox you, whatever it takes to shut you up. Why? Because deep in their hearts they fear being such an object of ridicule, standing alone in the public square taking abuse for a truly held belief.

Watch the 1970 Italian film The Conformist for a taste of the inner hell that progressive types who stand for nothing live and then unleash onto others.

Fortunately, today’s forecast only calls for Tweet-storms after one of them gets triggered, as just happened when a beautiful girl joyfully wore a Chinese dress to her high school prom—which of course was cultural appropriation.

How can all of this end peacefully, when on the one hand conservatives are forced to bake cakes that go against their beliefs, but also have no recourse when a private social media company deletes their account? The Left’s unholy alliance of aggression and hypocrisy is in fact creating the monsters they protest against, by breeding resentment in the hearts of good people who, while maybe not be as savvy as they are, only want to live quietly without being lectured to and sued for thoughtcrimes.

All I can do as a person with some life experience and the ability to distill ideas is to share my insights before things really get out of hand. Because conservatives have a lot of two things—patience and guns—and I have too many friends on both sides of the aisle to ever want to see our country descend into civil war.

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Video was originally uploaded on May 1, 2018.

Liberal Hypocrisy in the Cold-Pressed Civil War

This is Philip Wyeth. The Left is caught up in an arms race of virtue signaling, which leads to contradictions, and in the end, they always eat their own. The latest example comes to us from Manhattan, New York, where parents at a school meeting were furious that 25% of spaces would be allotted to children whose test scores fell below normal admittance standards, but who are also disadvantaged minorities.

I’ll include the link to the video where some of these parents express their anger. At one point a principal named Henry Zymeck says, “There are kids that are tremendously disadvantaged. And to compare these students and say, ‘My already advantaged kid needs more advantage, they need to be kept away from those kids,’ is tremendously offensive to me.”

This is good stuff. The elite of the elite liberals, who lecture the rest of the country about how great their inclusive belief system is, now circling the wagons when their own enclave is forced to accept diversity quotas. I’m willing to bet that none of these people voted for Donald Trump, and there’s probably pictures of a few of them holding signs denouncing hate at one of the women’s marches.

Look, I’m not even against them here. They worked hard and paid top dollar to get their kids into a school where academic achievement levels are very high. But I will savor the fact that they’re getting a taste of their own medicine. Their beliefs about privilege and unfairness, which they’ve forced on everyone else under penalty of social shame—what a pity that their own safe space is now threatened because some of their own progressive fellow travelers took things to eleven without consulting them.

People on the Left get themselves and society in trouble because they won’t ever let things play out organically. They’ll use the excuse that the legacy of oppression is so massive that “we have to do something,” but maybe the destabilization and resentment their ideas create are actually a worse result.

Nowadays anyone who leans conservative gets painted as a grump, or the bad guy. But maybe we just have a more pragmatic outlook about human nature and how things operate in the real world.

So many Democrats suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome still have not made peace with their 2016 election loss, or come to understand why it happened. What they’re going to find out is that people on the Right, who have kept quiet during years and years of being mocked and demonized—we are done. Whether it’s in polite company or in the public square, liberals’ days of mouthing off with impunity are over.

And if you’re on the Left, you should be scared. Not of violence, but because all those years you spent patting yourself on the back for having the right opinions, which you looked at like, “We hold these truths to be self-evident”—your minds have atrophied!

Meanwhile we, while fending off your attacks, have had to develop strong arguments to justify our existence. I think we wouldn’t even feel the need to flash our teeth if you Leftists had been gracious in defeat. But instead you keep doubling down on the self-righteousness, and now you own so many sacred cows that you’re devouring each other on a weekly basis.

It’s Kanye West facing a backlash for asserting the right to his own opinion. It’s Joy Reid’s non-apology for something she wrote a long time ago, when it could be argued that the culture was much different. And it’s the two white lesbians who adopted a handful of black kids as props, only to drive them off a cliff.

It’s you on the Left who are the problem. You’re holier-than-thou hypocrites with an incomplete worldview. And you lack the humility to step down from the podium where you utter feel-good platitudes toward your friends, then put people you disagree with on the defense through dishonest rhetoric.

But get ready for the next big disappointment. You’re putting all your eggs in the basket that is the midterm elections this fall—but what if the Democrat resurgence doesn’t happen? What if your transient or imported voters don’t turn out enough to help you take back the House?
What if a dozen more of your high-profile allies fall into disgrace while you’re out there chasing your own tail, barking about Russia and Stormy Daniels?

Right now it feels like each half of the country thinks the other political party is days away from scandal, exposure, and arrests that will sink their cabal. So the question is, who’s delusional and who’s not?

Is it the bleeding hearts, who move to red states like locusts after the policies enacted based on their beliefs bankrupted and filled their hometowns with crime?

Or is it the conservatives, who were so disillusioned by the two-party politics during the Bush and Obama years, that they said screw it, let’s give this crude loudmouth Trump a chance? Because he may not act “presidential,” but at least you know where he stands.

This country is coming up on some major shifts. Today we’re living in what I call the Cold-pressed Civil War—where one person at a coffee shop sipping on a fair-trade latte lobs Twitter bombs at another customer, who’s drinking organic Yerba Matte and firing her own social media missiles right back.

But the peace isn’t going to hold forever. There’s too many conflicting narratives, talking points, and accusations flying around. Over the next two elections, if the Democrats don’t get what they want, they’re going to rage under the guise of replaying some 1960s activist fantasy. And if they win, they’ll only turn the screws tighter on identity politics and demonizing white people.

This is why they’re desperate to ban guns. Everything they want to do relies on force. It is not hyperbole to say that Leftism always leads to mass murder—whether the poster boy is a mustached Bolshevik holding a rifle, or a scrawny Portlander in black-rimmed glasses and striped v-neck t-shirt drinking soy milk.

Today’s totalitarian may not have the balls to kill you himself, but he’ll find an app for that in his brand new iPhone, I’m sure.

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Video was originally uploaded on April 29, 2018.

Irrevocable Deeds: Your Antidote to an Unreliable World

What efforts are worth making within a system where it’s nearly impossible to get ahead? Who is worth your time in a society full of unreliable people? Bottom line: what should we be doing right now?

Let’s say you have money. The inflation we’ve seen over the past ten to fifteen years means we can’t out-earn our diminishing purchasing power.

There are mismanaged pension plans and entitlement programs with trillion-dollar commitments, but no funds to sustain them—so the burden of bailing them out will fall on anyone still able to eke out a living in these unstable times.

As for stocks, there’s no telling when the next collapse will undercut investors once again. If even the government- and industry-approved places to siphon off and store your acorns aren’t safe—how are you supposed to invest your time?

Here’s my take. In March of last year, a business alliance I had spent months preparing fell through after my new partner had a midlife crisis and disappeared for over a month. After he came back, I made every effort to accommodate his revised proposal for how the business should operate—only to get jerked around over things like minor phrases in the paperwork, until I realized that he would never sign.

So there I was, having gone from thinking I’d found a mentor whose alliance would vault me toward not just financial stability, but real wealth—only to learn that I had wasted my time with someone who was tempting self-destruction.

I was exhausted, and with my thirty-eighth birthday approaching, also embarrassed and nearly swooning about what to do. You know, you want to make your family proud, you want to achieve great things, and god damn, you want to be free from chasing down rent money.

So after all this, in June, I started working on a new writing concept. At first it was going to be an editorial to post on my blog, but on a whim I started merging it with a dystopian fiction idea I’d written on a hotel notepad sometime in the past—this was the spark, and the next thing I knew, I was off on a frantic six-week creative binge that resulted in my first novel, Reparations USA.

After that, I had to refocus on my existing small business during the busy fall season. But the whole time, I kept chipping away at the sequel. All through the holidays and on football Sundays with friends, I got up early and wrote a thousand words with my morning coffee.

And three weeks ago, I published book two, Reparations Mind. This whole experience has changed the direction of my life—I’ve felt an overall hardening of my being—and the most important lesson, which takes us back to the questions at the beginning of this video, is a concept that I call irrevocable deeds.

Inflation devalues the dollar? Fine. Market crash decimates your stock portfolio? It happens. Girlfriend of two years gets bored and cheats? That’s life. BUT! Is there anything we can do that stands up better against outside forces?

Well, I just wrote two novels. No one can ever take that away from me, no matter how many copies they do or don’t sell. And when you complete important personal projects, they tend to act as a world warp for your mind and your life. Doors will open when you achieve this balance of commitment and courage.

So I say to people looking at a landscape of political turmoil and bleak prospects, or who are feeling fear and doubt—ask yourself, “What can I do as a unique expression of myself that puts a stake in the ground? A personally stamped act that will be a source of pride, regardless of the market’s trends or flaky people?”

There’s an interesting catch though. Many of my own creative projects, which at the time I believed to be the next great thing, were often met with such silence that you could hear a pin drop. A good friend and fellow creative type once told me that the most important thing is to keep growing your body of work. Having expectations is what leads to feeling hollow and disappointed when the accolades don’t follow.

Patience, life balance, and allowing yourself time to have fun are also critical so that you don’t burn out. This down time is when new ideas tend to incubate as well.
A final thought: any survey of the news, social media, or even your credit card balance can make you feel like we’re all stuck in a futile game. It’s just really difficult to be heard or find meaningful work right now.

But catching a bad break last year forced me onto a different path that, in hindsight, I’m glad to be on. I’m writing books and am on fire creatively—and this never would have happened if my business deal went through as planned.

So no matter what rut you might be in, ask yourself, “What potential inside me is lying dormant right now? What unique and fulfilling process can I begin that will serve as my anchor of personal power in the storm of confusion?”

The irrevocable deed. To change your life, define it, and make your own earnest mark in the world.

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Video was originally uploaded on April 25, 2018.