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Tycho / on Mon, Nov 8 2021 at 12:01 am

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The Metagrift

If you spend a lot of time on social media or moving throughout the world eventually you will discover that there is a class of men - I've never once seen a distaff manifestation of it - who has an almost instinctive ability to identify and manipulate other men with distant, cruel, or useless fathers. Obviously, parenting is quite a lossy form of data transfer - but the only way to protect your children from these men is to ensure that they never need what these warlocks purport to offer. It's probably going to require that you become much, much better than you are.

The diagram stretches out into a variety of domains, but their siren song is usually some combination of vague business advice, Hallmark-tier philosophy, and crypto. They're so busy they can't stop texting even during the interview. Seminars about how to reproduce the primordial conditions of their own success (often, being rich to begin with) offer the best ROI. Spiritual Leadership, now as in a more benighted era, is always in demand. And there's a lot of openings at the top now that we've killed God.

To the extent that anything in the facade is real at all, that our society not only tolerates but rewards these mutants simply means that our context is so stripmined by grift that it's ambient. Our expectations for our leaders are so low that it's a comfort, in some ways, if they just put the knife on the table at the beginning.

(CW)TB out.

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