It has become apparent to me that a lot of red pill “wisdom” is really just thinly disguised negativity.
I believe in the overarching concepts and ideas behind red pill thinking, and I strongly advise against being naive or burying your head in the sand when it comes to reality. But there comes a time where ingesting more jaded negativity is harmful to your results.
Whether a belief is objectively true or not is irrelevant, the only thing that matters is the effect it has on your life.
Looking a little deeper, let’s examine what does it even mean for a belief to be “objectively true”? There is no such thing as perfect objectivity. Reality only exists inside our own heads, so everything is subjective by definition.
Our internal and external realities are deeply linked in a way that is impossible to understand and cannot be explained by science (I majored in a hard science so I don’t say this lightly).
The moment you change your internal reality (the world model inside your head) your external reality starts to shift too, to match it.
James Allen describes this phenomenon in “As A Man Thinketh” (a short book but highly recommended).
The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state…Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
You see everywhere, and ultimately receive into your life what you believe to be true. Example:
Negative guy walks into a bar and thinks “Urgh look at these shallow bitches, they’re probably going to make it really hard for me to game them”.
Positive guy walks into a bar and thinks “I’m the shit I bet all of these girls want to sleep with me.”
Who has the more objectively accurate belief in this case?
Negative guy has a more objectively accurate belief than positive guy. Positive guy is delusional. Of course not all of the girls in the bar want to sleep with him.
But paradoxically, positive guy is far more likely to get one girl to sleep with him, so this “false” belief leads to better results than negative guy.
So we can see that “objective accuracy” of a belief is not related at all to its usefulness or results.
That’s odd, isn’t it?
On the face of it, we would expect the more accurate belief to get better results. But it doesn’t.
And surely the only metric we have to measure the truthfulness of a belief is based on its results. What other metric could there be?
So perhaps it’s time to re-examine what truth actually means. Maybe we need to redefine “truth” as something other than “accuracy as perceived by my current model of reality”. Because your current model of reality is almost certainly flawed, your brain is unwittingly lying to you.
I propose a new definition of truth. Truth is not “objective accuracy”, it is “whatever brings me the best results”.
In this case, Karma would be an example of a true belief.
A true conviction that every little nice act, every moment of genuine human connection, every reaching out to a person in need even if they are morose, fat or overweight – the sum of these will pay dividends in his own life even if its just to make you feel happy with himself.
Is Karma literally true?
Not in the sense of “objective accuracy”.
Yes in the sense that it will have a net positive benefit on the life of the person who believes in it and implements it wholeheartedly.
By results – the only metric that matters – Karma is true.
So how do you make the jump from not believing in Karma (or any other helpful belief) to believing it?
You cannot do it by logic. By definition you cannot change your beliefs with logic. You will just go round in circles and come back to zero again.
You must do it by faith. Faith in the sense of “complete trust or confidence in someone or something without supporting evidence”.
The evidence comes after you adopt the belief, not before.
That’s what faith is.