A few times after my entry into the Manosphere, I made the mistake of following some terrible advice. Due to the nebulous and sometimes contradictory definition of “Alpha” or exactly what red pill thought looks like in action, there have been a host of fictional archetypes put up as examples to follow. James Bond (of the books) and Don Draper would be a typical examples thrown out.
It’s difficult sometimes when reading a lot of the stuff in this corner of the internet to determine what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s absolutely absurd. Having both an open mind and a functional bullshit detector is key.
So after hearing from multiple sources that this one specific show was both “hilarious” and “massively red pill,” I added the first season of it to my Netflix disc queue. A few days later I got the first two disc in the mail.
I popped in disc one and watched the pilot, expecting to laugh a few times due to all the Manosphere hype about this show. However, I laughed exactly once during the entire episode, and only at this beginning scene:
Thinking “maybe it’ll get better,” I hit play on episode 2. Roughly about halfway through it I hit stop, removed the disc, and prepped both the discs to be mailed back to Netflix. I then updated my queue, removing the rest of season one.
For all the hype the Kenny Powers character gets with his IDGAF attitude and supposed “red pill outlook,” I personally found him to be absolutely pathetic. For every minuscule red pill nugget, you had to dig through a mountain of baseless arrogance, bravado, and lack of self-awareness to find it. To be honest, I had little sympathy for the character and believed he frankly deserved everything that came to him. He had a false facade showing to the world, and he knew that it was. Him crying himself to sleep at the end of the pilot illustrates that.
“But, Beppo, you didn’t watch the whole series! How can you make a snap judgement like that?”
Easy, the show wasn’t entertaining. Full stop.
I wasn’t going to force myself to watch it just because everyone else in the Manosphere was absolutely gushing about how “red pill” it was. I have better things to do with my time than to waste it on something I disliked. Which brings me to the point I was trying to make:
You shouldn’t care all that much about how “red pill” something is.
The red pill is a way of thinking, not an ideology or religion.
The fact that you care how “red pill” or “alpha/beta” something is shows you care more about how this will look to others. Caring about externalities isn’t a healthy way to live your life.
Of course there will be those that disagree with what you do or how you go about your journey. Telling you you’re wrong for not doing exactly what they did.
What works for you won’t work for others, and vice versa.
Life is a path independent state function.
Remember, you have to live your life and you only have one to live. So don’t spend it sitting around arguing minutiae about “red pill” or “Alpha Male™” levels/gradients.