Living like we did ages ago is incomprehensible to many. Yet, accepting our true nature is essential for living a fulfilling life.
Savages vs. Civilization (And Other Powerful Concepts)
Shortly into the book, Corey hits on one of my favorite intellectual subjects: Reconciling man’s primal nature with his place in modern society. I dub this concept ‘Savages vs. Civilization’. Corey writes:
“Man exists in a state of duality between two contrary states: savagery and peacefulness. He must adapt to whichever direction his circumstances compel him towards to maximize.
At our core, we are still programmed to act like the violent and relentless humans of the past. Yet, if we wish to live in a harmonious society, we must suppress this to an extent. This undoubtedly brings about a dilemma:
“…man must master duality to live a healthy existence. Too much savagery will alienate him from others and life itself while destroying him from within; too much peace will corrode his masculine spirit and leave him prone to threats and adversaries of all kinds. His nature must match his environment and circumstances and transform with it.
Corey goes on to delve into the origins of civilization, and slowly works his way into modernity. We can see as time moves forward that man gets further and further away from his nature.
Harsh Realities of Man’s Nature
Reflecting on man’s primal nature will inevitably lead to harsh truths. I found one particular quote quite striking:
“Man must necessarily enjoy inflicting pain and death onto prey and enemy alike. Such visceral enjoyment enables adventure and life-affirming experiences that fulfill a man’s primal drives.
I don’t disagree here, but it is certainly something a lot of men will have a hard time coming to grips with. And especially finding outlets to embrace this urge. Gender dynamics also play a role in the book, but for the average Return of Kings reader these red-pills will be much easier to swallow.
There are other unique concepts I found fascinating, such as Corey’s thoughts on man’s symbiotic relationship with plants and animals. It was just a few pages of thoughts, but is something I’d never read before and would love to learn more about it.
Man’s Fight For Existence is a unique, intellectually stimulating, and well-polished book. The first few pages were a bit confusing for me, as I wasn’t sure where the author was going. But once I started getting into the meat of the book my interest was piqued throughout.
Understanding your primal nature is essential to living a fulfilling life as a man. Accepting this reality is even more important, as some men will be unable to embrace the way they were designed to live. If you can do this, then you will be able to live a more fulfilling life.
Getting there is not a simple task, but reading Man’s Fight for Existence will certainly aid you in that process.
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