>Jordan Peterson: "Why would you ever be happy with yourself?"
>Andrew Huberman: "Never reward yourself after an effort."
>Jocko Willink: "Discipline is it's own reward."
>David Goggins: "Suffering is the true test of life."
What's up with all these extremely popular figures telling men that the only meaning of life is hard work itself? Why have we shifted from near total hedonism to the glorification of the "grindset" to an almost ascetic level? None of the figures I've admired in my life fell in those absolutisms, they all had balance and good priorities in common, and above all they were content with their lives and grateful for what they had. I perfectly understand the thirst for self-development the youth has but it overall feels like a ploy to keep them miserable; "You are not a man/You will not be happy/You won't find meaning until you do X, Y and Z permanently with zero external desires.". When you take a step back it's honestly baffling how little a man needs to feel complete: a healthy body through diet, sleep and exercise, a safe community, a good relationship and ultimately a chance to develop his interests. I don't see the point of eternally despising your current self in the pursuit of an idealized future when it's perfectly compatible to enjoy the present while working towards something better.
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