TL;DR – 2.4k word approx.10 minute read designed to offer an opportunity to challenge your ideas and introduce you to three controversial figures that I follow and why. They are Conor McGregor, Jack Donovan and Milo Yiannopoulos. I strongly believe that it is important to enter everything with an open mind. Following or at least hearing out others and their ideas and ideologies is what makes us able to ‘evolve’ and will broaden your own knowledge on topics that otherwise you didn’t hold interest towards.
Wolf Mind Foreword:
I believe that you should actively challenge your views and ideas. What better way to do that than to follow controversial public characters (and no I don’t mean the Kardashians…)
Having an open mind towards every instance and event is what makes us intelligent beings. Listening to a broad spectrum of people and ideas I believe is a crucial exercise for your own personal development – or at least has been in my own case.
It is regressive and disingenuous to follow something dogmatically with no questions asked and no intention of hearing out ideas that may differ from your (or your people’s) world view. In fact this opportunity is one of the great privileges we have in the free world. The very need for free speech and democracy is so that we can live in a freedom that allows us to believe what we want, speak our mind, and challenge everything. Very rarely is a topic black and white.
That is one of the reasons why PC culture needs to be cut out of society, like the cancerous tumour that it is. (Jeez that got dark pretty quickly).
To give you a brief insight into my psyche; I want society to crumble and crash into anarchy in the imminent zombie apocalypse – wait what? All joking aside I strongly believe in the right of equal opportunity, meritocracy, individual freedoms and liberties. Some would say I have a stance of a classical Libertarian however I do not follow that ideology dogmatically and consider myself open to change – in fact some ideas of Anarcho Capitalism I can really get behind. I also believe that to be in a truly free society we should have small government that should not interfere with people’s individual freedoms.
Two examples of how my views have changed over my years at university (What would I be if I did not show myself ‘walking the walk’): Firstly I changed from being against Gay (oooh controversial, I know) Marriage to for it. Secondly over 2015 my view of gun laws changed. I was anti-guns, just look what is happening in America, almost a mass shooting every day of the year – side note: Jim Jefferies has a hilarious skit on gun control. However after a year of researching and having an open mind towards how I view things I am now pro ‘the right to bear arms’ and view it as an individual freedom. (I know this has just started a shit storm in your mind but that is a discussion for another day
First on the list is the Notorious one himself, Mystic Mac, undisputed Featherweight champion, the UFC Fighter of the year CONOR MCGREGOR!
If you haven’t heard of Conor you must’ve been living under a rock the past two years. He has become the most controversial and NOTORIOUS– which just so happens to be his fighter nickname – athlete over his skyrocketing rise to the top of the MMA world.
In fact Conor is on a 15 fight win streak with 7 straight wins in the UFC since he was signed in 2013. 6 of which were knockouts within the first 2 rounds. Recently beating the former feather weight champion (Jose Aldo, who was undefeated for 10 years) within the first 13 seconds of the match. I know what your saying now “Who cares about little men who weight as much as my shoulder press…” Well the estimated net worth of 10 million says otherwise. Additionally he has moved up a weight class to have a title shot at the 155lb (70kg) belt currently held by Rafael Dos Anjos.
Not only has his incredible skill and athleticism advanced his career but his persona and attitude to the game and life make him an entertaining character to watch and learn from. I believe that due to his self-confidence and brash (some would say arrogant) personality he has turned what would be a great winning streak into the phenomenon of prestige, controversy and popularity that surrounds him today.
His pride for the nation of Ireland is also something I credit him for. He has brought his nation along with him and always is thankful and respectful to his fans and countrymen, dedicating his victories to the spirit of the fighting Irish. Inspiring other Irishmen to action and promoting the sport in his country. One of his most famous quotes he uses as a rallying cry for his Irish fans “We’re not here to take part. We’re here to take OVER!”
Why I love watching and following him is not just for his unique style, the entertaining fights and the hyped trash talk but also his mind set, visualisation, predictions for his own life and his attitude towards The Law Of Attraction.
Five years ago in an interview he stated, “I will be where I want to be. I am 100% confident that I will make it to the top. I have the skills. I have the dedication. IT WILL HAPPEN.”
What do they say the first step to achieving something is YOU have to believe it…? Well that more than rings true with Conor’s story. His work ethic is nothing less than insane
While, yes, Conor is an absurdly disrespectful trash talker and master of psychological warfare in his sport (which aids highly in the promotion of his fights thus = more money for him and the UFC), Dana White (president of the UFC) calls him a “Modern day Mohammad Ali”. It is his visualisation and pure belief in himself which make me respect him. His mind-set is an unwavering pillar. It is truly inspiring to see someone who has gone from being on welfare, chase their dreams to being the biggest name in their sport and earning their multimillion dollar fortune. What is incredible about Conor in this case is that he has predicted it the whole way through.
Long story short he has created, and lives in, a reality where he is the best and hecontrols the outcome of his life, including the round he will end a fight in. (Before each fight he predicts what round or time he will knock his opponent out and he has only been wrong once, where he still knocked his opponent out in the exact way he called, just one round after).
He is a walking billboard for the law of attraction and positive mind-set.
I believe that Conor’s skill and belief in himself will see him be the first UFC competitor to hold two weight championship belts simultaneously. Whether or not he knocks Dos Anjos out in the first round as he predicts we will see on March 5th.
Jack Donovan is an American Author – Best Known for his book ‘The Way of Men’ – He writes on Masculinity and Tribalism while he runs a Tattoo shop and an underground gym.
I first found out about Jack Donovan in 2014 when I read his essay ‘Violence is Golden’ online which instantly resonated with me. He talks about how the world works on an animalistic level and how violence is golden, as much as we try to suppress and hide it. It is and always will be the final answer. He suggests that most people do not realise that we are controlled by violence because they have been so sheltered and disconnected from ‘the real world’ due to us (western society) living largely in safety. This fact is brought round to the masses when he states that laws are just words if not backed up by action, that action being violence (arrest/incarceration). Regardless it is an eye opening read.
Why is Jack Donovan controversial?
Well, he writes about ancient and traditional masculinity. Something that is not viewed in a good light in the political left. He, although no longer a believer and part of the religion, has former ties to the Church of Satan. Jack is a part of the pagan tribe ‘The Wolves of Vinland’, who in all actuality, I find very intriguing and ‘cool’. Lastly, he is a homosexual (Androphile as he would have you call him) and has written a book ‘Androphillia’ discussing his disdain for everything ‘Gay’ and the decadence, effeminate and consumerist ‘Gay Culture’. Not everything he states resonates with me (that would make me a dogmatic follower). I have enjoyed reading his writings and have definitely found value in some of his controversial ideas.
Through his Blog and Podcast, he promotes the ideas he raises in ‘The Way of Men’. That men operate around four (what he calls) ‘Tactical Virtues’ being: Strength, Courage, Mastery and Honour. It is an opinion piece of timeless concepts and examination of what manhood means to him. Jack talks about the difference between ‘Being a GOOD man’ and ‘Being good at BEING A MAN’ and how these ‘Tactical Virtues’ will naturally come first before society and before we can be ‘good’ men (in the view of whatever society we exist in). While I do not agree with him on all points, this was a very thought-provoking read and I cannot deny that those four ‘Tactical Virtues’ are things that hold value in my life.
Milo is a Gay, Roman Catholic, British Conservative Journalist (Say what?) and Tech Entrepreneur. In all actuality he is a ‘fabulous’ dramatic man who is a dual college drop-out (Cambridge and Manchester Universities); is the first person to be unverified by the Twitter PC police; and currently – if you have been following any of the campus drama around the states – is promoting his self-proclaimed ‘The Dangerous Faggot Tour’.
Contradicting titles I know. That is what makes him so interesting and controversial.
While of course there are views he has that I do not align with or agree with dogmatically, like most of his followers, the majority of what he proposes I do agree with and are based off logic and statistical fact.
What confuses people most the ‘conservative’ views which he holds while on paper he is a metropolitan, homosexual, who supports liberal ideas, classical liberalism and loves the decadence of pop-culture.
In fact Milo’s unicorn like existence baffles many a progressive as they ask themselves “How is this possible, a flamboyantly gay man disagrees with us and not be on our side? We love the gay’s and they are our friends!” as Joe Rogan – another controversial figure that I follow – would put it “they (the progressives) expect the factual, emotionless argument from me, the bald meat head”. This contradiction gives Milo a so called ‘Trump Card’ – I didn’t mention how he is an avid Trump supporter did I? Oh the controversy – where he can’t just be labelled and attacked with the classic ad hominem of being a ‘straight white male, bigot, homophobe, racist, misogynist’.
Milo is one of too few journalists who logically discusses issues with a ‘facts over feelings’ point of view. He is actively fighting for free speech and against the PC culture we find ourselves enveloped in today (why is this so controversial you may ask). Well if you just search his name on YouTube, you will see countless debates he has with idealogs (those obsessed with identity politics), radical feminists and transgender activists.
Again unlike most writers and journalists, Milo doesn’t fear and squelch the negativity he faces from the public. In fact he calls himself a professional troll who “rate their insult out of 10 and give them feedback on what they can do better… I take them to troll school”. This is exactly how people should react to adversary and adds some comedic value to really what is a hilarious situation. (Anita Sarkeesian should take notes).
Regardless of your political alignment, (link to my beliefs) I believe that you should check out Milo (link to his Facebook) and hear him out. You may learn something, and he may challenge your beliefs. He certainly has challenged some of mine, and on top of that his sense of humour and eccentric, ‘fabulous’ as he calls it, demeanour add for some quality entertainment value.
Here he is on the Joe Rogan Experience #TriggerWarning. It is 3 hours but the first 30 -60 mins has very entertaining dialogue and will give you a good idea of what he is all about.
In conclusion (God this is sounding like a poorly formed essay) it is important to enter everything with an open mind. Following or at least hearing out others and their ideas and ideologies is what makes us able to ‘evolve’ and will broaden your own knowledge on topics you thought you didn’t have interest towards.
“Keep your innocence and ignorance aside, and expose yourself to dangerous situations, and understand the deeper secrets of life.” – Michael Bassey Johnson