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2.5 million men 'have no close friends'; Lets Brainstorm How to Make Friends post-College

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by LastRevision on /r/TheRedPill
08 February 2016 12:45 PM UTC
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/mens-health/11996473/2.5-million-men-have-no-close-friends.html

I'll admit, this article hit home. As I've watched my social circle dwindle over the past few years, I'm realizing that as a man over-30, it's very very difficult to make new friends... and while it's somewhat reassuring to know I'm not alone with this struggle, I don't look forward to an Army-of-One future where I'm thriving in all other aspects of my life, and I come home to nothing.

So, first, why do men have such a tough time making/maintaining friendships:

  • Men do not have an in-group preference for one another. Like all things feminists, the "boys club" trope is total bullshit. Men are usually thrilled to White Knight/virtue signal and let a girl into their club. Women, conversely, do have an in-group preference which means it's much easier for them to make friends (even if those friendships are superficial). Think of being in a new environment; a man will usually sit alone while a woman will have no problem sitting with the other women there.

  • Male spaces have been contaminated. Furthermore, men have been contaminated too by the female imperative. This means that not only do men not have an area to congregate and speak openly, but even if they did, chances are there are White Knights present to limit/police authentic discourse (not that conversation must be limited to gender realism, but women do not face any restrictions when speaking with one another). And, of course, when a male space is contaminated and made uni-sex, immediately all men present must play by the Girls Rule playbook.

  • Married men/men in LTR are discouraged from outside friendships. And isn't that fucked up?

  • There is more social pressure on men, and men respond to this by opting out. Women face no social pressure, and you'll notice they often speak freely when talking to new people. Men feel pressure to meet a certain standard, and understand that they are under constant judgment from others, and often times will just say fuck it and avoid talking to new people. I've found that unless I push myself around new people, or at work, that I'll often only speak when I have something of value to contribute to a conversation... while this makes sense, logically, it isn't the best way to be social. RSD Tyler had a really eye-opening video about this where he dissects nerd talk/vibing; people DO NOT look for nerd talk in casual socialization- people look for vibing; or, bringing a fun/happy/positive presence to people, rather than having lots of value in the things you're literally saying.

  • Men seem to think there is something unmasculine about male friendships. You'll notice there is A LOT of social conditioning in this direction; where on a sitcom, if they represent men getting together in a group, it's always something like men sitting in the woods, without shirts, banging on drums, or some bullshit. This is to convey to the average man that male friendships are faggy. And I can see naturally feeling that way, because seeking male friendship is almost like an admission of need- we need to move past feeling this way (or, at least, I do).

So, with that said, can we brain storm how a man post-college, or over 30, can make new friends?



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93 upvotesrickaboy4 years ago

This has been discussed on here a few times before.

First up - The way that men and women socialise amongst themselves are different. Men for example, are more likely to get competitive in social scenarios (sports, cars, women) etc.

Men are more likely to bond around hobbies. So think of some stuff you're good at, and go place yourself in a situation where you can demonstrate your ability. Eg. If you're good at a particular sport, find a club to play in. If you're a good handy man, maybe do a car maintenance course or something to learn/refine/hone skills.

Also, as people get older (over 30) they are less likely to try new things. So, learn a NEW skill. Try stand-up comedy, a new sport, take up salsa. Whatever strikes your interest.

It is certainly incrementally harder to build close friendships the older you get. Good luck.

6 upvotesUCISee4 years ago

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6 upvotesUCISee4 years ago

Truthfully I know exactly where you're coming from. Nothing really interests me except for self improvement. Whether that be financial, physical, mental, whatever. It's hard to find someone else, who's also sporting external genitals, to bond with on that. Gym friends give the "Nice gains!" etc. but beyond that, it's floating.

Even before TRP I started to notice fakers as I got older. The more introspective you become, the easier it is to spot the bullshit coming your way. It really sucks, but I think thats what being a man truly is. My dad is single and over 50. Slams out women kind of regularly but ditches them quick, works on the car, reads, just generally keeping busy. The big difference is he still has his High School friends because he never left town. On the opposite side of the coin my 'close friends' span the entirety of a continent. I cant just cruise down the street when I feel like BS'ing. Can't say that an epic suicide by cop hasn't crossed between these ears. Maybe a Dead Presidents 2.0. I talk to a lot of my buddies and they feel the same. No desire to have our souls sucked out by some succubus, but therefore lacking the 'companionship' our fathers had.

I'll keep you posted if I find an answer, but as for this moment:

TL;DR: I feels ya daeg

2 upvotessharp74 years ago

There has to be cool guys around. Just aren't looking strategically or hard enough. But I guess that's what this thread is about. Its tough now adays.

I eventually just kind of gave up and went to live nearby old college friends for now.

5 upvotesUCISee4 years ago

I mean, what is cool to you? In high school it was dudes who dressed like me. That basically sums it up. Now its people with the same interests as me. Seeing as how humans are all naturally different, event the people I agree with most of the time, make me want to gouge my eyes out at other times.

I found some solace in cross training gyms and basically winning. But even this that glitters is not gold. Eventually you figure out some people aren't genuine and are just talking to you because you both naturally produce test.

Meanwhile my GF hates 90% of her friends and constantly talks about how fake they are etc. then goes out for drinks with them. You know what I absolutely don't do? Drink with people I don't like. Women seem to look for connection anywhere and everywhere even when there isn't one, then call these fake ass people their friends. I would rather have four good friends than eight 'friends.'

2 upvotessharp74 years ago

I would rather have four good friends than eight 'friends.'

Agreed. That's a big reason of why I went back to my old friends. One true close friends is better than infinite fakers.

I'm going to try to be more active, maybe get into some old hobbies like BJJ or try some new ones like climbing and hiking to try and get some more friends but its so hard now adays.

But sometimes I think that probably won't be enough and I'm going to have to just figure out how to be okay alone or through the net. Be active in forums or blog to get my conversational needs out, and try to meditate to reduce the need for other things. Not sure.

1 upvotesTRPhd4 years ago

Have you tried a private pilot's license?

5 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

I played around with cessnas for a bit, but its not that exciting to me. Mostly a money hole.

1 upvoteslost_lurker4 years ago

...figured I would just focus on financial independence, and getting a kayak to go paddle with a dog in if I don't blow my brains out before then.

Well that escalated quickly... I think hobbies are the way to go. If you like kayaking get involved with a kayak group and actively select people from these groups that you like and start trying to hang with them more.

1 upvoteslost_lurker4 years ago

...figured I would just focus on financial independence, and getting a kayak to go paddle with a dog in if I don't blow my brains out before then.

Well that escalated quickly... I think hobbies are the way to go. If you like kayaking get involved with a kayak group and actively select people from these groups that you like and start trying to hang with them more.

1 upvoteslost_lurker4 years ago

...figured I would just focus on financial independence, and getting a kayak to go paddle with a dog in if I don't blow my brains out before then.

Well that escalated quickly... I think hobbies are the way to go. If you like kayaking get involved with a kayak group and actively select people from these groups that you like and start trying to hang with them more.

1 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

Moved two years ago to an area without much water to paddle on. Will figure something out though!

1 upvoteslost_lurker4 years ago

Try one of the meet up sites that focuses on hobbies and shared interests. No matter where you are there is always shit to do by yourself or socially.

My recommendations are If you are active get involved in a hiking group. Caving groups are cool too if you want something a bit more exotic. Hobbies that center around physical activities are great because like 75% of ppl are sedentary and uninteresting so just by joining a group that goes out and does shit your filtering out a lot of bad apple's. Also physical activity is just as effective for treating depression as antidepressants.

1 upvotesDr_HoaxArthurWilmoth4 years ago

I feel you. I really do.

That said, a kayak and a dog are two outstanding options. Two of the best decisions I have made in the past 5 years since I turned 30.

The absolute BEST decision, buying a truck for the first time. How the fuck does every guy not own A truck, or have a second truck?

Those three things combined, really, so simple and obvious, have improved my quality of life 10 fold.

I went to a superbowl party with around 20 strangers too, invited by my one local good friend. Pretty good time, all pretty vanilla and rehearsed. One fat chick was more bro tier than all the other dudes, real disappointing.

1 upvoteskielfear4 years ago

How does one try stand up comedy? I love comedy, I watch it all the time but I have no idea where to start with story telling to get laughs. Serious question, I'd love to get into this.

7 upvotesSendTheCookies4 years ago

write like 5 minutes of material and look for an open mic at a comedy club. Everyone sucks at the beginning because it takes a while to find your voice.

3 upvotesmugatucrazypills4 years ago

I suggest the book "Comedy Writing Secrets" talks about how to write the underlying stories/methods behind good comedy.

And an improv class, and open mic night as suggested above.

Toastmasters if you're just shy about speaking.

1 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

If you're good at a particular sport

really you don't have to be good at anything, just have a common interest. If you go to a place where it's something you enjoy, and have a normal personality, you'll find friendships can start adding up.

whether it's the shooting range, basketball court at the gym/park, driving range, car show, etc - I have made friends at all those places because most other guys there will enjoy talking over a shared interest

so all you really have to do is get out there and be normal/outgoing and a person will find that they will end up talking to people they didn't expect

1 upvotesrickaboy4 years ago

Yes. This is why I made the suggestion to also take up new hobbies as well.

The reason I stated to participate in things you are good at is because it if you are good at something and that's recognisable you will earn respect within the group by default. That makes other social interactions easier.

2 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

yeah for sure

i just wrote that because i've heard plenty of people not do something because "im not that good" or "ill suck", as soon as they get an excuse in their head they dont even bother

1 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

The stand-up and improv crowds are rife with losers and the socially ill. I would not recommend comedy as a route to finding stable, interesting male friends. The most you're likely to find are people who use your attention as a commodity.

0 upvotesrickaboy4 years ago

Dude you're missing the forest for the trees. I wasn't saying specifically that was what you should do.. I was just handing out examples of what one could do.

1 upvotesWhite_Phillip4 years ago

One thing you're missing is that it's a real skill to turn acquaintances into friends. Putting yourself around like-minded men is a necessary step, but you need the social skills to turn those people into friends outside that hobby or skill. Seeing as most newbies here are social retards it's worth going over how to gain those skills.

1 upvotesrickaboy4 years ago

Yes this is true - it is a skill to turn acquaintances into friends. For me personally, I would suggest trying to bond with those around you. After a while you could suggest that you're going to an event that others might be interested in going to and see who might want to come along.

Certainly, it is tricky. Especially post 30.

116 upvotes0xdada4 years ago

Men do shit with guys they have something in common with. It's "activity friends." If you are lucky, you will have a friend who isn't an activity friend, but these are rare.

  • Get a motorcycle with carbs, or an american style v-twin.
  • Learn to sail.
  • pilots license.
  • classic car.
  • race cars
  • hunt.
  • golf.
  • shoot.

You need a craft.

60 upvotesB_uckets4 years ago

The problem with these suggestions is that people are so fucking poor these days. All my 30-ish friends are still paying off student loans and living with roommates in shitty apartments to cut down on bills. If you ask them to do anything other than stay in and drink, the answer is "Sorry, I'm too poor". Obviously they word it differently because they're almost ashamed to admit it at this age, but the message is the same.

44 upvotesSpeakerToRedditors4 years ago

Frisby golf is popular amongst poor stoners

1 upvotesmr_nate_4 years ago

This. Good mixture of old and young.

0 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

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17 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

man reading this is pretty depressing, but it's ultimately very very true. How sad is it that in this day and age, we can honestly say your average 30 year old is too poor to afford one good hobby lol

17 upvotesmugatucrazypills4 years ago

it's brutal, like society just tossed a whole crop of young men

wait a minute ... no .... if you have money for booze you have money for a hobby

1 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

eh not really dude. buying a 30 pack of shit beer or a low-mid range bottle once every two weeks does not translate to being able to afford a motorcycle or having the money to invest in cars. You can still probably afford SOME hobbies if you forego that small amount of expense, but they're certainly not fancy. I'm sorry ,but if you cannot afford to do at least one expensive hobby while purchasing a small amount of ok booze, your life sucks, period.

6 upvotesDiarrhea_Van_Frank4 years ago

I'm a musician, so I manage to have a really expensive hobby while basically scraping by.

2 upvotesmugatucrazypills4 years ago

pick a cheaper hobby ... go for a run

1 upvotesTRPhd4 years ago

Make booze your hobby... brew homemade wine and beer. There is an equipment cost to start, but if you know someone who already knows how they can get you deals or even sell you used gear.

Like all male hobbies, though, the better you get at it the more you will want to spend on it.

10 upvotesRaikkonen7164 years ago

I remember one guy once told me that in order to be successful you need to know successful people. And the best thing you could do in order to build some connections was to go in some golf club. Not many poor guys there.

2 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

golf might be the most affordable hobby of the whole bunch, so it's an idea!

2 upvotesRaikkonen7164 years ago

Mmm maybe in Us, here in Europe not exactly..

2 upvotesRaikkonen7164 years ago

Mmm maybe in Us, here in Europe not exactly..

17 upvotesmonsieurhire24 years ago

On the flip side, guys with money are as choosy as women regarding who they elect to fraternize with. If you don't offer them some immediate value, they won't want to add you to their social circle. Also, many of them are locusts who just use people until someone better comes along, so you constantly have to police your inputs.

I always tell people that there are no friendships, merely associations, and that you don't have friends, you have associates.

A friend is someone who you can confide to, someone who will have your back when the chips are down, and that's not most people.

6 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

Sports are largely free. E.g. pickup soccer.

1 upvotesmugatucrazypills4 years ago

I think the OP question assumes you have some time and resources.

14 upvotesthrwwy4254 years ago

Mine are carpentry, climbing, board games, improv, and D&D. If you live in a town with any decent population, there are clubs you can join, classes you can take, hobbies you can invest in. Even if you don't meet anyone cool, you're learning skills and bettering yourself in the process.

18 upvotesAxoc4 years ago

D&D

I wanted to play this since I was a little kid and my dad used to tell me stories about playing it when he was 15-20ish. Before TRP I was too afraid of what others would think. Now, I play it with some of my best friends and we have a blast. I DM and it has helped me SO much as a writer, public speaker, etc. If any of you guys have ever even come close to wanting to play, really check it out, even if you're playing with strangers.

The stereotype exists for a reason, and if you find a group that is like that, you can always just keep searching for a new one. If you're in the Nashville TN area, I'll even let you swing by to one of ours.

23 upvotesthrwwy4254 years ago

Honestly, nerd culture has been co-opted by mainstream culture so much by now that it isn't hard to find cool dudes that would love to play. The guys I play with are all financially stable men in their late 20's/early 30's, and we spend one evening a week hanging out, laughing our asses off as we cast spells and kill monsters. The fact that it's D&D means none of the guys' wives even want to be in the house, let alone get involved, maintaining it as a sacred dude space in these guys' otherwise mostly hen-pecked, female-dominated lives.

6 upvotesfelipebarroz4 years ago

Exactly. In my play group, we have a State Judge, an IRS agent and a girl who's studying to become a federal forensic expert.

None of us is the stereotypical DnD nerd, starting with the fact that we all play in couples (currently there are 4 couples playing). It's a fun and different activity to do with your girl, just let her chose a character that she likes. My gf is a Biologist so, of course, she chosed to be a druid.

3 upvotesPhilhelm4 years ago

I got to play D&D in Iraq, 2003-2004. Someone had a miniature chess set, so we used the white pieces for the heroes and the black pieces for the monsters. All of the other games, such as cards, Risk, etc., got burnt out; it was like Groundhog Day.

3 upvotesmetalfan204 years ago

I felt the same way about magic the gathering. I see it as poker night with a little more brain power required.

We live in a strange time where the Jocks and Nerds can be one in the same. I saw the cultural shift while I was in high school. As Freshman you could be made fun of being into Star Trek while as a Seinor everyone was stoked to see the new movie.

3 upvotesStoicCrane4 years ago

The recent Baldur's Gate Enhanced Editions and IcewindDale got me hooked to D&D a few years back. A very well crafted series with plot nuances that can place Hollywood movies to shame let alone games.

Building friendships/associations are really geared around common interests and sharing personal experiences through said interests. As nerdy as D&D may be it effectively does both.

2 upvotesPhilhelm4 years ago

Yes! I still hold Baldur's Gate I & II to be the finest games ever made, and not just in the context of the time they were made. Subsequent games have tried to capture the magic, but have never quite succeeded, even if they were superior in certain technical aspects.

2 upvotesStoicCrane4 years ago

Have you heard Baldu's Gate is getting a new expansion with over 40 additional maps and 100 items! It's called The Siege Of Dragonspear currently underway!

1 upvotesR_Hakurei4 years ago

Not trp related but have you tried pillars of eternity?

I played it and nearly cried during the first fight because it felt so similar to Baldur's Gate that I was hit very hard by the nostalgia.

2 upvotessharp74 years ago

I started D&D when a friend from BJJ got me into it. Its really very interesting. Trying to act different characters is very interesting and forces you to think in new ways, as well as highlights some of the issues you may have. For example, sometimes I like to play "loser" characters as its hilarious and somehow pretending to be one really makes me not want to be one in real life. I think when you fantasize of being better, whether through play or just watching a show, you feel like you did something awesome already and become complacent. If you watch/pretend to be a loser, you start to hate the fuck out of it and try to avoid being like that in real life.

1 upvotesElodrian4 years ago

Tried to play pen-n-paper DND when I was ~14 with some friends. We got as far as trying to work out THAC0 tables before packing it all up again.

2 upvotesAldoTheeApache4 years ago

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2 upvotesAldoTheeApache4 years ago

Took up fencing a year ago, best decision ever. Met some new friends there (men and women) that also tend to be into other outgoing activities besides sitting around "watching the game" like my current circle is about. It's also a helluva workout and keeps your toes mentally as well.

1 upvotesAldoTheeApache4 years ago

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1 upvotesAldoTheeApache4 years ago

Don't be.

I'm 45. I box, I fence, I run. If Liam Neeson can do that kinda shit so can I (and so can you!).

RE: Fencing. There's various ways to approach the sport. Kids take it for fun or to potentially go pro. College students take it and compete. Older gents (aka me) take it for fun and sometimes competition. Don't get too self conscious about it, have fun.

20 upvotesPurecorrupt4 years ago

Friends out of convenience sort of ends after college. I would agree that all or most of my friends are activity friends.

Work friends.

Basketball friends.

Snowboarding friends.

Improv friends.

Sports Watching friends.

When those activities end those friendships basically end. Stopped gaming and I only talk to 1 guy who I got to go snowboarding with me and another that moved in my area. This is after a decade of gaming way too much. If I quit any other activity those people involved are likely to quickly disappear.

Outside of that - there are maybe 4 or 5 people that I may shoot the shit and go somewhere with (food, bars, festivals, vacation, etc.) on a slightly more regular basis. These might be the ones I actually call on the phone - but still mostly to hang out. If any of them moved or I moved the friendship would be dumped to facebook updates or "I'm in your town" texts.

The days of just hanging out at a buddies place doing nothing ended for me a long time ago. I'm 27 for reference.

6 upvoteshtbf4 years ago

The days of just hanging out at a buddies place doing nothing ended for me a long time ago.

It just evolved into something else. There is nothing so special about doing nothing and just talking. You might as well talk while you do something, like drinking a beer at a bar, having lunch outside or just walking together in the city.

29 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

Missed one: music.

I joined a new band about 8 months ago and they are already among my better friends.

19 upvotesSergnb4 years ago

I've made most of my guy friends through music. Having a vast music knowledge, be it through a lot of digging in whatever scene you are into, or by actually being a muscian, is the ultimate "this seems like a cool person" presentation card. Provided you don't fuck it up later on, it's relatively easy to make new friends through music alone.

1 upvotesfingerthemoon4 years ago

Musical relationships can be a lot like romantic relationships except you play music instead of fuck. But all the drama attachment and rejection is still there. It's easy to start a relationship but hard to end one smoothly.

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1 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

Oh I'm just raving about shit. I don't quite have the speaking skills that you have.

5 upvotesanangryterrorist4 years ago

A few things you missed:

  • drinking heavily
  • drinking mildly
  • dirt bikes
  • beer
  • musical instruments
  • whiskey

Most of the guys I know are pretty simple. If you can have a drink and make jokes, you're in.

2 upvotestallwheel4 years ago

Yeah, it's funny that you mention drinking and beer. A lot of my friendships are based almost entirely around drinking craft beer and going to beer bars. I know it's not the best dietary habit, but the whole scene can be a lot of fun and very involving if you become serious. I and a lot of my friends also dabble in homebrewing.

2 upvotesanangryterrorist4 years ago

Eveb if most people don't like making it, they cab appreciate the product, which is enpugh of a talking point to bond over.

2 upvotessaml014 years ago

This right here. The thing I miss most about having a bike and a "race"(not really, it was a turbo'd miata) was the community. When i got rid of those, that cut me off almost immediately.

2 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

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164 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

My best friend turned into an Islamic fundamentalist.

I wish I was joking about that.

112 upvotesGarconanokin4 years ago

See, he got built in friends that way. Although, I hear it's a tough cell.

70 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

You made me giggle 72 times

49 upvotesFrigzy4 years ago

Islam is attractive because it's the lazy man or woman's ticket to a close knit ingroup where all the good intentions get projected towards.

It's lazy because a true spiritually honorable community or religion would recommend its followers to project those intentions globally, meaning one would have to work on himself or herself to overcome his current state and grow in a spiritual way.

Islam allows you not to do so, in fact it expects you not to, since that negative energy can be put to good use, aka combat 'enemies of the faith'.

True spirituality has no enemies. Islam is the most childish religion out there. It's a disgrace, but it works because the majority of people on this planet never fully mature.

29 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

This is precisely what happened.

We all moved out, he stayed behind in the same town. He had a hard time making friends after school. He started going to the local mosque to find some people he could hang out with. One thing leads to another and he's now posting religious material on Facebook

7 upvotesmugatucrazypills4 years ago

hey that happened to my 1st wife

1 upvotesTheRedThrowAwayPill4 years ago

Except for being mainly wrong, you're kinda right about somethings.

The whole get your house in order before dealing with everyone else is just how Judiasm & Islam work. Can't form a strong community if you spend most of your energy outside of it.

3 upvotesFrigzy4 years ago

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3 upvotesFrigzy4 years ago

Considering the amount of stuff Islam requires you to do (prayers, good deeds, good behavior, fasting, abstinence...), I think the "work on him/herself" part is pretty well covered. This alone hurts the credibility of your entire comment.

You can do all these things without actually working on yourself. And that is exactly why it's so shit. It allows people to think they're making some sort of spiritual progress because some retarded book told them they would be rewarded when it doesn't fucking matter anymore in a way that's simply phisically impossible.

Fuck dude, killing innocent people including woman and children is actually a sound way of spiritual growth in Islam. It doesn't get any more clear than that does it?

I get pretty fed up with the amount of negativity towards Islam around here. I read TRP posts daily and I see them too often. I understand where it comes from, and I happily accept disagreement, but for a sub that is all about self-improvement I see a distressing lack of thinking...

When I talk about spiritual and emotional growth I'm talking about confronting your own psychological barriers that prevent you from being in touch with your inner capacity for love and compassion. Anyone who's somewhat experienced in spiritual and emotional growth knows that this type of love and compassion does not discriminate in any way shape or form. It can be described as a profound love for life, for the universe. It's a transcendence of the dualistic thinking that devides the universe into good and bad. And that is why Islam (but not only Islam) is so shit in terms of true spirituality. It enforces duality and attributes the good to only what Islam includes. At the same time it cherishes the bad as everything that it does not. It's a way of spiritual hijacking and by doing so, it prevents its followers from breaking through dualistic thinking.

That is why Islam prevents people from true spiritual growth, and in essence, self improvement.

It takes quite the opposite of a 'lack of thinking' to realize that most religions actually nurture this type of dualistic approach and how it affects spiritual and emotional growth. Unfortunately, one of the religions has to be the worst. And there's no point pussying out of the fact that it most certainly is Islam.

7 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

As for the rest, there is definitely a part of truth. Islam does enable fanaticism. Now, find me a mainstream religion (even ideology) that doesn't...

Quakers.

(prayers, good deeds, good behavior, fasting, abstinence...)

Wow, these things are so associated with muslims. Especially abstinence. I've never heard of a muslim ever commiting any type of sexual crime, especially in the western nations that host them.

4 upvotessharp74 years ago

Wow, these things are so associated with muslims. Especially abstinence. I've never heard of a muslim ever commiting any type of sexual crime, especially in the western nations that host them.

I'm guessing you've never met many muslims and got to know them or the religion.

Judaism and Islam are hardcore about all the things the other guy mentioned like abstinence, piousness, fasting, prayer, charity. You lie, fuck, etc in these religions and they'll chop your head off so to speak. Christianity is actually the one that is the most lenient and is centered around the idea of forgiveness for your sins.

You must be incredibly sheltered and ignorant and must be getting your info from Fox news to even hint that islam is pro-anything that isn't super white-knight bullshit.

Islam is fucked up, I know from my own experience, but its not fucked up in the way you think it is. Its fucked up because you can't eat pork, drink, smoke, do any drugs, or have premarital sex, hell pretty much anything fun. The culture is also very parent-centric where kids are expected to be extremely obedient. The entire religion is centered around submissiveness and obedience. Of course, when you can get a guy to not fuck, masterbate, eat, drink etc, its not hard to strap a bomb to them either. Islam is an extremely effective religion at being disciplined. Turning the discipline into suicide attacks is just what happens when you give a powerful brainwashing weapon (Islam) to crazy violent guys. Most of the time though its used to make sure there kids get the best grades and the best jobs. That's why you see so many brown people getting jobs as doctors, engineers, etc. Islam requires more discipline than school does, which makes it easier for the brown kids to do well in school since school is mostly just doing what you're told. This also applies to Judaism which is also very disciplined and also produces kids with amazing grades that become doctors, engineers etc.

Christianity is the best at getting people's money and making them feel happier "ALL YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN BECAUSE JESUS DIED FOR YOU! Please donate now..." (this is hyperbole of course for you hardcore christians out there). But when a religion is all about someone saving you from your mistakes, and the whole if you tell your sin its sometimes absolved thing its quite forgiving. It works, people go to churches and feel happier about themselves, they dance and have fun. Then when the priest tells them to give some money or do some task (crusades), they do it. Christianity takes the "nice boss" approach, its decent, but I don't think its as effective as Islam/Judaism.

Judaism and Islam are the best at discipline. Shit like not eating or drinking water while the sun is up for 30 days straight, not fucking anyone your not married to, never using any drugs of any kind, eating kosher/halal. Other than the no pre-marital sex part christianity is awful at getting its people to do any of the other things mentioned. The reason the west is so scared of Islam is cause of two things, one its extremely effective at getting submission and discipline, which is scary as fuck when the terrorists have that power over there solders. And two, these are people who look down on you for things that are fun like eating bacon, sex, drugs. Of course religions aren't THAT powerful, even in muslim countries people still break the rules and drink etc.

1 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

not fucking anyone you're not married to

Ultra fast marriages in cologne, I'd imagine.

brown people

You mean Hindus, right? lol, fucking muslims can't engineer worth a shit fucking lazy bastards. I say this as someone who briefly worked IT at Saudi, fucking human trash.

1 upvotesFrigzy4 years ago

Abstinence is holy for muslims. I mean sure, having a prophet marrying a 9 year old still isn't exactly laudable, but still. Towards non-muslims however, it's the opposite. They get free reign because hey, those creatures are worth less than you right?

This is exactly the mentality that enables human beings to behave the way they did in Cologne. An ugly and misplaced sense of superiority and entitlement.

1 upvotesgpyh4 years ago

Ever heard if a an American rapist? Should I conclude that rape is OK by USA's laws?

There is a striking difference between what a religion preaches and how the believers behave. I think you know this and you realise how much of a strawman argument you just made.

Now just please pick up a damn book, because the sentence you're refuting is actually common knowledge, even among the most critical people.

EDIT: For the lazy: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Islam#Five_pillars Was it so hard?

1 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

"H-hey guys, sure, most muslims are rapists, but that's because real Islam has never been created!"

Ugh. Fuck off mohammed or I'll sic Trump on you.

-9 upvotes2ndLion4 years ago

Reddit and TRP has been taken over by islamophobic hamsters

-4 upvotes2ndLion4 years ago

Oh great. I've been warching while even trp has been filled with islamophobs and Trump lovers. You guys are probably from USA or another western country. Islam encourages working and learning, most of the muslim problems come from stigmatizing, and the fact that it's culture isn't compatible with the capitalistic nature our world is in. You know what we say here at trp about feminisme? The anti islam rally is the same. It's about money(war) and controle(fear)

7 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

lol

I'm actually concerned about muslims reading TRP, as I wonder if they have the nuance to read this sub and not rape some poor woman who didn't respond to their advances.

0 upvotes2ndLion4 years ago

Your stupidity is impressive

3 upvotesFrigzy4 years ago

Yes. I live very close to a muslim ghetto in a city with about the most ethnic diversity in the world. It's quite clear how they top the charts in terms of combining misplaced superiority, playing the victim and entitlement. Add some egocentrism and generally childish mentality to the mix and you get to experience their added 'value' on a regular basis.

Because Islam teaches muslims that they are inherently better beings than others, this is what you get, while they push for more and more benefits, since hey, they're worth it right? They're better than everyone else.

Everywhere where Islams borders non-Islamic cultures, shit is messed up. And Islam is the common denominator.

The only reason why you tend to think Islam is fine is because it managed to take over on a scale where the superiority to non-Islamic influences has practically became invisible. That's why Islam is so 'wonderful' to those inside of it. To the rest of the universe, it's the ugliest motherfucker in the house.

5 upvotesmugatucrazypills4 years ago

most of the muslim problems come from stigmatizing, and the fact that it's culture isn't compatible with the capitalistic nature our world is in.

this seems trollish

Islam encourages child sexual assault and genocide and torture, just like the founder said. It's what great uncle moe said. Kill thy neighbour.

Many of the cult members sort of operate in the civilized world by deemphasizing the actual teachings of the cult(just as christians have to ignore half the silly bible to be reasonably compatable with modern society), doesn't mean the cult ITSELF makes any sense.

11 upvotesdebashis224 years ago

One of my best friends growing up ... his father's name was Salman Hussein. In 1991 he was harassed so much locally that they up and left Charlotte, NC for Toronto. Sucks about your friend though.

8 upvotesSementeries4 years ago

Well, our president of the United States is named Barack Hussein Obama . How weird is that?

2 upvotesvolkommm4 years ago

Hussein is his middle name, though.

6 upvotesredpill_kurious4 years ago

And the only people who point out his never-relevant middle name are crazy. Not a big fan of Obama either.

Then again, I'm opposed to shortcutting rational thought with emotionally-laden labels. IMO this doesn't fit in with TRP 100.0% of the time.

5 upvotesvolkommm4 years ago

Yeah, his name is completely irrelevant. It's not like he fucking chose it himself. He actively stated his name as 'Barrack Obama' because he knows how people would react.

1 upvotesBadboythrowawayacct4 years ago

Is his first name any better!???? Hahahaha

1 upvotesTheRedThrowAwayPill4 years ago

But wasn't president while fighting Saddam

1 upvotesmalariasucks4 years ago

One of my best friends growing up turned to a life of crime. He's trying to get it together but it was half a lifetime ago and there's nothing we have in common anymore, much less would I even trust him around my family

1 upvotesbartallen47904 years ago

My best friend married a fat chick, I think you still came out on top.

124 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

I know it seems like an outdated organization to some people but when I got out of college I joined the Freemasons. I did it specifically to meet other men whom I might become closer friends with as many of my superficial college relationships were beginning to fade away. I feel blessed to have made that decision. So many great guys who I know I can just call to grab a beer and talk about whatever is happening. In fact the man who introduced me to TRP is one of my brothers. I currently live in Africa working for an international development organization and I get postcards and emails from brothers just to say hi or check up and see how I'm doing. Once you are part of an organization like this you can meet strangers all over the world and already have something in common with them.

29 upvotesLastRevision [OP]4 years ago

Don't I have to know a mason to be asked to join the masons?

38 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

Yes and no. By "law" (our own) we can't ask you to join the masons, you must be the one to seek membership. That said, we hold recruitment events open to the public in hopes that new brothers will join. You can be a random guy off the street and walk into any lodge and they will welcome you with open arms assuming you don't have a heinous criminal past.

14 upvotesSqueezymypenisy4 years ago

Does it help to have past family members that were members? My great grandfather and possibly late grandfather were members and I have thought about seeking membership for awhile.

24 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

Help is not really the issue. By and large, we're not a restrictive body--there are some criteria to be a Mason; one is to be a man, another is to believe in God (Higher Power sort of thing, not a religion). If you can answer honestly that question, then there's nothing that would prevent you (from what I see here).

If you have family members that were Masons, then perhaps what the organization is holds a little more for you...but we are willing to accept anyone who desire to 'seek more light'--basically becoming a better man.

12 upvotesStrike484 years ago

So for example, believing in the power of the universe and the grand being that is universal energy count as believing in a god? I don't really believe in Christ and all that, but I do have a sense of perspective and realize that we're all just tiny beings compared to the power of the universe. The universe to me is a grand being. I can draw energy and spread it by keeping a high vibe to myself. I know its a bit odd, but it always helps to believe in something greater.

23 upvotesWhisper4 years ago

another is to believe in God (Higher Power sort of thing, not a religion). If you can answer honestly that question,

Many young men can't. It's a lie that's super-easy to tell, and has few or no negative consequences, but not every man is willing to lie to those who are supposed to become his brothers.

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3 upvotesSqueezymypenisy4 years ago

I want to join for that last bit. The Masons always struck me as upstanding men and I loved that about the organization.

4 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

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5 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

Seems lame they tie God into it. Even if they don't preach or anything... simply being an atheist excludes me?

1 upvotesMagJack4 years ago

What if the God of the bible makes you angry and you doubt that any of it is true, but you accept that there may be some kind of higher power that at the very least "kick-started" everything?

1 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

Can't I join as an atheist? I do believe that I am the embodiment of god.

0 upvotesGayLubeOil4 years ago

Seek more light? Sounds pretty cool. There is this dude whose name means bringer of light: Lucifer. Maybe he can help you out.

7 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

I suppose. The only thing that would really prevent you from getting in is be a giant douchebag during the interviews or have a terrible criminal past. It's always great to see brothers with family connections in lodge. For example my last roommate became a brother a little bit after me and was raised to the rank of Master by his father. The dad made a very moving speech.

1 upvotesSqueezymypenisy4 years ago

How do you look up local lodges to join? Do they have a website or contact info?

3 upvotes0xdada4 years ago

The organization is really open to new guys joining. I recommend emailing your local lodge and just saying, "hey, I don't know if I know anyone in your lodge, but I really want to learn more. Is there a way to meet someone to learn more?"

The guys I've talked to say so long as you are focused on helping men become better at being men, looking for brotherhood and to help others, you should be fine. Being around other guys teaches you to listen.

4 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

I did exactly this...went to website and sent in an message. A couple of days later a friend of mine responded---I didn't know he was a Mason.

I enjoy being there exactly for the reasons you list.

3 upvotesyomo864 years ago

What is the age median? Are there any guys under 30? I am quite thrilled with this organization.

4 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

In my lodge, we have an excellent mix of ages. There's a lot of military, and that probably has something to do with it as well.

Our median age is under 40, and we have about 200 brothers. There's a few outliers over 70, and I'm sure that brings that median age up some.

What I strongly recommend is to investigate the lodges--they'll have a Stated Meeting with a dinner usually once a month (we have meetings almost every week, but the Stated usually brings out more folks). Get to know the guys, talk to a bunch. Not just about Masonry, but about what they like to do, family life, etc.

If it doesn't have a good vibe, then move to the next one. I've travelled to about a dozen lodges, and while most were spectacular, a couple weren't so much--it is a family after all. Find what you like.

Also, the guy leading the lodge (called the Master) can really define how the lodge operates. With the support of the other men in the Officer roles, he can change the internal dynamic. My lodge, for example, used to go out to drink and eat afterward. Now we stay in and bullshit (with booze), and it really has become more of a family feeling.

In my state, there's a shit ton of local lodges within a 50 mile radius--maybe 8 or so.

PM me if you like, and I'll help find some places for you.

1 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

I'm 17, and I think I could benefit from the general wisdom of the Lodge and its members. Should I wait a couple years to join, or take advantage of it now?

3 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

The average age of all members is something like mid fifties because membership is for life so the old coots sitting in the nursing homes drive that number up a bit but for active members I would say mid thirties. My lodge might be an exception because it's in a city rather than a town but we have a lot of active members in their mid to late twenties as well as some fresh out of college.

1 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

because membership is for life

Not really. You can buy life memberships, which are pretty expensive up front--and tied only to one lodge. Most of us do the year-to-year membership.

2 upvotesRadaghast384 years ago

How are the dues?

I've read in several places that the entry level ranks are heavily priced, and that to rise in rank/knowledge you'd better be ready to pay a bunch of money over the years.

2 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

I pay $20 USD a year in dues. Each degree was also $20 USD so I paid in total for my first year, $60. I'm sure places like Boston, NYC, and Alexandria that have a lot of wealth in the area and a lot of history charge more but I can't imagine it's making anyone go broke.

2 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

Not so much. It's pretty cheap, as far as I'm concerned. Application fee was about $250. That includes the first years dues. Yearly dues are about $150.

There is no graduated system, either. If you want to learn more, you simply attend. We don't hold secrets from anyone. Lodges will have Masonic Learning, so you can understand what's behind it. A lot of that also comes from mouth to ear learning that men who know will pass down.

Now, if you want to do concordant bodies, like Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shriners, yes, these have their own fees. York Rite is about $30-40 each. There's three bodies within the York Rite (Royal Arch, Council and Knights Templar), so it's about $120 a year for that.

Shriners (which most everyone knows, but usually doesn't associate with being a Mason) are very much philanthropic, and they rely on you for donations....the hospitals and care for children are all based on your help.

2 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

What about a criminal past that isn't heinous?

2 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

We have a brother get accepted that had two possession charges on his record from when he was young and dumb. We didn't feel like that was too bad of a past. DUIs, murder, assault on the other hand doesn't scream good representative for the organization.

1 upvotesQQ_L2P4 years ago

Any problems with people of different colour or is anyone welcome. I'd considered it but every website or event I see is just full of white dudes.

1 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

No problem whatsoever. The brother whom I joined through was Indian. Back during the civil war era there were lodges that were entirely black called Prince Hall lodges. But you aren't wrong, most American Freemasons are white. I live in Africa so you wouldn't be shocked when I say the majority of the members locally are black.

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1 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

Whatever fraternity you had in the past is irrelevant, and won't preclude you from being a Mason.

We've had guys with 60+ years in our fraternity. One guy is 95, and still full of piss and vinegar. It's as permanent as you want it to be.

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2 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

What does "Thou art god" (Lower case 'G') mean?

However, I'll say if you are an atheist, with no belief in any higher power/intelligent designer/something...somewhere...maybe that has a hand in things; then Masonry is not for you. There are prayers in lodge, but not to a specific God. We give thanks to the Grand Architect. That's about it.

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5 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

Where'd your TRP Endorsed flair go?

26 upvotesGayLubeOil4 years ago

How long do I have to be in before I get invited to an Eyes Wide Shut Party?

6 upvotesreigorius4 years ago

What I know about freemasons, here in The Netherlands, is that is mainly successful men working in the higher echelons of business, white and seeking answers to questions like what is the meaning of life. Average age is 62,5 here. Not quite the appeal to be honest.

I haven't attended an opening evening, but I'm slightly curious and wonder if the claim that all men from all layers of society is actually true. How does your loge look like? How red pill is freemasonry? Is it about the comradery?

13 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

It's true men from all walks of life join. In my lodge we do have the successful businessmen rubbing shoulders with what we would call a redneck. Our lodge is directly across from arguably the fanciest bar in my city. After every meeting we head over there for a few hours of solid male bonding while being the best dressed group of SOBs in the place (we are a tuxedo lodge, always looking sharp). We also have monthly get togethers ranging from bbq's, dinners, bowling, and trivia nights at local bars.

4 upvotesreigorius4 years ago

Sounds like an okay club to me, would join it in a heartbeat. But the average age of 62,5 here is a dealbreaker. I got the number from research paper from a freemason I found online. Thanks for your reply.

7 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

As I mentioned in an earlier comment the average age is artificially inflated because of life long membership. If it's something you're interested in ask what the average age of active members is. I guarantee its lower.

6 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

I've suggested elsewhere to go to the Stated Meeting with a Dinner you can attend (not the actual meeting inside the lodge, but beforehand).

Talk to the lodge secretary, if you want those age details. We have several brothers that are well into their 70's, and I'm close to several. There's a few that I would do anything for, and age has never been an issue. If you would have asked me years ago, I wouldn't have agreed.

1 upvotesSnoopTiger4 years ago

I was really interested in freemasonry after reading the answers on this thread, but 62,5 as an average age..? I am 24 and live in Amsterdam so would bore myself I guess.

How old are you?

-1 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

I thought about joining but it's not for me, besides you have to pay monthly to be a member. And I'm a minority, so I would probably not get high up anyways.

3 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

Depends. We have minorities--and they make up close to 50% of our lodge--and I'm counting Asian and Hispanic (I'm in So Cal, with a high number of military members). If you're black, then there are Prince Hall lodges.

The past 5 years have had 2 minorities as Masters of the Lodge; which is the highest you can go. I'm York Rite, and one body as a Filipino as the highest rank.

And no, it's not monthly (at least shouldn't be). It's a once a year payment.

4 upvotesSouthPorn4 years ago

I know I could just lie, but I wouldn't want my membership to be based on that, even if it was a tiny little lie.

Do you know anyway around the God question? Or any lodges that don't have this requirement, or a similar organization?

If not I'm going to have to start my own "boys club." So to speak.

1 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

Not to give anything away but you swear oaths on a holy book, whether it's the bible, Koran, Torah, or the eastern scrolls (I forget what they use in India and SE Asia). As such for your oaths to be binding you must believe in a higher power.

2 upvotes_Madison_4 years ago

You can give an affirmation in the US and UK.

3 upvotesearthforce_14 years ago

I think Legions are becoming more generally open now. All the WW2 veterans are dying off, so they must either close down or open up.

3 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

What do you guys think of all the conspiracy theorists who criticize the Freemasons as an evil organisation?

5 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

Dude, we plan take over of the world most every meeting.

No, not really, we're a dinner/drinking club

8 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

I'll get an email every once in a while with a new theory in it from a brother for a laugh. Let's say hypothetically we really are an evil organization. We make up for it by donating just shy of $1B a year to our various charities world wide so that's got to at least buy us a little good karma.

1 upvotesreigorius4 years ago

Where do you get that 1 billion from?

2 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

Annual internal reports put the estimated number around $900 million. Ever hear of the Shriner's children's hospitals? Those are a Freemason charity. There are numerous others but that's one a lot of people are familiar with.

3 upvoteszarus4 years ago

hahaha it was a couple of hours ago but my upvote ticked it up to 33

3 upvotesGotmilkyy4 years ago

Isn't the whole deal of the Freemasons kinda like Fight Club? Don't see a reason to talk about it outside of events or meet ups.

3 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

Actually to date I've not once beat the shit out of anyone for entertainment nor self improvement purposes.

1 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

Not that I've not been tempted to.

6 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

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6 upvotesbvolkl4 years ago

You have to believe in some form of higher power, whether that's one God or many, doesn't really matter. Frankly, if you're an atheist and really want to join you could just fudge that small fact in the interview.

-3 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

True or false:

Freemason's are a finger in the glove of the illuminati whom are Luciferians? Or is each lodge different?

Does the G in their symbol stand for God or gnostic?

I've heard different accounts from those supposedly in the Masons. A black guy at that, and I'm white. So much misinformation out there on the web. I suppose only one way to find out.

6 upvotescariboo_j4 years ago

I heard they keep the metric system down

2 upvotesaakksshhaayy4 years ago

and keep the martians under wraps

1 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

No way around it. Metric system sucks.

Give me a pint, not 500ml.

1 upvotescariboo_j4 years ago

As someone who works with numbers on a daily basis... metric is easier to work with in almost every way.

It's a far more practical system than imperial.

1 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

Yes, but I like to give shit whenever I can.

Besides, I think of imperial like an older muscle car. Sure, there's better ones out there, but it's comfortable, like a pair of old jeans. And, yeah, it can rock at times.

3 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

Well think about it this way. You just have to believe in a "higher power", so there are some satanists, in some lodges. Don't have anything against them but the higher you go, the more strange stories I hear about.

0 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

I hear if you wanna be a star in Hollywood, you gotta join up. Do some "gay" shit or swinger parties. Dress as a girl or something. Yeah, thanks, but no thanks. Where's Mel Gibson these days? Or Martin Lawrence or Dave Chappelle.

5 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

You're confusing Masons with Scientology.

2 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

As a Knights Templar your first statement is hilarious.

G stands for Geometry and God. So, figure that.

Need more info, give me a PM.

1 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

Why have I had so many down votes? I don't mind, but I thought it was a legitimate question. There is often a negative connotation with the freemason and an assumed collusion with the illuminati chapter. But assumptions make the mother of all f ups. So what gives? Why the down vote? Should I go to a local mason Lodge and ask?

2 upvotesrecon_johnny4 years ago

1) Don't bother with down or up votes. It's the smallest thing in the world, and you have much better things to do.

2) I'll respond, because I thought you had a question. If you go to a lodge, they'll not really mention anything about Knights Templar. That's another body (York Rite), and only one of three (along with Royal Arch and Cryptic).

Now a days, there is no relation at all for KT and Illuminati, and if you ask, you'll be either quietly dismissed, or folks will talk down to you--because we have no association with it, in it's present form.

Does this make sense? Have a head cold, so not that concise today.

62 upvotestaw1274 years ago

I'm going to suggest specific ways to overcome the obstacles OP has laid out. Feel free to add on.

Men do not have an in-group preference. You don't need an in-group. When you're out and about, make conversation, be lively, engage groups and people. When I started doing stand-up, one of the first things I did was start befriending the regulars at the open mics. Whether or not you sit alone is up to you. So don't.

Male spaces have been contaminated. If a woman/girl is an outsider, treat her accordingly. More importantly, make sure your group agrees with the dynamics you yearn to have within a friend group. My closest network has a fair share of women in it (< 50% but > 25%). We don't bother policing each other because the majority agrees that we'll say and do what we like and anyone who doesn't like it can screw off.

... discouraged from outside friendship. Be the leader in your relationship. If you want a night out with the guys, take it. If your friends are whipped and not allowed to go out anymore, there are ways around that. One of my closest friends recently got married and had this exact problem: his wife takes up all his weekends. Instead of resigning myself to having one fewer friend, I started inviting her out as well. After the first couple of times, she decided that our group was not quite her speed and started leaving early. The same is true for my LTR. If I want to go out on my own, I tell her I'm going out on my own. If I know I'm going somewhere she'll be welcomed, I tell her to come along "as arm candy". Note: she goes to bed much sooner than I do so I've established the rule that, if she gets tired, she goes home and goes to bed. I am not bound by her routine and she knows it.

There is more social pressure on men... You don't have to hold out for the perfect opinion or the best one-liner. Just shoot the shit. Be social, make eye contact, have a good time. Chances are, if you stop worrying about what everyone else in the room will think every time you open your mouth, you'll be more natural and likeable.

... something unmasculine about male friendship There really isn't. If you believe this, stop. Man is a social animal. Make sure your existing friends know you appreciate them. Give gifts and advice regularly and with gusto. For instance, there is nothing "unmasculine" about helping a buddy move apartments. Nor is there anything "unmasculine" about paying for drinks when your friend's going through a tough time. My friends and I run together in the mornings, play music together in the evenings, we sit around drinking whisky and shooting the shit for hours some weekends. If you're having a good time, nobody's gonna point to you and say "look at those pussies". Most people will ignore your existence, some others will envy your group and strive to be part of it.

In General Get a hobby. Something you enjoy. Something social. If you enjoy stand-up, start writing and going to open mics. If you want to train in self-defense, pick up boxing or BJJ or any number of arts. If you want to get better at playing an instrument, take a group class at a local arts center.

Side Note Don't worry about coming home to "nothing". Come home to a book you really wanted to read. Come home to an evening alone with your guitar and a case of craft beer. Come home to a new recipe you've been meaning to try and make it. You can occupy yourself productively when there are no other people around. You don't have to be lonely just because you're alone.

20 upvotesRedPillDad4 years ago

Excellent reply, especially your message about enjoying solitude. A lot of women are terrified about being alone and will sustain shitty relationships to avoid such a scenario.

3 upvotesMyRedAccount4 years ago

Men do not have an in-group preference

The reason women think we do is that when are being masculine and vocalizing it together it drives them away. This also applies to the male spaces being contaminated observation.

If you want to create a male space all you have to do is be male and vocalize with other males, and not let in anyone who is a pushover. Women will naturally congregate on the outskirts and the quality will depend on the males.

2 upvotesTRPShill4 years ago

friends are good, but if you have your shit together solitude is not bad

10 upvotesnomorelulu4 years ago

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10 upvotesnomorelulu4 years ago

Oh God, I always find it pathetic when a guy's behaviour completely changes once a girl is in the room. It's disgusting.

3 upvoteskutwijf4 years ago

Hard to do that when society puts it on a pedestal.

34 upvotesTheAureate4 years ago

There’s an old quote that goes, “Blood is thicker than water.”

What the hell is water?

The real quote is, “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.”

The family that you choose throughout your life, not the family you happen to be born into, is the family that will be there for you in your darkest times. The brothers and sisters you pick up along your journey will be held together through a bond of camaraderie stronger than any glue imaginable.

How to we find and build these relationships though?

Friendship is forged through shared experience.

The most efficient way to find people to join your tribe is to join a group, sport, or club.

Naturally, you will gravitate towards a few people in the group that you like most. – Simply spend time with them during the club meetings. Get to know them.

Once you know these people, invite them to something else you’re doing, just like in the dating video. This gives you the authority of leadership, and it provides an easy transition to the friendship mindset instead of the group mindset.

During that time, focus on create memories. Focus entirely on making fun and getting to know them more in depth. Ask them about their dreams, their fears, what drives them and what makes them feel alive.

These memories solidify the foundation of friendship, which can be built upon later by simply, “hanging out”.

This will also contribute to developing yourself. Choose something you want to be better at, and surround yourself with people that are better than you in this area. Like equilibrium, being around them will naturally bring you to their level. Through giving you and example to work towards, great advice, and encouragement.

“A real friend will push you to become the best you can be; and if they find themselves lacking in the endeavor, they will embark on the experience with you.” – u/Asoka11111

Notice People

Taking the time to give a genuinely heartfelt compliment about something specific I appreciate about a person has earned me some of the most loyal friends I have to date.

When giving a good compliment, don’t comment on something about a person. Compliment something they have DONE. Compliment their good style, or a skill they’ve worked hard to develop.

These compliments naturally turn into conversations about what you had complimented; which can easily be turned into a follow up adventure in town.

Be Kind

Kind people give to others, especially their friends, out of nothing but love. No expectations.

Friends provide for each other. There is no keeping track of who gives what to who. If you are a friend of mine, I will always have your back as much as I am able.

Life is a two-way transaction. You need to GIVE in order to GET.

Giving to your friends almost always ensures that if you are in need, they will have your back as well.

Go Conquer, my friends

– B

2 upvotesMelodyMyst4 years ago

Peace, unto you, and those you gather.

15 upvotesMyLittleAtomBomb4 years ago

You can't cold-approach for male friendship without looking on some level like you want to suck his cock. Pretend your life is a movie. Go about your business and chase what fulfills you. Along the way people will enter your life naturally due to a shared common interest. That's the basis of friendship.

I'm big into football so I joined a local flag league. Took the initiative and invited a bunch of guys out to a bar to watch the local NFL team play. Got their numbers and BAM, social life.

7 upvotesneanderthalensis4 years ago

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7 upvotesneanderthalensis4 years ago

As a footnote though it's important to note that your life's journey is a solitary one. Like it or not you were alone coming into this world and you will leave it alone too, so you better be happy with who you are. Work on that and the rest should fall into place.

There's something poetic and vaguely beautiful about your final sentence.

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12 upvoteswakocid4 years ago

I'm 57. my closest friends are from college. But we all live in different states and still get together now and then. You will make and lose friends all your life. Jobs, moving, marriage, kids, no kids, no wife, etc. No big deal. You must be happy with yourself and then everything else is easy. I got married, made new friends, had kids, get different friends. Kids grow up, lose friends. On and on. I am still married, kids both out of the house now. I am an outdoors guy, hunting, ATV's etc. I do all of it on my own now. Best time of my life. I still keep in touch with the college buddies, but even they could not hang with me. They think I am crazy. btw, always been RP, we just called it "being a man". Make everyday a "challenge" and push yourself. If you want to catch what I do now, here's my youtube channel....https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBWledZdKE1_IRJgVhpLfOA

12 upvotesrouge_rain174 years ago
  • Married men/men in LTR are discouraged from outside friendships. And isn't that fucked up?

You know what is said one of the identifiers of a manipulative man is? He isolates his girl from her friends.

Think about it

3 upvoteslawrencewidman4 years ago

Yeah my wife did that shit to me. Its fucked up.

6 upvotesSkedoolie4 years ago

How about stop using technology so much? Samy Kamkar (famous hacker) was banned from using computers for a year(?) after he hacked MySpace back in the day. In an interview with Tim Ferriss, he said how this taught him to be social and connect with people because he had nothing better to do.

6 upvotesMarsupian4 years ago

Maintaining a social circle takes work. Say no to your preferred method of procrastination and make plans.

Also participate in activities and environments where male bonding comes easy. It's a lot less work to maintain a "superficial" social network of collegues, teammates and club members. This both gives you more social reach and options as well give the opportunity of developing real friendship.

Where a lot of men run into problems is when they leave those superficial circles but don't put in the effort to maintain some friendships and don't put effort into finding new circles.

Also realise that you only feasibly have room for around 5 deep relationships. Make choices, be part of networks and don't get complacent.

7 upvotesLasherDeviance4 years ago

It can be really hard when you don't give a shit about sports as well.

30 upvotesvengefully_yours4 years ago

I come home to three dogs, two huskies and a husky lab mix. I have muscle cars in the driveway, live in the woods, and I am free to do as I please. Most people annoy me, they lack the intelligence required to be enjoyable for company.

I do not come home to nothing, I have a life I created and crafted with a purpose in mind. A bitch and some hangers on are not part of the purpose.

5 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

You are living the dream.

This is what I want one day. Just me, some dogs, some books, a piano, and a garden. Friends as a luxury, not a necessity.

3 upvotesvengefully_yours4 years ago

I came to terms with being on my own years ago, it's extremely rare that I met people I want to keep in my life, and I had none until I was 16 anyway. This is who I am, most can't live like I do.

6 upvoteshiphoprising4 years ago

Most people annoy me, they lack the intelligence required to be enjoyable for company.

Really?

7 upvotesfreenglower4 years ago

It's cool that you could get out of your this misconception that male friendships are unmasculine. I'm a gay guy and it's a lot harder for us to make friendships with straight guys, even thought it's something that i would really like - having a bro to talk about stuff. Hell, i'd probably even end up helping my bros to get girls. I think you have to try to bond with people and after a while you will end up finding what you look for, you just need to find guys that are on the same page as you - confident, smart people seeking a bro to share things with.

2 upvotesCokaCokaCaw4 years ago

This. I'm a straight guy with a best friend that happens to be gay.

-1 upvotesmerkmerk734 years ago

I'm a gay guy and it's a lot harder for us to make friendships with straight guys

Because it works just like it does with male/female relationships - if she's hot you're gonna wanna hit it

Same token, you're gonna be jerking it to thoughts of getting f'd in the a unless hes gross as hell. And don't even pretend you aren't.

Hell 'converting' or otherwise seducing a straight guy is one of the #1 gay fantasies out there

2 upvotesfreenglower4 years ago

But if it isn't going to happen, why wouldn't it be possible to be friends? If you really like hanging out with a girl but she has a boyfriend or doesn't want to have sex with you, would you just stop being friends?

5 upvotesBlueMondaze4 years ago

Men like to do things of value, or relax and do what pleases them. So they're either going to find them doing something productive together if it calls for it, it just chilling by themselves when they want to. You're not going to find many groups of men that just want to "go out" to be social. If you have hobbies you can share them with other men. If you don't have hobbies don't expect anyone to want to come over and wallow in your misery together.

"Women don't feel social pressure" Lol. Women drown themselves in social pressure. Everyone feels it. Stop whining.

7 upvotesthrwwy4254 years ago

Some people in this thread are advocating against approaching men for fear of coming off as homo. I say that's the same thing as saying not to approach women for fear of being creepy. I've literally never had a dude strike up a conversation with me and thought, "Dude, wtf? U gay bro?" and anyone that would have that reaction has some personal issues they need to work out.

There is a social barrier to overcome in speaking to any stranger. Overcome it. A friend of mine is introverted, monotone, and has 0 luck with the ladies, but he has a bunch of friends because he goes to a bunch of shows and can strike up a conversation with anyone about music. Then they swap numbers and become show buddies. Then real buddies.

One of the reasons women make friends easily is because the cornerstone of their relationship is emotional validation. So they can enjoy each other's company simply by going out for coffee and talking. Men need something to do in order to enjoy each other. Going on a walk or sitting and talking is almost always boring for almost all men. In male friendships, it's not enough to simply be interesting, you have to find interesting things to do.

4 upvotesThotwrecker4 years ago

Most men fulfill their inherent social programming by social media, multiplayer gaming / gaming communities, reddit, and chatting / acquantainces at work. None of these people are really and truly your friend - yeah, yeah I know your old guildie from WoW and you go way back, but seriously, is he the dude who's going to let you crash if something happens and you need a hand? No, these are all illusory friendships.

They are social kickbacks and social behavior, sure, but they are BP alternatives, like porn is to sex. And as a result, you think you are socially fulfilled, but in reality, you're not building your network and getting better at connecting people.

It's fine to be a lone wolf if you want that. I believe every man should go lone wolf for a while to figure himself out and what he wants out of life, and minimize the distractions and BS coming in from friends. Then you realize who your real friends are and who is just draining your focus.

But ultimately having a group of friends helps you. Despite the innate shittiness and BPness of people, they still can do a lot for you.

The first step to getting it is to dehamster yourself. Your steam friends aren't friends. Your guildies aren't friends. The people you used to know and just follow on FB arent friends. Your twitter followers aren't friends, your favorite posters here aren't friends, the people you work with aren't friends, and you are only going to get friends if you go out and get it.

Once you get that mentality, it's very easy for guys to make friends. Show up, don't be a jackass, just have fun and be yourself (assuming yourself doesn't suck) and most guys won't be opposed to you being around. Invite guys to do cool shit with you - ie if you are throwing a party, ask a few guys to come from different social circles, and let them know it's cool if they want to bring their friends. Get to know their friends. Help introduce them to new people so they get to make friends. Be the bridge.

But most people don't even try because they are content enough with having fake friends in the form of social media / gaming.

4 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

I recommend joining a jiu jitsu gym or some other martial art. My gym is mostly men and has very few women. I get along great with everyone and we grab beers occasionally after we train. You also see these people a couple of times a week so you have people to talk to on a consistent basis.

1 upvotesMachiavEasy4 years ago

I joined my gym almost 2 years ago, and had a handful of close friends. Now I've got 2 handfuls of close friends.

It used to be that me and my best friend had the most Mutual Facebook Friends, at about 45. Now me and my coach have the most Mutual Friends, with about 80, all from jits. Facebook friends are hardly friends, but it just goes to show how many people you meet, and a lot of them have become good friends.

5 upvotesMachoMonk4 years ago

rugby is a great sport. I play rugby with my drinking team sometimes

3 upvotesGregariousWolf4 years ago

I went to the fights and a hockey game broke out.

3 upvotesThrowyMcGruder4 years ago

there is something unmasculine about male friendships. You'll notice there is A LOT of social conditioning in this direction;

It's actually a bit amazing how quick women are to push this, even when it doesn't directly have anything to do with them.

I tend to watch a lot of quiz shows and, over the years, having had different girlfriends and plates, pretty much all of them roll their eyes at any pair of guys that appear on a doubles quiz show and introduce themselves as friends.

"Gay.", is what they say every time, in a derisive way.

These same women who fight for equal rights, gay marriage and do their damnedest to latch on to any gay guy as some kind of trophy friend. It has nothing to do with being gay at all.

It's about mocking straight guys who do things without women and it's such a natural instinct that the tiniest bit of logic will have them back-tracking in an "I'm not homophobic" kind of way.

But they just can't help it.

Even a pair of fity year-old, bearded, pot-bellied, beer-swilling, football-watching, darts-playing, mechanics, with wives and kids, who have been friends since school don't escape their ire.

Like dangling a string in front of a cat, they just have to take a swipe.

5 upvotesYogotron4 years ago

I'm sure this will get buried, but there seems to be some basic facts not being mentioned when we talk about "making friends" or "connecting with people".

The root of a relationship is ones ability to relate to one another. I believe success in this area is based off an old ability often lost in boys this day in age.

The ability to be honest. Honest with yourself on who you are and what you like. A man in the path to self actualization.

And honest with the person you're trying to relate to. Don't join a sport of you hate it. Don't join a chess club to prove something to yourself or others. To Be honest in who you are and what you do with others is the only sure way to invite the people in your life that are worth keeping around.

Don't be afraid to offend people with the truth, if they can't handle it they're not your buddy. Don't be afraid to be yourself. Lying to those around you sucks but lying to yourself is just abuse.

10 upvotesprincepeanutbutter4 years ago

I dont often see a lot about not having friends and being ok with it. My job is very social and between that and dating I want alone time. Also with men in general its hard to find someone who isnt a beta loser or trying to AMOG you. Overall I find it not worth the effort.

Activity friends are good

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its hard to find someone who isnt a beta loser

Jesus this so much, as a student of software-development i find it fucking impossible to find classmates who are not videogame/anime beta suck-ups.

11 upvotesonepill_twopill4 years ago

itt: legit answers plus some freemason recruiters

6 upvotesFuck_shadow_bans4 years ago

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6 upvotesFuck_shadow_bans4 years ago

Well that a good first step to meet other guys worth having a friendship with, but the problem is that there are very few actual "groups" of guys that hang out, and almost all of those were formed years ago, usually in college.

I did BJJ for a couple months and I noticed all the long time guys knew a lot about each other and genuinely were happy to see each other and to know what was going on in each other's lives, but I wouldn't call them friends. None of them even spent time outside of class together. None of them called each other on the weekend to go do some thing outside of BJJ together. Et cetera.

There is clearly stuff you have to do even beyond that to have "friends" the same way you did when you were younger.

2 upvotesreigorius4 years ago

Yeah. There is something odd when you grow up. When you were young, you could make friends much more easily than today. My best summerbreak was with a group of friends from a summerjob. The group split after each of us left for a different destination: uni, college, other work.

3 upvotesMattyAnon4 years ago

So, with that said, can we brain storm how a man post-college, or over 30, can make new friends?

Do what you love, work on improving yourself. Then you meet those who are also doing similar. Be non-needy and be a person of value, and people will be drawn to you. Accept people as they are, don't rush it, but do lead.

OP's post is totally true, and this applies all men. So other men need friendship, you need friendship, but you're the guy who knows how to make it happen. Be loyal, be funny, be a dick, be masculine, and of course: lead and escalate.

That means inviting people out, sharing activities, hosting parties, etc. You know - the shit you like other people to do but always make excuses not to do.

It's honestly pretty easy and if you're a decent guy, you'll get decent friends.

The formula is simply this:

  • find someway somehow somewhere to be around other people doing something you enjoy or self-improvement (not bar, gym, café. Could be a club, sport, activity. Avoid social clubs (ie no core activity) which generally contain people unable to make friends elsewhere for very good reason.)
  • be completely non-needy and as indifferent as possible to what others think of you. This sets you free of social constraint and makes you more productive in doing what you want and getting what you want.
  • be a bit sociable and outgoing, but it's not particularly necessary
  • be a person of value
  • be whatever you want to be and stand for whatever you want to stand for. (This is not "be yourself", this is "do what you want to do")
  • don't try any sort of social manipulation (guys don't understand it, but can tell something is wrong). It's not necessary nor beneficial with men you want to be friends with.
  • express yourself, don't try to create an impression in others. The difference here is the difference between charming as hell and needy as fuck.
  • escalate / invite / host
  • spend quality time with people when the chance arises

Note that none of this is ever "trying to make friends" which generally looks needy. This is "being friends and making stuff happen".

1 upvotesCluelessCat4 years ago

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1 upvotesCluelessCat4 years ago

You ask them to hang out outside of the study group.

3 upvotesChad_Thundercock694 years ago

I've said this many times on this sub and I'll say it again, check out your local pua lair. (pua = pickup artist) Depending on it's size you'll see different groups emerge.

Some groups have the noobs, some groups have the weird people and some groups have the cool people. But everyone there is there to improve their skills with women, and many also have a strong focus on self-improvement in general.

Feels good to approach a girl, have to go terribly wrong and not have to worry about your friends teasing/tormenting you the entire night for it. Also you'll feel like approaching 10+ girls a night because it'll be normalised as everyone else is doing it as well.

THIS SHIT CHANGED MY LIFE

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What is a Pick-up artist lair? And what do you do together other than sarging for girls?

0 upvotesLastRevision [OP]4 years ago

Should I feel stupid doing this at 35?

2 upvotesChad_Thundercock694 years ago

My lair has ~200 people, there's a lot of guys in their thirties but only a few go out regularly, some are fucking cool and some are beta fatties.

3 upvotesRealworld4 years ago

I have no natural social skills. By experience, I've found it's effortless to make new friends. Too easy and too many, in fact.

If a stranger is standing within conversational distance distance of you, they've already subconsciously decided you're safe. Standing sideways to them, glance at them and ask anything (in context of where you are) and listen to their response. If they continue talking, turn more towards them, and ask a couple more questions and listen to what they say. A significant number will keep talking and soon suggest another activity you might be interested in. If you indicate interest, they'll invite you along.

This works everywhere in the world. If you're open to it, you'll experience all kinds of adventures with your own personal and knowledgeable guide.

6 upvotesstunningandbrave4 years ago

If you can play an instrument, join a band.

Fuck it. Why not?

You don't have to be the next Nirvana, you're supposed to have something to look forward to.

Play metal or be a mariachi band, it doesn't matter, just have fun.

2 upvotestallwheel4 years ago

I joined one very recently. In fact, we have only practiced once so far, have scheduled our second practice, and are still looking for a drummer and singer. It remains to be seen what kind of friendships will be made, but so far I'd say practicing is a lot of time and work! I'm having trouble fitting it into my schedule between my other obligations and hobbies.

Anyway, though I can't report much at this early stage, hoping it turns out for the best.

2 upvotesEleriumAvenger4 years ago

Recently met a marine veteran who was working on capital hill. He talked about his fly fishing club and how it has been come so much more. They brew beer, plan hikes, and collectively get in their bro time. The biggest problem his group faces is finding men whom you would want to bro out with. Due to the betaization of most men their are not enough leaders to form groups and those with the leadership skills to form said groups have little to gain for forming them. The best solution is to have/learn social hobbies that are an interest shared with men in their 20's through retirement age.

2 upvotesnuesuh4 years ago

No one calls you on the phone? Then I guess you have time to do shit.. And, other guys also do shit. You can do that shit together.

A sport, a hobby, a club. Pleanty of guys in all ages to bond with. Friends you haven't meet yet.

2 upvotesOjisan14 years ago

Get a hobby, and join a local group (such as a meetup) for that hobby. Last year I got into motorcycling, and have met some good people that way.

2 upvotesslimcoat4 years ago

I invite a bunch of guys over for poker and board games once a week. It works for me.

Find a hobby, invite men to it.

1 upvotesTurduckenII4 years ago

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1 upvotesTurduckenII4 years ago

I as well youtube searched it and couldn't find anything. Could anyone provide the link?

2 upvotesmetalfan204 years ago

I might get down votes for this but so be it. I recently moved to a new state. I knew nobody besides extended family. So I decided to expirament with Craig's list. I have met about 3 guys through there and we have all hit off pretty well. Turns out we have the same interests. They were also very receptive of Red Pill talk. I don't necessarily seen this as something that will work 100% of the time but so far it's worked for me.

However I agree with a lot of the other guys on here. Develop your hobbies or join some meet ups.

2 upvotesEugenics20154 years ago

The problem is that most men are taught to place all their emotional needs in the hands of women. It hasn't always been this way.

Homophobia killed male friendship.

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/08/24/the-history-and-nature-of-man-friendships/

2 upvotesyomo864 years ago

I like to add an exclusion: Never under pain of death look for male friends within the scope of your profession with the further exception of making friends with a single individual.

For instance if you are a doctor never try to make friends at the christmas party organization team of the hospital. Most males use the profession as a mean to an end to get laid aka being the BB. The white knights and betas will be prevelant.

I bought an old 1987 motorcycle, a lot of shit is broken on this bike but there is a dedicated group of men in my town dealing together concerning issues with their bikes.

6 upvotesHappyScribe4 years ago

Some of my best friends work in the same profession. Often we'll hang out together and talk about the industry, about the problems we have and help each other out... I've lent and borrowed equipment, taken advice, used their holiday homes. Also, we're not direct competitors, but there's a certain amount of competitiveness which is pretty healthy. It's as near to a mastermind group as I'm likely to get.

1 upvotesyomo864 years ago

I know what you are saying. However, more and more men are actually girls and having people around me who have a real chance of fucking with my professionel life just for pussy... I don't know man.

3 upvotesHappyScribe4 years ago

Maybe it's different when you're older. Most of my friends have steady LTRs and are as aggressive as fuck about excellence in their industry. Maybe you just need to hang out with guys older than your peer group?

1 upvotesThePacketSlinger4 years ago

Yep, pretty much the same for me (IT). But if you're anything like me I'm guessing that you didn't meet those guys at an industry event or anything. All of my in - industry friends I met through other friends who wanted me to meet their other techy friend.

2 upvotesPurecorrupt4 years ago

You never want to give all your "real thoughts" away to someone who's drinking too much of the kool-aid.

I would agree to not try and become actual friends with everyone at work, but I think you are missing out on potential allies if you do not at least come off as friendly. You never know when you'll need one.

2 upvotesyomo864 years ago

Damn you are right. Allies. But not the RP definition of friend a I-would-lie-under-oath-for-you-friend.

2 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

Right there with you. It's very troubling.

I feel like I've alienated everyone I know now that I've swallowed the red pill.

My problem is clear though. I've tried to make others see our point of view here; as I've always thought of myself as a leader. But they don't want to hear the truth or our version of it. They want to live in their perfect little world, blind and ignorant to the harsh realities we men today face.

In order to gain acceptance into other cliques of men, I have had to adapt and be "chameleon" so to speak. It's not fun and I almost prefer the solitude to that life.

11 upvotesMarsupian4 years ago

Dude just don't preach. I thought keeping this shit for yourself was rule #1. Show through your actions not your words and for fucks sake never use the lingo.

1 upvotesThePacketSlinger4 years ago

Another way to put this is to teach but not lecture. As people get to know you and see that you do things differently than most people they know, they may begin to ask you why you do certain things differently. This is pretty much the only win-win scenario where you can teach someone something as an equal and have everyone walking away feeling good about the exchange. I think anything else has a tendency of coming off as condescending or preachy.

1 upvoteshailhailhailandkill4 years ago

Q: Cui bono?

A: Already or to-be pedestialized females. Another zone to dominate. Less outer interaction and more time & attention assigned to them. Seawater effect, the more you feed the more they get thirsty!

As for the brain storm; socialities like football games (sports in general), hubble-bubble culture, gym laddism, arranging reunions with former co-eds etc seem fine. Especially some married men underestimate social life by getting deceived that their unicorn wives can fill all the gaps.

1 upvoteskalo_asmi4 years ago

Join a club. Bikers, golf, anything that interests you.

1 upvotesHans_Holo4 years ago

Host a regular poker night (every other week is perfect). Keep the buy-in very cheap. The regularity allows people to set SO's expectations well ahead of time, and no one feels pressure to attend every time. The low buy-in means it stays friendly.

Men take a long time to warm up. Getting in close proximity and some friendly competition eventually breaks down the barriers.

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1 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

Old friends are better than new friends, that a place to start. After that the activities you do, especially hard ones that women cant tolerate usually is a good place to make friends. Army training, Boxing, fight camps, construction. I have to admit it is difficult to maintain good friends as you say they are not rewarded to keep friendships and men dont have a culture of keeping friends typically. Lastly I think as your social game improves you find cooler people, by being cool. That is if you have value, people will want to hang out with you. That being said, it is very hard to become valuable to people at large, but there is no harm in trying to become the man.

1 upvotesKneeDeep1854 years ago

I do sports that my LTR is generally intimidated by, and therefore has no interest in joining. Namely, skiing and downhill mountain biking, and also table tennis. Sports are a great excuse to be gone and do your own thing for half a day or a random weeknight (table tennis), and it's pretty easy to find a guy friend who wants to join. When you're doing sports you don't have to share intimate details about your life if you don't want to, you keep your hands busy, and you feel a lot better after. Plus when you get better, you become more competitive and it feels like you're actually building something/working toward something.

1 upvotesbigslates4 years ago

Hi, do you know the name of Tyler's video you are referring to?

1 upvotesLastRevision [OP]4 years ago

I'll look for it, but his videos are tough to sort through because he goes off-topic a lot; the channel was RSDFreeTour, though- all great videos.

1 upvotesbigslates4 years ago

Cheers, there's definitely a lot to be learned from him!

1 upvotesCmbaugh4 years ago

(even if those friendships are superficial)

This is crazy true. I've known girls that literally Hate all their friends but continue to hang out/ be nice to them for reasons unknown to me.

1 upvotestwatbutter4 years ago

It really sucks to lose close friends you've known since childhood, but part of becoming your own man is trying to be sociable on top of being fit/successful.

I won't hamster around the truth of it though-- it's not even about "growing distant." Sometimes people you thought were loyal friends shunt their responsibilities and leave you when you're needed. These are not true male friends-- these are pretenders.

1 upvotesAlphaG244 years ago

I feel like most of my friends that I've lost over the years tend to leave the group for a woman. It's total bullshit cause when they break up, they tend to crawl back into the group like a little bitch. It sucks having a bro behind you that you think is going to be your wingman until you die, then he puts a ring on any girl who can walk and chew gum at the same time.

1 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

Raise your value and exchange/share your value with other men. I've noticed my stronger male-male relationships don't just "chill" together and not do anything, we do productive shit together like work on cars, play sports, shoot ect and less frequently just chill/not do anything. The friendships I have/had that are more recreational usually don't last.

1 upvotesnikeforged4 years ago

Golf does it for me. During the golf season. Men's night, every Wednesday. Skins night (cash games) every Thursday. Tournaments Fridays and Saturdays. When there are no local tournaments we play cash games on Saturday. Three or four days a week out with the guys. There are no women that tag along. Its fucking great.

1 upvotesChrisBenRoy4 years ago

IDK how it applies or what I do that's different, but I have a shit load of close friends. Probably even at least 5 dudes who I'd take a bullet for and they'd do the same for me. This is a somewhat baffling concept for me.

1 upvotesTRPShill4 years ago

"Think of being in a new environment; a man will usually sit alone while a woman will have no problem sitting with the other women there. "

I think this touches on something. Men are not immediately given social value because they have to show they are worth something. Women have immediate value thanks to their ovaries. Its why the #masculinitysofragile hashtag is hilarious. Of course masculinity is fragile, it isnt granted by your genitals.

1 upvotesTheRealMouseRat4 years ago

Join a group of people with the same interests as you. (amateur soccer team, very small weight lifting gym, orchestra, whatever really) Men bond over activities they do together is my experience. So to get and keep friends, have shared interests and do those things together.

1 upvotessurfjihad4 years ago

Golf was made for acquiring new friends and mercifully it remains mostly a male space uninvaded by women.

1 upvotesanon_throwaway04 years ago

I am one of these..i have a few friends but none close enough to really give a shit about me or we hang out like once a yr or so

1 upvotesn0oo74 years ago

Find a hobby, Find men who like the hobby, Share the hobby?

1 upvotesBlueChilli4 years ago

We can all drink alone, together.

1 upvotesNYCMusicMarathon4 years ago

The Bro Code - 1 tiny helpful point.

The sooner one man can kid another man about something ...

The sooner they can both trust each other a little more.

summary: Bros kid each other - it's a sign of friendship.

1 upvotesmalariasucks4 years ago

I'm married and I don't really experience the aspect where I am discouraged from going out with friends, even though I have a kid, but a buddy of mine does. His wife complains about a lot, it seems endless. What she really needs is a life and a job.

I'm fortunate though. I'm able to go out as I please and as it should be.

1 upvoteshairaware4 years ago

Just go to the gym. Be friendly. Bam insta friends.

1 upvotespluvoaz4 years ago

The hobby thing works like a charm.

When I had my 4x4 I joined a club. It was a mix of singles, couples & families with maybe 20% female & those were mostly spouses/girlfriends.

We had monthly meetings and an online forum. There was a scheduled run every month plus occasional 'mod days' for working on our rigs and even a chili cookoff. We ran support for a Toys 4 Tots bike ride every summer for charity.

Thanks to the forum, folks would post when they were going somewhere & invite others on the impromptu outings. I met some really cool people, had almost no drama & a lot of good times.

As you'd expect, when my daughter got older & we stopped participating we lost contact with everybody. That's just the name of the game.

Now, I just really enjoy my own company. Most people I meet really aren't worth my time. I'm sure this is my fault for not hanging out in the right places but frankly I have no interest.

1 upvotesahmedpie4 years ago

This shits pretty fucking depressing. Even though this post speaks a lot of truth, its pretty fucking sad how hard this post got upvoted

1 upvotesmcdileo4 years ago

I was talking about this with some older (retirement age) guys in my small group. One of them said he doesn't really have friends outside of the group. We're a lot alike in that we don't really call people, but the guy leading suggested calling someone and asking them out for breakfast before work. I'm trying it now with a good guy I'm mostly acquaintances with. It seems like a good way to build a friendship, by having a small group of guys you can be open with or just sit there and shoot the breeze. Either way, nothing can happen unless we act.

Edit: I also wanted to add that I had started looking at new groups to meet new people, but I realized that I already know people, and the mental barrier is stronger in my mind to get closer to them than it is to meet new ones. I'm going to focus more on what I do have, otherwise I'll just keep making superficial relationships.

1 upvotesPhilhelm4 years ago

Up until the age of 18, I had gone to ten schools in twelve years, throughout three different states. I always made friends where I went, and eventually made some long-term friends in (my second) high school. I also made some friends from college and the army. After living in one state for about ten years, I changed states and now have one half-friend who I only see maybe a dozen times per year. Things definitely change.

I think that the first piece of advice for making new friends is to stop chasing women! Seriously, I spent most of my time meeting women and getting laid. I'd be introduced to some of their friends, but as the relationships were usually brief, I would have to start over at ground zero, not knowing a soul in the (immediate) world. I should have tried to make friends, then chase pussy.

1 upvotesTRPhd4 years ago

Brew beer; you will make friends at the brew shop. (I've found the best spot is by the hops/yeast refrigerator. These are very opinion/taste specific, and are thus open to nigh endless discussion.) As a plus, discussing mash temps and all-grain vs. partial-mash ad nauseum will make women watch PBS to avoid the numbing boredom.

Seriously, beer. It works.

1 upvotesRXRob4 years ago

Play a sport. Find a running club. Join a gym.

I was 31 when I turned up to my first wrestling training session. Two years later and most of my friends are wrestlers.

1 upvotes92Hippie4 years ago

I don't really have male friends. My male friends have been friends since high school. No need for more, or at least I'm not gonna try to find them. If it happens it happens. I'd rather have close female friendships. It's good practice, and some may turn to nice relationships.

1 upvotesrocketace84 years ago

its pretty rough to have such friendships I'm found. its easy to have drinks w/ colleagues, but unless you have friends from college, it is unusual to have lasting male friendships - it always feels awkward trying to do so (a bit gay almost).

1 upvotescriveros4 years ago

Join your local pick-up facebook community. You can meet like-minded men there while becoming a better person.

1 upvotesRedPill4LYF4 years ago

Step 1. Bathe and put on an outfit that doesn't smell like BO.

Step 2. Go somewhere you would want to go if you had friends.

Step 3. Make your priority to be social and have a good time.

Step 4. Repeat steps 1-3 daily or as often as is manageable until you no longer feel like an awkward retard doing these things.

Step 5. Life sucks. You're not the only one struggling to make friends. Don't give up, just learn from your experiences and become the person you will be when you find out who your friends are.

1 upvotesoccupythekitchen4 years ago

The other day I am talking with my roommates two chicks. Well the topic was how they'd like to adopt. Fucking Jesus I told them I never even considered and why the fuck was that the topic since we are all broke college students. People are just circlejerking about how good they are

1 upvotesMcLarenX4 years ago

Isn't it obvious? Everything that historically was in place to unite white western males has been contaminated in the name of social globalism. The only threat that exists to that agenda is the white western male, and they're doing a damn good job at suppressing that threat.

1 upvotesdaveofmars4 years ago

I joined the Free Masons because my friends were as well. It's not a bad institution if you're interested in improving yourself, traditions, and hanging out with other men without the influence of women. You don't have to be super religious either, so long as you're not an atheist or catholic.

1 upvotesdaveofmars4 years ago

I joined the Free Masons because my friends were as well. It's not a bad institution if you're interested in improving yourself, traditions, and hanging out with other men without the influence of women. You don't have to be super religious either, so long as you're not an atheist or catholic.

2 upvotesNYCMusicMarathon4 years ago

Catholic version used to be
Knights of Columbus.

14 upvotesMarsupian4 years ago

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14 upvotesMarsupian4 years ago

If you are afraid of being mistaken for gay you have bigger problems.

-3 upvotesFulp_Piction4 years ago

Jesus Christ.

Point 1: it's hard being a man waaaaah! Feminists are bad waaah! (Sound familiar?)

Point 2: The feminists are opressing us men waaaah! (And again.)

Point 3: Our LTR's are oppressing us waaaaah! (...)

Point 4: Society is oppressing us, waaaaaaaah! (...)

For fuck's sake, this is honestly the most beta post I've seen on the sub in all my time here.

STOP MAKING FUCKING EXCUSES FOR BEING A LAZY, ANTISOCIAL LOSER. EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE OF YOUR POINTS BLAMED SOMEBODY ELSE FOR YOUR SHIT LIFE. IT'S YOUR OWN FAULT, IT'S YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY TO ADAPT AND SUCCEED.

There's like 140k subs here. Add to that the amount of lurkers, and that total doesn't include anybody who's never seen Reddit. You're telling me you can find one like minded friend? Christ. Even at that, most of my friends are beta, it doesn't matter. You lead them, inspire them to change and let nature do its work on those too weak/stupid to follow.

If you want to make real male friends you need to go find a place where men go. Sports, martial arts, a men's shed, the bar during a football game. Even work? Be confident, pass the shit tests and have some fun. Everybody is on the same boat once you prove yourself, men want to be friends with whoever they look up to (read the way of men). You have the fucking keys to life in the sidebar and top posts and you're still blaming other people. Fuck alpha & beta, until you grow a set and grab the fucking bull by the fucking horns you will always be a failure. Life isn't fair. You're a disposable, good for nothing AVERAGE man in western society, go do something about it, dickweed. /r

1 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

I'm with you bro.

Sincerely, The guy down voted more than you

0 upvotesComradeCatilina4 years ago

Not being an asshole helps alot.

0 upvotesthrowaway-aa24 years ago

Easy: find wingmen. 9 times out of 10 these will be the guys on the path to improvement that have value and are a pleasure to be around. So pound the pavement in your city and look (in person or online) for wingmen, and they'll naturally become your friends if you are at the requisite level.

0 upvotesRavelsBolero4 years ago

I would advise guys to meet their dad's friends, and go out drinking with him/them when the chance arises.

You can get an insight into how your town or nation was decades ago, and I've found it very fascinating observing the social dynamics between older people. They are much more politically incorrect I find, for one amusing thing.

-2 upvotesbye---felicia4 years ago

men are not women. Being socially responsible requires time, energy, patience, and a whole bunch of other bullshit not worth the effort. most men already deal with that at work/partner/kids. others, couldn't give a shit on the low yielding, non fuckable reward that this "friendship" could possibly provide. most M:M "friendships" are one sided mentorships, anyway.

-18 upvotes • [deleted] • 4 years ago

Oh no! 2% of men don't have a bestie!

5 upvotesDumbledoresFerrari4 years ago

This is a UK article, so it's 12.5%.





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