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"The Spirit Of Seeing" - A Story About The Internet

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“He’ll do great things that boy..”

That’s what the village people said about him. Strong, co-ordinated, talented, smart and charming. The young man felt as though he could become anything he wanted.

He stood tall with his shoulders back and his blue eyes spoke of a steady self-confidence held deep within him. His body was strong, built through hours of intensive sword training.

After endless hours of sword practise, he began to stroll through the village back to his home. A number of girls waved to him as he walked by and he politely waved back.

Upon arriving home, he began sharpening his swords ready for training the next day.

Suddenly, a spirit appeared behind him, calling his name. The young man spun around ready to attack, only to find an incredibly plain looking spirit floating harmlessly in the centre of his room.

Neither male nor female, the spirit held an entirely blank expression. Neither happy nor sad, as though there was no emotion inside it whatsoever. The spirit spoke “Jean of Furthershore, I am the Spirit of Seeing”.

The young man stood facing the spirit confrontationally. “What do you want?” he said drawing his sword. The spirit remained completely unafraid.

“Only to show you my powers. I can show you anything you can possibly imagine. For I am the Spirit of Seeing”, the spirit replied plainly.

The young man observed the spirit carefully. It continued to float passively in the air and seemed to pose no threat. “You can show me anything huh..? Show me..the stables of Furthershore” the young man said curiously.

The spirit blew a puff of smoke, and inside the smoke the stables could be seen clearly. The image of the stables hung in the air for several moments before disappearing.

The young man smiled. How interesting, he thought to himself. Another idea immediately came into his mind, “Show me the most beautiful girl in the world” he suggested with a smirk on his face.

Without a word, the spirit blew another puff of smoke, and in it appeared the most beautiful girl the young man had ever seen. Her long, dark hair lay delicately over her pretty head. She had big, piercing brown eyes, a delicate nose and plump lips. One hand lay perfectly on the hips of her gorgeous hourglass figure.

The young man’s pupils dilated as he stared at the girl in wonder for a full five minutes.

Remembering where he was, he cleared his throat and composed himself once again. While he felt slightly embarrassed, the spirit maintained an empty gaze seemingly unaffected by the young man’s embarrassing display.

Another idea entered the young man’’s mind. “Show me a great warrior” he commanded. As usual, the spirit blew yet another puff of smoke with an image of exactly what the young man had asked for. The perfect warrior stood looking into the distance, his body toned and muscular, with a stern expression on his face.

The young man marvelled at this great warrior, pledging to himself that he too would one day be a great warrior just like this man.

The young man had had enough. “You may leave now spirit. I have seen enough”, he said dismissively as he went back to sharpening his swords.

The spirit of seeing spoke without emotion: “ I shall remain here in the corner of your room, ready to show you my powers on your command”.

The young man shrugged his shoulders in acceptance. The spirit didn’t seem to mean him any harm.

As the weeks went by, the young man became accustom to the spirit in his room. He used it to see the weather of the day, to see what his friends were doing and he even started looking at beautiful girls with their clothing removed — after all, the spirit of seeing would show him anything he wanted.

The weeks turned into months.

He started leaving his sword training an hour early. And then two hours early. And then three. For the spirit of seeing was far more stimulating than dull, repetitive sword training.

The girls in the village waved, but the young man stopped waving back. They were plain, he said to himself. One day he would find a girl as beautiful as the ones he watched through the spirit, he thought.

He began using the spirit to watch great battles. He cheered aloud as his favourite hero turned the tide of the skirmish at the very last minute. Watching with eagerness, thinking that one day soon he would lead his own army into battle.

He thought of these battles while he practised his sword-work. He even began reciting lines he had heard his favourite hero speak as he swung. And he would leave training after just a few hours to rush home and watch another great battle (Not before seeing more beautiful naked girls, of course).

A year past.

And the girls in the village had stopped waving. Some had wedded a husband. Most could be heard screaming the name of another boy in the village from the archery range each evening. Apparently he was skilled with a bow. The young man cursed and muttered under his breath — something about real warriors not attacking from afar.

He now often trained only for a few short hours and some days he would skip training altogether. He would walk at a quick pace through the village to get home, uninterested in exchanging pleasantries with the village folk.

He had begun using the spirit to watch as a number beautiful naked women perform sexual acts upon one another. It seemed now that a single naked woman was no longer interesting.

His admiration for his favourite hero had turned into jealousy. He would watch the hero defeat enemy after enemy, the gap between himself and the hero seeming to loom ever larger.

He could no longer run much of a distance. His shield felt heavy. His sword skills no longer matched other warriors of his own age.

Several more years past.

The young man had given up on becoming a hero, although he would still re-watch his favourite battles through the spirit from time to time. Still unmarried he had become deeply frustrated and sad. His sword lay quietly in the corner of the room collecting dust.

On the night of his 30th birthday, the middle-aged man sat alone in his room feeling worse than he had ever felt.

The clock struck 12.

Suddenly, the spirit of seeing began to laugh. The man was startled, the spirit had never laughed before. In fact, it had never shown any emotion whatsoever. He looked up at the spirit who caught his gaze. Slowly, the spirit of seeing grew a wide smile.

For the first time in 10 years, the spirit spoke. “My work here is done” it said in a deep voice.

“What are you talking about spirit?” the man spoke fearfully.

The spirit laughed again. “I shall reveal what I have kept secret for the past 10 years. I am the ultimate concentration of evil. I am root of all the darkness in the world. I am the devil himself”, the spirit spoke pridefully.

The man became terrified. His mouth wide open and speechless.

“A demon will attack this village tonight. A prophesy foretold that you were the one destined to defeat it. But it is I that has defeated you. And now the souls of this village are mine”, the spirit spoke with a tone of utter glee.

“Why wait ten long years?” , the man spoke with a shaky voice, “why not fight me face to face the first time we met?”.

The spirit let out another laugh. “If I had faught you face-to-face, you would have conquered me. But I am cunning, and the slow drip of poison given to you through the means of endless fantasy has rendered you too weak to fight. And now this village is mine…”

The man could do nothing other than slowly sit down onto the bed. A deep, dark pain settled inside his stomach. One that he knew would never go away. Only the devil himself could inflict the deep, tormenting inner anguish he felt pulsing through his mind.

The torture in his mind was too much to bare. He needed something to quell the pain.

“Can I see those beautiful girls just one more time?”

A wide grin grew across the devil’s face. “Always”.


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Title "The Spirit Of Seeing" - A Story About The Internet
Author MediaVsReality
Upvotes 731
Comments 78
Date 07 July 2020 05:26 AM UTC (3 months ago)
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[–]Gentle-Lilac191 points192 points  (18 children) | Copy

Needed this rn, nofap day 7. Fuck off, coom spirits!

[–]1chopping_livers45 points46 points  (17 children) | Copy

There recently was a pdf on quitting porn. It said that you can fap as much as you want without using porn. Sound advice.

Tried it, changes stuff for good.

[–]Gentle-Lilac79 points80 points  (4 children) | Copy

Been trying for a long while now, and the aspect of semen retention definitely makes a difference in the process (for me). 10 days of wanking every day w/o porn compared to 10 days of complete celibacy, it's like night and day.

The energy, so much that you sometimes can't sleep. Either channel it into lifting/cardio, release it with meditation, or succumb to the urges. I've never gotten that from 'easy mode', it's a powerful state to be in. Less dopamine from orgasm = more reactive to other dopamine sources (music sounds better, movies make you cry, coffee makes you happy).

[–]1chopping_livers22 points23 points  (1 child) | Copy

Yea, I agree.

For me it was I didn't want it as often anymore. Once a week was the new normal.

[–]BasilevsNihili9 points10 points  (0 children) | Copy

Exactly the same for me. Quit porn and didn't care if would fap or not. Ended up fapping less with much less effort. It's even strange to think of porn, and even stranger to think it was just a casual thing. Now I have trouble sleeping, being months with minimal sexual release and without lifting. Otherwise it's great - I feel it's much harder to let myself be manipulated.

[–]ya_stepdaddy13 points14 points  (0 children) | Copy

I’ve been retaining for about 3 monthes. I was wondering why movies/shows started making me so emotional. Lifting is insane, my old routine turned into my warm up, every machine in the gym gets hit to the max and it’s still not enough

[–]eddielovett0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

You can wank it every day without porn AND without ejaculating. I try to use my dick every day while also retaining.

[–]surfthroughlife5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yeah dude, as someone who had done NoFap for 2 years, stumbled a bit after an unsatisfactory LTR, I read that PDF and I really haven't thought about it too much.

It's like a metaphysical anti-porn trap.

Wild stuff.

[–][deleted]  (1 child) | Copy

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[–]1chopping_livers2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

The thought is not to abstain yourself of anything, as it creates more desire, but to change your mindset towards it.

The book (as I've understood thus far) doesn't limit the amount of orgasms you should have, but the means you use to achieve them (less porn, more imagination).

Bad wording on my part in previous comment.

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[–]1chopping_livers11 points12 points  (3 children) | Copy

Look up easypeasy hackbook on quitting porn.

[–]FBIThot13 points14 points  (2 children) | Copy

It absolutely does not recommend fapping as much as you want. It says to do so while reading as to not turn you off the message before you finish the book. But it ultimately says you have to figure out what orgasming means to you and how much you want to do it. The only thing it specifically mentions about fapping is that to use memories and not even pictures of your own SO

[–]bbgdog211 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

what haunts me is I have more memories of porn than pussy. Even my wet dreams are overtaken by unobtainable fantasy.

[–]FBIThot0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Fuck dude I’m sorry. From what I can gather, The best course of action is to avoid masturbating altogether until you have enough memories since by their logic, once you’re done with the book, you flat out don’t want to even think about porn so realistically there’s not much you’ll want to do

[–][deleted]  (1 child) | Copy

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[–]Adorable_FecalSpray147 points148 points  (0 children) | Copy

Fuck. That was absolutely beautiful.

Don’t talk about Fight Club but definitely share stories like this with those young boys asking questions.

[–][deleted] 55 points56 points  (8 children) | Copy

Holy sweat hell fire; This is quite the writing.

Reminds me of the forbidden fruit from Adam & Eve:

Forbidden fruit is a name given to the fruit growing in the Garden of Eden which God commands mankind not to eat. In the biblical narrative, Adam and Eve eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and are exiled from Eden

Today the "spirit of seeing" is the internet. Except it's magic is limited band-width

"The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race"

Man's greatest enemy in all the books I've read and, experiences I have had in life; is man himself and will be for the rest of humanity's history.

[–]1Ill_mumble_that21 points22 points  (7 children) | Copy

The industrial revolution isn't evil.

Neither are computers or internet.

Machines make mundane time consuming bullshit mostly automated.

Life today is fucking fantastic compared pre industrial-rev. People used to farm and grow food with 90% of their time because growing food without tractors is fucking hard. And backbreaking and miserable. Good luck getting in that HB9 you while you're pulling weeds while covered in dirt.

The evil is within the character in OPs story about a simp.

Dude could have asked the spirit of seeing for literally fucking anything, he asks for porn. He was a lazy piece of shit. He didn't even have anyone else he was sharing this with. Not like today.

Today, being a lazy piece of shit is normalized by "gaming culture." People get sucked into it by other people.

When I first looked at porn I felt guilty as fuck. It was only when other boys told me they did it too that guilt went away. OP didn't have that excuse.

Do you know what I asked the vision of seeing? How to build a house. I then did it. How do start a business and find customers. Then I did it. How to deal with bitches. Then I found TRP. How to process certain chemicals. Then I did it. Where to do X activity. Then I did it.

The moral of the story is not to be consumed by shit that wastes your time by consuming. Whether it is porn, gaming, Pokémon cards, sports (NFL, MLB, etc), etc. If you aren't building/learning a skill or earning $$$ or getting laid, then what you are doing is probably a waste of time.

Some recreation is good. Thats why we work hard, for a reward. But don't be consumed by easy recreation.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (5 children) | Copy

We're both in agreement.

However the industrial revolution can be considered evil for man is misusing his tools.

Man is becoming the tools of his tools.

[–]1Ill_mumble_that5 points6 points  (4 children) | Copy

Saying that is saying tools are evil.

Nope.

Man is evil. Not the tools.

But what is "evil" is relative. Imo as long as you aren't violating universally preferable behavior you ain't evil.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Evil can mean bad.

A tool can be bad. Hence why I use craftsmen tools. They are quality and are now 20% off at your local dealer!

[–]1Ill_mumble_that0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Craftsman was good 20 years ago but now, nah...

"Bad" is just a synonym for "evil" when describing philosophy.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Alright, I misused a term.

Statement still stands; a tool can be bad, and people can misuse a tool.

Misusing a tool can be positive or negative. Mostly negative.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I dislike it when people edit instead of replying.

Evil is relative.

So is everything. To the subject at question. Humanity is the subject to his own devices.

I don't think that's a good thing for us homosapians.

Us as individuals might be doing alright however "we live in a society".

[–][deleted] 56 points57 points  (0 children) | Copy

They should make 1st graders read this on repeat in every school globally.

[–]howcanirememberthisn100 points101 points  (6 children) | Copy

This is a work of genius. Wonderful.

One thing of note...

The visions could have spurred him on initially and throughout.

The great warrior could have inspired him to train and train until he was the man in the mirror.

The beautiful woman could have inspired him to grow strong adventure out to search the land to seduce and capture her.

It wasn’t the visions but the man willling to substitute reality for fantasy which was the great undoing.

The devil only weakens the weak.

The devil strengthens the strong.

Such a boy needed a guide a merlin or a supernatural self belief.

Fire rises up.

[–]TheHardBack34 points35 points  (3 children) | Copy

That's true. But the young man was naive, inexperienced and curious. Most of us before TRP are like that. The thing is: we are weak as hell. The strong one wouldn't give a fuck and squashed the spirit at first sight.

[–]whatnololyea19 points20 points  (1 child) | Copy

A wiser one would have used the spirit to learn the strongest sword techniques in the land.

The way I see the story, the spirit is like fire, but the main character chose to get burned.

I mean he has the entire knowledge of the world in his hands and he uses it to masturbate to naked girls wow that felt real.

[–]howcanirememberthisn5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

Exactly.

All that potential power and he chose to use it for entertainment.

Eyes to see and ears to hear.

[–]howcanirememberthisn2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Exactly. Which is why it’s beautiful.

[–]swamp-bro2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

sounds like you're trying to justify your own crippling internet addiction. limit internet use to 1-3 hours a week maximum until November.

[–]1MediaVsReality[S] 49 points50 points  (4 children) | Copy

Thanks for all the great feedback guys. Yes this is my writing.

[–]lefty92916 points17 points  (2 children) | Copy

Did you really write this? You should publish it in a short story issue, and/or start a blog. Many successful authors got noticed because their short stories become famous. I think you’d have a serious shot at some of the big short story publications in the US. Also protect your work legally because this was a fucking fantastic read dude. Amazing job and very relatable in this age of dopamine at our fingertips.

[–]Adorable_FecalSpray3 points4 points  (1 child) | Copy

He already has a blog, some other good writings are there, check his profile.

[–]Lefanteriorascencion13 points14 points  (0 children) | Copy

It was hard but I found a way to fap to this.

[–]udavka10 points11 points  (0 children) | Copy

This is amazing, gave me goosebumps. Thank you for sharing! 🔥

[–]HBOyesile16 points17 points  (0 children) | Copy

I got to say, this is eye-opening. thanks.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

This was a good read. Kudos to you if you're the author.

[–]bone_shadows5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

the internet is a tool, use it as such. use a hammer once or twice a day. you wouldnt sleep with a hammer, drive/ride the bus with a hammer, start banging a hammer when actual people are talking to you. great story, and i sww many parallels not even just with porn but like the story says of "endless fantasy", young men need to put the phone down sometimes

[–]zippycezch4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Great story telling. Thank you

[–]californiawaves235 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

One of the best things I have seen on Reddit... much appreciation for sharing.

[–]MrBowlfish3 points4 points  (2 children) | Copy

Wait...30 is middle fucking aged??

[–]DanielQuiles1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

That got me too. I guess I better get my affairs in order 😂

[–]I_Love_Every_Woman0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

30-55 middle age

55+ boomer age

[–]rickyyfitts10 points11 points  (0 children) | Copy

Fantastic story, thanks for sharing

[–]Senior Contributordr_warlock3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Beautiful. A good insight into the rationale of a person caught in the trap weaved into a story.

[–]dhamma19912 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Well done. Thanks to whoever wrote this.

[–]Dense_Cantaloupe2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

my spirit keeps showing me this post instead of hot naked girls, anyone know how to fix?

[–]MrAnderzon4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy

I’m guessing the spirit is the internet

[–]Esselbee10 points11 points  (0 children) | Copy

Tv, internet, gaming, drugs...anything that gives you instant satisfaction without even having to work for it

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[–]modTheRedPike1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

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[–]daviesblaze5 points6 points  (3 children) | Copy

The spirit can be likened to that of fapping.

Moral: Stop jerking off to porn and start going out to dick those pornstars

[–]lefty9291 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Take a broader approach and apply the spirit to any distraction. Internet, video games, fapping. All of them.

[–]TheReplierBRO0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Yeah don't think of just girls. It's literally virtual anything. You lose yourself in fantasy. You can play games here and there. But your life wasn't meant to be behind a screen bro. People got by perfectly fine before watching every movie and event on a screen.

[–]BasedAndRedPilled_-3 points-2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Eww, who knows how many STDs those sluts have.

[–]TheExiledPrince0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

A truly deep story, I love it. The spirit IS poison, in small doses it is a cure, in large ones it is fatal. Thank you! <3

There are so many perspectives, really good read.

[–]Snowpeartea0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Starting no fap right now. Day 2 of no fap, the urges are strong. I did not even score and she broke things off with me, fucking hurts...

[–]myfirsttimecoding0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Thank you for sharing. Saved.

[–]Strikingable0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Thank you for this really quality read. Will save it on my pc storage :)

[–]RivenHalf0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Holy shit, this is deep. Did you write this?

[–]Medievalism0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

The thought struck me the other day how fucked the internet is, how it changes people including myself. Actually my thought was the internet is fucked for weak people, I’m a weak person and the internet traps me good. What can you do, quit? Lol

[–]ToraChan230 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Beautiful.

Call me crazy, but I see this as an indication of what’s going on in the West today.

Can’t let fantasy and disillusionment get me. I have to stay on my grind.

Thank you for posting this. THIS is what RP should be about.

[–]BeerBaron950 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

That's an absolutely fantastic story, well done. Take it from a man with an English Literature degree. I loved how you were able to use a traditional setting and classic storytelling motifs in order to illustrate a problem that's quite unique to the modern day. The ending sent chills down my spine. That wasn't lost on me, thank you and congrats, keep it up.

[–]diejager0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

The story is interesting, but it is more like about porn than internet itself.

Let's say this guy asked to see who and where to find the greatest swordmaster to this spirit. He would become better. Likewise, you can spend countless hours watching porn, playing video games and other stuff online. But you can also use it as a self-improvement tool: blaming the tool for your bad choices is childish.

[–]Quo2100 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

This is a pretty good way to convey a message.

I've had quite a rough month. It's been shitty as hell, problems stacking one upon another just before I solve the last one. I've been indulging in porn recently after working out.

Needed this. Thank you

[–]kayne20000 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

This was a gut punch to the soul in many ways. It's not just about porn.

Great story. Good job

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

This really hits home man. I've almost conquered fapping, now my problem is this mental masturbation 'living in a fantasy' stuff. Meaningless pleasure which prevents me from doing so much more. I hope to one day conquer my demons or use it to my advantage. Great writing! You should do more.

[–]lmk40 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

This was great. Please post this on NoFap

[–]1MediaVsReality[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I'm not able to post in NoFap. I guess I was banned a while back. (No idea why).

Feel free to post it there yourself if you like.

[–]haddonhopkins80 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Amazing post, one of the best ive read here. Good job 👍

[–]The-Wizard-of-Oz-0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Let it be known that I changed the number of up votes to 667. 😈

*PS. This story is gold. Petition to the mods to add it to the sidebar.

[–]clanleader0 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy

Very insightful parable good Sir. This could apply to anything from a desirable man being in a relationship with a woman who will gradually lower his desirability, power, and attractiveness over time, right through to an ideology that will slowly divide, fragment, and destroy even the most powerful of civilizations in the world.

[–]swamp-bro3 points4 points  (1 child) | Copy

it's literally about the internet

[–]clanleader-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

The Internet is merely a single incarnation and example of the holistic wisdom within.

[–]RedGille0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

that one was already written long time ago.

called Samson and Delilah.

red pill knowladge is nothing new.



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