Wizard’s First Rule: People Are Stupid – MGTOW


Hey Everybody, Marcus here. It is an interesting experience to go back
to works one had immensely enjoyed in their blue pill days and experience them for a second
time as a red pill man. For me, one of these works is the Terry Goodkind
fantasy series entitled The Sword Of Truth. This video will be a review of the first book
in that series entitled “Wizard’s First Rule.” This review will necessarily need to contain
spoilers in order for me to adequately describe what my red pill knowledge exposes to me. As such, I will begin with a general, spoiler
free description of the overarching plot, my conclusion and rating, followed by my analysis. In this way, anyone who wishes to read the
book based on my recommendation, can turn off the video, read the book, and return to
this video later. Wizard’s First Rule along with the other
18 books in the series are grim dark fantasy set in an original world thought up by the
author. The books contain magic, various original
fantastical creatures, as well as original takes on fantasy themes. Though a fantasy series, the book does not
contain your Tolkien standard fare of orks, elves, or dwarves. Most of the beings we encounter are fundamentally
human but distinguished by tradition as well as command of magic. The plot is one typified as the hero’s journey. We are introduced to the main protagonist
who starts out as a joe everyman at the beginning of the series and watch this character evolve
into a hero. Star Wars did it with Luke, The Odyssey by
Homer did it with Odysseus to a large degree, and countless other works follow this model
as well. The literary device used is commonly referred
to as the hero’s journey. Now, there are 19 books in the series but
each contains a self-enclosed plot which has the typical Aristotelian setup of 3 acts. So, from a literary point of view the book
is completely unremarkable boiler plate writing. This book is not literature. The book is around 500 pages and would take
you are 4 days of committed reading to finish. The tone and feel of the book is a mixture
of high fantasy and extremely graphic brutality. One chapter may read like your typical rated
G family friendly Disney movie while the next chapter will be a horrific snuff film that
will surely disturb you. The author does not typically pull any punches
or leave subject matter out that would be considered taboo. Children are commonly murdered, raped, and
gutted in a level of descriptive detail that can really make you pause. However, the shock value is mostly contained
to a banal purpose. The antagonists are depicted as evil and as
such that message is communicated through the brutality I describe. In contrast, the protagonists are depicted
as good and their action are somewhat expected. This is not really one of those grey area
books. At least not, in my opinion, through the explicit
intention of the author. The characters are meant to be mostly black
and white. However, grey is introduced in an interesting
way. It seems to me that both the antagonists and
the protagonists share a common utilitarian moral system. The ends justify the means is a commonly recurring
theme on both sides. This makes for an interesting read if you,
however, subscribe to virtue ethics. Under virtue ethics, all the characters are
pretty screwed up and none at all can be said to be aspiring to be good. The plot is briefly as follows. The continent on which the plot takes place
is divided into 3 regions. Each of the regions are separated from one
another by a Trump like wall. However, this is not a physical wall but a
magical wall. The wall is one of the underworld; the land
of the dead. This means that if you try to walk through
the wall, you will merely walk into the underworld to never be able to return. In essence you kill yourself. The walls were put in place by a wizard for
ideological reasons. The reasons related to the role of magic in
the life of man. Some believed magic ought to be stamped out,
while others believed it was culturally enriching etc. Anyways, one of the walls has been brought
down and an army from the eastern most territory has begun a campaign to conquer the middle
land, conveniently named the Midlands. This in turn causes an emissary named Kahlan,
a woman from the Midlands with a certain magical power, to travel to the west most territory
called Westland to search for the wizard who had originally put up the walls. The main protagonist is a Westlander called
Richard Cypher, a woods guide who has never experienced magic due to Westland’s ideological
purity of considering magic as bad. So, the hero’s journey is centered around
Richard and Kahlan. A romance inevitably ensues as they work towards
defeating the invading armies of the east most territory called D’Hara. I don’t know why the author would give names
to the territories like Westland, Midland, and D’Hara as opposed to Westland, Midland,
and Eastland other than to give a certain middle eastern feel to the bad guys. In fact, the symbolism between D’Hara and
the Arab world is pretty striking. The book was written in 1994 but it has some
amusing coincidental contemporary politics mixed in. So like I mentioned, the book is fairly boiler
plate in many ways. However, I find the execution to be brilliant. As my review carries on, we will come to discover
some of the brilliance in the setup of this world and its creatures as it pertains to
the male female dynamic. I very much would recommend this book. The first 6 books are fantastic with the 6th
being the best. Everything after that begins to turn into
more of a cash grab than anything else as the author clearly begins to run out of ideas. The 6th book is particularly interesting as
it is mostly a commentary on socialism. The main villain from book 3 onwards is for
the most part trying to bring about the socialist utopia we have heard so much about. Wizard’s First Rule’s brilliance rest
in the setup between Richard and Kahlan. Socrates said that in virtually all cases,
poets of great works are just as ignorant of the meaning of their works as the common
man. He argues that they are inspired by a muse
who speaks through them, making the poet a tool of the gods as oppose to the author of
the work. I believe something like this may be happening
in Wizard’s First Rule. It is either the case that Goodkind happened
to coincidentally author a story meant to capitalize on red pill truth, or he is the
most red pill author ever. This book, if orchestrated intentionally would
demand the author to understand male female relations to the level of the most insightful
MGTOW. Now, this is not a red pill book or for that
matter speaks a red pill message. Not at all. This is a book authored by a seemingly hard
core red pillar to capitalize on a blue pill audience by giving the blue puller exactly
what he wants. As such, either the author is hardcore red
pill or he was inspired by a muse and is himself grossly ignorant of why what he did works. This book is designed to appeal to both men
and women. In one sense it can be seen as a romance novel
masquerading as a fantasy adventure. In another sense it can be argued it is little
more than a fantasy adventure with a romance sub plot. My conclusion is that it is both. It is a romance novel to women and a fantasy
adventure to men. The themes, characters, and world setup are
so brilliantly woven together around the male female dynamic that it really would take a
MGTOW to see the ploy. Okay. This is the part where the spoilers begin. I will contain the spoilers to the first book
even though I have read all 19 and know what happens later. So, if what I have said so far appeals to
you and grim Dark fantasy is of interest then I recommend the book. Now on to the analysis. First, we need to understand the characters. Richard Cypher is the main protagonist. The book opens with a scene in the woods where
Richard is described according to his in depth knowledge of the woods, plants, and path finding. He is immediately painted as someone of worth,
which will appeal to the female reader. However, this is slightly tempered for the
male mind by justifying his knowledge based on a life of having lived in the woods and
being tutored by a wise old man named Zed. This is the first theme we need to keep in
mind. The theme is the mixture of some inherent
worth of the character being flaunted while giving lip service in little space as to its
reasonable justification. What I mean by this theme is as follows. Much more space on the page is devoted to
describing Richard’s worth and status than is given to describing the process in which
he acquired it. The female mind likes to hear about the status
irrespective of how it came about while the male mind looks for justification. By allotting more page space to the description
of worth as oppose to the process of acquiring it, the female mind is satiated better while
the male mind still gets its fix of justification in a couple brief sentences later on. Immediately following this description of
Richard, Richard sees a woman in the far distance traveling in the woods. The woman is wearing a white dress and is
followed by 4 men. This trigger’s Richards white knighting
instinct. Following a short inner monologue evaluating
whether or not those men are out to hurt the woman, Richard decides to run to intercept
her and then guide her down some side forest path in anticipation of throwing off the potential
trackers. Richard is unarmed. A point is made to describe him having forgotten
his knife at home. The inner monologue that took place reveals
the second theme; morally rationalized white knighting. Richard does not conduct a prudent evaluation
of the situation. He merely rationalizes his white knighting
instinct by assigning moral obligation upon himself to follow it. This theme is later expanded into a twofold
inner morality for Richard. Richard will eventually come to have one method
of justifying his actions as it pertains to everything except Kahlan and a second set
of justifications as it pertains to his actions in relation to Kahlan. Richard intercepts Kahlan and leads her down
a trail which leads towards a town. It appears the two have gotten away but are
dramatically intercepted and surrounded by the 4 men. These men are all described as bigger than
Richard and armed to the teeth. The 4 men provide Richard the option to just
walk away as their business was with Kahlan. Now, Richard is unarmed and he is outnumbered. He tried his plan to lead Kahlan down a different
path to outrun the men, and he failed. His inner monologue indicated his awareness
of certain death. His moral duty which he, even in his own mind,
ought to have been fulfilled at this point, however, forces him into what he perceived
as certain death. So, he stays to fight. A choice so irrational it defies belief. It is important to know that Richard was not
demonstrating courage in choosing to fight. Richard was demonstrating reckless abandon
which is itself a vice and moral failing in Aristotelian virtue ethics. However, this seeming self-sacrifice on his
part is what would appeal to the female mind while the blue pill male reader, safely sitting
in his easy chair, would cheer Richard on and imagine himself also capable of making
such a sacrifice to appeal to his own white knight instinct. Clearly Richard and Kahlan win the fight with
a mixture of her magic and luck. The flirting and subtle indicators of interest
start to show up immediately after the fight. You see, what I have described so far are
the first 2 chapters or so. This could easily be either the beginning
of a romance novel or an adventure story. Richard, in a brief 20 pages is already painted
as possessing skills, the white knight instinct, the will to sacrifice himself for a woman
who is a complete stranger, and some level of fighting prowess even when completely outclassed. Kahlan, on the other hand has already been
describe to possess very feminine traits. Firstly, she has very long hair, whose relevance
become important later. She is wearing a very elegant white dress
while walking through the woods which is explicitly described as having not become dirty from
either the trek through the woods or even the fight. Kahlan has green eyes, another rare and exotic
trait in general. She is described as quite young, early 20s,
and beautiful. Finally, she is clearly painted as someone
of worth if 4 men were sent to kill her and again her worth is insinuated by Richards
choice to enter a fight on her behalf even though he sees fighting as certain death. This is doubly compounded when you consider
that Richard knows nothing of Kahlan at this stage other than she is a woman and therefore
worth helping. Now, how did the two win the fight? Kahlan is what is referred to in the story
as a confessor. A confessor is a woman with a specific function
and magical power. Only women can be confessors. When a confessor touches a person, and releases
her power, the person she touches immediately falls madly in love with the confessor. This power is on a 1 to 2 hour cool down. The person touched with this power, due to
their intense love, will completely subjugate their will to the confessor even into death. The person touched will never do anything
to disappoint the confessor that touched them. Kahlan, however, later in the story is described
as possessing the title of Mother Confessor. That title is similar to being like the confessor
pope. The role of the confessor is usually to touch
people who have been condemned to death by trial to see if the person actually committed
the crime. So, basically, if the verdict turned out to
be unjust, the person would be spared but would exist in this state of obsessive love
for the confessor. So, the 4 men that were sent to kill Kahlan
are referred to in the story as a quad. They are trained to kill confessors. It is anticipated that the confessor will
touch one man in the quad which leaves the other 3 men to kill both the touched man and
the confessor. Kahlan touched one of the men in the fight,
Richard kicked one off a cliff and the touched man killed one and then threw himself at the
second where both men fell off the cliff. Now, this is where this whole confessor thing
really thickens the plot. We learn later in the book that when a confessor
has sex, she cannot control her power and therefore the man she has sex with falls madly
in love with her. So, confessors cannot just go riding the cock
carousel based on the laws of the land. They only ever choose 1 mate because it is
also the law that the confessor line must continue. She gets to pick whoever she wants as a mate
and people fear being chosen. Kahlan has not yet chosen a mate. This means she is a virgin. Finally, the status of a woman is externally
displayed by the length of her hair and confessors are the highest authority in the Midlands
and therefore above even kings and queens. This status is visually displayed by the length
of her hair. The longer the hair a woman has, the higher
her station. Kahlan has the longest hair in the Midlands. Guys like long hair on women. Do you now see what I meant about the interweaving
of the structure of the world with the male female dynamic? Let us look at Kahlan again. She was born a confessor, therefore she has
immense worth by virtue of what she is and not what she has accomplished. This appeals to the woman reader. She has long hair, and is a virgin. This appeals to the male reader. However, she is obligated by custom and law
to be both which grants an excuse for having these traits. This means that a woman reader need not feel
bad about herself for not possessing those traits that Kahlan has because they were imposed
on her while simultaneously rewarding the male desire for those traits by putting them
into Kahlan. A similar story is true of Kahlan only being
able to have one mate. This panders to the insecurities of the beta
male in assurance that Kahlan won’t cheat while the one mate rule can be understood
as a necessary restriction out of Kahlan’s control by the female reader. Finally, Kahlan’s power allows her to force
anyone to fall madly in love with her and that person will do anything whatsoever for
her. Now, confessors, when they touch a man, basically
turn him into the archetypical pussy begging white knight. He will literally do anything and everything
for her while making sure he never does anything to displease her. This means that a touched man will always
be asking for permission, be greatly insecure that his actions are displeasing to his mistress
and so on. Confessors do not like the men they touch. They do not like these men because it is rationalized
as depriving these men of loving the confessor of their own volition. However, we can clearly see this is plausible
deniability for the stark truth that women hate pussy begger and prefer the bad boys. A touch man would not longer have the ability
to say no to the confessor and so could never be sexually exciting to a woman. All of this also reinforces the theme of the
woman playing hard to get. Though Kahlan and Richard fall in love with
each other the old fashion way, Kahlan’s powers setup a sort of artificial chase that
Richard must go through to get Kahlan. This is brilliant writing as it allows the
author to have Kahlan put Richard through a never-ending stream of shit tests all masquerading
as Kahlan’s desire not to hurt Richard with her power. The shit tests are unrelenting and are masterfully
woven into forwarding the plot. One shit test in particular stands out. At one-point Richard and Kahlan need to figure
out where to find a magical box. They conclude that their best bet is to approach
this savage tribe referred to as the mud people and request that this tribe call for a gathering
in which they can ask the spirits of the underworld to tell them where the box is. Goodkind orchestrates the plot in such a manner
as the mud people demand that both Kahlan and Richard must first become mud people before
the request is granted. After jumping through various hoops, the mud
people decide to give Richard and Kahlan mud people citizenship. However, part of the ceremony of becoming
a mud person demands that Richard choose a wife. Kahlan in turn conceals this requirement from
Richard and Richard is ambushed in the ceremony by a bunch of women all vying to be selected
by him as his wife. Naturally Kahlan hides behind the justification
that this is for the greater good and that Richard’s feelings for her are not as important
as the quest at hand. Now, this would be all well and good if Kahlan
was not a pouting little bitch about the whole thing. Clearly the reader is meant to see Kahlan’s
resentment for Richard, not the mud people, in relation to potentially having sex with
another woman. Richard orchestrates a clever trick in which
he asserts that his semen may turn out to be poison to a woman from the Midlands for
reasons which are not important and as a consequence the mud people remove this requirement from
the ceremony. Richard passed his shit test, Kahlan is all
happy, and the plot carries on. There are many other similar shit tests woven
into the plot. The female reader will clearly be able to
relate to these tests while feeling justified that Kahlan simply had no choice in issuing
them due to her being a confessor. In essence, Kahlan’s love for Richard necessitated
the shit tests for his own protection. Now, let me talk about Richard. Richard starts off as a woods guide in the
story. This is a humble position clearly beneath
the station of a mate a mother confessor would ever choose. However, Richard’s station and status rise
exponentially as the story progresses. Now, the rise of Richard’s status is paralleled
by Kahlan’s love for him. When he was a woods guide, he was just a nice
guy who Kahlan did not have any real interest in him. This can be plausibly explained also by the
fact that Kahlan had only met Richard and did not have time to fall in love with him. However, Richard is named Seeker of Truth
by Zed, the old man who served as Richard’s mentor throughout his life. Zed turns out to be that great wizard who
Kahlan travelled to Westland to find. Now, here is the interesting thing about the
title of Seeker of Truth. Earlier I mentioned that Kahlan, as the mother
confessor, held the highest title in the Midlands. Well, there is only one station higher than
mother confessor. That station is Seeker of Truth. Hypergamy is satisfied in our little Richard
and Kahlan romance. When Richard is named Seeker, the romance
really starts to speed up. Yet, this is not the end of Richard’s assent. In the middle of the book we come to learn
that the great wizard Kahlan was sent to find, Zed, is really Richard’s grandfather. This in turn gives Richard even more importance. At the end of the book we find out that Richard’s
father is actually the main antagonist of the story; Darken Rahl, lord of D’Hara. This in turn makes Richard royalty. In fact, after Richard kills Darken Rahl,
Richard becomes the new Lord Rahl of D’Hara. With every elevation of Richard’s status
in the story, so too does Kahlan’s love for Richard rise. The plausible deniability rests in the flow
of time. Of course, Kahlan will only fall more in love
with Richard as time goes on. At least that is what we are led to accept
as the rationalization as oppose to the coincidental assent of Richard’s status. This set of revelations about Richard allow
the female reader to live out her hypergamous instinct within a single man; namely, Richard. Kahlan nor the female reader ever need to
trade Richard up for a better deal because Richard becomes himself a better deal as the
plot unfolds. Now, when Richard was named the Seeker of
Truth he was given the Sword of Truth as the weapon he is to wield. The Sword of Truth is also a fascinating plot
device. You see, the Sword of Truth, when touched,
fills the holder of it with rage. The rage is meant to help the Seeker be a
more effective warrior. However, Richard is described as having had
an upbringing in which he always controlled his anger. In fact, part of Richard’s growth in becoming
a more effective wielder of the Sword of Truth is his journey on getting more in touch with
his feelings. As in, Richard is rewarded by the Sword Of
Truth when he gives into his feelings as oppose to reason or stoic resolve. We are all aware of women’s insistence that
men need to stop repressing their emotions and get in touch with their feelings. Well, the author put that female desire of
men into the mechanic of the Sword of Truth. The characters in the book continually reinforce
the idea that everyone needs to follows the instincts of the Seeker. This instinct is little more than a mask for
feelings. Every time Richard goes with his feelings
he seems to make the correct decision. In turn, he is rewarded with better fighting
prowess, and he achieves his goals. Richard, in turn, becomes more like a woman
as the story goes on. However, in reality, the outcomes would be
virtually opposite. For example, fighters who lose themselves
in anger make mistakes. Richard, in turn, is said to become a better
fighter. On the other side of the coin, when reason
is applied in the story, reason clean of emotion, nothing good happens. This adoption of feminine traits by Richard
clearly appeals to the female reader but since it is balanced out by an increase in prowess
in masculine traits, the male reader is satiated as well. Since the author rewards Richard each time
he goes with his feelings, the male reader can be bamboozed into buying into this approach. Now, this review is already pretty long so
let me bring it to a close. Earlier I mentioned that Kahlan, as a confessor,
would lose control over her power if she ever had sex with Richard and therefore destroy
him. This tension to the romance however, was resolved
in an interesting manner. At the end of the book, Kahlan was forced
to confess Richard. Richard in turn behaved as if he was confessed
even though he was not. Since a confessed person cannot lie to the
confessor who confessed him, everything Richard said was considered the truth. In this way, Richard was able to trick Darken
Rahl into doing something which ultimately killed him. Now, the justification that the author gives
to the reader on why Kahlan’s power did not work on Richard was as one would expect
it. Apparently, Richard was so in love with Kahlan
that the magic could not create any more love in him for her blah blah blah blah. Basically, Richard’s love for Kahlan protected
Richard from love. It is fantasy. It does not need to make sense. We are meant to go with our feelings. And by the time we are done reading 500 pages
of this romance, our feelings want us to believe the justification given by the author because
we are meant to feel Kahlan and Richard deserve to be together. This in turn brings us to the Wizard’s First
Rule itself. In this fantasy setting wizards have certain
rules that they follow. The first rule states: —
Wizard’s First Rule: people are stupid.” Richard and Kahlan frowned even more. “People are stupid; given proper motivation,
almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid , they will believe
a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it might be true. People’s heads are full of knowledge, facts,
and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell
the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so
are all the easier to fool. —- Thanks for listening, Go Team.




Comments
  1. If I commented first, but I did not watch the full video before commenting, does that make it my legitimate right to claim to be first? But suppose my claim to be "First" is not followed by any other inference as to what subject I had claimed to be first about, could I then still be held to account for claiming to be first? Well perhaps, I had meant that I was "First," as in the first to comment after 14 views. But even then …..

    Okay, I give up; this philosophy thing isn't my area. Thank gawd MGTOW already has a wizard to take care of that aspect.

  2. My room mate at the time gave me this book to read over a decade ago. He was pissed when I told him I thought the story was weak and character motivations were flimsy. I remember thinking that if I were Richard, I might have rescued the bitch but I sure as hell wouldn't have given up my life to follow a virtual stranger on some suicide quest. Sufficed to say, hated it.

  3. They made a tv show of this awhile back. It started out decent but then it felt super rushed. Like they didn't get renewed for a second season and had to wrap up the story however they could

  4. Blue pill days? I used to love Kurt Vonnegut. Some of it — a lot of it maybe — holds up, but with many cringe shuddering moments now that I know the truth.

  5. The movie series they made based on the book was utter shit. But I remember reading this as a younger man and I loved it (well, most of it anyway. I did pick up on the simpering Richard did but I overlooked in in favor of the rest).

  6. The will to sacrifice himself for a woman (Husband of Mantis Religiosa) does not look exactly the same as the will to kill other men so a woman gets excited and perhaps you will end up fucking her(W. Knight), doesn´t it?

    The first and foremost example of sacrificing himself is Jesus, offering himself to be devoured by the Maenads, latter disguised as the sect of Theofagues also called Christians.
    By the way, I wonder if Dionysus, when finally being desmembered and eaten by the Maenads was so pleasing to them as Mr. Jesus "eat me be, and become me!".

  7. You should make these reviews a series. This and the Star Wars one are hilarious! I also read a fantasy novel once with the ultimate mangina as its protagonist called "Name of the Wind". The protag who is a wizard goes to kill a dragon and meets a girl along the way. He kills the dragon by his own but then splits the reward 50/50 with the girl because … she was hot?

    The way Goodkind made the things he politically disliked into evil pure black antagonists is so silly. Also of note the Confessor's ability to mind control men. In Frank Herbert's last two "Dune" books, women called "Honored Matres" did the same to men through sex. But Herbert made those women into the most evil things to ever walk the Universe. Actually, Barbarossa noted that F. Herbert had a good understanding of the unsavory parts of human nature (including red-pill stuff) which he put into his books without making excuses for them.

  8. people just don't get it, they are so deluded by fantasy of happy endings fairy tales instead of the reality of 50% divorce that they want so bad believe in lies instead observe facts.

  9. These audiobooks can be found here on YT. I suggest anyone interested check them out. Personally I like him more than Salvatore and RR Martin. As Marcus said however, the books are not created equally; however I found the first 10 books or so to be excellent and echo some of the morality Tolkien tried to articulate in the Silmarillion.

  10. I'm still very engrossed in Tolkiens apocryphal works. Morgoth's Ring and The War of the Jewels is a fascinating detailed account of Arda and the nature of the Valar. It is even more so than the Silmarilion because it addresses why Morgoth felt like changing the Ainulindalë. Also, you learn more about Utumno and the dark beings Morgoth/Melkor created.

  11. How interesting that you would post this video now. I also recently re-read Wizard's First Rule. I read it when I was a teenager and, as you did, absolutely loved it. Now that I'm in my 30's, the book was still very enjoyable, but I definitely saw it with new eyes. As you pointed out, the bluepill themes will stick out like a sore thumb to a wiser, more mature reader.

    As a lifetime fan of the genre, here's why I find that I'm still able to enjoy these kinds of stories, even after having been red pilled:

    It's no secret that one must be capable of "suspending disbelief" to enjoy fantasy novels. In a way, that's the point: while your day was perhaps consumed with working behind a desk and waiting in line at the grocery store, protagonists like Richard spend their time wielding magical swords, befriending fire-breathing dragons, and otherwise overcoming insurmountable odds. Allowing yourself to slip into the hero's shoes is a pleasurable mind-vacation, however implausible their story and world may be. If I can suspend my disbelief enough to enjoy the fantastical elements of these stories, so too can I allow myself to indulge in (and even enjoy) unrealistic portrayals of the male-female dynamic.

    In other words, if within the context of a story I can accept dragons and wizards and ancient evils arisen from the underworld, then I can also happily accept the similarly fictional portrayal of the hero falling in true love with a genuine NAWALT. After all, it's a fantasy. The escape is what makes it fun.

    Thanks for the great analysis. I'd love to see more videos like this.

  12. Yes, I suspected there would be something right at the end that would justify me enduring storytelling that would put the trashiest anime to shame. Rather, I hoped. I really fucking hoped hard, as my sanity was eroding.
    Nicely done.

  13. Well, hell. Referencing Terry Goodkind is tantamount to jumping shark, man.

    Guess I'll have to give it a go just the same.

  14. I never did read the book, but you could definitely see the themes in the TV Show.

    Excellent review and it was interesting hearing how the book differed from the show. Obviously they had to "man-up" Richard more for the show since the subtleties conveyed in print weren't there and no one wants to watch a hero progressively acting like a woman.

    I'm assuming the group of Dominatrix lesbian bad girls exists in the book similar to how they do in the show. Talk about Red Pill truth hidden in plain sight.

  15. To think about it, this is kind of expected in so many forms of media nowadays. We just got so used to it, we might not be able to see the all the flags.

  16. Brilliant review Marcus, I haven't thought about those series since my junior years, need to revisit asap and see it with my own eyes again :D… thank you!

  17. Excellent choice in video. I had loved this series awhile back and I had not seen any of this before, lol. Enlightening, my friend.

  18. I have read the entire series from beginning to end and in many ways it saved my life and sanity. Now that I'm mgtow and redpilled I can see the redpill truths in it.

  19. Finally someone covering this from a MGTOW perspective! I'm currently reading the penultimate book "Severed Souls" and every book I keep wishing I had stopped after the first book – the rest just felt like addendum to the originally planned story. Also, Richard turned from the likable everyman to the most ridiculous Gary Stu since Superman. I know Terry Goodkind is Objectivist and thereby probably right-wing, so it's a little breath of fresh air compared to the constant SJW indoctrination from Hollywood. But it's still gynocentric, of course, and keeps hitting the same notes of sex and violence for the sake of it.

    Fortunately, the TV series was finished shortly before PC culture really took off, so apart from some token black and/or homosexual characters there was barely anything SJW-ish in it – and I enjoyed the series a lot more than the books. I recently had a look at episode 02×04 again where Kahlan points out the injustice of making a man a father without his blessing. I was already willing to condemn that episode… but then I was positively surprised by its self-awareness. 😃

  20. SPOILER

    the reasoning goodkind gave for Richard not being affected by the confessor's touch falls apart if you read the prequel "legend of magda searus"(something like that) which I read first. The way he explained the power worked was that one form of magic completely erases everything that makes the person human (this concept is used later in the series), then writes into that empty space with the desire to please the confessor who touched them. Compare that to the explanation given in the first book, and you now have 2 different operations for the same piece of magic, since "being completely devoted" to her is impossible, especially while constantly disobeying, and displeasing her in so many ways. I loved the series, except the last 4 or 5, but had to make that plot armor extra thick for richard

  21. "The continent on which the plot takes place is divided into three regions. Each of the regions are separated from one another by a Trump-like wall."

    LOL, good analogy. They exist just as much as Trump's wall in the real world.

  22. The character of Zed is the one that revealed the wizard’s first rule. It was meant to be a warning to Richard to keep his mind diligent. He does a lot of stupid shit in the story, but towards the end of the book his lack of reasoning, caused him to be captured by a female agent of the main antagonist, (that was depicted like a dominatrix from hell), who uses his own magical power (the sword’s rage) against him, to mercilessly torture him. Sound like a red pill metaphor? Intentional or not, it may very well be perceived as that.
    You see, although the emotional rage of the sword helped him at first. In the end, it was his ability to reason (like a man) that defeated Darken Raul (the main bad guy).

  23. It's not that he was inspired by a muse. Terry Goodkind is an objectivist, and wrote the series from that point of view.

    How does this relate to MGTOW? Objectivism was created by Aryn Rand, who wrote Atlas Shrugs, where the very term Going Galt came from.

    There is a great deal of crossover between red pill knowledge and what objectivism teaches, not the least of which being the idea that objective truth exists and a rejection of post modernist thinking.

  24. I'm sorry, but I don't think this is a book I can read. For a few months now I've found I can't stand romance in my works of fiction anymore. Even the slightest hint of an, "I love you" moment fills me with disgust. From what you described, I wouldn't be able to get past the first chapter without putting the book down in disdain. As much as I try to be stoic in all I think and do, I have my limits. Perhaps I should just stop reading fiction.

  25. One series of books I can look back on and say, "I would have enjoyed this today" is R.A Salvatore's The Dark Elf Trilogy. Besides the villafication (spell check) of the females, which was a nice thing to see for once, the story had no love subplot what-so-ever. It focused on the strong relationship between a father that wanted to see his son free of the drow life, and a son that wanted them both free of such a life. At least, that's what the first part of the trilogy focused on. The next two focused on the son trying to find a new place to call home after the death of his father, and his exile. He eventually finds a new home on the surface world, and that's how the final book ends (don't want to risk spoiling it).

    I haven't been able to read the next trilogy yet, but I imagine a romantic subplot is going to pop up sooner or later. After all, we can't have Drizzt (that's the name of the son) getting into some adventurous high jinx without a woman to reign him in…I'm not even sure if I want to read the next few books; I'm afraid that's exactly what's going to happen.

  26. I have been a conservative my entire life. I read every Sword of Truth book, and love almost every one (you know the one no one liked)… I don't agree with you on the idea that there is no grey area. There is no grey area to us, the reader, but to the characters they each believe they are the one in the right and in some way, you could agree… It really is the battle between the left and the right.

  27. the subject banner drew me here alone.
    truth crystalized into three words, marvelous.
    now listening to the video.
    thanks for sharing

  28. ……..The mini story of Carl and the Feeding horn is a metaphor marriage……Google it, I wont spoil it…

  29. Real mgtows don't hate women… they're just very cautious about it and choose to not focus on women.
    Which is cool… but so many mgtows hate on women in the comments just show that they're still bitter and haven't truly let go.

  30. I have these from Wizards First Rule to Confessor which I found to be a worthy wrap up (12 books I think). Final line of Confessor "Your life is yours alone. Rise up and live it." Possibility stands of a very very Red Pill author.
    The whole series goes so much further than you might think and showcases the political situation we have across the Western world right now. The whole "Think of the children" and the "greater good" arguments used by the Tyrants to quash any resistance. A highly worthy series of books from 'Wizards First Rule' right through to 'Confessor'. (I have not read beyond that).
    Dammit man. Now I'm gonna have to reread then all and probably buy the ones I don't have yet lol. "Faith of the Fallen" was a favourite of mine. Would love to see a review of that with a MGTOW perspective on Nicci's origin story regarding the fall of her father.
    On the reward for feelings you get into towards the end. I will make the distinction that he gains rewards for MASCULINE emotion. Anger, righteous rage against injustice and the like which he did not get for being the gentle, kind person who covered up his anger. The exact feelings that this blue pill world of ours punishes give him reward while the feelings this world promotes hold him back.

  31. I found that all of the books were extremely enjoyable. The characters, especially the lead characters, were interesting and I found myself identifying with them more often then not. Characters like Richard, Khalan and Zed did not suffer from the myopia or near perfecting that seems prevalent in most books. They made their mistakes and suffered from the same inadequacies and personality flaws that we often see in ourselves and others, like allowing ego or rage to dictate our actions and opinions. Very often they ended up seeing what they had done, the mistake they made, and tried hard not to repeat it.
    The over all themes in the book were very compelling and seemed to go hand in hand with the moral and ethical dilemmas that we face today in real life. The evils of egalitarianism, equality, moral relativism among others are exposed for all to see. Each issue was broken down to its base parts so that all could more readily understand and grasp these abstract subjects. In reality sometimes, these subjects are hard to get a grip on because they affect us directly; it is probably because we are too close to the trees and we cannot see the outline of the forest. Setting these issues in world of fantasy fiction allows us to step back so we can see the big picture, the total concept.
    One other thing I found compelling about the books was the "Wizard's Rules" which really are life rules. Each of these rules contains wisdom that has been taught throughout our history and ignored for just as long when it was inconvenient. Beyond the rules, there were also many other bits of wisdom scattered throughout all the novels. Like when Zed told Richard and Khalan that murder (ie killing) was the way of life and of all living things, every living thing alive is a murderer. Another good point that is brought up is that evil does not revel its true self to people when it comes and most often times wears the guise of goodness and purity. One of pearls that I found was that there are people alive who just hate life. The Wizard's first rule is first because it is the most important. "People are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it is true or they are afraid it might be true". The counter to it is that there is no counter, all are susceptible to it, so you much always be on guard and never believe that you are immune to the first rule. There are many many other themes in the novels, I will let you find them for yourself.
    Terry Goodkind did a masterful job of weaving these themes and lessons into an entertaining and engaging story. My favorite book was "Faith of the Fallen". To me, it is uplifting when a light is brought into a vast and dark place. I found myself cheering for Richard and Khalan throughout all the books but especially in "faith of the Fallen. When Richard made his statue, it was a moment of rapture and the words "You life is yours alone, rise up and live it" where like a virtuous battle cry.
    There is magic and fantastical creatures throughout the books but they are more of an accessory used to highlight the story but they are not the sole focus of the books. The story, to me, is simply about the pursuit of truth and life.
    As you can tell, I have a very high opinion about the series of books. I could go on writing my thoughts on the books, but this post is starting to look like a blog. I encourage anyone who is wanting a better a understanding of greatest issues we all face, to read the books. I don't think the author, Terry Goodkind, gets enough credit.

  32. May I suggest "The Power of Myth" with that wonderful man Joseph Campbell ( who lived at Skywalker Ranch) and "Iron John" by Robert Bly…

  33. My God…. I used to enjoy watching these kinda movies/tv with the white knight behaviour where a guy saves some beautiful unknown female. Another brain washing crap exposed.

  34. I watched “Legend of the Seeker” (Seasons 1 & 2) and it is based on the book series (Wizard’s First Rule). Great series.

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