At the beginning of Fallout 4, your main character and his wife and child are fortunately spared from a nuclear attack by gaining last-minute entrance into a vault, and are then placed under cryogenic sleep until the all-clear signal above ground. However, your character wakes up to an actual nightmare as he not only witnesses his child being kidnapped, but his wife also being murdered, with no ability to stop it as he watches from his pod.
This ordeal is the same for the formerly asleep blue pill man who wakes up to the reality and necessity of MGTOW: Your children can be taken and used against you through custody and child support laws, and feminism has killed the home-maker wife archetype men of previous ages enjoyed.
In Fallout 4, it was a vault scientist that allowed the kidnapper and murderer in your midst while you slept. And so has The State, slowly chipping away at the everyday rights and interests of man in favor of the now much larger female voter class.
Unlike Fallout, where all of civilization flips on its head in an instant after the bomb was dropped, our civilization has been in a much slower decay, which has confused society to what exactly is the cause of it’s deterioration, especially since remnants of our former peaks still linger.
In Fallout, their culture had been permanently frozen in the 1950’s up until the war (year 2077), and so is the mindset of the Blue Pill man who is still clinging on to the wife-and-kids dreams of old.
That dream has been dead for a long time for the average man, but without anything being as conclusive as a bomb drop, they will venture out into the wasteland never knowing the difference.
The Vault is a symbol for the transformation process a man undergoes after taking the Red Pill. His old life has been completely destroyed, and the new one waiting for him above ground is so detached from anything he used to understand. There are completely new rules, new enemies, and new goals in the wasteland now.
Some men don’t even make it out of the Vault though. The sole survivor in Fallout 4 finds a pistol on a desk. The game doesn’t let you decide, but realistically, a man in that situation, with everything he loved and the life he built taken away from him, would be faced with the hard decision of using the gun either on himself, or as a tool to keep moving forward.
Men taking the Red Pill also face this scenario, experiencing a similar loss, whether directly, through the court system, or indirectly, by acknowledging the risks involved making the juice not worth the squeeze.
In the Blue Pill paradigm, being a family man is the greatest story ever told, and the men who can’t get out of the depression phase are the ones that found their stories too difficult to re-write.
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But getting out of the Vault is only half the battle. The Red Pill and the wasteland is a new world which requires a new personality. Some men retain their dignity, but many others remain in the Red Pill Rage phase. These are the Raiders or Bad Karma players in Fallout, uninterested in rebuilding their happiness on their own, and instead depend on taking it away from others to survive.
It’s this group of men that give MGTOW a bad name. They claim to have gone their own way, yet the majority of their time is not spent on themselves but on bashing the men and women not congruent to their paradigm.
But it’s hard to blame them. After all, nature has mutated and irradiated out in the wasteland. Because of feminism, the modern woman is now radioactive. MGTOW and Red Pill knowledge are like the Rad-X and Rad-Away products in the game that protect you from radiation poisoning.
But the Blue Pill man will notice nothing wrong about his current situation. He will feel sick and not know why while salvaging what he can from the wasteland. Meanwhile, as a MGTOW, your Geiger-counter will be off the charts, mitigating or avoiding the dangers altogether.
In Fallout, wads of dollar bills are now just a novelty item, as commerce is now conducted through bottle caps. For the MGTOW out in the wasteland of modernity, his new currency is freedom (of time and space).
You see, freedom was a commodity that the Blue Pill man was willing to trade in order to acquire a family. But when the bomb is dropped on him, genuine fiat currency is also no longer viable, as half of it is taken through divorce and then further stolen from him in installments for alimony and child support. If he’s still standing, however, he’ll have the opportunity to rebuild himself using the new currency mentioned above.
The men who struggle to self-actualize as MGTOW are the ones who still have not adopted this new market and currency, fueling their belief of dearth and destitution. Yes, the wasteland won’t offer the previous forms of entertainment you once enjoyed, but in return it offers you clarity, as one can now view human existence in its truest form.
In Fallout, daily life is reduced to its essentials, and likewise, as a man living on his own, he naturally becomes a minimalist. Bachelorhood does protect you from the frivolous spending habits of a wife and children. But going further from this, not needing female validation will extend to disassociating from all forms of validation. The money you spend, the time you spend, the space you require and the responsibilities you are assigned are now completely genuine and solely derived from you, and not compromised from the various influences you once suffered living in the Blue Pill world.
You become successful in the wasteland as soon as you realize that what you once owned was just baggage, and what you sought after was illusion. Requiring less to live, and a much narrower focus (yourself) gives you more access to the truth, knowledge of self, and the real happiness of life.
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This inspiration for this article. I first considered writing about Fallout 4 from a game design perspective, but now I see there’s a real fun and challenge to see MGTOW in all things.