How Dragon Ball Super Should Have Ended + Improvements To Tournament of Power

This article contains spoilers for the series.

Leave it to a Dragon Ball series to stretch a 48-minute tournament over 30+ episodes.

Right off the bat, the first improvement would be to cut the arc down by at least 10 episodes. I started jumping ahead after 120 (the one where all the robots combine), then I just watched the episode recaps, and finally I quit and just skipped to the end.

So, if I truly missed out on something special in between those moments, let me know. But here is how I would have improved the tournament’s story telling and overall ending.

Don’t waste Hit

It was pure fan service to see Hit match up against Jiren, but it made no strategic sense to for Hit engage him, and even more egregiously so after he told his teammates to back off at their best opportunity to eliminate Jiren.

It was out of character for Hit and functioned more like a plot device to prematurely thin out the playing field, for reasons unknown!

After Universe 6 was gone, there were no more likable opponents for U7 left.

Let Goku Rest (for Kefla fight)

I honestly had to come up with my own head canon to why Goku was able to demonstrate such a high degree of active recovery. I don’t see why he had to be overused when there were plenty of other strong U7 fighters left.   

Although it was one of my favorite fights in the arc, Kale/Kefla could have easily fought with another character, or the story could have pivoted to another high-level fight in the interim, for instance, Vegeta vs. Topp

Kefla vs Frieza?

Not only did Frieza already intervene when Kale and Califla approached Goku, but he had a personal interest in the fight to exercise his hatred for all the “monkeys”.

Kefla could have probably beaten Frieza though, but either way, this would have been a great opportunity to see Frieza at full power.

Gohan’s True Potential?/ vs. Kefla?

A scenario I considered was for Kale to approach Gohan as a replacement to Goku, thinking he would be just as strong. Maybe Gohan’s pride could finally be activated as they mock him for being a disappointment to his father.

I’m not asking for him to win the whole tournament, but he should’ve at least given us something to keep the debate going.

Unfortunately, the Tournament of Power did not resolve the myth and question of the full extent of Gohan’s power. They at least respected Gohan’s intelligence by making him the team leader, but in retrospect, Piccolo and Roshi demonstrated more mid-fight strategy.

Sadly, it’s time for us to close the book on this question.

Potara Earrings

I understand the reasoning for not using them, as the Tournament was a numbers game, and losing a fused ally would mean two spots knocked out at once, but for a show basically running on the fumes of fan service, there was no reason not to have the earrings in play, especially in daring new ways.

The Supreme Kai wanted Android 17 + 18, after all, so I’m going to throw out some of my own wild suggestions.

  1. Have Frieza almost eliminated by Kefla, with Android 17 backing him up, prompting the Kai to allow them to fuse. This is cool because they were both former villains, and villains working together with the heroes is of course the supposed refreshing theme that is set out at the end when Goku, 17, and Frieza are all teaming up against Jiren.
  2. Gohan and Piccolo fought two Namekians, whom I believed were going to fuse themselves through Namekian Assimilation, and this would have been a good opportunity for Gohan and Piccolo to fuse as they have so much synergy as student and master for many years.

No Vegito/Gogeta??

Before watching the finale, I had assumed the tournament would end with everyone knocked out except Goku, who beats Jiren with Ultra Instinct. However, it turns out Goku still needed help and it was a 3v1 anyway, so, why not have Goku and Vegeta fuse to beat Jiren?

Vegito was already deployed to defeat Goku Black, so if the Potara earrings were spent earlier in the tournament like I suggested, then Goku and Vegeta would have to resort to the Fusion dance, which Vegeta hates doing, to join forces.

The only thing that prevents their fusion is Vegeta’s pride. Heck, letting that go would probably allow Gogeta/Vegito to use Ultra Instinct too, and that would have been the strongest thing in the entire multiverse and DBZ history at that point if they pulled it off.

In retrospect, this might have spoiled the fun for DB Super: Broly, as Gogeta is in that film, but only half of DBZ is the form, the rest of it is in the fight!

Let Goku/Universe 7 Lose

What excited and frightened me the most about the Tournament of Power was this new theme that Goku is the real villain, since all the other universes were at risk because of his mindless quest for competition. In fact, Goku didn’t really need a wish from the Super Dragon Balls, as just fighting the strongest person in the universe is enough satisfaction.

Also considering that Universe 11 fights for justice, it’s not likely they would have allowed so many universes to have been erased, and most likely would have wished to have them restored as well if they won.

Essentially, there were no stakes at all, and the tournament ended up feeling more like a filler arc.

I suppose I could praise the writers for developing a new character in Jiren, trying to teach him about the power of teamwork, but they also missed a great opportunity to develop our actual main character Goku.

There were no consequences for Goku’s universe-erasing actions, and he learned nothing new after defeating Jiren. Goku has a family, something that he takes for granted, unlike Jiren, who lost his family.

Losing the Tournament of Power could have been a wake-up call for Goku to not end up destroying the things that he loves along the way to becoming “stronger than stronger than strong.”

Closing thoughts

I am glad the series is over.

Considering how two of Super’s arcs were adapted from movies (Battle of the Gods and Resurrection F) I think I will only return to the Dragon Ball franchise if they release more films. It seems that’s where all the talent is, which is a shame, because I did enjoy the Goku Black arc, but I won’t argue against its mixed reviews.

After the Tournament of Power, it is now undeniable to conclude that the series was a clear cash grab banking off the success of its previous films.

DB Super: Broly was great though.

And perhaps I may only read Manga, in general, from now on, as anime adaptations hardly ever improve on the story, and in fact cheapen it by adding filler episodes.

But for now, those are all my thoughts about Dragon Ball Super and The Tournament of Power.

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My Personal Milestone Goals (Being A New Content Creator Feels Like The Chunin Exams)

In the Naruto franchise, which I’m referencing for this article, there are three ranks of ninja classes.

The lowest rank is Genin, whom function as school students for the majority of their time. However, they are able to be promoted through the Chunin Exams.

Using this comparison, consumers and commentators of content are the Genin. They enjoy studying the content and will occasionally go on “missions”, which would be more elaborate commenting, or gain the supervision of a Jonin (high rank ninja), which would be akin to being a donor for exclusive content from well established creators.

The Chunins, on the other hand, are people like myself, who now feel they are ready to graduate from the academy and put their skills to the test.

It’s a great feeling, but also a daring one, as I can no longer comment from a distance if I disagree with a specific content creator. I actually have to provide the proof with my own work.

On the other hand, this has given me a lot of confidence, as any dislikes or dissenting comments I receive won’t be worth much to me if the person who made them does not also produce content themselves.

There is a great appreciation for those that support my content, but there can only be a mutual respect for detractors if they are putting in as much effort as I am.

I have and will continue to also challenge higher profile content producers, but very sparingly, as I am not interested in drama or farming their audience for clicks.

Another cool thing about the Chunin exams are that the Genin are not promoted by the majority rule of the village (so, I can’t say something cheesy like, “I’ll finally make it when I hit 10,000+ subscribers!”), but are instead promoted by other Ninja and the Feudal Lord observing the exam.

Although I’m not completely dependent on validation from other content creators, I do regularly compare my skills against theirs, and derive inspiration and new skills from studying their methods. Thus, I have came up with some important benchmarks for myself that I would consider a promotion through my content.

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A Seat At The Table With…Happy Humble Hermit

HHH is one of my favorite MGTOW content creators, and it would be a personal reward for me to have a sit-down talk with the man.

One of his most popular videos on Miyamoto Musashi was actually the inspiration for my Way of The Sword: Part I story, as it was the first time I learned about the swordsman’s life.

He very often encourages other MGTOW to get involved and produce their own content, and I have followed a lot of his advice in his “How To” start up guide video.

He is studying in college to become a teacher, and I’ve even taken inspiration from him on that as well. I’m at a crossroads in my career, as I have an opportunity to score a decent job and settle with my Associate’s degree, or continue to further my education to a Bachelor’s, in which my ideal job afterward would also be as a teacher.

The summers and holiday breaks off is a huge incentive, and will provide me great opportunities to continue to work on my side jobs, (like this site!).

Lastly, another of my MGTOW idols, Itachi MGTOW, whom I also wrote about previously, looked up to Hermit as well, and has been featured on his channel a few times. A sit down with Hermit would let me know I am approaching the same level of prestige as my former mentor.

808-1,000 days of No-Fap

808 is the number no-fap guru Gold Jacket Luke ended his highest streak on, and after reaching that number I will commemorate any no-fapper’s success in reaching that number as Happy Gold Jacket Luke day!

Hopefully he doesn’t take it as a personal dig, but 808 is a dope number, anyway, honestly.

Karezza + 1 year Semen Retention

Semen Retention is the next logical level to ascend to after achieving some foundation in No Fap.

Watching content from Debonair D and Health Then Opulence is actually what inspired this article, as I had two very clear elder content creators in which the distance between my experience and theirs made it very difficult for me to detract or advise them, since they’ve accumulated so much experience in this field and I’m barely out of ground zero.

One angle I have over them, however, is Karezza, and I must credit Gold Jacket Luke for enlightening me to this knowledge. It appears to be less widely known than other practices on retention, especially since the term wasn’t coined until the 1800’s.

From watching their content, it seems that both men still demonstrate a very clear divide between them and their sexual partners. They do not see the bias in allowing the female to orgasm, while they focus on retaining.

Through Karezza, both partners do not orgasm and eliminate the divide and bond very deeply together. However, I have not practiced it myself, so even though I feel they could benefit greatly from it, I have no platform to preach from.

Keto Diet + Curing Candida

It’s been 55 straight days of my Keto, Anti-Candida diet (with plenty of those days being One-Meal-A-Day fasting).

Finally achieving the hormonal balance and purging, rebuilding, and fortifying of my gut would be a huge accomplishment and also provide me a wealth of data and experience to share and introduce others into the wider health community.

I hope I can achieve some results in six months, but I am aiming for a full year to perfect this diet so I would be confident enough to lightly guide others in a helpful direction.

Monk Mode

Lastly, if I could optimize my Monk Mode focus to get myself out of this apartment and into a single in New York City (with these high rents, this is not an easy task), I would actually have the privacy I need to become more prolific with recording and uploading videos.

The videos will almost always follow my written content anyway, but with a new mic and some private space, I could catch up on a lot of my articles and provide my viewers with more content.

I would even have the ability to host live streams! So that will be a whole new level of production for me, and most certainly signifies my promotion.


That’s all for now. Just a fun little article for myself. I hope you enjoyed it too.

What would you make you feel accomplished and warrant a promotion to the next content creator level? Let me know.

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The Way of The Sword: Part I

This story is titled part one because The Way of the Sword is something not readily apparent and required my meditation for some time. But perhaps I have scratched the surface now for some scraps to mull over today.

I know a little bit about Miyamoto Musashi, Japan’s all-time greatest swordsman, and desire to read his books one day. But I have decided to first seek within on this matter.

As a fan of martial arts, I was of course fascinated by his legacy, as many others are too, but I began to feel disturbed to derive inspiration from a man who has killed so many. Wanting to strike another man down, especially for sport, comes off as dysfunctional to me, and I know Musashi was not raised in a stable home.

But despite that, human nature does not automatically reject violence. The combat sport industry has been a successful one across many civilizations and centuries, including today, as we enjoy MMA/boxing bouts, and even the small scuffles in more tame sports.

So, was living the life of a dueling swordsman just about the thrill of combat?

A duel to the death must activate you in some extraordinary manner. Maybe it’s an adrenaline high that keeps them coming back? Even street racers could recognize this feeling.

But Musashi did not die a brute. He passed away as a dignified leader of a school, adoptive father, artist, serviceman, and published strategist and philosopher.

So, pulling back from just Musashi, and looking at all the men who participate in this sword dueling realm, I will give them more credit and ask, was it about human potential?

Is it possible that leaving one’s fate to the decision of the duel is the ultimate quest for seeking self-knowledge and fundamental truth?

Consider this, if you strike a man down in a duel, you live, and he dies. It is uncontestable who was better. That much is at least provable.

Life and death seem to be the only realms we can’t really argue about. You’re here and then you’re not.

However dysfunctional it may be resorting to violence in this manner, two men agree on an even playing field with both having something to prove. They both test their human ability, and only one is allowed to live with confirmation about the way he views the world.

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Something deep within me resonates with the definiteness and decisiveness that is the life and the Way of the sword.

I have found myself lately with a subtle aching to strike a man down, but not physically.

Let me explain.

Every man has their own worldview, and I believe the peak of masculinity is to commit yourself to see that world through.

My worldview, my beliefs, perspectives, and actions I take on my path, is my sword. Although I am mostly practicing my forms and sharpening my sword alone, there are many other men also trying to shape the world, and slowly I’m realizing that eventually we will have to cross paths.

That is when my world view, my masculinity, will be tested.

It won’t be life or death, but whether with a sword or a pen, a contest of ideas is the only way to know the truth about the path the man is on.

If he loses, he learns his method is incomplete. If he wins, he lives to seek another opponent, continuously, until he is the best.

The only danger I foresee on this path is to have rivals, because once a rival is defeated, I would be left without a purpose. Ego and emotional investment in the affair can be misleading.

So, I suppose the real fight is to discover the truth.

In the age of Miyamoto Musashi, using physical means was the easiest way to impose truth into reality. And the contest being within the threat of death was also the fastest way to activate the complete necessity of a man’s full potential.

But there’s no way it can just be chalked up to just mindless violence. There must have been something more ethereal, spiritual, about the Way that attracted so many men to it.

Whether he lived or died, the Way of the Sword granted a man the greatest opportunity to settle the incessant chatter within his head and uncontestably revealed to him his place within the world.  

The Way of the Sword requires 100% of you; a full commitment.

The Way of the Sword is putting everything on the line in order to know.


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Decoupling Love and Marriage; Destruction of The Family via Individualism – MGTOW

It should have been around 23 years old when I realized the exhaustiveness of the dating and family world.

Not only was I meant to generate a high enough income to support the 4+ children I wanted to have with a stay at home wife, but I also realized there were just way too many women to choose from, especially after becoming friends with English speaking girls around the world.

It was then that I appreciated the benefits of an arranged marriage. The choice would be made for me, and I would happily accept it, because the choice would not be arbitrarily made out of “love”, but for the duty of family.

Marriage was a stronger institution back then. It was controlled by the father, who was the head of the family, and the young couple could be a bridge to unite families. The right marriage could even form powerful alliances between kingdoms and nations.

But that’s all lost for now, all because of love.

Dowry and bride prices,, which are gifts awarded to the bride or her family, by the groom or the parents of the married couple, aren’t paid out anymore, and less parental involvement means less risk and incentive incurred for the family by the practice of marriage.

A man and woman who decide to get married today are completely on their own, which is in line with this new manufacturing of the nuclear family, and if that marriage fails, either by death or divorce, there is little to no security for the couple.

Especially in the case of divorce, where the husband bears most of the responsibility through alimony, child support, and even legal fees, despite our advancements in gender equality.

Events like these were foreseen and paid for in advance in ancient times.

As women were not usually recipients of inheritance, a husband was sometimes not even legally permitted to access the dowry account of his wife. In turn, bride prices could also be refunded back to the groom from the bride’s family if the marriage dissolved.

Love still existed back then; it just had to be paid for in advance.

The practice of marriage today persists on love and faith alone. In other words, marriage and families are financed on credit.

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The family used to be the most basic unit of society.

As most of the rights were granted to the father, they functioned like small governments, and with enough resources as land owning farmers, they were completely self-sufficient.

But what interests me the most was this alliance between families, as well as fathers being intent on passing down their family name through having male successors.

But with the proliferation of feminism and individualism, there appears to be less emphasis on family. The State is quite content with the individual being the basic unit of society as a wage just needs to be earned for taxable income, and low birth rates will be circumvented through immigration.

If we still had extended families, we could completely do away with welfare, even public education.

But I believe the incentive for breaking extended family units apart into smaller families is to extract more opportunity for consumerism. Now families need a separate house, car, food, and utilities for each branch of the family instead of one big shared home that reduces costs by combining resources and dividing the labor.

The State wants to keep the family isolated, even willing to reduce it down to a single parent household, even though the children of such upbringings are more likely to have developmental problems that brings down the overall quality of the society with increased statistical likelihood of drug use and crime.

I believe this destruction of the family must be sought after via greed for either money or power, because as stated earlier, a large family can be quite self-sufficient, not participating as heavily in the economy as the nuclear family, and as they function as their own small governments, the larger a family becomes, they could even rival the power of the main government.

Case in point: The Medici family of Italy.

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What Should Be Done? How Do I Feel About It?

“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home” – Confucius

I believe the easiest way to restore society would be to restore the family, but I am unsure how to personally get involved with that.

When I look at my family, I don’t see anything close to the seeds of a powerful political family developing among us, especially since I was also not treated like I was truly meant to be a propagator of the family name and prince heir to the throne.

In fact, my grandfather’s family name only has six male descendants, and three of them appear to be MGTOW.

I am considering changing my last name, either to fully embrace individualism or out of spite because I romanticize the family customs of old.

I could participate more within my family and intend to repair this societal dysfunction by making an extension and start my own family, but there just aren’t any legal or social protections for me to keep my assets under my control.

Even if I were to avoid marriage through the State, children are very often considered property of the mother, and women, the voting majority, function more like the real wives of the State.

The answer to all our modern problems may not be to revert to traditionalism. For instance, more families would mean more increases to the population, and I believe we already have enough to have our fun for now on planet Earth. We could truly skip a generation.

A sophisticated modern solution is going to require a complete adoption of individualism but must also be savvy enough to be a step ahead of society and challenge the powers that be.

I believe that solution right now is MGTOW.

At the very least, since the losses of society seem to be socialized, it is vital not to continue contributing to the growth of the welfare state (i.e. do not create more single mothers).

MGTOW men would also be able to amass personal wealth by not diverting their assets through marriage and parenthood.

The only action left would be to somehow get these men to combine their power to challenge the current institutions of authority.

In an individualist society, organization like this doesn’t seem likely. But the alternative, marriages secured by nothing but love and faith alone, and family legacies that vanish within vacuums, will slowly lose its appeal.

More men will go their own way. Will they work together, though? That’s a question for another day.

But with 30% of children belonging to single-parent families, our old concepts of love, marriage, and family, are very close to being dead.


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Vegeta and Bulma are like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Surprisingly, there are strong similarities between the two couples.

Vegeta and Kanye both have had their “bad guy” phases.

Vegeta attacked Earth trying to steal the Dragon Balls, and Kanye stole the stage at the VMA’s to transfer Taylor Swift’s award shine onto Beyonce.

Bulma and Kim were also “bad girls” in their pasts too, as both women weren’t afraid to show some skin to get ahead and acquire fame and power.

They also come from rich and successful families, specifically their fathers: Bulma being the daughter of the man who invented technology to store any item, even a house, into a tiny capsule, and Kim being born from a nationally recognized attorney father to then having a former Olympic athlete as her step-father.)

As two men who never smile in pictures, Vegeta and Kanye were the last men expected to be the ones to turn these h’s into housewives. But a closer look at their marriages may reveal that these men said “I do” out of strategy and not just sexuality.

First off, and even though most of his race is extinct and he has no subjects, Vegeta does come from royalty, so it makes socio-economic sense for the Prince of All Saiyans to match up with the Princess of the Capsule Corporation, but Vegeta also gained access to exclusive resources through his relationship with Bulma.

The context here is that Vegeta was not only beaten by Goku, but then shown up again as Goku was the first to become a legendary Super Saiyan, which questioned Vegeta’s credibility as true heir to the Saiyan throne.

However, it was with Capsule Corp. technology that Vegeta was able to train under 450x Earth’s normal gravity, and travel to outer space for further development in solitude, which later resulted in him also becoming a Super Saiyan and achieving a power level well above his rival Goku.

Likewise, Kanye was down and out after his failed clothing line venture landed him $53 million in debt. However, Kanye would (allegedly) quickly find relief after sharing a joint bank account with Kim as she cashed out an $80 million check from a successful video game development.

Despite the rumors, stigma, and reputation of these women, both men saw great opportunity in a long-term commitment, and gained access to resources that helped them achieve their goals.

All they had to do was put a baby in them, and the rest of the world would become their play thing.

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MGTOW

Although MGTOW men avoid marriage as a strategy to protect their freedom and finances, Vegeta and Kanye managed to marry up and achieve more than they could on their own.

For a group of men that often famously recite “the juice isn’t worth the squeeze” regarding the value of a modern relationship with a woman, on the contrary, Vegeta and Kanye’s cups runneth over after settling into their marriages.

Yes, they did have to bite the bullet settling with post-wall women with storied sexual histories, but nonetheless they upped their social rank and economic ability with this vertical move.

Despite it all, it is undeniable that both Bulma Brief and Kim Kardashian are talented entrepreneurial women, and being the 2nd generation of rich and successful parents, it is safe to call them both “princesses”.

So, MGTOW guys, if women these days aren’t really bringing anything to the table, then only take a seat at the table if the woman already has a full house.


Where have all the good men gone?” The peasant women will ask.

“Out slaying dragons” A wise man will answer. “They won’t settle for anything less than a princess these days.”


So go your own way, and I’ll see you on the Far Side

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Fasting and Abstinence Raises Your Baseline and Purifies Your Subconscious

This is an update for an ongoing series of articles regarding my health journey. If you would like more context, you can read the previous articles here:


The significant gains acquired through my 62 days No Fap and 44 days Keto/OMAD/Candida fasting journey have not come without significant challenges.

Old memories of former habits and feelings have started resurfacing, as if some old neurons are checking in to see if I still need those unused dopamine receptors.

One day I suddenly and vividly remembered the frozen pizzas I bought only a few times from when I worked at a supermarket back then, which was the height of my binge eating career.

I don’t miss the chocolates and chips anymore, but I reminisced on next door’s Pizza Hut bread sticks, and the steak sandwiches from the delis in the area.

But these ghost memories aren’t only occurring with food; It’s happening with my love life too.

You know the type. It’s those feelings you get about the girl you fell in love with but thought you were over her because she’s bad for you and you fell in love with someone else after her, but now it’s clear as day that you were never over her.

Yikes.

But this is what I mean by Purifying The Subconscious, because the prolonged abstaining from sensory pleasures will grant me a face-to-face with my deeply retained or repressed desires.

It is then up to me to observe and allow them to pass as I ask myself, by the time I complete my training reaching a year on my streaks from now, will I still desire these things? Would the feelings fall away?

Would I have raised my baseline?

Raising My Baseline

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I reflected in my last health update that I had always crumbled right before the Day 30 mark during my past bouts on the Keto diet, and I was only able to succeed so well this time because I had redirected my off-menu urges with the much safer dark chocolate and almond butter option.

By the way, Health Tip: almonds are very high in oxalates, so eating them over repeated days was probably the source of my digestion issues.

But on average I don’t stray too far from my calorie limit and one meal setting anymore. I go through the same four day rotation of assorted veggies, fish, meat, or egg protein, and healthy fats in seeds, oils, coconut, and butter.

And as I begin to deprogram from sugar, I am also starting to drift away from standard sex.

I’ve come across a new sexual lifestyle called Karezza.

Many of it’s practitioners may also be invested in more spiritual endeavors (AKA something you would call “new age” or “woo woo”), but allow me to not be so esoteric and simply break down the typical ways we have sex today.

Average sex is still procreation focused sex. It is only because of the illusions brought on with the use of contraception that we falsely believe we have engineered recreational sex.

But this isn’t true. Truly, it is still quite juvenile for a man to release what he could very well use to start a family into an unceremonious latex bag. Likewise it is even worse for women, as they actively manipulate their hormones to prevent inception.

I have personally not yet practiced Karezza, but it appeals to me because I am very interested in semen retention, but I also know that common sex and orgasm is more of a release of tension rather than long-lasting and sustainable satisfaction.

At it’s worst, I have heard average sex dubbed as “female assisted ejaculation”, and I wholeheartedly agree with that description.

In short, Karezza is a non-orgasm focused sexual practice in which Oxytocin and other pleasure chemicals are maintained and multiplied through sustained sensuality without any of the crashing resulting from orgasm. It has especially been used to revitalize dead bedrooms in marriages, with repeated orgasms being the culprit of declining interest in long-term relationships, as told in Marnia Robinson’s book Cupid’s Poisoned Arrow (I have not read it yet, though).

More on this in the future, but to return to our point, I realized this new paradigm has raised my baseline when I compared these two sex practices while reflecting on my feelings for my old flame.

Despite her red flags, I would still be interested in standard procreation sex, as a means for closure (or just a really good hate-f–k).

But because of her red flags, I would not be interested in Karezza recreational sex with her because it is far too intimate, and she has negative energies that I do not want her to share or combine with me from her.

See the difference?

With both food and sex, I have refrained and practiced self-control, and it has now come to a point where I require a higher quality source to indulge in those behaviors.

Even if I wanted sugar again, I would much rather find a gourmet or home-baked option rather than the average store bought junk.

And now, my future sexual partners require the right energy, and will not used as my one-way need to get-off.

I am truly curious to see how much more my body will reveal its inner cravings, and what my baseline appetite will be after a year of this training program as I embark on this quest to know myself and develop my character.

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Why I Quit Medium.Com and Believe The Site Will Die

Medium.com is a bare-bones blogging site, that is ad-free and free to join. The site is supported by the collective $5 membership fees from its premium members, which grants them unlimited reading and publishing behind the paywall.

It’s actually not a bad gig, as they recently improved their pay out system from being calculated by claps (imagine being able to hit “like” 50 times on an article) to reading time.

Here’s the rub though. I joined the platform in 2017, before the Partner Program was rolled out. I was not an early adopter either, and only joined because of the peer pressure I felt from slowly being iced out of a community I enjoyed, as I found more articles were locked behind the premium paywall.

Here’s the second rub. As a free member, you only get three premium article previews to read a month. That’s right. Just three. For the whole month.

This would be just fine if locking content was actually intended only for a writer’s absolute best content. But there is no quality filter. I remember I had wasted one of my preview slots on a sub-100 word article. I un-followed the writer right after that.

So a new reader is not going to have the same experience as I did, slowly transitioning to this change over time. First off, there is hardly any free material to read anymore on the site, as the front page is covered in member’s only “stars”.

Premium writers also have no incentive to unlock their content, as reaching the widest audience possible by releasing it for free is unlikely, as premium content is promoted more widely.

And, well, you can get paid for it!

Now, $5 a month isn’t that bad. I could have taken the hit for a while and just hustled more with my articles. The actual reasons I quit were

  1. I had my real name, and writing on this site anonymously is way better.
  2. I do not foresee any real growth.

With its free members having a poor user experience, Medium is becoming a subscriber island.

The awesome thing about it is that you pay $5 to get in and nearly every one of your readers are paying customers. I won’t deny the worth of that.

But there is very little upside. In a scenario like this, every current user is extremely valuable, and if a writer, let’s say, quits out of frustration after his articles aren’t breaking even, getting a new member to replace him is not probable under the current system.

I do take a pay cut working for WordPress, but I feel pretty happy that everyone gets to read my articles. I also enjoy my site design, and the site domain is all mine!

It’s all about the potential for growth, and the little things...


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Closing The Gates – A Love Letter to Itachi MGTOW

Itachi Uchiha MGTOW (aka Kurama) was one of my favorite MGTOW content producers, so much so that I used to watch only one video a day to truly soak in the message, and meditate on it’s contents for the entire day.

That went on until he wiped his whole channel, of course.

I won’t deny that there was no shortage of drama with Itachi, with that being only one of his monikers after all, but I believe the core objective of his content was a sound one.

Itachi was so aptly named because, just like the manga character he is based off of, he abandoned MGTOW and was in open opposition to it.

Itachi was specifically dissatisfied that the average MGTOW man was not capitalizing on his supposed red-pill knowledge and freedom outside of the feminine matrix, but was instead found still congregating around channels that recycled their emotional addictions to drama, gossip, and heavy criticism against women and feminism.

These men claim to be going their own way, but act more like they’ve only gone across the street; watching from a distance, and truly going nowhere.

In reality, the average MGTOW man is still upset that the identity he wanted for himself, having a stable home with a happy wife and kids, was pulled out from under him, either by a nasty divorce, child support, or some other means.

Deep in his heart, the average MGTOW still desires that dream, or at least has not healed from the emotional scarring of the nightmare he did experience, and so he dwells among the disaffected masses, requiring a “daily dose of red-pill” to orient his directionless identity.

“Most MGTOWs are one bl**job away from crawling back to the plantation.” – Stardusk


Itachi’s goal was to elevate the baseline of MGTOW men, to move past their feminine occupations and use their new mental and financial capacity to start increasing their lives in various other areas, including health, as the MGTOW philosophy would be incomplete if men were merely withholding their resources out of spite, and not redirecting towards a specific purpose.

His master plan was to generate a network comprising of these successful MGTOW men, where they would be able to affect change together on a societal level from behind-the-scenes, a la Secret Society.


Closing The Gates

This article is titled as such because Itachi is finally gone. He released one final program and then disappeared, hopefully along with the network he wanted of those trusted MGTOW men.

He closed the gate.

Itachi wasn’t interested in triage or manipulating emotions and drama for clicks. He was all about his business.

While I won’t be as aggressive as Itachi, I too am starting off with a “closed gate” mentality as well.

I am no longer interested in outreach, arguing about MGTOW, or convincing other groups to join MGTOW.

The Incels need their own messiah to uproot them out of their dark existences.

White nationalists are stuck on Planet Earth while I choose to live on the “Moon Base”, which is metaphorical, but I see all people as just “People of Earth” as one day we will most likely discriminate against the Martians and other planets as soon as we establish generational colonies.

And as a MGTOW Monk, there is no getting across to a “Red Pill” man, who is still deeply obsessed with feminine validation.

At the same time, I will not denigrate the production and consumption of the work of MGTOW that are catering to the lower-levels of men who are still stuck in their rage-phase. They are still my brothers, albeit, my younger brothers.

MGTOW is in my name because I do prefer to have that baseline of association to the man that is at least inquisitive about female nature, law and politics, and redefining their role within society.

“The un-examined life is not worth living” (Socrates) and thus the Blue Pill man is not worth trusting.

So I am closing the gates, online, and in real-life.

In person I will ghost in plain sight. A walking speak-easy only associating with those who know the code.

Online I am out-and-proud, but still operating within a niche.

I am not interested in actively dividing or denying people, but the gates are closed, however, with very obvious keys to getting into my inner circle.

I have purposefully marginalized myself in various ways: through Keto, No-Fap, one-meal-a-day fasting, non-denominational spirituality, and not just MGTOW, but further with MGTOW Monk Mode.

So for those of you still stuck on the female problem, you can watch the space launch from Earth…


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Two Questions To End Old Habits and Re-Organize Your Life

There is little use in structuring your life on definitive statements.

“I’m going to lose weight this year.”

“I’m going to save more money.”

“I wont relapse again.”

We command ourselves as if we know and have full control of our behavior. We feel empowered in that moment to make these statements, and our resolve feels real, but how great are we really at predicting the future?

“A question opens the mind. A statement closes the mind.” -Robert Kiyosaki

Let’s stop acting like we know. At the very best, let’s commit to making an educated guess, or defer to the data we already have, and lead ourselves down a better path of self-knowledge and curiosity.

Here are the questions:

What is the end goal of this action?

and how does it develop my character? (Or alternatively, what does this teach me about myself?)


What Is The End Goal?

This question helped me to quit video-games (or at least put them on pause for a while), because I realized there was no end-game for the habit.

There are so many new games being released every month. And yet, there are also so many old games that I have yet to play. After I finish one game, I will just have to pull another one off of the backlog and finish that one too, while my wish list simultaneously builds up.

Never ending consumption.

So I’ve given away my Nintendo Switch. In my two decades of playing video games, I have surely accumulated enough data to at least extract a meaningful 20% of video-games that will encompass 80% of my total playing time now.

I have a Nintendo Wii with most of my favorite games on it already, and a CRT TV to reproduce the aesthetic feel. Why do I need anything more?

We may not be able to predict the future, but asking yourself what is the end goal? will most certainly stop you from an endless road of unceasing consumption. You may have already arrived. You may have all that you need for the right now.

How Does This Develop My Character/ What Does This Teach Me About Myself?

This is another great question to ask when you are faced with repeating your old habits.

Suppose you are committed to a new healthy diet, and suddenly you are craving something off the menu. Why should you indulge this craving?

You already know that you want this particular thing, how would indulging in it provide you with additional self-knowledge?

I love donuts. In my life I’ve eaten 1,000 donuts. What new pathway will be opened up if I go up to 1,001?

And there’s no need to commit or to promise never again to eat donuts, but simply ask what is the end goal of this donut? How will this donut develop my character?

It may not serve you now, but it could be relevant in another season. Don’t cry. Don’t run. Don’t have such strong beliefs for yourself.

Let’s just be open and try and ask more meaningful questions which lead to more meaningful resolutions.


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31 Days Keto/OMAD/Candida Review

This is the 2nd update of my health journey. You can read the 14 Day Review, for a comprehensive guide on how I started, the supplements, habits, and food items I’m using, and why, here: https://moonbasemgtow.com/2019/09/30/14-days-keto-omad-anti-candida-diet-review/

Notable Changes

Meal and Exercise Times

The first difference from two weeks ago was changing my exercises from fasted to fed-state.

I understood the benefits of increased HGH levels and fat loss, but I found prolonged fasting with just one meal was affecting not only my workout performance, but even my ability to work my day job, as I got bored and sleepy very easily at my computer.

However, my context is that I have assigned myself 1,300 calories a day, so if you are eating more than that in one meal, you may be able to coast through your fasting periods much easier than I can.

Cravings/Cheating

Prior to now, I have never made it to 30 days of strict Keto in over a year of practicing the diet.

I’ve always noticed a substantial change after Week 3, and this time it specifically started on Day 23.

It could be the hedonic treadmill, as the restricted food list starts to become monotonous.

Specifically, my dopamine hit a flat-line, and it was hard to get out of bed the morning of Day 23. The junk foods that I was previously physically repulsed by were now a bit more intriguing.

I have taken big whiffs of donut boxes. Smelled cookies. Spent a little extra time reading ingredient labels for sugary cereals and ice creams.

But this time, I would prevail.

Although I did break the OMAD routine, I at least kept it sugar free and Ketogenic by indulging in Almond Butter, 100% Dark Chocolate, and mixed nuts.

My baseline has been raised. Confirmed.

The only foods I would consider hard-cheating was one bag of Pork Rinds (0 carbs and sugar, but processed), and a Gyro Platter from Halal Guys (the white sauce/hot sauce probably has vinegar/some sugar in it). But it was a free platter for my birthday, come on!

What’s getting me over the hump though is the fact that I do cook all my own meals. When I look at desserts now, I always remember that the home-made versions always tasted so much better!

So, until my Candida heals, I think I’m okay putting the sweet tooth away, and will be more interested in baking ketogenic desserts myself, or continue to shop around for low-sugar alternatives.

Candida/Digestion

The Candida Thrush seems to be about 40-50% reduced, so that’s great. I’ve also changed my oil pulling time from before bed to the morning, as more bacteria would accumulate during the hours I am sleeping.

Although the thrush doesn’t seem to be adversely affected, eating nuts, nut butter, and dark chocolate six days in a row since Day 25 has impacted my digestion.

I am more constipated, and my stool has been floating (bad) instead of sinking to the bottom like before. I should definitely stay off of it and return to the OMAD routine.

The die-off symptoms, rash-like itching on my chest, has calmed down a ton. However, they are now dull but inactive brown spots on my chest and upper back. You can get an idea of it if you look up “Keto Rash” (link below), but my symptoms are quite mild compared to other pictures you can see.

Things I’ll Be Looking Out For

Triggers

Day 27 was a Saturday, and that happens to be one of the busiest days in my home with lots of guests and activity from other housemates that disrupts my routine.

It was this feeling of powerlessness over my situation that led me to reverting back to old habits and just wanting to distract myself by eating snack foods and watching entertainment media to drown the noise out and fast forward through the day. (This was the day I bought the Pork Rinds and jar of Mixed Nuts)

The weekends demand me to be more flexible, so I have to prepare for that.

Dopamine

I try not to combine consumption habits. I already have very strong neuron associations with eating food and watching media. In fact, when my five year old nephew pulled his iPad out during dinner and tuned into Netflix, my brother compared his behavior to mine.

Focusing one task at a time is the best way to enjoy my food, and the best way to implement mindfulness and avoid cravings and cheating in the future.

Sleep

Initially, OMAD had improved my sleep, as I was able to do so straight through the night without any interruptions.

However, since Day 25, I’ve been waking up more frequently, causing me to sleep-in longer. This has been fun, because going back to sleep increases my chances of lucid dreams, and I’ve had about four since then.

But I do miss the jolt of electricity a full night’s sleep can give you in the morning.

Physique

That increased HGH man.

My upper body is definitely looking a lot more beefy, and it’s not because of the recent extra carbs, as the fiber has still kept me around 20g net carbs. My abs are also filling out, and I’m on track to achieving my “6 Pack” New Year’s Resolution.

I only do no-equipment home workouts, and have actually been repeating the same routine/sets for the entire month, one workout a day for 5-6 days out of the week.

As my energy has increased and muscles improved, I’ve been able to add more intensity, but I have not changed the time intervals (for Abs and HIIT cardio) and rep counts (push ups).

Weight Loss

My Goal weight is 133 lbs. (I’m at 139.8 right now). It was interesting that I plateaued at 137 for a few days before my recent binge, but if I drop too far below in the next 30 days, I’ll at least add avocado back into the diet, and perhaps small snacks, but they should at least be rotated like my regular meals, and not consistently binged on daily.

Conclusion

My overall outlook is positive. There are still a lot of great tasting foods that are sugar free, and I will be able to experience much more of that after my Candida symptoms clear up.

However, I am most excited for the next phase of my diet which would be repopulating my gut flora, especially with some kombucha and kimchi.

My next updates will most likely be at Day 45, which will be a YouTube video, and an article for Day 60.

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Additonal Reading:

Keto Diet Rash: What You Need to Know

Candida Die-Off: Symptoms And Treatment

Fasting and Growth Hormore


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