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Mr. Martell Sincere (6 hours ago)
I admired this video and YouTube these days sucks and human interaction aren't that good
Dydreth (1 day ago)
Very well said, Dave, and thanks _a lot_ for all you do. Keep in mind when you feel alone that there are many people who like and respect you. If you're ever in the U.S., first round is on me. Also, thanks and God speed to Independent Man. Sorry to hear he's going.
Fleados (1 day ago)
I guess doing Youtube and being extrovert at same time is a nightmare.
Raymond7779 (1 day ago)
I'm new to this channel, so I don't know how this will be received, but I have been a serious truther watching the new world order unfold in front of us for the last 10 years. Yes, it can be depressing being red pilled, but my hope is in Jesus Christ. The new world order is prophecized in the bible, described as the kingdom of the (soon ariving) antichrist, and so is Jesus' return at a time such like this. Point being, social clubs and activities are always great, but true peace comes from a direct personal relationship with the Creator God through His only begotten son.
J L (1 day ago)
Sounds like you're too sensitive to be a public figure. It's only as bad as you described it if you were a mentally unstable little bitch to begin with.
Bman Chu (1 day ago)
I had an awesome, high paid job working from home but I couldn't handle the social isolation and I had to give it up. It was destroying my life and my relationship. Offices suck but I'm much happier now. Who would have thought.
cjay2 (2 days ago)
"It could be said that the last thirty years have seen the construction of a vast bureaucratic apparatus for the creation and maintenance of hopelessness. A giant machine designed, first and foremost, to destroy any sense of possible alternative futures. To do so requires creating a vast apparatus of armies, prisons, police, and propaganda engines of every conceivable variety. Most of these do not attack alternatives directly, but instead create a pervasive climate of fear, jingoistic conformity, and simple despair that renders any thought of changing the world an idle fantasy. Maintaining this apparatus seems even more important, to the exponents of the 'free market', even than maintaining any sort of viable market economy."
Alice Eliot (2 days ago)
So you're saying if mental health is number one on your priorities list, you're not mentally healthy. I totally agree. And this therapy thing, no one needs it.
chieflan5 (2 days ago)
Wow man what a great video I really appreciate the hard work you do to keep us informed Stay safe and stay healthy
Jason K. (2 days ago)
Introverts don't really need company or social interaction. I guess we're the lucky ones whose happiness actually depend on being independent.
David (2 days ago)
He's been pissing off on his viewers a lot lately. You can tell he's been frustrated
Rogerborg (2 days ago)
Me me me, me me me, me me me me me, me me. Suck it up, Snowflake.
The red pill despair is the reason I don't make content like yours or other social and political commentators, even though a lot of my interest lies there and I watch a lot of it. I keep my stuff light and fun (most of the time) because I feel you have to be a masochist and activistic martyr to do what you do, haha. As for the isolation... I strongly prefer it, so it works for me. :D
Dave Yeisley (2 days ago)
Good advice. Everyone handles solitude in their own way, but exposing yourself to corrosive thoughts, sophistry, and negativity day by day will take a toll. Vacations, hobbies, and fun diversions are critical to a happy life. Why did so many gamers get pissed and redpilled from #gamergate? Because the intolerant, fun-policing cult of victimhood invaded the place these folks enjoyed retreating to for relaxation. Getting attacked, slandered, and watching their hobby get co-opted by these cowards and liars left them no space to retreat to. No way to escape meant no reason not to square up and fight back. Having something to enjoy in your own way in your own time is vital. That's what gaming is to many people. While the battle of ideas is still going on, many folks eventually got back to what mattered, and now balance between staying alert while enjoying the hobby... unfortunately re-pilling is a one-way trip.
Tesla Volta Games (3 days ago)
You need Jesus Christ man. Praying for you.
joshwhitfield117 (3 days ago)
Thank you for sharing this story.
that’s a powerful and touching message. I have great respect for you and your honesty
Elliot Van Wie (3 days ago)
A very thoughtful video - also I've been subbed to IM for a long while now :)
Phial Substance (3 days ago)
I'm not even a YouTuber and I relate to this.
Erick Alden (3 days ago)
Totally relatable video. I'm a red-pilled youtuber, but I create horror content. Everything you said is 100% true and this really should be talked about more. Between the isolation and the constant risk of an algorithm change, being a youtuber is super stressful.
Chuey V (3 days ago)
I'm not a youtuber but I can relate to what you guys deal with since most of the time I work in an isolated environment. I found this video to be very informative and helpful to my life. Thank you!
wakeupscreaming (4 days ago)
I was kicked off Twitter for saying "they should curl up into balls and die off". The "they" was a reply to someone commenting about SJWs. I guess stating that dinosaurs died off from a meteorite is hateful.
Ben Champlin (4 days ago)
Great advice. This is also good advice for anyone that is red pilled. It is a very depressing world that we live in at the moment. The destruction of proper society is being forced upon us at a rate that is hard to combat. More advice from a learned mind is always appreciated. Keep up the good work.
Nick (4 days ago)
How can I get a work from home job?
Radical Edward (4 days ago)
This video is hugely helpful. I avoided most things political or controversial most of my life. Even though I’ve always believed in critical thinking and skepticism, After finally getting around to watching the red pill I started paying more attention to issues that were about politics, free speech, gun control, men’s rights/feminism, etc. and this mental burden he talks about basically took over for a while. It makes you want to scream at the world and say wtf is wrong with you all, why is everyone so blind to the severity and long term implications of these issues? Why are so many people lying? I had to step away from it all. I’ve reached a better balance now, but it still gets to me and I thought it was unique to my other faults/issues. It’s nice to know even people like Dave that have a voice out there are affected too and have to deal with figuring out how to deal with it the same way.
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Yokie Wartooth (4 days ago)
Watching this video and listening to Dave's explanation of the after effects of taking the red-pill, he is 100% spot on. I work with a small group of people that I generally enjoy, but I don't really get any sort of chance to TALK talk to anyone about certain issues or events simply because I tend to be a much more objective person, whereas they are fairly subjective. But just having them there to interact with is a good thing. I honestly have no idea what I would do with myself if I worked alone from home and never got real interaction. I'm an introvert, but i'm not THAT introverted.
Chang Cappo (4 days ago)
Who cares. Music festival season is here!
Chang Cappo (4 days ago)
Who cares. Music festival season is here!
Ben Masta (4 days ago)
Pshhhh no one makes better conversation with me than i do.
KingTater (4 days ago)
Maybe this is why so many youtubers turn into insufferable pillocks. Anyway, social isolation is poison for your mind. You become mentally unstable and lash out at minor slights.
Georgethepenguin (4 days ago)
Good on ya Dave for speaking the truth. These kind of "red pilled" "skeptic" "anti left" videos really can eat away at you, it's bad enough watching it, I couldn't imagine making it. It really comes down to taking time out for stuff you really enjoy, things that make you happy. Reading the comments, It seems a lot of people feel down and jaded about the way the world is headed, and while that is a worry, people need to understand there is a real world outside the internet. I know it seems like the world is ending sometimes because of all the idiot progressives, but the reality is there are lots of people who haven't lost the plot, a lot are just too scared to speak up. The election of Donald Trump should tell u that. Keep up the good work Dave!! Sorry If this makes no sense, I'm half asleep.
A Guy Named Alfons (4 days ago)
Though i enjoy your content. My views line up with varg vikernes and richard spencer much more than yours. I still think youre smart and insightful. But for me. Sometimes watching your content feels like blue pill frustration to me. I think youre great and im sorry if i was ever abusive. Mext time im in malahide meet me for a few pints. (-:
Decker Poker (4 days ago)
I hear ya. I've experienced it. I am trying to do better this time. Last year, I started up a daily libertarian react-to-news vlog during the end of the US presidential election. Do a YouTube search for "Jack Decker libertarian" and you'll like find it. It was quite the grind. All the problems you mentioned I experienced. Oddly, the biggest hit was doing the research for the channel. There are WAY too many slow news days with very little to make commentary about. Some days it took hours to just find an acceptable news item. While there were other factors that did influence me stop doing the channel, burn-out was one of them. That and covering news all the time does make you depressed. It sure did me. Possibly especially so for me due to being a libertarian in a not-libertarian world. So I halted the channel. This last Sunday I launched a new channel. A gaming channel. My avatar is connected to it. This new channel focuses on "Let's Play" videos of me participating in online poker tournaments. And I am trying to learn from my previous channel. The new videos are easy to make. Wake up, shower, jump into a tournament, hit "start recording", and I'm off and running. Simple editing afterwards and ... PRESTO! ... I'm done. But I've also taken other measures. I have a close friend who will moderate all my comments. Any that she thinks I should know about, she'll let me know. Otherwise, she and not me will read the troll posts and the other overly negative comments. It shouldn't hurt her since she isn't their target. And once I can, I will hire another friend to be my editor. That will take a huge load off my shoulders. At the same time, I plan to rent an inner office in a nearby office building and move my studio from home to there. This will help me separate work from my personal life. As for getting social interaction, that is one I'm still thinking about how to remedy. I could be a regular at a local poker room BUT my concern is that doing so doesn't enable me to distance myself enough from what I do for the channel. But I am thinking of it and your video has encouraged me to do so even more. Thanks for making this video!!!
Johannes Nielsen (4 days ago)
I work in Cyber Security and Investigations and I so deeply resonate with what you shared
john whitlock (4 days ago)
Work which you chose to do. If you don't like it stop. That is also your choice.
Toxic Reverend (4 days ago)
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captainboing (4 days ago)
So true. Red pilling changes how you look at your fellow man. I am appalled from the "x factor generation" and their worship of celebrity. Definitely a sense of separation
maximumjesus (4 days ago)
This is like my situation. I work as a night staff for a boarding school. I basically sit in a building all night by myself and make sure the kids stay asleep. I have no co workers, so I have to just sit in silence for 8 hours with no one to talk to. I'm 35 and I'm not married and have no girlfriend. I rarely ever talk to family members and friends. Maybe only a few times a year. I will often go for 3 days or more without speaking a single word or using my vocal chords in any way. When I go on vacation from work, I will go up to 10 days without making a single sound. Why would I? I have no one to speak to. I can't remember the last time I received a call or text from anyone. I could literally go into the woods somewhere and blow my brains out, and no a single friend or family member would even know that I was missing for at least 2 or 3 months. So why not kill myself? Literally no one would miss me. I think about suicide all the time. Sometimes its all I can think about. I don't think I'll have the guts to do it anytime soon but with each month that goes by, I just start to care less and less about being alive. At this point, I don't know what to do. I'm loosing my fucking mind.
MGTOW MONGER (4 days ago)
Dude... you need to take a trip to Mexico... Trust me, you will enjoy speaking with others and interacting with them. Look up 'Puerto Vallarta'... A little tequila lubricates the vocal chords and great music also helps. In addition to that, there are women in Mexico who you will enjoy without even being able to speak their language... And you won't run the risks of losing half your shit, getting falsely accused of rape now or 20 years from now because some woman got pissed off or wants your resources. Check internationalsexguide (dot) info and have a blast!
Watzit Tuyah (4 days ago)
I hope Markiplier sees this because I'm getting heavy vibes from his new content. New as in between now and about 2 years ago. He's been through a great deal and he's killing himself with his new "Ghost pepper of commitment." If you don't know what that is, he has promised on camera that he will upload a quality video EVERY SINGLE DAY or he will force himself to eat a ghost pepper live where ever he is. I can already tell he's burning himself out quickly and he needs to stop for his own sake. He doesn't owe anything to his fans because he's already put out enough content to keep his channel going for a long time. I'm not Mark though, so I don't know his financial situation, which may or may not be what drives him to do this. I simply can not believe he does this of his own volition, it's suicidal or at the very least, self destructive.
Freddy Fox 500 (4 days ago)
Why oh why did I take the red pill?
The Tinfoil Tricorn (4 days ago)
Jesus Christ is how you feel with it.... but y'all don't believe in him that's why the depression and issues.
Turd Flinging Monkey (4 days ago)
Start a discord server. I did, and it's a great way to interact with people casually. You don't need to schedule a "hangout" or anything, you just pop into your discord server and talk to whoever is online. Also ... sex dolls. Just sayin'
Trekline (4 days ago)
Why does the cartoon have more hair? (just a little joke no real offense intended!)
Real Eyes (5 days ago)
You should try having a family Dave! Then getting away from people will be your problem haha!
Real Eyes (5 days ago)
We have so few people in Australia who are willing to go where Scott went. Just a terrible situation
Inane Observations (5 days ago)
Independent man....became too independent, for his channel. Hope he finds success in his next endeavor.
Undisclosed Identity (5 days ago)
Independent man is a great channel. It's a damn shame he's leaving
LAIDBACKMANNER (5 days ago)
Great video. Very interesting.
Larry Barker (5 days ago)
We Appreciate what you do! But PLEASE put your own mental and physical health FIRST!
God Emperor Farage (5 days ago)
This video spoke to me
arklowrockz (5 days ago)
I broke my ankle two months ago and spent first 4 weeks virtually housebound.During the same snow storm Dave is describing I spent three days completely housebound (ironically looking at a lot of youtube helped stave off insanity). But that was just the icing on the cake of the isolation I was experiencing. I then stopped sleeping properly after 5 weeks.Just one or two hours per night for 10 days Utter torture. Now I have experienced depression and insomnia before but I was absolutely blindsided by how quickly enforced isolation and inactivity put me back in to such a state. And I cannot emphasize just how damaging it was not to be able to go for a run or a good long walk in the country side or lift weights or play a round of golf. Do not take your mental health for granted. If you start to feel despondent or hopeless interrogate those feelings and don't let them pull you away on their grey tide. If you have the wherewithal get out and move your body. Even if you are restricted don't fall in to the trap of day time napping....the hours between one and six in the morning are so long.....
Me Too (5 days ago)
So where do the 94,000 go now? Humm! Let me see? Meanwhile a funny thing happened. I've been unsubbed from this channel for some time now and two days ago I was Thinking about 'Dave ...' about 'DAVE .... ?!' In other words I'd forgotten his last name and for the life of me I couldn't recall it that day or yesterday either. I was giving up and then last night, in a dream (about something completely unrelated to this) The name flashed through my thoughts in my own dream. I stopped and said to myself: "Dave Cullen" Arh, the name of the Youtuber, it's Dave CULLEN!!" This is weird as dream states are generally quite fictitious and take no account of reality (it could have been 1953, that sort of thing) Yet I was tapping into a stored request from my conscious brain from1 and a half days before that my conscious mind had actually forgotten about and the response, when it finally arrived, did so in the midst of a(n unrelated) vivid dream!
Quball87 (5 days ago)
Good point by Dave about isolation when being a YouTuber. I first liked working from home and did it a few days a week. Now I go into the office everyday. The social element of being around others and chatting with them is refreshing and helpful.
nickyiil (5 days ago)
He is just taking a break .He will be back in a few month at the most. He has the bug like the rest of you Mental health? Dave, good god man you are Irish you lot are born crazy. Mental health is overrated.
JJSouthernAZ (5 days ago)
Amazing Video Dave. I've been a subscriber of your channel since you have had 38K subs, and you channel was a tech channel. I live out her in Arizona, and I share the same political ideology as you. Keep up the good work man!
Sid Chinchankar (5 days ago)
Bro I live in row house there is no social connections and now I can't play with my friend I getting in boredom pls help me bro.
Afifah Hamilton (5 days ago)
So glad I selected this video! I think you do excellent work, and want to thank you for it. But, you may not know but depression and anxiety can also be the result of eating cereal grains. I know this will surprise many people, but it is the case. And, the Irish have the highest incidence of immunological reactions to wheat and the related grass species. Coeliac disease is the most well recognised pathology, but mental effects are totally real and in the medical literature. Indeed about 20% of schizophrenics are actually suffering from coeliac-of-the-brain. I am making dinner at the moment so not putting links to studies up, but they are there, I assure you. So, to all Irish, Scottish and other Celtic people or partially Celtic people, ditch the cereal grains! Watch all the good that comes from doing that, in the brain, guts, skin, adrenal glands, lungs, hormones, thyroid and more! Easy!
Jewish Person (5 days ago)
More people use Linux than YouTube
Denmark (5 days ago)
I understand this on a very deep level. I've never really been one to have a lot of mental health issues in my life but I've had a couple of times in my life where I was isolating myself and became very depressed. Both times I had quit a job or sport that took up a good portion of time in my week and i quit those so suddenly that being home all the time just felt wrong. I'm in one of these depressing times of my life currently, I'm still practicing to get my drivers license so I can go and do things and I don't have a job or and friends in close enough area to hang out with. I still live at home but the rest of my family work full-time jobs so I'm still by myself the majority of the day on week days and I only leave the house two days a week. I recently had a somewhat bad mental break after having a falling out with a close friend and I've still been recovering from that but I will tell you, I've never cared about my mental health more than I do now.
DeusWulf (5 days ago)
Don't let the commies win.
sisbrawny (5 days ago)
Something that came to my mind was introducing direct human interaction in your content. Going to the street and doing interviews like Steven Crowder, doing presentations and talks in front of a crowd, having discussions/debates with other social commentators in front of a crowd like how Milo Yiannopoulos does. It's not the same as personal relationships and your own hobbies that you do for fun outside of work (which is necessary), but being around people more related to your job might make your work life more enjoyable.
James Mcgown (5 days ago)
latest research for longevity be as social as possible expand your friend circle as much as you can find an exercise program and stick with it quit drinking and smoking and learn to eat right
Paul Lee (5 days ago)
Thanks for the video Dave. I've been working for myself the last 15 years. 2018 has brought things to a halt. Business has just disappeared. Anyone else experiencing the same in Ireland?
Steven Kim (5 days ago)
Well I must humbly say that at least I appreciate your videos very much. I was told by a very wise person that you can choose to view life in a positive or negative manner and what you said about life balance is so true. That is the reason that I'm going miniature golfing with my good friends today heehee.
Aaltomies (5 days ago)
Good for Scott, Youtube isn't a real job. He's moving on with his life.
Whatever4690 (5 days ago)
I watched some of independant man, shame hes leaving his videos were good. I will sub to give him his well earned reward.
Boba Fett (5 days ago)
I know what you mean about being social animals. I was recently long term unemployed, and I didn't have much face to face contact with people other than my wife and toddler. I ended up severely depressed and went to some dark places. People need to socialize as part of a regular activity, no matter if you realize it or not.
Whatever4690 (5 days ago)
Indeed watching the ignorant and destructive nature of the mostly far left constantly can make you depressed and angry and can make you believe humanity is a lost cause and thats just from viewing. I can take a break and go play games or something, Youtubers can't.
David Alan Gay (5 days ago)
As with any chosen career path, there are ups and downs we all have to grapple with. I enjoyed working in the I.T. field for 20 years but I was sick of the office politics and of micromanaging bosses that never understood the work I did. When my career ended as a result of the Great Recession of 2008-2009, it was bittersweet. Yes, I missed coding and system configuration and being in big company projects, but I was also saying myself things like, "Whoa, thank goodness I won't be dealing with whiny users who think their requests are more than important than others", "at least I won't be travelling a half-day round trip for every day worked and having no social life", and "I won't have to deal with a boss who is more into balancing the budget than investing in technology anymore". While I'm now struggling to get back into full-time work, you can bet your bottom dollar you won't see me in I.T. ever again. I love computers, I love programming, but I made up my mind to pursue it as a hobby instead of a headache. I.M. was not a favourite of mine. I found his approach abrasive and sometimes it bordered on attacking on a personal level. Having said this, I will subscribe to his channel because I do want to see him get a reward for all the hard work he put in. He does deserve it because he, like I, once enjoyed doing what he was doing and put his heart and soul in it.
KAELANIME (5 days ago)
Independent Man is leaving???
Brian Bellia (5 days ago)
I was extremely surprised to hear you mention a psychologist in your video who made a reference to people "who've never had a mental health issue" as these people are *extremely* rare and are the exception rather than the rule. Very few people get through life unscathed in this regard. The problem with engaging in a largely solitary pursuit, like a career in YouTube video commentary is, as you said, the isolation, and one of the pitfalls of that isolation is the mistaken belief that your experiences differ vastly from those of other people - when actually they don't. I can't count all the people I've known from a variety of occupations and different walks of life who've had significant issues with anxiety, depression and lonliness at some point in their lives. It may be a tired point, but it's still a valid one - as it is in any occupation - it's all about a proper balance.
Brian Hutcherson (5 days ago)
I can relate to what you're saying for sure. Dealing with this crap going on even indirectly has an effect. Imagine what those that are so brainwashed on the left are going through. And it definitely manifests physically. Look at the sjw community they look terrible and they are so angry they have no rational thought.
emarskineel (5 days ago)
I was really worried you were about to say he killed himself
City Lights (5 days ago)
Dave, I recommend you take up the sport Curling. I know some world class Curlers, your mind reminds me of them all the time, you'd be a great skip or captain. And for social, the Winners Buy the losers a drink!
Purple Nurple (5 days ago)
I can relate to the being "red pilled" aspect of this video. Thing is you can never go back and would you want to.
City Lights (5 days ago)
You describe a lot of what us disabled persons go through and battle endlessly!
RKT (5 days ago)
I'm a counsellor - this is good advice.
Paulo Costa (5 days ago)
Why do you think Sargon is doing all of these Liberalist conferences? He just wants to see other humans. (Yes, I know he's married. Ever tried spending every waking moment with your wife?)
Rollin Ricco (5 days ago)
*Dave, I don't understand why people are not fighting back in different ways and in any way that they are able to. Transcripts of content creators videos, making gifs, spreading out to all platforms, not neglecting the leftwing cesspit sites like Tumblr and livejournal - we need to be a vocal presence everywhere, not lumped up in one spot, networking with others is KEY*
metatech (5 days ago)
Thank you for making this wonderful and important video. You really caught it perfectly. He said that he might occasionally return and I hope that he does.
GreenNovis (5 days ago)
I am sorry but some of the things you mentioned do not apply to everyone. I guess my brain is wired very differently then yours, but theres nothing better then not having to see any other human being for long time.
AUTOCROSS MADNESS (5 days ago)
great video!
piasau49 (5 days ago)
Sadly, how could it be that I never heard of Independent Man until now?
bushfingers (5 days ago)
The narrow, biased lens of hopelessness - hey, I’m there!
Diamondinmyeye (5 days ago)
I haven't been this sad about the end of a YouTube career since Yorick.
Adam Smith (5 days ago)
The bleakness is why i've slowed down on my consumption. The world is getting worse and worse and it's incredibly difficult to see the light.
Ultimate Warrior X2 (5 days ago)
If i had that silver youtube plate , i'd smash it for my last Video with the biggest Mace i can find. No need a plate to know what i/he accomplished , but i see what you mean.
Kelvin Casing (5 days ago)
Form a studio
R Koster (5 days ago)
I sympathize , I'm not a content creator but knowing what an utter shithole this world is feels like solitary confinement.
LimeyHans (5 days ago)
You just described Asperger's.
SkyWatcher (5 days ago)
he'll be back
S. Giles (5 days ago)
It's a mental burden just _watching_ these videos every day, and then being considered some kind of Nazi by the Normies for reaching the conclusions you do as a result. Lord only knows what it must be like to spend hours doing the research necessary to make quality content, and then have to worry about being castigated by The Left or demonetised by YT, etc. I unsubscribed from IM after watching his farewell video, but I'll resubscribe now to help him get his 'button'.
Richard Thorndike (2 days ago)
Try being considered a Nazi on one side, and a cuck on the other.
Frau Katze (5 days ago)
I tried a stint as a co-blogger on a fairly large Canadian site. It was time consuming, 24/7 including holidays. (I’m retired and have the time). I wasn’t alone in the house and I’m not introverted, But after a couple of years the news itself was depressing me. I got burnt out and largely quit. I still do one feature a day. I just skim the news these days. If I had thought the blog was actually doing something to help, I might have stayed. Instead, it’s getting worse in Canada all the time. Still the news about Trump energized me, but my stint was earlier. The bad news and snarky editorial of the MSM iswhat I try to avoid, I have a tendency to depression so I knew I had to quit. But I learned a lot too. I follow you and appreciate what you’re doing and how much time it must take.
ogarzabello (5 days ago)
Taking the red pill makes you a very lonely individual, and it makes you some enemies.
Brutus Of Troy (5 days ago)
what is this mental health stuff?
Even as a viewer, I can completely relate. I’ve been following this channel among 10’s of other conservative/libertarian/classical liberal/skeptic type channels pretty consistently for 3-4 years now, and the constant reminder of the worst parts of society or humanity is incredibly depressing, especially when you’re alone both figuratively in the knowledge of it and literally because you’ve got your headphones in your ears and your mind focused on the video. The sheer amount of content uploaded by all these different channels is exhausting too in its own right when you listen to hours of content. Politics is a subject taxing on both the mind and the soul (as it should be). There are two things which helped me cope with it: 1. Don’t pay attention to every stupid thing someone in the world has said. There’s always going to be marxists, just like there’s always going to be free-market capitalists, and everyone in between. Politicians are always going to be politicians; corporations will behave as corporations; etc. I don’t believe people are becoming more stupid or ignorant; we simply are more exposed to those views now thanks to social media, the internet, and the biased mainstream media, but it does not mean the majority of the electorate necessarily believe or act similarly. So stop feeding the trolls; quit paying attention and giving so much power to the leftists. Remember offense is always taken, never given. They cannot “ruin your childhood” unless you first take them seriously. So don’t. Granted, this is a lot harder when your job is to research and present the worst of society, so it’s a lot harder to ignore it, but then, you did choose to do this. Independent Man understood this, and that is why he is leaving. The message of the skeptic community has already been made abundantly clear to those willing and able to hear it, so the marginal benefit of him staying is low while the marginal cost on him is high. 2. Focus on what you can fix, not what you can’t. Jordan Peterson made this famous, though I’m sure he’s not the first to have given the advice. He intended it for the 18 year old college kid marxists who want to start a revolution before they’ve ever even held a job, but it applies equally to everyone. Don’t worry about the state of the nation. Don’t get me wrong, you can still be informed and involved in politics to halt or at least slow down the gradual tide of the west towards authoritarianism, but you do not have to obsess over it, especially since you cannot humanly do what is more than in your power. You also do not need to fix every problem in the country to still live a happy and fulfilling life. Part of the fear is that if the nation turns to shit, our lives will too. This is not necessarily true. Even if we know it’s false, it’s easy to start emotionally behaving as if it is. So remind yourself, I can still take care of myself in such a way as to live a good, free life. Just focus on your own problems instead of someone else’s. If you don’t have any problems left to fix, congratulations you’re Christ, in his second coming (and I’m an atheist, so that’s not a possibility). If not, there’s always something you can do to improve your life, and that is far more rewarding because the challenge actually is surmountable alone. Worry and care about your own life and your family’s. That’s all what matters in the end anyway. Again, to reiterate, I am not saying to ignore politics and let the free world (well, as free as it is today) fall into darkness. Just that you don’t have to let that nihilistic fact consume you.
chris leonard (5 days ago)
I was discussing this just today with an introvert friend. I'm a novelist and I have to balance being alone and living in my head with being with friends and living in the real world.
snellavision (5 days ago)
You guys probably don't realise that much of your audience goes through the same struggle, spending all of the time focused on and seriously considering the content of your product and the bigger impacts on culture and society ... when I try to talk about the topics you guys bring up in my social circle most of the people are totally oblivious, which causes conflict and arguments, which ends up making me a pariah and thus isolated. Your audience isn't exactly crushing it in the real world either. I was particularly disappointed with IM retiring because he was one of the few Australian voices who did content that related to Australia (where we are just as bad as but tend to get overshadowed by Britain and the US) ... but I understand his reasons, and when I unsubbed from his Patreon it was evident that he wasn't exactly reaping the rewards from all his hard work, so I can understand why he'd call it quits ... I do, however, wonder how he's going to deal with the insanity of being a straight white man in Victoria and having to constantly struggle with the progressives and the cultural Marxists to just be.
UOY KCUF (5 days ago)
Unlike any other news content producer Independent Man would go after his fans & commenters if they didnt 100% agree with him. There is no doubt the guy is smart, creative & does his research...but there is always the chance he may have been incorrect from missing some relevant piece of the puzzle. I decided to make a comment to point this out on 1 of his videos. He went off like an autistic bitch. I never used abusive language & over a 10+ back & forth comment thread he tried to provoke me into insulting him so he could claim moral superiority & he threatened to block me. I saw it a mile off, remained civil but a bit sarcastic then he kept threatening to block me like it would be a disaster to happen. Like id give a shit ! All because i had an opinion that i didnt show a source for. Excuse me for having a random idea & not hunting down someone who wrote an article on it or finding a record of data somewhere that proved my point. Im not great with tech & i said that & that i was just stating a possible variable he neglected to think of. But, if factual & proven, my idea would have debunked his whole video. The guy is a fucking dick head. 50 year old man child going on 12 based not just on my encounter but many others which i regularly saw on nearly every video he made. He was his own worst enemy. If he thinks so highly of himself all he had to do was ignore those who dont agree 100% with all his opinions, but no, he went after us like a fucking mental case. I feel sorry for him. For someone clearly intelligent he is a real wanker who does not know how to keep calm when you disagree with his autistic thinking. Its you tube, not a fucking court of law. He took shit way too far & others who have done that to fans got it back tenfold. Good riddance to the soyboy.
Whatever4690 (5 days ago)
So like AIU, clearly the constant shit he watched got him down. Give him his 100k before he goes or be as bad.
Pip Corteen (5 days ago)
UOY KCUF a bit harsh..but yeah.. I picked his mean side..and he really seemed to resent comments from women. Hope he finds something positive to do now!!

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