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Make Self-Knowledge Great Again: The Art and Principles of Self-Knowledge Paperback – 23 Feb 2017
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About the Author
Steven Franssen, author of several books, is a self-knowledge facilitator and philosopher who has worked extensively with young people to advance freedom and empathy in the free market. He is an advocate for children, peaceful parenting, meritocracy, and good over evil.
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The argument that the book makes some attempt to make is that this combination can better serve the causes of self-knowledge and individualism than they can in isolation. Given that this was the key innovation being made in the book, I felt I would have appreciated more time spent discussing this approach and comparing it to alternatives. To the critical reader who doesn’t see the value that alt-right politics can serve to universal ethics, self-knowledge, peaceful parenting and so forth as self-evident, the book can seem internally inconsistent. At times it is unclear which is primary.
There is even less attention offered to the opposite side of this, the “elephant in the room” of the book's thesis: namely the fact that very few people in far-right political movements demonstrably care much at all about children or universal rights, and that this trend is preserved when one looks at the moderate right. It’s not clear that helping right-wing leaders into power or aggressively asserting conservative values in your personal life result in a planet which is in a better state of emotional health or even any closer to an anarcho-capitalist legal system. The author is definitely psychologically sophisticated and empathetic enough to understand all of the trauma which the authoritarian right can and has inflicted on humanity, and to understand the consequences for everyone of those accumulated emotional energies. But there was no acknowledgement of this shadow side in the book. In any case, this bridging of worlds is an interesting and creative perspective to be exposed to. It has potential to benefit both sides.
The self-knowledge material is very comprehensive. The downside of this is that readers who aren’t already familiar with the author’s sources may have difficulty understanding some of the references. But it’s no inaccuracy to say that Steven is leaps ahead of the average government-licensed psychotherapist and that this book could provide a mountain of value for a lot of people in this area. The author definitely deserves huge kudos for having the integrity and courage to operate in this field in the free market. Given that this book was written in only his early 30s, I can see him having enormous success as he continues his work throughout his lifetime.
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One of the things that makes it stand out as a diamond in the rough among countless self books on the market, is its rejection of the influence of nihilism on psychology and the self knowledge crowd. Psychology can help you understand and empathize with your neurotic thought patterns and their origins, it can equip you with tools to endlessly assess the motivations of yourself and others, but it cannot provide guidance on how to live. You can try to deconstruct all you want the voices in your head that helped you make it through your childhood but are hampering you as an adult, but if you don't provide a constructive alternative you will end up stagnating. Never does the book forget the importance of equipping oneself with guiding truth, of building and integrating your empirically driven concepts, in contrast to other books that start and end with you introspecting in your own bubble cut off from hard realities about the culture and politics of our day. Its a foolish and cowardly mistake to ONLY emphasize processing the reality of how one was injured and cut off from oneself from dysfunction in the family, all the while ignoring how people are harmed by things like toxic feminism and cultural marxism in society. Steven boldly goes where other authors wimp out, and alienated and aimless young men in particular will appreciate this book for it.
I highly recommend Make Self-knowledge Great Again, as a valuable resource in finding hope that you can make the most of your unfair circumstances and engage the world where it is at from a position of strength.
Franssen’s clear understanding of philosophical and psychological principles is seen in his approach to the subject of self-knowledge. He breaks the idea down into two simple, yet logical arenas:
1. In Relation to Oneself – Theory and Structure; Self-Therapy; Empathy
2. In Relation to Society – Assaults Upon Nihilism, Marxism, Smallness, and Degeneracy; Empathy; Essays on Therapy; Relationships and Boundaries
From this strong foundation, he offers valuable wisdom which touches nearly every aspect of life in the west. His advocacy for the betterment of mankind is undeniable.
I seek to live a life which resonates with my true self. There have been rare few who have inspired me in my striving toward greater peace, moral decency, wholesomeness (of which there is sadly little to be gleaned from popular culture these days), connection, and joyous living. Steven Franssen is among those few.
I finished the kindle version of it yesterday/day before yesterday. It took me a few weeks to get through it. I read it in doses. It is a powerful, profound read. Both deep and wide in content.
This is the real deal folks. This is Self-knowledge on steroids. Steven takes us through the basics but also gives us an advanced course on the art of knowing thyself.
‘’What do I do after I have healed myself?’’ is a question I have asked myself before. Steven gives us that answer.
The answer is to fight nihilists and leftists.
To secure a better tomorrow for our offspring. And because we hate evil.
Stevens book on Making Self-Knowledge Great Again is comprehensive, profound and unique. It is a call to arms.
Pick up your sword, and jump into the fray. We got a people to save.
Steven Franssen understands the importance of knowing oneself in order to prepare for the challenges of the future; the fight against nihilism, passivity and all that blunts our philosophical swords (phallic metaphor too strong? No, ok).
As such he provides a structure and method for enabling you to engage yourself and come together so you can then sort civilisation out.
Get engaged, get serious, get this book.
Self knowledge has been rejuvenated; let it help you kick ass!