Are You Living In Your Own Private Solipsis? (Idaho)

Ever heard of solipsism?

Solipsism (Listeni/ˈsɒlɨpsɪzəm/; from Latin solus, meaning “alone”, and ipse, meaning “self”) is the philosophical idea that only one’s own mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological position, solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one’s own mind is unsure. The external world and other minds cannot be known, and might not exist outside the mind. As a metaphysical position, solipsism goes further to the conclusion that the world and other minds do not exist. As such it is the only epistemological position that, by its own postulate, is both irrefutable and yet indefensible in the same manner.

Ha: “by its own postulate, is both irrefutable and yet indefensible in the same manner.” For me, that’s simply called a circle jerk.

There’e a practical application, and you see it everywhere; and probably, in yourselves from time to time if you ever exercise the discipline to reflect upon and critique your own behavior (do you, ever?). Ever thought to yourself, “no sane or rational person could ever…[go ahead and fill in a hundred or more blanks]. This is why an on-the-face-of-it ridiculous philosophical definition even exists. Because it’s real, and it’s real every day a million and several billion times. It’s not to say there are not things that no sane or rational person would not value, but that’s a different study.

When you easily—and especially dismissively—think that nobody of sane, rational, valuing, caring thought could possibly find value in that which you find utterly abhorrent, you’re giving props to those philosophy geeks who codified the pathology in less than clear terms.

Nonetheless, you can easily see it all the time. I do, and in myself as well, as so-called knee jerks. It’s fine to not find value yourself, or abstain from participation in the face of admonishment that IT’S JUST GREAT! However, as collectivists numbering in the billions, now, have we not minimally come to the place where we’re just OK with others pursuing their own thing we don’t understand or plain lack context for, and there’s no need to concoct a narrative of how it’s a particular threat to ourselves and others, only because it’s not so-called mainstream? There’s 500 cable channels and 650 million websites, now. The notion of mainstream is fading.

But we still love political footballs. Love to go vote on it. Oh, yea, I forgot: you just love to have a 1/300 millionth say in things where there’s a lot of activity and fanfare surrounding the spectacle that only graces us every 2-4 years. It’s, it’s…Olympic Voting! You could get a Gold Medal! if you wear that lapel sticker Just Right!

The simple truth is that we’re likely destined to live forever in our owns privates Idaho; individually, and even socially in the small groups we love the best. There’s no harm in comparing clothes, and that’s helpful, as all individuals and groups ought think, self evaluate, and advance toward better understanding, acceptance, and self improvement and development—even in the face of the abhorrence of “foreigners” on all levels. The only real material thing to weigh is: are they really going to hurt you? Really, truly, and no shit hurt, and prescient risk? If not, you’re just masturbating in public along with everyone else, in a big circle jerk.

The rub is this: in a collective hierarchy of socialist egalitarianism, the whole point of the exercise is to get you to think that you’re being harmed, and tax policy is how it’s done, keeping everyone at odds as much as possible.

There is one certain thing about modern humans: they can overloook one hell of a lot, but they cannot—will not, ever—overlook having to pay for things they find abhorrent. And that is why practical politics is all about forcing everyone pay for that which someone (some many), in some measure, finds abhorrent—no matter which side of the dime is in power. It is literally the chief game in politics. I take it back: it’s the only game:

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. — HL Mencken (circa 1935)

The quotidien antagonism keeps everyone passionate about the marginal expenses, so as to keep their attention off the P&L. It’s 100% effective so far. That’s because those who pay attention only love or hate. Indifferent doesn’t watch. Indifferent never votes, though if you look at voter turnout, Indifferent wins every single election, now.

What would happen if they held an election, and nobody showed up but Indifferent?

Go right ahead and cultivate Idaho, but others have other states to cultivate; and just realize that the only real reason you’re each at odds is that you have to pay for their cultivations, too. But understand, they’re paying for your cultivations and hate it just as much. Maybe that’s why you hate each other? Could it be you’re forced to collectively support what each “side” hates, and there’s big money and fame in that, and that’s the big deal far more that what you’re up to? Then everyone is on the same boat, and neither is the culprit. Consider that. You’re actually allies, if you’d just wake the mutherfuck up and realize it’s a lose-win-lose and you know who’s in the middle.

At this stage of human social evolution, you’re all just all over and all on about supporting the real culprit that keeps you all at each other’s throats.

Stop that. Grow up.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Kate Berger on February 7, 2014 at 05:29

    Brilliant!! Brilliant!!

  2. Melissa on February 7, 2014 at 09:28

    I agree with Kate….Absolutely Brilliant!

  3. Woodchuck Pirate on February 7, 2014 at 12:06

    Thank you for sharing this thought-stream. It’s no comedy of errors that maintains the suffering of mankind. It’s stereotypical gang mentality, collective brain death by choice. There is no right way to do something wrong. There is nothing to be gained by compromising truth. Pragmatism (aversion to principle) always gives unconsciousness a leg up against you. Enabling that leg up can only be implemented through cognitive dissonance. It’s logical fallacy to pursue “centrist” posture, as lowering the bar simply manifests the new “centrist” pursuit, ever lower in principle. It’s called devolution and has been the defining characteristic of mankind since the practice of government (gods and masters).

    The herd is committed to endgame devolution. They have a right to suffer, and so I do not seek the conversion of others. Socialism has resurrected the Nazis, more proficient in gang mentality devolution, than any other collectivist group. Be it days or decades, the endgame will be apocalyptic with technology catalysts fully employed. I do not expect a slow decay.

    Here is a link to an insightful discussion of the events in Ukraine (soon to be similar events in the U.S.S.A.). I posted twice in the comments following the article. The concept of anarcho-capitalism escapes most collectivists, especially those self-suffering under cognitive dissonance, implementing socialism while posturing as anarchists. For me it’s simply one snapshot of the madness that is socialist versus socialist, while the Nazis feed their ego and sharpen their tactics. Here’ s the link:

    In the interest of clarity, I’ll disclose that my Mom died this morning, and my senses are seared by introspection. Please don’t misinterpret these words as an invitation to provide kind responses or condolences upon me. Anyone who has read my writing may realize I am not in need nor seek out what is due to others who embrace social norms. I prefer misanthropy pure. I remain consistent.

    May we live in interesting times.

    Woodchuck Pirate
    aka Raymond J Raupers Jr USA

    • Lemm on February 7, 2014 at 16:26

      Compassion is not a social norm, it’s hard-wired.

      Sorry to hear your Mom has passed, i hoped she lived well.

    • Woodchuck Pirate on February 8, 2014 at 05:43

      Who lives well?

      It is my understanding that consciousness always manifests recognition of interconnectedness. Compassion is earned. Ego is hard-wired.

      I remain comforted by the inevitable rescue of death. The human life-form is over-rated.

      Enjoy your day.

      Woodchuck Pirate
      aka Raymond J Raupers Jr USA

  4. Lemm on February 7, 2014 at 16:06

    As much as it makes sense, it takes more than rational thinking to facilitate change. Unless it’s really uncomfortable, people do not want to wake up. And the people maintaining this system are smart enough, and motivated enough to keep it that way; are you smart enough and motivated enough to change it?

    • Woodchuck Pirate on February 8, 2014 at 05:46

      Enlightenment can not be withheld or given away. It can only be accepted. The solution exists only at the individual level. There are no victims.

      Woodchuck Pirate
      aka Raymond J Raupers Jr USA

  5. gabkad on February 7, 2014 at 19:10

    Woodchuck, I think there are some big differences between the Ukrainian situation and anything ever in USSA. First, Americans have been brainwashed into believing that they have ‘freedom’. Ukrainians never have and know they are not. Americans have ample food. Ukrainians don’t have money to buy food. Lack of food or access to obtaining food has always been a big motivator for revolution. (Look at the French) I also think that if Americans were to rise up as the Ukrainians have, the use of deadly force against protestors would be more severe in the USSA than it is in Ukraine (even though it’s bad there, mostly people being taken out of town, beaten, stripped naked and left in the snow to die).

    So long as the people of the USSA have lots of junkfood and mind numbing ‘entertainment’ (yes, bread and circuses), they will plod along as per usual. The Roman empire did not so much implode as fizzle away while the barbarians advanced. Rome was rotten to the core, just like the USSA government and the ‘Washington aristocrats’.

    The Canadian situation is not much better. Parliament is one big distracting, dysfunctional circle jerk.

    • Woodchuck Pirate on February 8, 2014 at 05:22

      gabkad –

      Thank you for the common ground. I perceive that Americans have been and continue to be brainwashed through indoctrination commencing with public education. The propaganda has never varied in that it attempts to equate government as freedom. Nothing is more diametrically opposed to freedom than government.

      It is my perception that all individuals are free as per inalienable right. This does not suggest that someone will not snuff out their existence as a human life-form at any moment. All things will happen because all things can happen. To subscribe to collective action, petition the brute force of government, so as to initiate force against individuals is the definition of rotten to the core. One can set their feet down at any geological point on the globe and find homogenous rot as status quo.
      That rot remains defined as the mixed economy model.

      In the U.S.S.A. the citizens don’t have money for food, they have federal reserve notes circulated by fascists whom seek only to quelch resistance. Neither do they buy real food, as government controls and increases the supply of the gmo poison engineered to kill off the surplus population. This is no charitable means of disposable. It is only plan A to devolve into plan B for expediency.

      To discover a quantitative/qualitative analysis of what is a more kind disposal of freedom (inalienable right) in Ukraine, U.S.S.A., or anywhere else, reminds me of a response by the TV character “Archie Bunker” when he responded to “Gloria” by asking “would you feel better if they was pushed outta windows?”

      I appreciate your fixation on hunger as it respects the primal aspect of this current global dysfunction of statism versus freedom. War always begets hunger, and in this “modern” age the defining characteristic of WWIII is the exposure of central banks as military outposts. Even if no lead were thrown into the air, the genocide would still manifest ’round the globe. Nothing will stop it, as the easiest way to conquer the human race is to write them a check. It is already done.

      The common ground of central banks is debt. Only mathematics as an element of infinite truth will determine the path of least resistance. No member(s) of the human race have collective control of reality. “Humans” content themselves with their chosen comfort zone (solipsism?) in self-made hell, qualifying their success by counting how much of someone else’s money arrives in their account. That isn’t freedom, that’s statism. It is no consolation to get fat on it. Livestock is purposely fattened before slaughter. Personally I’d rather see the animals push each other outta windows than starve to death. But either way, I’m free.

      Woodchuck Pirate
      aka Raymond J Raupers Jr USA

  6. bornagain on February 8, 2014 at 02:13

    Hey Richard, I just read your exchange with Sean over at Prague Stepchild. Nice work! I laughed so hard I now have tears in my eyes.

    Old Sean needs a lashing every now and then to stay sharp. He goes soft very easily.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 8, 2014 at 02:19

      Sean is easily explained.

      He resists change.

    • EatLessMoveMoore on February 8, 2014 at 19:30

      Unfortunately he’s also an apologist for the low carb establishment.

    • EatLessMoveMoore on February 8, 2014 at 20:43

      Wow. Just read the dust-up over there. Shit got SERIOUS, yo.

    • Richard Nikoley on February 8, 2014 at 21:16

      What did I just say?

      For instance, Stephan may not be completely right, but I read ever word he wrote since day one, linked him a million times and it’s from him I got more ideas than anyone for what I do. I’ve talked with him in person several times. When he got the PhD and the job, he went more conventional it was taken as sell out.

      I know better than that.

  7. ulfric Douglas on February 8, 2014 at 10:44

    But now PragueStepchild (I like Sean’s blog, he’s not insane, he’s rarely wrong, he lives in Prague and there’s a good bit about a wrestler and a chimp.) is going to get multibillion t’internet hits and overtake Richard’s rating thing (all Greek to me).
    Now what’s he (both of them) going to do?

  8. WW on February 8, 2014 at 12:11

    I keep wanting to substitute “priapism” for “solipsism”. I think its a substitution that can be made without much change to the thrust of your article, and far more reachable for the average person. “Are you living in your own private priapism?”

    • Richard Nikoley on February 8, 2014 at 14:52

      Laf, WW

      Reminded of an “aunt” (cousin of my mom) from childhood who lost a battle with cancer a couple of years ago. She was feisty, funny, you know the kind. Got to spend a lot of time with her and the rest of my family in the last few years. On one camping trip we were all talking, joking around, and the Viagra commercials came up.

      Taddy says “if you have an erection lasting more than 4 hours, call your doctor? Call me!”

      I miss her.

  9. Q on February 8, 2014 at 13:15

    I don’t vote and haven’t given a crap about the futile human Game of Thrones in a long time. (Last time I voted was for Pero, but only because he was hilarious. And I value hilarity.) In my mind, human society has already passed the event horizon of ever living in any kind of intelligent, reasonable, successful manner. Maybe we had a taste of it while we were very young and tribal, but for a long time now, and from here on out, it just gets more and more intricately illogical and corrupt in every way possible until it collapses in on itself, like an interesting but doomed Jenga Tower. We have to have groups fighting for justice on behalf of everyfuckingbody and everyfuckingthing. Um, maybe humans just aren’t that just. Having said that, hope I’m wrong, and cheers to we few, we somewhat happy few, for be being born in a relative “sweet spot” of the FUBAR human timeline.

  10. Ataraxia on February 8, 2014 at 23:42

    A sweet spot indeed.
    “But we in it shall be remembered-
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;”
    or not.
    From solipsism to heroic fatalism in under 20 comments, some kind of record.

    Seven billion – is that evolutionary success (if true, the social structure is ipso facto beneficial) or a run-away infection that will kill it’s host?
    Sweet spot.

  11. LeonRover on February 10, 2014 at 02:06


    Here’s Luciano shinin’ on ya:

    “It’s my own sun
    that’s in your face!”

    Extreme individualism often leads to “sun worship”. It’s political excesses were expressed in the name “Sinn Féin”, the Irish (R)evolutionary party’s Gaelic for “Ourselves Alone”.

    This runaway infection is now adapted to by the resulting social anti-bodies.

    Ta Vagabonde

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