Something I have found interesting is that in the more than one year that I have been blogging no one has asked me why I chose this particular pseudonym. Those who have looked it up will know that it is a reference to a science fiction character written by Gordon R. Dickson. In fact the name Donal Graeme is that of the main character of his book “Dorsai!”. As some of you might have guessed, I didn’t chose the name randomly. It was a deliberate choice on my part, which I will use this post to explain.
For those unfamiliar with Dorsai!, it is a military science fiction book that was written fifty years ago (needless to say, it is quite dated in respect to both the science and military matters). Of course, my blog is not a military themed one, so why choose that for inspiration? While I like the book, that alone played only a minor role in my choice. No, I chose to use the main character of Dorsai! as my pseudonym because it was my first introduction to the “Red Pill.”
Well, to be more precise, it should have been my first introduction to
the Red Pill the true nature of men and women. A number of different subjects familiar to denizens of this part of the internet are to be found in the book: Hypergamy, Beta Orbiting, the emotional nature of women, the fact that women aren’t attracted to the “good” in men, and so on. They are discussed in a frank manner and obvious manner. No hiding the ball at all. And yet, despite this, I didn’t pick it up. Or at least, I didn’t retain any knowledge from the book.
I read it years ago, when I was a teenager, when it could have done me a considerable amount of good. Certainly it could have helped me into college and beyond. Unfortunately, reading Dorsai! availed me of nothing. Unwisely I lapped up the feminist and egalitarian philosophy that was being proscribed to me by my parents, my teachers and general society. The ideas presented in Dorsai! were outdated, “old-fashioned”, sexist. The ideas, and those like them, were to be ignored, cast away. And I did just that. I drank deeply from the well of ignorance, and let my mind fall asleep. In short, I took the Blue Pill.
Dorsai! should have been my wake-up call. I should have been alerted that something was wrong, that there was a disconnect with what I was seeing and what I was being told. But like a fool I trusted those whom I looked up to, rather than my “lying” eyes. Upon discovering this part of the web and taking the “Red Pill”, I recalled what I had read long ago. And consequently was filled with shame. Unlike some of the others here, I at least had some measure of warning, of notice. But I failed to give it any heed.
Looking back, I realized that I had been given a taste of the truth, but had spit it right out. So when the time came for me to consider commenting around here, and to pick a name for myself, the choice was obvious. The name Donal Graeme would serve as my hairshirt. It would be a constant reminder to me of the failure to question, and what happens when I let my mind slumber. My hope was that constantly seeing it would prevent me from lapsing into willful ignorance once again. There is more to it, of course. Certain character traits match up between myself and the fictional Donal Graeme. Yet in the end all that the similarities accomplished was make the choice easier.
Only time will tell if my pseudonym does its job. Maybe at some point I won’t need it any longer. Perhaps, if my station in life were to change, I would, could, drop this name and adopt another. Or maybe even choose to blog under my real name. But until then, I remain Donal Graeme.