Human Animals Don’t Just Diet, They Socialize and They Think

This’ll be my last post before jetting off to Orlando tomorrow afternoon to speak at The 21 Convention. Here’s an exclusive first look at the speech I’ll be delivering to old teenagers and young 20-somethigs: the introduction. It will likely be edited more, but here’s where it is now.

The 21 Convention


If I ask how many of you see yourselves as an animal while on the prowl for a pickup, or, even the bedroom — bonus points if you’re told “You’re and Animal” — I see some of you smiling & nodding — how many of you really take that to heart fully?

Or, does it simply go to the affirmation of your enlightened state in terms of male and female relationships?

But do you still figuratively or literally genuflect to some Big Guy in the Sky to confess your sins? Do you ever feel guilt or shame over your very nature as a man?

Do you enter voting booths to get your 1 in 300 millionth say in your own affairs and obsess, argue and stress for months over who is going to rule you next?

Do you eat like a human garbage can?

I came here today to give you a perspective on humanity that I hope you’ll find useful in your pursuit of being the Ideal Man. In my review of The 21 Convention over past years I see a wealth of rational, principled information in terms of man / women relationships, practical life management in things like money, career, education, entrepreneurship, and more… and recently, diet, exercise and even some individualism.

Well I am here to talk to you about diet and individualism but, I want to do so from a fundamental perspective that unites not only all these topics I just mentioned, but also a few more I alluded to in those three questions I just asked.

You’re a Human Animal and I’m here to tell you how to Free that Animal from every single angle of your life, and to do it now, get a jump, while in your young 20s. Don’t wait, get fat, become a church going, God fearing Republican or Democrat only later to find out what a fool you were. It’s not just about eating like an animal, using your physical body like one, interacting with the opposite sex like one…it’s also how you define and interact with a society that’s appropriate to the nature of a Human Animal, how you regard authority, guilt, shame, coercion and how you regard reality. In short, it’s about how you think.

I want you to act like the Animal you are. I want you to eat like one, move like one, deal with others as one and above all, I want you to think like one. I want you to be as wild of an animal as you can be. I want to you to recognize domestication in all its facets and manifestations and I want you to burn down the Zoo Human in your life.

Previous posts about the 21 event here and here.

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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More


  1. Joseph Dantes on July 22, 2011 at 00:27

    Very stirring… and brave.

    I’m not an atheist, but I applaud your philosophical consistency.

  2. Joseph Dantes on July 22, 2011 at 04:40

    And the shaming begins… monkey norm violation detected!

    Animals don’t think beyond the present or concern themselves with right and wrong. Yet they manage quite well.

  3. Chris Tamme on July 22, 2011 at 05:04

    Ah to be 20 something again. I applaud the point you are making with this speech. Basically don’t just sit back and accept what you are told. I wish I would have known that was an option 15 years ago.

  4. Breezy on July 21, 2011 at 19:39

    Good stuff! Can’t wait to read the rest. 🙂

  5. Avalanche on July 22, 2011 at 04:31

    Hmmmm. I’m a little iffy about telling a bunch of *young* guys — massively testosterone driven, and without even having their brains fully matured (which physiologically doesn’t happen till mid- to late twenties!) — that they should ‘act like Animals.’ Yes, sure, an adult male (that’d be you Richard) can free his animal self and still retain composure and self-control, maturity and reason, in a way many (most?) young guys can’t. As damaging as your (or anyone’s) religious upbringing was, and as hard as you had to fight to get free of it, it DID give you an understanding of such concepts as integrity, honor, responsibility to family and tribe, and perhaps some kind of version (a version I deplore but nonetheless “A” version) of what adult masculinity might be like. Where are these kids supposed to get it? Rap-crap? Their peers? The media, which is designed to further destroy our culture?

    If they HAD been raised by wolves, they’d at least have a clear understanding of hierarchy, of ‘tribal’ loyalty, of self-sacrifice for the good of their “tribe” (which is NOT their basketball team, or drinking buddies — but their familial, blood-tied) relations that have a genetic reason to prefer this human over that one, when it comes down to it). Instead, these young ““males” who have been “raised” {eye roll} by TV, movies, and egalitarian universalism have no BASIS for knowing what is appropriate “for an animal” and what is just young male hijinks. There does not exist an animal species *on the globe* that does not have (a) trouble with, and (b) some sort of mechanism for controlling or driving out the young males. (Thus protecting the (females, children, and resources of the) pack, tribe, family group, flock, herd, etc.).

    “Kuymbaya, we-are-the-world” crap just leads to anarchy and death. Individualism without loyalty to a (valid — and alas, now nonexistent) tribe leads to anarchy and death. Richard, you’re going in AS an adult male to teach these young males (as aspect of) “how to live” — but if you (try to) teach them ““how to live as adult males, with full control of themselves and deep reason and understanding of the necessities of carrying on the animal species” — when they are still not CLOSE to that status…. Well, I’m worried that way too many will hear it as: “hey boys, run wild! Screw, waste, hurt, destroy, and damn the consequences!”

    If they were (or could be, at their young ages) an *adult* male (which they are not!), they will naturally (?) keep a half-an-eye on the continuation of their own people. I don’t know how (or even if) you create that balance. I doubt you can get across to young males wanting to learn pick-up trick so they can screw as many women as they can without taking responsibility for their actions, that there exists the need — the requirement! — for long-term thinking and responsibility to their tribe.

    And yes, I HAVE looked over a lot of the speeches and materials of the 21 Convention, when I saw Doug McGuff has gone. For all their crowing about ‘teaching young men how to live in the world as men’ — a lot of it seems to be about “getting chicks to have sex with you.” If they REALLY want to be MEN, and not just chronologically advanced boys, then sorry, but sex with random chicks (esp. chicks whose own sense of their value had been destroyed, kumbaya, baby!) is just so much more destruction, no matter how much fun it is!

    Sorry, this is so long. My husband, my lord and master, the epitome of masculinity in it’s fullest, silver-backed version died 10 days ago, and this is very raw.

    • Peggy The Primal Parent on July 22, 2011 at 06:37

      It sounds like you’re a bit obsessed with the sex these guys will be being “taught to have” with chicks and you somehow think that suppressing their animal instinct will suppress their sexual instinct.

      While that was an interesting diatribe, I disagree that we should not encourage young men to think for themselves (even though they do come from a lame and irresponsible society). What else are they going to do – the same dumb thing everyone else is doing? Men get into enough trouble being sheep, I seriously doubt they will get into more trouble when they start acting like bears. Plus, Richard IS giving them a little guidance about what it means to “free the animal.” If he didn’t they would probably forget about his statement all together.

      They might just learn to eat like an animal and exercise like an animal. If they do they’ll have an emotional and intellectual edge over everyone else and will probably start making some responsible decisions by default.

      I don’t think his nudging these young men to be real men (somewhat more like an animal) is bad idea at all. I am quite pleased to see it actually.

    • Joseph on July 22, 2011 at 10:35

      This is why young men need sports teams, wrestling clubs, martial arts, social groups, seminars, etc. I remember being young (some people say I still am). Sex was actually not the most important thing to me (and the reason wasn’t just that I wasn’t allowed to have any). I actively looked for people I regarded as good examples and did everything I could to associate with them, learn from them, and emulate them. If someone had told me, “Your purpose in life is to seduce the opposite sex at every opportunity,” I would not have been interested (any more than a bear in hibernation: sex has its time and place, like everything else in the animal life; being an animal means recognizing time and place, not because someone showed them to you but because you slowed down long enough to see them).

      • Joseph on July 22, 2011 at 10:50

        I guess what I meant was that it wasn’t just ideology (religion, society) that held me back from becoming a teenage parent. I knew a few girls, even a few who liked me. I was interested in learning more about interacting positively with the opposite sex, and I knew this involved sex at some point, but I also knew that I was not then ready for sex (or anything close, really). I was not a ravening domestic dog on a leash, restrained by my parents and religious leaders. I think there are many young men like me out there.

        They don’t want (just) sex. They want to be men (something which includes a lot of sex, yes, but is not defined purely by sex). Men like commitment, too (especially when this requires them to do something). Men like being in relationships that don’t crumble at the drop of a hat (when a bigger dick walks by?). I knew this as a kid, in my gut. And I was not the only one out there. Yeah, there were frat boys who would take whatever they could get (and did), but not even all these guys wanted to be stuck forever in the dumb college rut (which I was fortunate to escape, largely because I was looking more carefully at my life than they were: I was a more authentic animal, “scouting” the territory well before I ventured in to hunt; today I am very happily married with two kids). Domestic animals are the only ones that gorge themselves sick on fake crap (fake food, fake relationships). Wild animals mate for real just like they eat for real.

      • green on July 22, 2011 at 12:47

        Yeah, I would say sex is hugely important to me, but by no means the defining factor of manhood. I think that sexual energy is the most powerful thing I’ve yet felt pulsing through me, and while I am certainly interested in combining it with a female, I’d rather err on the side of caution and seek out a mate that I can learn to deal with in the aftermath of everything that occurs in a relationship. Of course, we all have our fantasies, and we all have our realities, which sometimes can be those fantasies, but I think you place too much emphasis on the animality of man and promote intellectual pioneering in what then actually manifests as a bullying attitude, which is funny most of the time because it’s against a bunch of anonymous or clearly idiotic people, but it fails at its own project of free inquiry because where it tears down one edifice it leaves a cruder one in its place. I know you come from an evolutionary perspective so I think your m.o. is appropriate to a fuck you individualism because that seems to be the ethic derived from placing survival and perpetuation as the drivers of human evolution. Your critique of religion is weak. It’s a critique of a caricature of religion. An accurate one, sadly, but not in all cases. Not everyone who might identify as “religious” believes the same things that you deplore people for. In the spirit of your own writings I’d just present it to you that there is a craving in a young man for something a little more compelling than just be an animal. Cause honestly, when you’re not agreeing to be enslaved at your day job and pretending to be civilized for “customers”, I find that it’s pretty easy to be an animal, for example I feel totally natural and free in bed, like nowhere else, I feel most like myself when making love, I get that. It’s the animal nature of man. but I love to think also. I love to read, to follow the structure of thoughts laid out by some highly skilled writer. I’m a total loner most of the time and definitely seeking some kind of tribe and someone I can look up to. The people I work with? Nothing to look up to there, even though I’m at the bottom. Culture is a wasteland. Church is too friendly. There is a certain wisdom to be learned from simply being out in the woods with no shoes, that I know for sure, but Richard, you have more to offer than just the satisfaction of the animal. You are obviously a skilled cook. THAT is vital too.
        Wouldn’t it be great if it could all be smash and grab or whatever with regards sex. But even the most staunchly anti-paternalistic, sexually liberated girls, if there’s penentration, still will ask why you didn’t call. honestly, the thing that keeps me from chasing all the girls that send me up in smoke, is that I know enough to know that it’s never as easy as you wish it could be. She’s going to be calling you. She’s going to be bugging you. What if I never hear from her again? Never see her? Don’t know who she was? Well then did it even happen? How do I know there wasn’t another guy there or something? Hm, that’s the opposite end of the spectrum but I don’t desire that anymore than I desire to settle down and have a bunch of kids and get fat and watch tv and sit in a desk all day. There is a difference between humans and animals, it’s pretty obvious. That I think is fundamental question of religion, why does the world seem to work well on its own and humans somehow demand to do things in opposition to the way they should work?

      • Joseph on July 24, 2011 at 19:06

        I don’t really think I have a critique of “religion” per se. I think the way some religious people approach life is stupid and dangerous, but that is more a matter of their personal ethics than of the adjectives they use to describe themselves. I think some religious people do very well (for themselves and all who have to do with them). So religion is a neutral thing (like life). It is neither good nor bad in itself; what makes it one or the other is the character of those practicing it.

        Too many humans have a habit of surrendering their morality to other people carte blanche. Many claim religion as their reason for doing this. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter to me what excuse they give for surrendering the ability to make (and be answerable for) their own decisions. I don’t want to get caught in that trap (again), and I think it is a bad thing (for individuals and for humanity). The first step toward real humanity, as I see it, is owning your own decisions (and being willing to take the heat for them when necessary). This is a matter of how you live, not the adjectives you use to describe yourself or the places you go on Sunday.

      • Richard Nikoley on July 24, 2011 at 21:01

        I love that comment, Joseph. While I think I have a job to do you express in a good way that at a point, it doesn’t matter and I agree with you.

        But I always have to push it and I will always continue to do so.

      • Joseph on July 25, 2011 at 07:03

        Push on, Richard, push on! I think we see things the same way, at the end of the day. In my experience, religious people who aren’t stupid don’t get mad when others insistently point out the crap that some people like to hide under the cloak of piety.

  6. Curmujeon on July 22, 2011 at 04:55

    Good start, Richard, though Avalanche has some good points. Be an animal, not a sheep but a wolf. Respect the heirarchy and rules of the pack but think for yourself. My latest favorite saying is “Eat less, but eat the best less!” There is a lot of garbage food out there, but we have choices we can make every day to eat better. I’m looking forward to seeing where you go withthis.

    • Anivair on July 22, 2011 at 06:38

      The problem here is not with acting like animals, but with people not understanding animals. They just have an idea of a wolf in their heads, but no real factual understanding of what that means.

  7. Sean on July 22, 2011 at 05:09

    Richard, I’m pretty psyched to look at my Google Reader and see all these new posts on Free the Animal. Keep it up, my friend. If I’m not interested in any of them I will use this elusive thing called Free Will and not fucking read them. Or maybe just write some bitchy comment about how you are losing your focus.

    I haven’t decided yet.

  8. Jason on July 22, 2011 at 05:19

    Excellent open. Do post the entire product after you’ve delivered it!

  9. Oleg Rakitine on July 22, 2011 at 07:03

    Thank you. Ill take this as my life manifest

  10. Tracy on July 22, 2011 at 08:45

    This speech also needs to be delivered to young women. I desperately needed to hear it in my late teens/early 20’s.

  11. Bud on July 22, 2011 at 09:33

    Great opening and very ‘attention getting’….your audience is lucky to have you as a guest speaker.

  12. The Literalist on July 22, 2011 at 11:01

    How can you see them smiling and nodding when it hasn’t even happened yet?

  13. Sean on July 22, 2011 at 13:39

    The only thing you have in common with the animal you strive to be like is a sub-20 IQ. If you don’t understand this, read SL-OOOO-WERRR

    • Richard Nikoley on July 22, 2011 at 15:22

      Yea, that’s choice. A 2-liner from a pathetic pussy of an anonymous twit. Where’s your blog, “Sean?” This one has 3,000 posts going back to 2003 and over 100k visits per month and 200k page views.

      In all likelihood, you simply have no comprehension as to what you read.

    • Erika on July 24, 2011 at 20:41

      LOL…that was a good one…

      • Richard Nikoley on July 24, 2011 at 21:35

        Ah, Erica, from 35,000 feet babe, you understand.

        This comment thrilled my soul I must tell you, after reading and responding to your last.

        I think you’re gonna stick around, Erika. And you’re welcome to.

  14. Primal Toad on July 24, 2011 at 16:48

    Well said Richard! Are you going to post more on what you are going to say (or have said?) on this blog?

    • Richard Nikoley on July 24, 2011 at 21:06

      Well PT, you might be happy to know that 20 somethings that go to the 21 convention seem quite open to atheism, anarchism, and totally non-exclusive man-woman relationships prior to a settle down at 35-40, like I did.

      That’s probably why I am why I am. How would you be if you loved more than a hundred women before you decided to take just one?

  15. Erika on July 24, 2011 at 19:39

    I’m a relative newcomer to this blog, but I can’t help but notice that everyone Richard disagrees with is a “pussy”. Now THERE’S a high level of intellectual discourse.

    • Richard Nikoley on July 24, 2011 at 21:25

      You’re such a pussy, Erika. 🙂

      Hey, if you’re new, stick around a while. See if I disappoint.

      I just love to say and write pussy, BTW, so any opportunity works for me and basically, I don’t care. I’m in this for the long haul and in this for readers who really know me.

      Oh, and se if you can find a scintilla of intellectual discourse in the 3 thousand posts on this blog that precede the one you are commenting on.

      So, are you gonna hang for a while? I’d love it.

  16. Jason on July 24, 2011 at 20:27

    ‘In Short, it’s about how you think’; that’s my favorite part. There are an infinite number of examples, cases, and situations that you can talk about, but in the end the most important thing is not the opinion on any specific issue, but rather the important thing is whether you have a slave mentality or whether you are a free man ( or as you call it – a free or zoo human). In my opinion, that’s the most important point for those people to take home (To always keep their heart and mind Free) at least on the topic of ‘Individualism’.

    • Richard Nikoley on July 24, 2011 at 21:29


      I definitely got the zoo human and domesticated animal bit out in my presentation. Went over well for 20 – somethings. Far from anyone walking out, they came up and thanked me after I literally ridiculed religion and politics vis-a-vis voting.

  17. Paul Riemann on July 25, 2011 at 17:13


    You know what I love about you? You can ridicule religion–and in doing so be sarcastic and biting in your criticism–and yet, THIS Christian Theist can’t get enough of your wonderful blog.

    Though we disagree on many matters (though not nutritionally) your blog is a lucid, thought provoking, and careful examination of the claims made by the mandarins of health. And I can’t stop reading it. And dare I say, the “food porn” is THE best I have ever seen. When nearing the end of an intermittent fast I often find myself perusing the food pics in your archive as my mouth waters in anticipation of the fatty protein I will soon devour.

    You have a devoted lifetime follower in me. Stay healthy my friend.

    Paul Riemann

    P.S. Below is an amusing piece I just read. The “health specialists” at WebMD couldn’t resist giving with the one hand and then taking away with the other. Why am I not surprised?

    • Richard Nikoley on July 25, 2011 at 17:30

      Thank you Paul. One reason I don’t hold back is that I have met many people like you over 20 years being a satisfied atheist. Many, who don’t seem to find me a threat and often, quite the contrary. So when someone can’t take it, says more about them than me, in my view.

      I did hit on religion (and anarchism) very hard in my presentation. But I did it in two ways. First was the plain principle of the matter and then, I asked them to consider a self experiment. How about acting, behaving and making choices as though you don’t believe, and see how it works for you.

  18. It burns! on July 25, 2011 at 05:27

    Well, this site is something different. In our new world of seatbelts and sadistic republicans, this is relieving. This society wants us to become a bunch of bitches. And all I can say is, fuck that! Religion is bullshit for witch hunters and their quest against the “evil doers” these days.

    My mother said something I thought was very interesting. She brought up some of my old friends and said when she thinks about them, she could picture them being the kind of people in the wild west days. And said too many people now look like their ancestors were witch hunters. Many others come off as restricted city people. Obnoxious and neurotic bunch. They think everyone wants to molest their kids and ugly wife. One guy who was an overprotective douche I knew said he wanted some guy over 20 being the first guy to have sex with his 16 year old step daughter. They are crazy, and they want to point fingers, like, look, watch out for the other guy.

    My take on sex:

    You have to know how to deal with it. Some people just want to do some moves and watch themselves in the mirror. Get the fuck out. Until you really appreciate women, women will not appreciate you. That is the bottom line. This never happens for a lot of pricks because their values are FUBAR from birth.

    • Richard Nikoley on July 25, 2011 at 11:03

      Thanks for the recognition, it burns. I try do do things a bit different around here.

    • Tracy on July 29, 2011 at 06:06

      I gotta say this applies for women as well. I know, and have known (and have been one myself) women who use sex to validate themselves, or to feel better, etc etc and so on. Women, esp young women, need to learn how to deal with sex (and with themselves) and how to appreciate the mensfolk as well.

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