I’ve been watching the Darkstreams recently and I have to give my thanks for Vox Day’s Socio-Sexual Heirarchy. It has lead me to a deeper understanding of male hierarchy, as opposed to the binary Alpha/Beta pick up artist mode.
Vox is unwilling to acknowledge his own Gamma traits and that is why he won’t accept the possibility of a Gamma becoming a Sigma.
Let me disclose my own bias’s as best as I can.
- I believe that anyone can become anything. It is a matter of effort and gains. Look if you want to be a Star basketball player but you where born 5 ft 5 inches tall, everyone will tell you you can’t be a Star basketball player. I will tell you to look up Earl Boykins. If you’re dyslexic but want to be intelligent and profitable look at Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson. If you are deaf you can become a world class composer. If you are dumb you become knowledgeable. It’s all a matter of effort to reward. Some people will get more reward for less effort. Some people will get Zero reward to effort. Those people are applying their effort wrong. If you are 5ft5in and spend three days practicing your dunk. You have worked very hard and yielded Zero reward.
- I am a white non denominational Christian married to a practicing Buddhist. Successfully and Happily for five years.
- I’m a submarine qualified veteran of the US military.
- I have played the Alpha whenever the faith of a Beta is placed on me, I sheep dog as a Beta dolling out recognition and scorn to keep the group on mission (without the need for recognition as repayment), I enjoy work for the sake of work and find reward as a Delta aiding in mission success, I enjoy the positives of being a Gamma (constantly raising my intelligence and having quirks) while constantly battling the negative (the self-deception), and as an introvert isolationist patterns that result in Omega behavior that are par for the course.
This is a direct response to to Vox saying often that Gammas cannot become or be Sigmas. While I must admit that the default position of a Gamma will of course be “I’m a Sigma… that’s why I don’t fall on the hierarchy.” and that is of course false self-delusional Gamma bullshit, the Vox hierarchy is a fractal therefore an individual is themselves a fractal of Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma, and Omega traits and behaviors.
Vox defines a Sigma as “The outsider who doesn’t play the social game and manage to win at it anyhow. The sigma is hated by alphas because sigmas are the only men who don’t accept or at least acknowledge, however grudgingly, their social dominance. (NB: Alphas absolutely hate to be laughed at and a sigma can often enrage an alpha by doing nothing more than smiling at him.) Everyone else is vaguely confused by them. In a social situation, the sigma is the man who stops in briefly to say hello to a few friends accompanied by a Tier 1 girl that no one has ever seen before. Sigmas like women, but tend to be contemptuous of them. They are usually considered to be strange. Gammas often like to think they are sigmas, failing to understand that sigmas are not social rejects, they are at the top of the social hierarchy despite their refusal to play by its rules.”
My basic argument is that Vox created the Sigma to justify his own place in the typical hierarchy because he is mother fucking boss Alpha, a Beta with a high requirement for faith, a machine of Delta, a highly intelligent Gamma, and rich in isolationist policies of an Omega.
Vox being Vox only fits into a hierarchy by being outside of it but is not rejected by the hierarchy. The first of many contradictions resolved by Vox’s own cognitive dissonance.
Vox had to create the Sigma because otherwise he would have to admit that he possess too many Gamma traits to be anything else.
This does not and should not disprove or invalidate the Sigma.
What separates the Sigma from the Gamma is “winning”. Gammas are not winners in their hierarchy because they are self-deluding. Sigma’s are winners despite not participating in the hierarchy. Gammas are not rejected by the hierarchy only tolerated for what they can bring to the team.
A Sigma is a winner of the social hierarchy game because the Betas acknowledge them and the Deltas respect them. Which is a handled as a threat by the Alpha. But the Sigma is not interested in usurping the Alpha. The Sigma cares for the social game as much as an Omega. Whatever the reward is for being on top of the social hierarchy the Sigma can achieve without use of the hierarchy
Take a high school basketball team as an example of a self contained hierarchy.
A) The Captain is the Alpha. The Beta his best friend. The other players function as Deltas. The water boy is an Omega.
This is a completely functional model and if the leadership and skill are high enough they are likely to win a good percentage of games. Now let me know if this next example sounds more like your high-school basket ball team.
B) The Captain is the Alpha. The Beta his best friend. Two other players function as Deltas. The water boy is an Omega.
The Star player has a natural gift for the game but a shitty self absorbed personality. He garners no respect from the other players and speaks about how he achieved victory all by himself. Even the body of the school cheering for him doesn’t like him as a person but he swears everyone loves him. He doesn’t respect the Alpha’s authority and often challenges his decisions, sometimes they win solely based on his performance and sometimes they lose based solely on his relationships and Gammatude.
This next one was my high school basketball team.
C) The Captain was the Alpha. The Beta his best friend. Three Deltas. The male cheerleader was the Omega.
I sat on the bench played 2 minutes a game which was pretty good considering I only went to practice one day a week. Dating the captain of the girls basketball team. The only reason I was on the team was because I was on all the teams. Stage manager for Drama, Student Council Rep, Class .Vice-President, Football, Track and field, and Cross Country.
If you can accept these as functional hierarchies then you can see how a rare Gamma can bring success to a group and why the Gamma’s are not excluded from the social hierarchy. If you don’t have enough Deltas then you will settle for a Gamma.
Vox is without a doubt a Gamma.
His definition of Sigma highlights his Gamma traits
hated by alphas because sigmas are the only men who don’t accept or at least acknowledge, however grudgingly, their social dominance
Sigmas like women, but tend to be contemptuous of them
In Voxiversity 9. The Socio-Sexual Heirarchy Vox elaborates on why the Gamma causes trouble within the hierarchy.
“Gammas are fundamentally unsatisfied with their position in the hierarchy and often believe they should be in charge by virtue of their intelligence.”
In the breakdown under Gamma Vox explains
“Gamma alternates between placing women on pedestals and hating the entire sex”
The chief trait and defining characteristic of a Gamma is his dishonesty. When a Gamma is called out on a lie he will double down.
Gammas often like to think they are sigmas, failing to understand that sigmas are not social rejects, they are at the top of the social hierarchy despite their refusal to play by its rules.
Gee, Vox you sound like a Gamma because you’re doubling down and contradicting the last statement defining a Gamma.
However, they are sexual rejects, not social rejects
Vox puts a special amount of focus on intelligence because he is a mother fucking genius. But fails to recognize that intelligence is not the defining feature of a Gamma. A Gamma takes whatever they have in way of virtue (intelligence, athletics, musical ability, comedy) and believe by that virtue they should be at the top of the hierarchy. Whereas an Alpha is at the top of the hierarchy because they understand their place in and responsibility to the social hierarchy. I think that having good Betas is the real difference. Gammas do not lead and are not concerned with the groups welfare because they are narcissistic meaning Betas will leave them for lack of respect.
I think Vox won’t admit his Gamma traits are stronger than his Alpha traits because that would lead to a poor classification. So he created Sigma and excludes Gamma from the discussion. To justify his Gamma traits and distance himself from the label of Gamma.
Here’s the rub everyone is a cocktail of all the Traits and Vox is a special drink known as Sigma. Omega to be content separated from the hierarchy. Alpha to be aware of status and how everything is perceived. Which more than makes up for his Gamma traits.