Jersey Shore was one of the best programs on TV. It pioneered the reality/lifestyle genre, there was nothing else like it at the time.
People love to say MTV is corrupting the youth and is pumping crazy amounts of SJW propaganda into the soft brains of our children…
But I have to disagree.
I think MTV accidentally gave an amazing philosophy to impressionable young people watching Jersey Shore growing up…
Now if you’re not familiar with Jersey Shore, it basically was a reality show that threw together a bunch of Guido’s from New Jersey in a house and they basically all just lived and worked together with the show following their crazy antics.
Guido’s are a sub-culture of Italian-Americans that love to party, go tanning, fist pump at nightclubs, gel their hair, take steroids and work out at the gym.
So, the main Guido’s of this genius show were: Snookie, J-Wow, Sammi, Deena, Ronnie, Pauly D, Vinny and Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino.
Come on, how can you not find this show already hilarious with names like that in it?
Enter MTV’s answer to Marcus Aurelius…
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino.
This Guido from New Jersey cemented his name up there with the likes of Aristotle, Socrates and Descartes with his unique take on life: GTL.
GTL stands for Gym, Tan, Laundry.
When you first watch him say this, you find it funny, but if you actually sit down and think deeply into the hidden meanings behind those 3 simple words, you can see the genius of The Situation become evident.
With depression in the west spiralling out of control and male suicide rate the highest it’s ever been, GTL could be the answer to these horrendous issues we face as a society.
Working out is regarded as the single best way of curing depression and instilling self-confidence. It is the foundation of a healthy life (along with diet) and being stronger, fitter and more athletic carries over into all other aspects of life. You’ll be taken more seriously, be more attractive and feel great.
Tanning gets a bad rep. If you read some literature, it’s a surprise humans don’t turn instantly to dust when a ray of sunlight hits their skin. Vitamin D is also one of the most important chemicals your body needs to keep ticking along healthily and you get this from UV rays.
Not only is low Vitamin D linked to depression, having a tan can increase your score out of 10 by at least 1 or 2 points. Life is so much better with a tan.
Clothes maketh the man. Having fresh, clean clothes is critical in our hyper judgemental society. Having a good wardrobe of clothes that fit and suit you are a direct reflection of you as a person. If you don’t care about how you look and dress like a slob, then people will treat you like a slob. Never underestimate the power of clothing and presenting yourself properly.
This is a bedrock philosophy that most young men could easily get on board with. No long books, no archaic language, just straight actionable advice in 3 letters. GTL.
If you get yourself in the GTL routine, there’s no doubt all other areas of your life will improve too. Dating, relationships, business, you name it, once you feel good in yourself, there’s no limit to what you think you can achieve.
So, thank you Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino, your simple but effective philosophy might save masculinity in western civilization yet.
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