On September 24, 1966 a baby boy was born. He was named Stefan. This little boy would suffer unimaginable child abuse at the hands of his family. But it would be worth it. For little did this boy know that he would go on to be the greatest philosopher that had ever existed. He would succeed where others had failed. He would live his values, though the heavens may fall, ridding himself of all hypocrisy. Were it not for Stefan Molyneux, we may have had to wait yet another 2500 years for a philosopher capable of advancing the human condition.
In order to bring virtue to the world, Stefan would have to prove that there was even such a thing as virtue. He would have to prove that morality was not just subjective preference, but based on objective principles. Knowing that he was the only one capable of such a task, Stefan set out on his quest. He would enter the dragon’s lair and slay the beast. Lest the world be lost for all eternity.
This Dragon would not be easily defeated. It was cunning. “‘Tis a childish quest”, argued the dragon. “Only a child believes in such simple black and white morality.” Stefan marched closer to the beast, sword drawn. He did not come this far to be stopped by petty non-arguments. The dragon opened its jaw and spit fire. Asking, “Would you not force a man to press a button to save a million lives?” Stefan was not swayed by this. Hypothetical, disaster scenarios do not change moral principles. Raising his sword to the air, aiming for the neck of the Dragon, Stefan thought back to his childhood. He remembered the times when his teachers told him it was wrong to use force to get what you want. He remembered the moral lectures he received for the pettiest of actions, while the adults committed true immorality. With a final swing, Stefan screamed “I LISTENED!!!!!!!.” The Dragon’s head fell to the ground, and with it, thousands of years of moral relativism.
And so it was..Universally Preferable Behavior was unleashed to the world…
What started as a small podcast series recorded on Stefan’s drive to work has grown into the largest and most popular philosophy conversation in the world. Members of the community strive to live virtuous lives and are encouraged to abandon abusive relationships.
After Stefan’s birth his mother Hortence became seriously depressed. He was taken care of by a very nurturing nanny and believes that this was crucial in the development of his mirror neurons. Stefan holds that this is the reason for which he is more empathetic than his brother, Hugh, who was not cared for by a nanny.
Hortence divorced Tom Molyneux shortly after Stefan’s birth. Tom couldn’t deal with the family stress and departed for Africa where he worked as a geologist. Hugh and Stefan were left to deal with their mother. Hortence spent her days sleeping with various men, one of which molested Stefan. When Stefan tried to run away, his mother beat him. Hortence viewed her children as objects; existing purely for her enjoyment. She loved the attention that her two blonde-blue eyed boys brought to her. This was significant in the development of her children’s narcissism.
Stefan longed to see his Father. When he was 16 he traveled to Africa to spend the summer with him. He had sucked his thumb to fall asleep his entire life until spending his first night in Tom’s home. During his visit, Stefan accompanied his father on an expedition through the desert. He had a hard time keeping pace and recalls Tom being unsympathetic, sharply commanding him to hurry up. As Stefan grew older, people were shocked when he referred to Tom as his “Father in Law.”
Where Stefan found that simply obeying his mother was the best strategy for surviving his childhood, his brother differed. Hugh would resist Hortence’s commands. As Stefan recalls, this only made things worse. Hugh got a great deal of satisfaction by tormenting his younger brother. Stefan has bad memories of the mind-games that siblings typically play on each other in dysfunctional families. The best memories they have as children are when Hortence was away on long vacations.
Hortence lived off disability payments. Stefan describes her as a hypochondriac, going from doctor to doctor seeking validation for undetectable illnesses. She even underwent electro shock therapy. Hortence hated her self described “jew-nose” and had a nose-job done. None of her treatments and surgeries changed her underlying depression. She frequently walked around the house naked in clear view of her sons, desperate for validation. Now in her old age, unable to attract men, she lives a lonely existence.
Hugh and Stefan co-founded Caribou Systems a software engineering company and enjoyed financial success. Hugh had married an Indian woman named Susan Malik and had two daughters, Jessa and Sonya Molyneux. Stefan was also dating an Indian woman in a relationship that lasted seven years.
As their careers progressed, Stefan was having serious concerns about the way his brother was conducting business. Hugh Molyneux and another executive at Caribou allegedly conducted a shady business practice called “stuffing the pipe” to inflate stock price before the sale of the company. Stefan holds that Hugh destroyed the business the two had worked so hard to achieve. Hugh continues to work in the software industry at Refined Data Solutions while Stefan decided he needed a hiatus and hasn’t returned since.
Money wasn’t making Stefan happy. Things had to change. He broke up with his girlfriend, stopped speaking to his mother, and went to therapy. Stefan felt that he was making tremendous progress and began trying to connect with his brother. Hugh resisted talking about their childhoods. Once when trying to talk about his cruel behavior towards Stefan, Hugh burst into tears. Stefan started to realize that his brother was irredeemably corrupt and would not be able to join him on a path to a happier life.
It was a slow process, but deep down Stefan knew he would have to ostracize his entire family of origin. His wife, Christina Molyneux, in podcast #246 recalls a conversation between she and Jessa Molyneux. Jessa asked Christina, “What do you think of Grandmother (Hortence Molyneux)?” Christina replied that Stefan has some very good reasons not to see her. The two didn’t have much of a connection after that.