There is an awakening when you realize how much of human behavior is driven by unacknowledged motivations. Polite social fictions are peeled back to reveal our basest drives. There is a churning Darwinian world of desire behind the civilized façade of cordiality. However, this insight does not usually translate into any kind of success or rise in the world. The replacement fiction – “I am a clear-eyed realist in dog-eat-dog world” – is just as wrong.
Self-deception is the skeleton key to understanding human nature... and this is a deeply counterintuitive Insight, because to figure this out, first you need to realize and identify you have been lying to yourself about some fundamental truths.
Finding your own blind spots is an intense challenge, which usually happens on accident after life punishes you with some kind of unexpected, self-inflicted tragedies.
'Both the wicked and the saintly must step outside the codes of their society and prepare to suffer the consequences.'
This is probably the most powerful insight for me from this essay. Question that I'm curious to know your answer to:
Probably there are a (very select few) who can jump straight to sainthood. For rest of us, do you think we have to learn to out our garbage first before we can learn to stop?
That's been my experience anyway. Don't really know how to stop being wicked until you have been.
"If you hack and playing in easy mode, there is a danger you will get exactly what you wanted only to discover that you are a total piece of shit. At this point, you cannot build on your accomplishments seamlessly and begin trying to contribute to the world. You are completely unprepared for the challenges at the upper levels of the hierarchy."
Feel like this is where I'm headed if I don't course correct. I understand I need to burn it all down. but a part of me is like, "I just got here, do I need to let it go already?". It's really hard to think about.
This article has left me wrecked. I have to burn it all and start over again. I tried so hard to make everything fit, to become the person I needed to be, but this path was just never for me. I am tired. I think I’ve read this piece before as well and fate has led me here again. Thanks and stay blessed
Solid. I've been leaning more into enlightened selfishness lately, and stuff like simply acknowledging "I like money" without allowing that simple truth to be tarnished by either:
some childish postmodern narrative around how that makes me greedy and is bad
😈 some edgy dark redpill narrative around how money is my *true* or *only* motivation (in biz)