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.

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'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.

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"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.

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