How do you begin “hacking yourself?”  My method is to push myself through a compiler (experiment on a premise that seems likely), record the results, and address trends (debug).  This doesn’t sit well with a lot of people; most people want to believe that their actions aren’t the results of past experiences—they don’t want to think of themselves as a program with limited free will.  Ironically, I’ve found that admitting that many of my troubles are due to obsolete programming—and then addressing them accordingly—seems to augment whatever free will I may or may not have.  Also, with a bit of luck, perhaps one can save themselves the expense of gurus or therapists.  Because in most cases, it seems that they aren’t being paid to tell you what you don’t already know; they’re being paid to fool/cajole/force you into confronting it.


15 thoughts on “Musings

  1. & exercise caution in the definition of “troubles” in the first place. Quantifying it initially makes establishing the parameters for exactly how to approach the system code a little more reliable. Some people find that they need to create the true-ego, e.g. ‘Kent’, and then the mild-mannered alter-ego for the rest of humanity to interact with and not run away screaming.

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  2. Obsolete programming. I recall a study I did once when my kids were really young. It was about how things I learned as a kid are being passed on to mine, even if they were horrible things I didn’t want to pass on! We are programmed to act and do certain things and we follow that pattern. It was a study to help break patterns. Crazy! Not sure it worked, my kids nicknamed me the ‘Evil Momster’ at times….

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  3. Most interesting. It’s very difficult to undo that programming, though not impossible. You say it will save the individual money on counseling or therapy. But it’s hard to do it alone, and surely these things are there to do that very thing?

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