Prescription for guaranteed misery in life

  • Ingesting chemicals
    • Addiction can happen to anyone through a subtle process where the bonds of degradation are too light to be felt until they’re too strong to be broken.
  • Envy
  • Practice intense ideology
    • The antidote to this is an iron prescription. It state that I am not entitled to have an opinion unless I can state the arguments against my position better than the people who are in opposition.
  • Self serving bias
    • Thinking you are entitled to do what you want to do.
    • Thinking what’s good for you is good for everyone else and rationalizing foolish or evil conduct, based w your subconscious tendency to serve yourself.
    • Don’t allow for the self-serving bias of others.
  • Self-pity
    • Pretty close to paranoia and very hard to reverse. Very counterproductive
  • Be subject to perverse incentives and associations
    • Working in  perverse incentive system that rewards more for more foolish behavior. Perverse incentives are so powerful as controllers of human cognition and behavior that one should avoid their influence.
    • Working under someone you don’t admire or want to be like.
  • Resentment
    • For people who can’t quit resentment, they should practice the disreali compromise( give up vengeance as a motivation for action, but maintain a list of people who’ve wronged you and check up on them from time to time to note the way the world has taken down your enemies without your assistance)
  • Be unreliable
    • Do not faithfully do what you have been engaged to do. This single habit will counterbalance the combined effect of all your virtues however great.
    • It also guard tees distrust and exclusion from the best human contribution and company.
    • If however you’re reliable, it’ll be hard to end up miserable even if you start disadvantaged.
    • It is essential for progress in life.
  • Learn everything you possibly can from your own experience minimizing what you learn vicariously from the good experience of others, living and dead.
      • They that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.
      • Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other and scarce in that, for it is true, we may give advice bit we cannot give conduct.
      • Do not learn from the best work done before yours.
  • Go down and stay down when you get your first, second or third severe reverse in the battle of life.
  • Ignore the saying "I wish I knew where I was going to die, and and then I’d never go there"
    • Approach the study of how to create X by turning the question backward and studying how to create non X
    • Inverted, always invert. It is in the nature of thungs that many hard problems are best solved only when they are addressed backwards.
  • Minimize objectivity
    • Einstein said that his successful theories came from curiosity, concentration, perseverance, and self criticism(the testing and destruction of his well-loved ideas)
    • It helps minimize the compromises and burden of being wealthy and you keeping you in poverty.
P. S. Darwin’s life result was largely due to his working method which violated all the above rules and emphasized inversion by giving priority attention to evidence tending to disconfirm his cherished and hard-won theories

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