Habits: The Beginning

The purpose of Ego Engineering, is to empower a person to modify their Ego to be optimized for their goals in life, whatever they may be. Habits are the foundation of success, and to be successful in anything requires optimizing one’s life to best meet the objectives (and the prerequisites thereof) of meeting one’s goals. A celebrity must condition themselves to have high charisma, an inspiring character, and a high standard of personal aesthetic. A successful lawyer must be well-versed in the interpretation and analysis of the law, conditioned to be morally agnostic, and also have high charisma. Every occupation and lifestyle without exception requires habits to condition one’s success, as success itself is built upon the foundation of habits which are optimized for one’s life.

If you wish to modify only small parts of your character, it will only be a matter of changing existing habits, and the analysis of existing habits so as to ensure they are compatible with and have affinity for the new ones. However, if you are really aiming for a perfect life, where perfection is the fulfillment of a life optimized for your purpose (in other words, fulfillment of your potential), you must start from the very beginning, with a blank slate; that is, you must completely eradicate all existing habits, and only when you are certain of what habits will optimize you for your purpose, begin to built up a new life entirely, a life built on the foundation of habits optimized for your “true self”.

The concept of returning oneself to a “blank slate” for the purposes to living a life optimized for one’s true self is known as the “Ego Death“. The reason for this ominously dramatic-sounding name, is because the Ego itself is no more than the illusory consciousness created by habits and perception. You perceive, and thus you know (assume) to be, you behave, and so you condition. The human Ego is the product of conditioning behavior through habits, and conditioning perception through axioms.

Even if you have no interest in enlightenment or “Oneness”, it should be understood that the annihilation of all existing habits and axioms is necessary for one to radically change their life, because all radical self-change is built upon a degree of modification of habits and axioms so great that it can only be reliably accomplished by building on a fresh foundation. This can only be done by letting go of everything you’ve ever know, done, behaved, and perceived, and starting everything from the very beginning.


About Justin Benjamin

Justin Benjamin is a prolific blogger, poet, and novelist. As a philosophy and psychology enthusiast, most of his journalism is concerned with social dynamics, reality hacking, metaphysics, positive psychology, cognitive bias, psychoanalysis, and experimental psychology. His fictional writing takes a slightly darker tone, serving as a outlet to express existential angst, suppression of freewill, melancholy, and an extreme dissatisfaction with reality.
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