The Truth about "Productivity Methods."
The Truth about "Self Mastery."
I found reading through RTR again, that I really identified with Stef's depiction of the boxer and his general addiction to "self mastery." I have recently given up my studies of martial arts, realizing that I was recreating the abuses of my boyhood classmates in order to "remaster" those damaging times.
I think it is a related addiction that I stat out and track EVERYTHING in my life. I've got MyfitnessPal to track my food, Mint to track my finances, Gleeo to track my time usage, Quantified Mind to track my mental performance, Stephen Covey's methods of organizing and planning, I get blood work done routinely, etc.
I've been kind of obsessed with controlling every aspect of my life and it's been very stressful and now I am wondering if the "stress" is the point. I wonder if I am using all these methods of time management to, like the boxer, purposely cause myself stress so that I can have an odd sort of sanity absent any "real" stress and pain.
We might also have a "Truth About Hacking Your Life." Vitamin hacks, Sleep hacks, Study hacks, Fitness hacks, Diet hacks, Money hacks, Creativity hacks, etc. I used to be, and to some extent still am, an avid "Life Hacker." I wonder what the cost is of constantly trying to "Upgrade" your brain and "Bulletproof" your life. I wonder if this is my version of what Stef calls "Me Plus." I have to be Me Plus: Strong, low body fat%, a large bank account, college educated, good looking, witty, superbly healthy, with optimized cognitiong, no brain fog EVER, with the EEG brain waves of a 40 year Zen Monk etc.
Achieving self mastery in all those areas is a daunting task, which I think has led to what I call "Hacker Culture." An entire generation of "Me Plus," and we're willing to attend seminars and buy over priced products and pop knock off Modafinil we found from a supplier on Reddit based in India and we're basically turn ourselves into a science experiement in order to achieve to achieve a kind of self mastery that I think stems from a neglectful and abusive childhood where we always had to be "More."
We were all weak and defenseless and wounded as children, but as adults... "We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him Better. Faster. Stronger. Smarter."
And the thing thats absolutely essential that Hacker Culture has left out is the question, "While you're doing all this hacking and upgrading and quantifying your life, what have you been missing? What have we NOT been doing, while we've been so busy "Upgrading" our lives?" Building relationships? Exploring past traumas? Finding satisfying relationships where we can love and be loved, know and be known, celebrate and be celebrated?
I love my Butter Coffee too, but maybe theres something beyond this obsession with Hacking everything.
"I hate quotations. Tell me what YOU know."-- Ralph Waldo Emmerson.
"Let us then be up and doing
With a heart for any fate,
Still achieving, Still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
"That government is best which governs least." Henry David Thoreau.