“Mind hacking”, invasive shortcuts, gaming the system

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. As appealing as it sounds, but the very principle of a “hack” opposes non-egoistic, ecological outcomes that we may expect from it. Our humble position is we have already been “hacked”. We may be acting in a “toxic” manner without even noticing it. The “hacker”, our internal egocentric contagion is already there. Any further “hacking” (as in “giving less for getting more”) is keeping and firming up the very principles that got us here in the first place.

Entertaining as they are, “mind-hacks”, exotic, invasive tools, tips and shortcuts are usually closer to the imitation of an activity. Do they actually fix things so they work outside of a retreat or a cozy sofa? Or are we fooling ourselves, settling for temporary relief after we escape the stressor, divert our attention or chemically suppress symptoms?

Mind tech and biochemical hacks

Even the most advanced technology would still be limited by our actual motivation to use it. One cannot interfere with an unknown ecosystem (as our consciousness still is), led by the implicit motivation that strengthens its egocentric principles, while expecting the outcomes of a lessened ego. Hence, invasive hacks and their short-term symptoms of “positive” outcomes normally hide long-term undesired consequences. As any silver bullet aimed to miraculously take us into compassionate, all-powerful consciousness or happiness (while keeping the root causes of the opposite behavior).


How to avoid “skipping to the last chapter”, “hacks” and other shortcuts? By keeping an eye on the measurable non-production of destructive emotions as a target. Is there progress with real life interactions when we feel most vulnerable?