« It is particularly important to get to know your weaknesses. They are the main tools of those who try to hack you. Computers are hacked through pre-existing faulty code lines. Humans are hacked through pre-existing fears, hatreds, biases and cravings. Hackers cannot create fear or hatred out of nothing. But when they discover what people already fear and hate it is easy to push the relevant emotional buttons »
Buddhism has very practical applications in our world today: letting go of whims, renouncing the identification with whims, weakening the dictature of unexamined impulses... as well as the cohort of more wholesome political consequences that arise from ceasing the "me, myself, mine" logic of naïve voting: social safety nets, ecology, and the defence of freedoms against the "law of the strongest (data-miner)".
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Yuval Noah Harari: the myth of freedom | Books | The Guardian