Originally Posted by Karanime
Do everything for your own pleasure. [...]
Ditching morals is a very good start. Once you can pretty much feel that you're top priority, over others, duty, religion, morality, society--over humanity itself... well, isn't that darkworker enlightenment?
One of my favorite books is generally in line with this, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World: A Handbook for Personal Liberty
by Harry Browne
. It focuses on escaping the mental traps most people get caught up in such as those you mention, duty to society, family, prior investment, and so on, and helps you figure out your own values.
In one quote:
: The belief that you must obey a moral code created by someone else. In order to become more competent (and free) you need to strengthen your understanding of the cognitive links between your actions and the consequences you produce. Morality is basically a set of very general rules concerning what to do and what not to do, generally involving large consequences. Blindly using someone else’s moral code, tends to reduce your competence, because it prevents the forming of proper cognitive links between actions and consequences. To be free you need to create your own moral code."