My take on the question
I’m worried this misses nuance, but I basically look at all of this in the following way:
And then the question is, what are the safety rails here/are there differential ways of teaching people to do weird stuff with their brains.
Some of my experience with disorientation:
My guess is that if I had pushed a bit harder in either of the disorientation phases, I would have done myself substantially more damage, and it was good that I threw in the towel early, and just went off to do other things.
I also think that liking novels and poetry was a big aesthetic reason that I didn't want to be around the EA/safety crowd, and I'm really glad that this tension didn't lead to me stopping to read, given how useful reading random novels turned out to be for me.