When a Jewish atheist quotes the Christian bible, Buddism and Hinduism to justify religion (and convincingly) for universal truths that now underpin our society (which he says are a mistake), you know that's one hell of a thinker. And who does this for every other major aspects of our lives from love to politics to beyond by melding science, philosophy and anecdotes as an integrated story that he critiques and will make you sit up right for the perspective.
Loved the presentation. The research felt strong too. The story was easy to follow & understand. I believe we all feel & question ourselves and it's comforting to know why. I appreciated that the author referred to data & writings throughout history and across cultures.
Mr. Haidt has some delightful views on the modern world. His insight on sociology,psychology and with some empirical data to support findings on meditation, modern medicine and cognitive therapy are a few tidbits that he expands throughout this book..its a must listen.
Rather long, boring and does not make easy to take away points. Rather philosophical with little practical application. Maybe it is meant more the deeper thinkers amongst us.
...you may wondered about or already knew, intuitively. The book helped "explain" and thus gain confidence in emerging wisdom from within!
This book is great. It really helps you to view the things in your life that are crucial for your happiness differently and understand what really makes you happy.
I shared many of the ideals of this book already, and it is comforting to continiously hear quotes from holy scriputres or ancient philosophers that backed these ideals up. Even though it quotes the Qur'an. the Holy Bible, the Torah, Buddha, Atheist beliefs and Hindusit texts, etc, it is far from being religious and focusses solely on humanity from the ancient days to modern times.
He adds a voice of wisdom to this essay.
Happiness has to come from within and it is a mental state.