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By Matthieu Ricard

The writer of the foreign bestseller Happiness makes a passionate case for altruism—and why we want it now greater than ever.

In Happiness, Matthieu Ricard validated that actual happiness isn't really tied to fleeting moments or sensations, yet is an everlasting nation of soul rooted in mindfulness and compassion for others. Now he turns his lens from the private to the worldwide, with a rousing argument that altruism—genuine quandary for the health of others—could be the saving grace of the twenty first century. it's, he believes, the important thread which may resolution the most demanding situations of our time: the economic climate within the brief time period, lifestyles delight within the mid-term, and surroundings within the long-term. Ricard's message has been taken up via significant economists and thinkers, together with Dennis Snower, Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, and George Soros.
Matthieu Ricard makes a powerful and passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion because the most sensible potential for at the same time benefitting ourselves and our society. It's a clean outlook on an ardent struggle—and person who simply may well make the area a greater position.

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11-24. Reprinted with permission of the publisher and the Principal, Fellows, and Scholars of Hertford College in the University of Oxford. 32 DESCARTES' MYTH mind wills, the legs, arms and the tongue execute; what affects the ear and the eye has something to do with what the mind perceives; grimaces and smiles betray the mind's moods and bodily castigations lead, it is hoped, to moral improvement. But the actual transactions between the episodes of the private history and those of the public history remain mysterious, since by definition they can belong to neither series.

And, when one who falls from a height throws his hands forward to save his head, it is in virtue of no ratiocination that he performs this action; it does not depend upon his mind, but takes place merely because his senses being affected by the present danger, some change arises in his brain which determines the animal spirits to pass thence into the nerves, in such a manner as is required to produce this motion, in the same way as in a machine, and without the mind being able to hinder it. Now since we observe this in ourselves, why should we be so much astonished if the light reflected from the body of a wolf into the eye of a sheep has the same force to excite in it the motion of flight?

Those I call its actions are all our volitions, for we experience them as proceeding directly from our soul and as seeming to depend on it alone. On the other hand, the various perceptions or modes of knowledge present in us may be called its passions, in a general sense, for it is often not our soul which makes them such as they are, and the soul always receives them from the things that are represented by them. 18. The Will Our volitions, in turn, are of two sorts. One consists of the actions of the soul which terminate in the soul itself, as when we will to love God or, generally speaking, to apply our mind to some object which is not material.

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