By Dacher Keltner
During this startling examine of human emotion, Dacher Keltner investigates an unanswered query of human evolution: If people are hardwired to steer lives which are “nasty, brutish, and short,” why have we advanced with optimistic feelings like gratitude, leisure, awe, and compassion that advertise moral motion and cooperative societies? Illustrated with greater than fifty pictures of human feelings, Born to Be Good takes us on a trip via medical discovery, own narrative, and japanese philosophy. optimistic feelings, Keltner reveals, lie on the center of human nature and form our daily behavior—and they only could be the key to figuring out how we will dwell our lives higher.
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Restaurants are closed at 3AM so you are relegated to unhealthy gas station food (if they’re open). Home Depot is also closed so if you’re working on your latest great invention and need a tool, too bad for you. But while these minor inconveniences may seem petty and not really problems, worse is the lack of human interaction. Nobody is up at 3AM and so you are by yourself, in the dark, and in the quiet. Over time this WILL lead to psychological troubles, all because your intelligence prevents you from holding a normal sleep schedule.
So tell me, what kind of system evokes such a visceral hatred and a desire to escape it? Be it your senior year or just the last day of school when you were chomping at the bit to get out for summer vacation, no child, and I mean NO child liked school. This was the odd insight I had because why wouldn’t you like school? Why did this 13 year experience HAVE TO BE so tortuous and painful? Why did it feel like we were in prison? Why couldn’t learning be fun? Why couldn’t you make school a place young children would WANT to go to and one they’d HATE to leave, perhaps crying when it was over instead of celebrating its end?
You can’t have the highway system designed for the minority of the population, you need it to serve the cities and dense population centers. You can’t have an electric grid that first serves North Dakotan backwaters and then New York City. And laws can’t be written with specific groups or minorities in mind, it must be written with the majority in mind. This doesn’t meant we don’t make accommodations for those who are disabled or different, but it is to point out that the social, political, economic, romantic, educational, commercial and psychological infrastructure of this society, its entire make up and composition on all levels, is built and designed for people with IQ’s of around 100.
Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life by Dacher Keltner