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 proven that actual happiness isn't tied to fleeting moments or sensations, yet is a permanent kingdom 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 drawback for the health and wellbeing of others—could be the saving grace of the twenty first century. it's, he believes, the important thread which could resolution the most demanding situations of our time: the economic climate within the brief time period, lifestyles delight within the mid-term, and setting within the long-term. Ricard's message has been taken up through significant economists and thinkers, together with Dennis Snower, Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, and George Soros.
Matthieu Ricard makes a strong and passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion because the most sensible capability for concurrently benefitting ourselves and our society. It's a clean outlook on an ardent struggle—and person who simply may perhaps make the realm a greater position.
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As far as the pre-Socratic epoch is concerned, nothing, or almost nothing, is authentic: by way of transmission through all of antiquity, the entire constellation of texts and their interpretation arise from a practice, reinvented several times, of writing and of quotation, whose legitimacy remains to be proven. Indeed, it is often the very late authors of the Christian era who refer to some of these fragments. This is to say that each time, they have been filtered, and filtered according to principles or procedures that are difficult to rediscover.
Eastern dimension for Jambet; spiritual discourse for Lardreau. Of course, this exteriority in their endeavor was in truth an 34 Alain Badiou unnoticed interiority. It was not an addition, but the unnoticed, unknown to philosophical discourse itself. As they are Lacanians, their regime of thought sets out from interpretation, attempting to show how the unknown of philosophical and intellectual discourse, the hidden dimension of Western philosophy, is an Eastern discourse. The case must be made by recourse to a specific corpus of knowledge, that of Shia Islam or archaic Christian spirituality, which serves as the argument’s point of departure.
That he is thus stamped by the academies with the seal of pre-Socratic philosophy, belonging to the Greek sequence still called archaic or pre-Classical. 1 The image of the “archaic Greek statue” appears here explicitly as a double metaphor. First, it indicates the precisely pre-Classical character of Parmenides, ascribing something originary and foundational, and also something aesthetic, whose mode of presence involves a riddle and is not immediately accessible to our perception. We also know that he is native to Elea, in Magna Graecia, in a remote and eccentric colony of Athens.
Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World by Matthieu Ricard