The main reason why humans are constantly unfulfilled and unhappy is that they rely on a system of thinking and acting that is based on feelings, not truths. Our minds are designed to lie to us so that our species can better survive the harsh conditions of our ancestors. But we don't live in the same world as those ancestors did. Our bodies no longer need certain urges and certain reactions to stimuli. We have different goals, different drives. We no longer have to be driven by self-interest and the need to continue the species.
So, we need to take a closer look at ourselves — and to clean the lens we use to view the world outside of us.
Meditation can help to clarify the world for us. We can view our surroundings — and ourselves — in a more inclusive, truthful way, which, in the end, will help us and the rest of our society to live a clearer, more beautiful, more satisfying life.
About the Author
Robert Wright is a journalist, New York Times bestselling author, and co-founder/editor-in-chief of the popular video blog site, Bloggingheads.tv. He has written for multiple high-profile newspapers such as The New York Times, Time, and The Wall Street Journal.
In addition to this, Wright has taught courses on both psychology and religion at The University of Pennsylvania and at Princeton University, and created an online course titled "Buddhism and Modern Psychology." In 2017, he took on the position of Visiting Professor of Science and Religion at New York's Union Theological Seminary.
Wright was born in Lawton, Oklahoma. He currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs, the latter of which have made several appearances on Bloggingheads.tv.