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9 Key Takeaways From Sapiens by Yuval Harari

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Yuval Harari’s book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind, enables readers to realize how modern human beings arrived at their current position. It’s a wonderful book every unbounded thinker must read.

A few months ago, I provided you with the most enlightening quotes from the book. Today, I’ll share with you 9 lessons I learned from the book.

  1. Trade Cannot Exist Without Trust

Trade exists because we trust our money, banks, and companies. We trust that companies will deliver the products we want if we deposit money in their bank accounts, and companies trust the banks in which we deposit our money.

Besides modern trade, ancient trade existed because traders trusted each other. All traders believed that other traders had good intentions and for this reason, they went to market centers to trade with them.

  1. Why People Eat Too Much High-Calorie Foods

Today, we wonder why we love high-calorie foods despite knowing that they are harmful to our health. Yuval Harari reveals that we do so because human beings were wired to eat large quantities of high-calorie foods since these foods were scarce in the ancient world. In the book, he provides an example of an ancient woman who stumbles upon a tree full of figs and consumes as many figs as possible because she knows that she might not eat a single fig if a troop of baboons finds the tree.

  1. The Pursuit of An Easier Life Always Results in Hardships

Human beings experienced many hardships when they left a nomadic life for an ‘easy’ agricultural life. The agricultural life resulted in the spread of many diseases due to man’s closeness with animals. Besides this, the agricultural life increased child mortality because it resulted in overpopulation.

Similarly, many people today take demanding jobs with high salaries believing that they’ll have an easy life because they’ll save, invest and retire in their mid-30s. However, by the time they are 30, they realize that they can’t leave their jobs because they have a family, a $100,000 mortgage, and a car to fuel. For this reason, they continue slaving away.

  1. Most of us Think in a Way that was Forced upon Our Ancestors

Today, many people across the world believe in principles such as human rights, nationalism, and liberalism because these ideas were forced upon their ancestors during colonialism. These ideas are not necessarily right because they came from people who imagined them and forced them upon our great-grandparents for the purpose of creating a structured culture.

  1. The Mind is Always Dissatisfied and Restless

When you have a painful experience, your mind will want the pain to go away. However, when you have a pleasurable experience, the mind will still be dissatisfied and restless because it will wish the pleasure remains.

  1. The Importance of Studying History

Studying history enables us to realize that the world’s present situation was avoidable and man-made. For instance, studying colonization enables us to realize that the current situation in Africa was man-made and avoidable. This situation could have been different if colonization could not have taken place.

  1. The Value of Admitting That You Don’t Know

If you admit that you don’t know about a particular topic, you’ll gain new knowledge because you’ll have to research and think deeply about the topic.

Scientific knowledge came into existence when human beings accepted that they knew nothing. This willingness to accept ignorance resulted in humans looking for new knowledge through observations and experiments hence resulting in the birth of science.

  1. Knowledge Enabled Europe to Colonize the Whole World

Unlike other powerful empires which conquered nations to acquire power and wealth, Europe conquered nations to gain knowledge. For instance, when Napoleon went to conquer Egypt, he took hundreds of researchers to study Egypt and its people. Besides this, when Britain conquered India it studied India’s military, and its culture hence making it easy to colonize Indians because it knew all their weaknesses and strengths.

Therefore, gathering knowledge about other nations enabled Europe to know their behavior, cultures, weak points, and strengths hence making it easy to colonize them.

  1. More Money Only Brings Happiness to Low-Income Earners

More money only brings happiness to low incomes earners because it enables them to afford more basic needs and comfort. A poor person earning $100 a month will be happy if his income tripled because he’ll be able to feed his family without the risk of running into debt. However, when a manager earning $300,000 a month wins $1,000,000 in the lottery, his happiness won’t increase because he will use the money to buy luxury goods that he will eventually get used to.

Conclusion

The above lessons are only a few of the many lessons in Yuval Harari’s wonderful book. I’m sorry you’ll have to read the book because I can’t provide you with every single lesson I learned from it. Just spare some time and read the book, and if you are an enlightened thinker you’ll realize the many pearls of wisdom in it.

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7 Powerful Lessons from Michael Singer’s Book: The Untethered Soul

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7 Powerful Lessons from Michael Singer’s Book: The Untethered Soul

Michael Singer’s book, The Untethered Soul, provides advice that will help you attain inner peace, know who you are, and be happy regardless of your circumstances. I really loved the book because it enabled me to know how the voice in my head works.

There are many lessons from the book, but I’ll only share with you seven major lessons.

Enjoy:

1. You Are Not The Voice In Your Head

‘There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind, you are the one who hears it.’ – Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul

By advising us that we are not the voice in our heads, Michael Singer aims at making us think about who we truly are. Moreover, he aims at making us realize that the voice in our heads cannot cause stress if we know that we are separate from it.

2. Much of What the Inner Voice Says About the Future is Useless

Much of what the inner voice says about the future is useless because life seldom unfolds in accordance with the voice. The sun will continue rising and setting regardless of what the voice says, and life will happen in accordance with greater unimaginable forces regardless of what you think about it.

3. Free Yourself From the Mind and You’ll Be Free of Problems

The main source of our problems is our mind because it overanalyzes the past and the future. For this reason, freeing ourselves from the mind by refusing to emotionally attach to its chatter frees us from our problems.

4. Change is Part of Life

 ‘Life is continuously changing, and if you’re trying to control it, you’ll never be able to fully live it.’ – Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul

Change is part of life because things will change whether you like it or not.

The best way to deal with change is to accept it by realizing that it leads to personal growth. If you resist change, you’ll never live fully because you’ll always worry when the unexpected happens or when you think about the possibility of change in the future.

5. Learn to Embrace Pain

If you want to be truly free, you must make peace with pain instead of avoiding it. You must learn to embrace inner pain by realizing that it’s a temporary experience.

Therefore, instead of running away from experiences that can bring inner pain, try to face them and deal with the pain, and it will eventually disappear. By dealing with the pain, you’ll grow because you’ll stop avoiding everything – e.g. failure, rejection, perseverance – that brings pain.

6. You Must Do This if You Want to Be Happy

If you want to be happy, you don’t have to read scriptures or renounce the world. Instead, you must decide to be unconditionally happy, that is, you must decide to be happy with your life regardless of your circumstances.

7. Contemplate Death

‘Learn to live as though you are facing death at all times, and you’ll become bolder and more open.’ – Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul

Contemplating death is important to us because it enables us to detach ourselves from the part of us that is unwilling to let us live to the fullest. Besides, knowing that you are going to die will make you want to live in the present moment because you’ll realize that constantly thinking about the future is foolish since the future is unguaranteed.

Conclusion

I believe you’ve gained powerful insights from Michael Singer’s book. You must read the book to learn more valuable lessons.

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The Vegetable Man, the Animal Man, and the Natural Man: The Ancient Secret Wisdom of the Kabbalah

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The Vegetable Man, the Animal Man, and the Natural Man: The Ancient Secret Wisdom of the Kabbalah

The Kabbalah was a school of thought – in Jewish mysticism – that wanted its members to achieve oneness with the Creator. As well, it encouraged members to discover their full potential and live a fulfilling life. However, it was hidden from the public, and only a few individuals understood its teachings.

For this reason, great authors, for example, Shimon Halevi, have tried to simplify the Kabbalah so that we understand its secret esoteric teachings. In his book, The Way to Kabbalah, Shimon explains the Kabbalah’s teachings in a simple way.

Although the book has several teachings, I loved the teachings about the vegetable man, the animal man, and the natural man, and something forced me to share them with you.

The vegetable man, as Shimon puts it, ‘is any individual that aims at living a secure and regular life with minimal disturbance from outer and inner worlds.’ He dwells at the vegetable level of existence since he is mainly concerned with excreting, reproducing, eating, resting, and breathing. This man chooses the safest path and avoids risky paths because he yearns for security. For this reason, he will die in the city he was born, and he will adhere to his parents’ life plan.

On the other hand, the animal man is an evolved being. He has strong willpower and loves shaking the world with amazing discoveries. Just like an animal that wants something, the animal man will ignore pain so that he achieves his objectives. Moreover, he possesses high levels of perseverance and determination, and as Shimon writes, ‘he has an objective beyond comfort and pleasure.’  This man creates empires and uses his dreams to change the world.

Both the animal and vegetable man have big dreams. The main difference between them is that the animal man fights for his dreams, while the vegetable man chooses security over going through the risky and competitive path of dream chasing.

The natural man possesses the powers of the animal and the vegetable man. He is a powerful being, for he has power over both living and non-living things. Shimon refers to him as ‘The Spearhead of organic life.’ This man knows that he creates his own reality, and understands that the Spirit of God dwelleth in him.

Human beings are destined to be natural men. We were created to rule the earth and gain dominion over everything. Also, we were put here to develop our spiritual, physical, and mental powers to their full potential so that we become gods on this planet.

However, most people act like vegetable men. Although they want to develop into animal and natural men, they are afraid of the narrow path that leads to these states of being. They thus prefer a normal and less risky life. Eventually, they die wishing they worked on evolving into the animal and natural man because they realize that a normal life is a boring and an unfulfilling life.

PEACE BE WITH YOU

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