Robert Thurman 's Selections From Love 2.0 : How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel

1543 Words Jul 29th, 2015 7 Pages
At the Table with 2.0 Selflessness Humans have always strived to find true happiness. Countless people spend their whole life searching for it and many come back empty handed. In Barbara Fredrickson’s “Selections from Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become” she claims to have discovered the method to achieve happiness. Fredrickson argues that in order for one to be blissful, one has to surround themselves with positive emotions and practice love. In doing so one will ultimately become connected with the world around them, which is how Fredrickson articulates love is achieved. In Robert Thurman’s “Wisdom” he explains that happiness can be achieved by one being completely selfless. Even though both authors’ methods to achieve happiness are different, they however do believe that our body is forever changing. Despite the views of both authors, opening one to their interpretations of happiness doesn’t always mean one can be happy, rather it can open a doorway to pain. In Wisdom we observe the idea of selflessness. Selflessness is the idea of trying to let go of what you think you are and to accept that we are ever changing. “That self is only a pretend self, it lacks reality, and it doesn’t exist. That pseudo-self seems to quiver and quake because the habit that makes it seem real wants to keep its hold on you” (Thurman, 441). Thurman argues that our understanding of ourselves is false because we are ever changing creatures and one…

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