Jonathan Haidt's 'Happiness Comes From Between'

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My Thoughts: This might seem like a strange quote to pick but it made since to me personally regarding the pursuit of living the good life. I am a strong believer in healthy eating and living your life using the power of “disgust” to make decisions about eating habits and living conditions. I am a vegetarian and have been a vegetarian almost all of my life. I grew up in a family of butchers and needless to say it shaped me as a person. I find eating meat is not the way to a good life for me. However, I do not try to instill these beliefs to others, as I wouldn’t want someone trying to force me to eat an animal that just rolled around in its own feces for 12 hours.

1. Page 207. “Only a creature with language ability has the mental apparatus to focus attention on the self, to think about the self’s invisible attributes and long term goals, to create a narrative. Leary suggests that
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Page 216. “One thing philosophy did teach me is how to analyze questions, how to clarify exactly what is being asked before giving the answer.”

My Thoughts: I found this quote to extremely important in finding your way to living your particular version of the good life. I think Haidt is trying to really get his readers to think about real statements like what is the meaning of life? If we ask this question just like all of us have what kind of answer would satisfy our mind over this popular question? Haidt wants us to clarify and analyze these questions, “we are not asking about the word life, we’re asking about life itself” (216, Haidt). “Life does not symbolize, stand for, or point to anything. It is life itself that we want to understand” (216, Haidt). After really understanding his quote (“One thing philosophy did teach me is how to analyze questions, how to clarify exactly what is being asked before giving the answer.”) we can use the quote as a template for maneuvering throughout our

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