The Physical Immune System Protects One 's Body From External Sickness

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The physical immune system protects one’s body from external sickness. Similarly, the psychological immune system protects one’s mental health from unhappiness, a form of illness. In Daniel Gilbert’s “Immune to Reality,” Gilbert discusses how the brain acquires happiness. Furthermore, he demonstrates how the brain will keep one from achieving his or her true happiness. According to Robert Thurman’s “Wisdom,” the alternative method of obtaining happiness is through selflessness. Both Gilbert and Thurman illustrate throughout their essays that the more control one has on his or her environment and one’s brain, the less happiness he or she will experience. The ideas of how needing explanation, deliberating fabricating facts, and feeling regret proves that having control can lead to unhappiness. There is a famous quote that states, “you learn something new everyday.” However, a person is the sole controller of the amount of knowledge he or she obtains. Thurman states “’knowing’ something is a way of controlling it, being able to put it in its proper place in relation to us so that we can use it effectively” (446). Knowledge can give a person to feel control over oneself as knowledge can remove fear of the unknown. Similarly, if a person knows that he or she is incorrect, the person will no longer feel in control as being proven incorrect can hurt one’s ego, which can cause unhappiness. However, a true selfless person will not be afraid of any unknown outcomes and losing his or…

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