Monday, October 29, 2012

The Ayn Rand Epidemic - Matthieu Ricard

"A strange disease that has become an epidemic." 
                                              - Matthieu Ricard

When we have finally laid the altruism-egoism debate to rest, once and for all, we will all have great cause for rejoicing for the well-being of humanity and the planet.

Scientific research clearly and unequivocally demonstrates that altruism leads to a deep and profound sense well-being. His Holiness the Dalai Lama tells us, "Everyone wants happiness. No one wants suffering." It is astounding that in the 21st century, we still have doubts about, even promulgate, what leads to human suffering. Unless and until we 'get it right,' we will continue to suffer. One very good mantra worth reciting, a good antidote for our present human condition, is: "Others before self."

Matthieu Ricard, a meditation adept, has been dubbed "the happiest man in the world." Matthieu Ricard's measure of happiness is shown 4.5 standard deviations off the bell curve for the rest of humanity, represented by 150 controls.

Prof. Richard Davidson and Matthieu Ricard

Here is the latest from Ven. Matthieu Ricard's blog, on Ayn Rand, a major contributor to human suffering.

Is This the Right Model for a Great Nation?
by Matthieu Ricard
Monday, October 29, 2012

Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan recommends the reading of Ayn Rand’s writings to all his collaborators. Does the United States of America truly want to have a leader whose ideal is to promote selfishness in society? I am convinced that selfishness makes life miserable not only for all those around us, but for ourselves as well.
Read the full article

Related Links:
The Habits of Happiness, TED talk by Matthieu Ricard
Prof. Richard Davidson
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford
A Revolution of the Heart (close pop-up and scroll for English)
Trance and Mental Health

Still not sure who to vote for? 
Consider Jill Stein:

62 Tibetans have self-immolated and are demanding human rights, freedom of religion, cultural and linguistic freedom, the right to be Tibetan in Tibet, and an end to over 60 years of oppression and cultural genocide.
Tibet is a #1 global issue:
1. environment
2. non-violence
3. creating healthy minds
Cultural Genocide in Lhasa

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