Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli public intellectual, historian, and professor at the University of Jerusalem. He has written well-known books named Sapiens- A brief history of Humankind, Homo Deus: A brief history of tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.

Yuval Noah Harari has done many talks on Exploring the mind and consciousness. He says if you want to understand the human mind, you really have to understand the human mind. He says to start with boredom, observe the action with no sense. You will see infinite patience within you. In one of the Interviews, He says the meaning of life doesn’t come in the stories with the role for me(self) to play, but when I realize it is a human expectation to receive the answer in the story. There is no reason to be depressed. He practices the Vipassana Meditation process daily. He states this meditation technique makes you learn to observe what’s happening right now, be still, and be conscious of the moment. In India Today Conclave 2018 – He says the purpose of life is to Observe reality, as it is! A test of suffering is the test to know whether something is real or not. He is a true believer of witness the moment, be Witness!

Books:

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

About: Yuval covers the most prominent topics of the world as protecting ourselves from Nuclear war, Climate change, and the concern of Virtual Reality taking the place of humans. He suggests 21 lessons that are mandatory to learn to overcome 21st Century problems. His ideas and thoughts are fascinating and mind-boggling.
Meaning of life

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

About: This book is not less than any Religion Scriptures, although I would love to add that this book is a bit higher than any religious Scriptures. The book describes the value of our existence. How we have emerged, evolved, and where we are heading. It challenges all the Region scriptures. This book shows what our DNA is and our Ancestors.

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

About: This book is the sequel to his last book – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. This book describes how we will survive in the coming years, who will be the cause of destruction, and so on. It is a predictable book based on our history and evolution.

Quotes by Yuval Harari :

“More broadly, schools should downplay technical skills and emphasise general-purpose life skills.”

Yuval Noah Harari

“As far as we can tell, from a purely scientific viewpoint, human life has absolutely no meaning. Humans are the outcome of blind evolutionary processes that operate without goal or purpose”

Yuval Noah Harari

“human life has absolutely no meaning. Humans are the outcome of blind evolutionary processes that operate without goal or purpose.”

Yuval Noah Harari

“Consistency is the playground of dull minds.”

Yuval Noah Harari

“The most common reaction of the human mind to achievement is not satisfaction, but craving for more.”

Yuval Noah Harari

“A meaningful life can be extremely satisfying even in the midst of hardship, whereas a meaningless life is a terrible ordeal no matter how comfortable it is.”

Yuval Noah Harari

“So if you want to know the truth about the universe, about the meaning of life, and about your own identity, the best place to start is by observing suffering and exploring what it is.
The answer isn’t a story.”

Yuval Noah Harari

“But the most important finding of all is that happiness does not really depend on objective conditions of either wealth, health or even community. Rather, it depends on the correlation between objective conditions and subjective expectations.”

Yuval Noah Harari

“To attain real happiness, humans need to slow down the pursuit of pleasant sensations, not accelerate it.”

Yuval Noah Harari

“If you are really in love with someone, you never worry about the meaning of life.”

Yuval Noah Harari

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL1tTSTIR_k&t=351s

About: According to Yuval, the meaning of life is to see as it is. There is no actual meaning of life per se the action. People usually find the meaning of life in stories, they imagine their character to be the hero or bad person of the story and take their illusion to the next level, which is absurd and non-real.

About: According to Yuval, he tried one of the drugs in his academics and it gave him a trailer of Spirituality. Although, he doesn’t prefer and strongly oppose the intake of drugs to anyone because people use them for Euphoric feelings. He suggests doing the practice of Meditation which is insightful for everyone and will help in finding the meaning of life.
About: We can Think and communicate, which makes us more powerful than any other species on this planet. The impact of the word was small, and because of our Intelligence, we were able to occupy the things from our capacity.
About: Yuval describes there is a difference between reality and imagination. We humans in the 21st century are more inclined to dream of a world for all purposes rather than taking the real step for things to achieve. People are running away from reality, running towards their feelings, emotions, and thoughts which are not real in reality.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3M6g02916U
About: In a conversation with Jay Shetty, Yuval shares his opinion that the inability to deal with boredom is our biggest weakness in the 21st Century World. People easily get bored and they try ways to divert their attention from boredom. Whereas boredom is a gift and bliss for us. It’s an opportunity to find ourselves in boredom.

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Yuval Harari’s Facts:

Who Is Yuval Noah Harari?

Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli public intellectual, historian, and professor at the University of Jerusalem. He has written well-known books named Sapiens- A brief history of Humankind, Homo Deus: A brief history of tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.

What is Harari’s observation of human happiness?

His research expresses that Humans tend to be happy in materialistic life. We express our happiness by buying things we love, achieving the goal we pursue. Whereas in reality, real happiness is diving inside yourself.

What did Yuval Noah Harari study?

Harari first studied medieval history and military history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He completed his Ph.D. degree at Jesus College, Oxford, in 2002.

How does Harari define myth?

Harari morals all those myths to the monarch of fiction — not only religions but the whole enterprise of humanistic, rights-based liberalism. “There are no gods in the universe, no nations, no money, no human rights, no laws, and no justice outside the common imagination of human beings.”

Is Yuval Noah Harari religious?

By birth, he is from the Jewish community. He follows the secular Jewish community.  

Is Yuval Noah Harari a vegetarian?

Yes, He is a vegan and avoids dairy products too.

Why do humans run the world Yuval Noah Harari?

We can Think and communicate, which makes us more powerful than any other species on this planet. The impact of the word was small, and because of our Intelligence, we were able to occupy the things from our capacity.

What does Harari say about religion?

According to Harari, religion is the third great unifier in the world. Religion is the set of values based on a belief.

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