The passage is from Sapiens; Harari is describing the Buddhist perspective on happiness and its perception of impermanence. Doesn’t it make you want to be a Buddhist?

It is like a man standing for decades on the seashore, embracing certain ‘good’ waves and trying to prevent them from disintegrating, while simultaneously pushing back ‘bad’ waves to prevent them from getting near him. Day in,day out, the man stands on the beach, driving himself crazy with this fruitless exercise. Eventually, he sits down on the sand and just allows the waves to come and go as they please. How peaceful!

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