"One of the greatest powers we hold as individual human beings is the ability to materially affect our own mental state."

People, in general, tend to explain away some of their worst decisions or actions as human nature, human behavior, or with the expression, "I'm only human." In this book, the author describes that humanity is not defined by these instinctual, reflexive choices but rather by the ability to learn, adapt, and define a sense of self and rules to live by through observation, reflection, and contemplation. Chapter by chapter, big existential questions are examined through this lens, whether driven by faith or logic. The key to happiness is so frequently tied with liberty, and a strong case is made in this book that it is through one's own agency that a person can find room for improving their life and making the most of each moment and opportunity granted.

Naturally, a treatise on the mind's ability to change and adapt itself to new information and ideas proves an empowering read. Readers will gravitate naturally to Yari's tone and approach to wisdom and come away with at least a few new perspectives informing them onward. Rather than spiraling deep into hypotheticals and getting lost in the weeds of a particular thought, the pacing is smartly even, giving readers ample motivation to press on to new subjects yet compelling them to ruminate on what has already been read. It is a true tightrope act to keep the text grounded and accessible while elevating its audience. This book accomplishes just that: not pushing the reader out of a plane like a skydiving instructor might but giving them the resources and the concepts to get airborne in the first place.

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