Strangers to Ourselves

Strangers to ourselves

We are very powerful, but not very happy.

We are paying a very high price for losing touch with the real world: the world of sensations, bodies, animals, trees, rocks. Over the last two centuries, humans have increasingly lost the ability to live in the here and now, to be aware of their sensations and of the immediate world surrounding them. We increasingly live in a virtual reality of our own making. This has given us immense new powers, but it has also made us strangers to ourselves and more alienated than ever before. So we are very powerful, but not very happy.

— Yuval Noah Harari

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