Chet Shupe is a successful electronics engineer who once suffered profound attention deficit disorder (ADD). With ADD, social relationships baffled him. After years of bewilderment and depression, his condition was finally diagnosed, and successfully treated by the drug Ritalin. Suddenly, at 43, everything made sense.
Shupe emerged from ADD with a unique perspective on the way society functions. His engineer’s mind forced him to ask basic questions about how the brain is organized, why feelings exist, the origin of good and evil, and the true dynamics of every relationship — whether person-to-person or country-to-country — and how all of this relates to the wellbeing of humanity.
For years, Shupe has pursued his inquiry with passion and conviction, ranging far into the intricacies of the modern social contract to question how well it is sustaining us, both individually and collectively. As a scientist, he bolsters every conclusion with logical and compelling examples. As a person of feeling and intuition, he expresses his hopes for humanity with genuine compassion and sincerity. As a whistleblower to the world, he speaks with urgency about the need to make fundamental, radical changes in our way of life, if we are to assure the eventual wellbeing of humankind.
The Brain Virus
The Brain Virus is a short book that explains how humans became infected by a simple idea that changed what we value, thus, transformed how our brains process information. Our resulting unhappiness has us seeking self-help through books and therapy. But we aren’t the problem. The problem is modern cultures based on values inspired by the brain virus—cultures that we don’t emotionally understand.
Unconditional love is how our emotions rewards us for being true to life in our relationships. There are three kinds: Romantic love; a mother’s love for her child; and the love experienced by people who are depending on one another to survive. We now depend on money and law to survive. We thus endure without the most essential love of all, the unconditional love of interdependent relationships.
Three Essays on The Nature of Happiness
Happiness is the natural outcome of evolution. Individuals who find happiness in the type of activities and relationships required for their species to flourish are the ones whose genes are most likely to be passed on to future generations. Unhappiness, therefore, does not indicate personal, but instead, cultural failure—having to do unnatural things and form unnatural relationships to survive.
Adaptability, a Blessing or a Curse?
This essay reveals how our brains adapt to painful situations by taking comfort in illusions. By finding fulfillment in beliefs and dreams, we have "normalized" a way of life that is not sustainable. Our eventual survival requires a way of life based on intimacy. Finding comfort in the moment, we would no longer be dependent on dreams, and thus also on the "truths" by which we hope to realize them
Saving the World by Rediscovering Happiness
Happiness is based on relationships, not on wealth and privilege. It is through relationships that we serve one another’s needs, and thus also the needs of our species. As subjects of monetary and legal systems – servants of the state instead of one another – we live mostly in pursuit of happiness. This explains why, not only that our relationships are in trouble, but also our planet.
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