I’ve been practicing meditation through Sam Harris’ Waking Up App almost from the beginning. You learn a lot about a person when they explain complex ideas with compassion and sincerity. A lot of what Sam has to say is based on his experience of life and what is true. Seeking the truth, aren’t we all? Getting the truth is not always pleasant, especially when the truth conflicts with your world view. Understanding that cognitive dissonance, holding conflicting beliefs and making sense of them, finding a path through life and suffering less that is the journey we are on.
Thank you Sam, you have made my world a better place.
I’ve been listening to Sam for many years, and while I have at times disagreed with details or nuance, his opinions are consistent, reasoned, and intelligent — exactly what I ask myself, my colleagues, my friends, and my loved ones to strive to be when discussing issues or assessing circumstances. Indeed, while I was listening to Sam before the rise of the fascist right and the maga science deniers, before my own religious views were seen to conflict with those of the Christian nationalists running amok, before science and expertise became something to attack rather than something to revere and admire… while Sam was in my ear before that, having Sam since the fascists and COVID took over our world has been indispensable. Thank you, Sam! Onward we go!