The 18th-century writer, David Hume, is one of the world's great philosophical voices. Born in Edinburgh in 1711, his key observation is that we are more influenced by our feelings than by reason.
Big Idea: Feeling, not reason
Normally people would think that you should train your mind so you can become a more reasonable person - more logical. And when reason guides you, you'll be unstoppable.
Hume argues otherwise. We are more motivated by our feelings than by any sound analysis or argument based on logic. After all, even if we have a decent job and live in a decent city, we can still feel miserable. Our mind can easily create a painful scene motivated by our feelings, despite any logical arguments that we should feel pleasure. Therefore, spending more time nurturing your emotions is the way to go.