The secret of happiness is: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.

Dan Dennett

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“Dangerous Memes.” TED2002. Feb. 2002. Conference Presentation.

Source: "Dangerous Memes." TED2002. Feb. 2002. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from philosopher Dan Dennett's 2002 TED Talk about memes, or "living" ideas. Says Dennett, people will lay down their lives for ideas such as freedom, justice, and truth. Submitting to these important, unselfish ideas is what gives our lives meaning and makes us truly happy, Dennett tells us. Dennett goes on to explain that this recipe for happiness, i.e., forgoing our own interests to serve other interests, is a uniquely human phenomenon. Watch the full TED Talk here: Dan Dennett - Dangerous Memes