Yes, I totally agree. Seeing danger in our environment has allowed us to survive as a species. But, as you say, there is a tug-of-war between survival and happiness that we are left to individually deal with.
No, I haven’t read Why Buddhism is True, but your comment inspired me to re-listen to his interview on the 10% Happier podcast. I think he makes some great points that there is a lot of wisdom to be found in the Buddhist teachings.
Thanks for your comment :)