# My philosophy of life

#### dgoodpasture2005

haha, you're right. It was enjoyable though. Thank you. Can't wait to continue it, in the meantime, take it easy Lewis.

#### Sprinter

dgoodpasture2005 said:
What about those who will currently be in the condition and situation that you were once in? What about life and survival? Caring? Giving? Will you take for granted the breath that you breathe, while others die of starvation when you can knowingly save them and make the world a better place? Or will the thoughts ever cross your mind? Money is both necessary and evil, yet it doesn't have to be that way.
Sorry, I don't think I can change the world, I am one of the people who toils to survive.
I can donate a little money for charity, but how many times can I do that? Some terrible situations in the world, such as famine + civil war in Africa , are political problems that I really can not do anything to help rectify the situations.
So, why bother about it?

#### Sprinter

I think:
1) Happiness can not be independent of external conditions. For instance, you may know meditation and enjoy its spiritual pleasure; while sitting in a room meditating, a fire breaks and burns the house, are you able to continue meditating and enjoy it? Surely you will evacuate in panic.

So, I believe happiness (of mind and body) must be closely related to outside world, and obviously, MONEY is an effective mean to achieve it, the most direct way to get it.

#### dgoodpasture2005

So, you think the world can change you, but you can't change the world? It's the people in this world that make you what you are, and it's the way this world works that puts you in the position that you are in. Why is it that others can effect you... but you feel as if you don't have this same power as well?

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#### Sprinter

One of the biggest issue of the world is Economy. Economy is about what? Basically about commodity! When economy is bad, it always means survival is difficult, job is difficult to get, prices of good are high etc......such as the asean economy crisis in 1997.
Economy has nothing to do with "mind", it is entirely about physical needs! And Economy is a key factor that will determine the happiness of most people, I can say the whole world!
The embodiment of economy is MONEY, dollar and cent, when everone has enough money to buy what they want, he/she will be happy.

#### dgoodpasture2005

The world is our house. Are you saying it is on fire? Then be the water that puts it out. You can go buy some seeds for a couple dollars and plant your own garden. You never have to buy any food. You don't really need electronics nor fancy clothes. Money is hardly needed unless you submit to the slavery of this cruel world. The only money that is needed is for those who have fallen so far behind. Example; Africa. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we didn't have money and we all took care of ourselves in a community that consisted of everything you need to stay alive? We are completely capable of this. The world could operat in communities. Green houses and waterplants. Why do we have to pay for electricity? It's the way that it's currently being run that is the problem. I've got to go for the night. Nice talking, cya tomorrow.

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#### Sprinter

dgoodpasture2005 said:
So, you think the world can change you, but you can't change the world? It's the people in this world that make you what you are, and it's the way this world works that puts you in the position that you are in. Why is it that others can effect you... but you feel as if you don't have this same power as well?
I don't think the world can change me, I just "react" to the world in the way I prefer to. How do I react depends on situations and my own opinions about what is the best decision that benefits me the most.
I may be able to influence a small number of people, but this is very miniature and it is up to them to shape themselves.

#### clouded.perception

Sprinter, the fulfillment of physical desires is very important, but not necessarily the only thing important to be happy.

I agree with you to the extent that having enought money for everything you need (assuming such goods are available, of course,) is a huge stress reducer and can only improve happiness, but the height of happiness is not the acquiring of all necessary physical possessions.

I could back up my arguments, but I don't see the point as generations of psychologists have already done it for me (I find the easiest diagram to understand to be Maslow's heirarchy of needs, look it up if you don't know what I'm talking about).

#### clouded.perception

Sprinter, a small amount of people is often enough to effect a change.

#### Sprinter

dgoodpasture2005 said:
The world is our house. Are you saying it is on fire? Then be the water that puts it out. You can go buy some seeds for a couple dollars and plant your own garden. You never have to buy any food. You don't really need electronics nor fancy clothes. Money is hardly needed unless you submit to the slavery of this cruel world. The only money that is needed is for those who have fallen so far behind. Example; Africa. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we didn't have money and we all took care of ourselves in a community that consisted of everything you need to stay alive? We are completely capable of this.
You sound as a communist!
Communism refers to a conjectured future classless, stateless social organization based upon common ownership of the means of production, and can be classified as a multivariant branch of the broader socialist movement. Communism also refers to a variety of political movements which claim the establishment of such a social organization as their ultimate goal.

#### Sprinter

I think it is ideology that changes the world the most, such as communism, capitalism and Religion.

#### loseyourname

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Why is everybody focusing on money? The poor guy just said he wants material well-being. I doubt he's going to lay around in a pile of cash. He's going to spend the money he earns to buy goods and services that do have real value to him; things like a comfortable house, a nice car, regular vacations, good health coverage, food that both nourishes and tastes good, a top education for his kids. What exactly is the problem with this?

One thing I will say is that material well-being by itself is probably not enough to ensure happiness, except possibly in people that are very asocial by nature. Most of us, however, require working and friendly relationships with others, regular interactions extended over a period of time, with at least a few intimate relationships strewn here and there. So don't ignore that. All this stuff generally won't do you much if you have no one to share it with; that's just the nature of our, and really any social, species.

But hey, don't let any self-appointed expert tell you what does or doesn't make you happy. If it's meditation, then meditate. If it's sky-diving, then sky dive. If it's raking in a big payday at the end of every week, then do that. As Joseph Campbell would say, "follow your bliss." Don't let anyone else judge you on whether or not they think what you're doing is of value.

#### Sprinter

Most of us, however, require working and friendly relationships with others, regular interactions extended over a period of time, with at least a few intimate relationships strewn here and there. So don't ignore that
Friendship is important too, if you have \$, surely it is easy to get friends!

My philosophy? Simple.

No pain, No gain, No brain.

L

#### Lewis

loseyourname said:
Why is everybody focusing on money? The poor guy just said he wants material well-being. I doubt he's going to lay around in a pile of cash. He's going to spend the money he earns to buy goods and services that do have real value to him; things like a comfortable house, a nice car, regular vacations, good health coverage, food that both nourishes and tastes good, a top education for his kids. What exactly is the problem with this?
Where do you suppose the idea that these things will improve oneself comes from? Surely from your thoughts. Your thoughts are a product of your memories, which are to a very large extent not under your control. I can't help but remmember that catchy tune, or that movie I saw last week.

Now, if your thoughts come from memories, and memories are obviously of the past, how are your suppose to do anything new by thinking of how to do it? Perhaps you don't want to do anything new, you would rather live the life laid out by society--that is one of material possesion. However, I see a need in the world for a change. A VERY large portion of the world is starving, dying of preventible diseases and live without access to what they need to survive. Another significant portion live in fear and misery--they want more and are afraid of not getting it. How can we justify living the opulent lives we live while this is the reality we live in? This is not a question about changing society, you have to change yourself first.

I think the major question here is not what makes you happy, but why it does so.

#### loseyourname

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Lewis said:
Where do you suppose the idea that these things will improve oneself comes from?
Who said anything about improving oneself? He and I just want to be happy. I can't speak for him, but I'd also like to have a happy family.

Perhaps you don't want to do anything new, you would rather live the life laid out by society--that is one of material possesion. However, I see a need in the world for a change.
Good. Then that is what you see yourself needing to do with your life. Go do it, and let the rest of us live our lives. I have no problem with anything you do, so long as you aren't harming anybody, and I guess that's the only difference between you and I. You want people to feel guilty and devote their lives to others. I want people to do whatever it is that does it for them. It isn't the same for you and me, and it isn't the same for the starter of this thread.

A VERY large portion of the world is starving, dying of preventible diseases and live without access to what they need to survive. Another significant portion live in fear and misery--they want more and are afraid of not getting it. How can we justify living the opulent lives we live while this is the reality we live in? This is not a question about changing society, you have to change yourself first.
Damn right it's not a question about changin society, at least not my society. No one in my town is rich, but there is no homelessness or starvation, either, and I don't particularly feel that by going to school and eventually providing for a family, I'm contributing to anybody else's, either. Depriving myself of material well-being isn't going to do any of these starving one damn bit of good. In fact, given the way in which our particular American society has an economy that relies heavily on consumption, it's entirely possible that I might indirectly hurt people by doing so. Frankly, I'm not going to plan for every possible outcome at seven degrees of separation from every one of my actions.

I think the major question here is not what makes you happy, but why it does so.
If you're a psychologist, perhaps. But that certainly wasn't a question raised by the thread. In fact, the gentleman didn't even ask how he should be happy. He said he already knew what would make him happy and simply told us what it is. Not surprisingly, the judgemental masses here at PF come in and tell him his planned life isn't good enough. No, he needs to live the way you want him to live.

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#### dgoodpasture2005

I guess what I was implying was somewhat communistic, although I did forget to mention that I was referring to societies where no money is involved and we'd all have to realize that we need each other more than we need these materials, and in doing so we'd also realize that we could get along a lot better in this way. Take a step out of these prison bars that hold your perception of reality to a standardized limitation of material and monetary well being. Do you understand why we fight large scale wars now? There's nothing to fight over when we're not in competition of material goods. Any large scale war that has threatened or had a major impact on mankind that you could ever name can be tracked back to a cause of money or material goods. We ARE capable of setting up small communities throughout the world that are self servant to the needs of the people which reside inside them. Bam, in an instant wars vanish, poverty vanishes, almost everything we've ever negatively accomplished in the history of mankind will suddenly stop. The perpetrator of these things that I just mentioned is a reflection of the greed that is within the being, which is a direct manifestation of money and material. What we need is survival, or those who can't, will lose the will to live, and in the process lose all respect for the value of life, and this is precisely what we are seeing today. It's not about value or survival of life today, it's about compeition. Every single aspect of life is now about competition and it's going to boil over soon.

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#### Sprinter

dgoodpasture2005 said:
we'd all have to realize that we need each other more than we need these materials, and in doing so we'd also realize that we could get along a lot better in this way. T

Any large scale war that has threatened or had a major impact on mankind that you could ever name can be tracked back to a cause of money or material goods. We ARE capable of setting up small communities throughout the world that are self servant to the needs of the people which reside inside them.

, it's about compeition. Every single aspect of life is now about competition and it's going to boil over soon.
Yes, we need each other, we are interdependent.
War of course can cause a lot of troubles to people, but a country without war also may have poverty and social injustice, I think the government's policy plays an improtant role to ensure the lives of the people are good.
What makes you to be able to compete? It is your knowledge, skill etc. We can't live without competition, IMO, natural selection is true, our FATE lies on the fact that how good can we compete to survive.

Again, I still insist that in order to be happy, I must have enough money to fullfil my physiological needs! Money can also buy mental/spiritual happiness? Why not? With money, you can buy songs/books/video etc. that are related to your religion/belief, and get indulged in them to be happy.
Why do people feel they are like working machines and have to wake up early to cramp into commuter to go to work and come back to home with tired bodies? Because they need money! Imagine you hit a jackpot and be able to get rid of your job, you're not only financially free, but also spiritually free!
Therefore, I think money is essential for us to get Freedom of mind and body as well.

#### Sprinter

I beleive, MONEY can buy FREEDOM.
It is GREED for money that causes problems to us, not money itself.
You know, Money can REALISE your Dreams, for example, the Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett who took on his attempt to become the first person to complete a solo trip around the world in an airplane without making a single stop; why he is able to do so? Because he has money! I may have the same dream, but I am not able to realize it because I have not enough money.

MONEY --------> DREAM + FREEDOM

#### Dawguard

Of course we need money, but it is not the money itself that makes us happy. I agree that it is neccesary and extremely helpful, but it itself is not that which brings joy. It is what you do with money that brings happiness. Money does not buy happiness, it is the books you read, the music you listen to, etc. While money is esential for these things, it is not them. The problem we have is that we know money can bring about things that cause happiness, but many people grow so caught up with the pursuit of money they forget that it is a mere key to open up a gateway. This is a very easy trap to fall into, and it leads to disastrous ends. The pursuit of money under the belief that it can cause happiness is hopeless, becuase happiness is brought by what money can bring. Thus rich people who spend their money in all the wrong ways can be horribly depressed, while relatively poor people who know what is important can use a little amount of money to bring about their happiness. Ultimetly it is not the money that causes happiness, but the ability to use it wisely that brings about joy.

#### dgoodpasture2005

Sprinter said:
I beleive, MONEY can buy FREEDOM.
It is GREED for money that causes problems to us, not money itself.
You know, Money can REALISE your Dreams, for example, the Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett who took on his attempt to become the first person to complete a solo trip around the world in an airplane without making a single stop; why he is able to do so? Because he has money! I may have the same dream, but I am not able to realize it because I have not enough money.

MONEY --------> DREAM + FREEDOM
My dream is to live in a world whose residents respect one another, not for the name of their countries, their wealth, or the size of their military... but for the individuals that reside inside this Earth, which should be viewed as one, and not 120+ different individual nations all competing against each other. So my equation would go.

DREAM-----------> NO MONEY + TRUE FREEDOM = FREE OF THE GREEN PAPER SLAVEMASTER. Of course this is just a dream, we're so far into money now, there may be no way to reverse the effects. Difference of opinions. Think about it from two or three different perspectives, not just one, you can't get anywhere that way... you just stay "yourself". You can self educate yourself in philosophy by viewing things from different peoples shoes/perspectives. Once you do, you can choose which shoes fit you best. I guess we have to agree to disagree here. No worries... our lives go on :)
Logically... Like Einstein would say... you can't solve a problem with the same thinking(reasons) that got you there in the first place. If we give everyone money.. it just compounds the problem. The problem is within us. It's our emotions. We'll all figure this out in the near future. I'm not predicting... I'm just using reason and logic. It's easy to see these things. It's all I study. Our emotions ARE independent of money. Try it. Smile when you're crying, get mad while you're happy. You're in full control of everything.

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#### clouded.perception

Good on you, sprinter!
The modern method of controlling a child's greed is to temper it with guilt. This makes sense before the child is old enough to develop a proper understanding of value and consequence, but it seems to give people the idea that there is something automatically bad about wanting money.

Money gives security. Money makes you an asset (through taxes) to your country. Money gives you the power to help others. And money does help some people enjoy life.

Money isn't for everyone, but it's good to hear from someone who has identified that money will make his/her life easier and isn't irrationally ashamed to go for it.

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