I think my philosophy of life reflects life itself. That is, I don't have 'A' philosophy of life... I have a mish mash of concepts, abstract ideas, ideals, beliefs and practical considerations which I attempt to apply correctly depending on the situation.
Some of my currently accepted main premises include:
Nothing is static. Change is the only norm.
It's not until you have lost everything, that you are free to do anything.
Accept everything with a grain of salt, then question it when appropriate
To me there is colour, taste, good, bad, fun, terrible, beautiful ugly. In reality, there are just particles and the void. => All judgements are subjective.
We know nothing except for what we know is wrong. And even with that, we could be wrong...
From them, if you mix them up, apply them to each other, and extrapolate them out into their obvious conclusions, you end up with a mish mash of confusion and self referential jokes.
Each philosophy has it's place, no one particular philosophy or way of thinking can be supreme under all circumstance except for the unachievable philosophy that is absolute and supreme under all circumstances, so I strive for balance in all that I know of- though it is a great deal more baffling.
What is the difference between a country type philosophy and a city slicker, and then the similarity between those two and hedonism or ascetisism of ancient Greece? The more things change the more they stay the same.
I, like some others have a life philosophy that combines many different things together. But I'm particularly fond of this one Max Ehrmann verse. I agree with most of it. Goes something like this..
Desiderata- translated from the original Latin, circa 1692,
Go placidly amidst the noice and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly;and listen to others, even to the dull ignorant; they too have thier story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself to others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere in life is full of heroism. Be yourself. especially do not feign affections. neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the yeares, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nuture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe with no less than the trees and the stars; You have a right to be here. And weather or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with god, whatever you concieve him to be. And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all it's sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
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