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Your philosophy for life

  1. Nov 26, 2006 #1
    Provide a personal maxim by which the rest of us may rule our lives.
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  3. Nov 26, 2006 #2
    Live by your wits. If you have none, solicit some maxims.

    (Just kidding, Loren. Couldn't resist.)
  4. Nov 27, 2006 #3


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    Be your own person; don't let other people tell you how to live your life.
  5. Nov 27, 2006 #4

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    My mama told me: It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.o:)

    She also said: Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty but the pig enjoys it.
  6. Nov 27, 2006 #5
    Everytime you say this I want to ask if you have a brother named Forrest.
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    So, it's only important to be nice to non-pigs?
  8. Nov 27, 2006 #7
    take the long way home

    or more fully, "Life is an aimless drive that ya take alone, might as well enjoy the ride: take the long way home."

    - Bloodhound Gang (lol...)
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    Be pleasant. (think about it)
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    Did she by any chance mention that 'you better shop around'? :biggrin:
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    I'm not talking to you people anymore. :grumpy:
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    I don't think you should have one particular thing you should live your life by as the parameters of society and the culture locally nationally and globally is forever changing. All we can do is be open minded to new experiences and choose what we think is right for each situation that comes along based on our past experience and knowledge. We can't just say be nice or thoughtful because we have to define those terms and everybody has a different definition of what being nice is.
  13. Nov 27, 2006 #12
    My mama always said: "PF is like a box o' chocolates. You never know what kind o' anser you gonna get."
  14. Nov 27, 2006 #13
    At no time in your life should your butt be over your head unless you are on a roller coaster or have met that special someone.

    Never eat or drink anything that comes out of your body.

    Never join the military unless CONUS is being invaded and then you better.

    If you are sick STAY HOME!! Don't bring you cooties to me at work because you want to be a "trooper". (Thanks wanker, now I'm sick for the holidays)

    Just ask her. She may be thinking the same thing.

    Don't be THAT guy.

    Gentlemen hold doors open for Ladies. that way you can check out her pockets
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    Be honest first. Second, do what you should. Third, look out for yourself. Fourth, have good intentions.
  16. Nov 27, 2006 #15
    First of all, never pet a burning dog.

    And not that it's really a maxim per se, but the first thing that really came to mind when I saw this was a line from John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy"

    "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
  17. Nov 27, 2006 #16
    Be cunningly brutal, and brutally cunning
  18. Nov 27, 2006 #17
    Seek the greater knowledge that life offers.
    Get your questions answered.
    Cheat death with the knowledge obtained.
  19. Nov 27, 2006 #18
    Enjoy life and ensure that you will continue to be able to enjoy it
  20. Nov 27, 2006 #19
    Each and every day strive to experience the rapture of being alive.
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    Shouldn't having good intention be the first?

    It's really difficult to sum up philosophy for life in just a few lines. It took Aristotle a whole book to explain his, as well as many other philosophers.

    I would say the most important thing is to always have good intentions when you act.

    Also, remember that no one is watching you. Everyone tells me how people watch them it makes them nervous. Like, if you wear something stupid, or eat the wrong thing, or something of the sort. Sometimes people see you, but just pretend they didn't. :biggrin:
  22. Nov 27, 2006 #21
    lol Jason... like "Oh noes!!!! I have this hole in my shirt which has probably been there for over 4 months now, but I will still be freaking out about it all day until I get home and change!"

    EDIT: Just to be clear, that ^ is not me.
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    "Money CAN buy happiniess, it just can't buy everything, but what it can buy is enough for me".

    Or as Woody Allen put it "Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons."
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    If your good intentions tell you to be dishonest, or do something contrary to your moral obligation, or put yourself in a very bad position, in most cases you should ignore them. Examples of things that you might do, if you followed your best intentions without regard for honesty, morality, or yourself:

    --Vigilante justice. Ignore laws and hunt down those who you think did wrong. This leads only to chaos and violence.
    --In that same vein, terrorism.
    --Lie to your friends to make them happy. The disrespect inherent in dishonesty is worse than any temporary happiness you might give them.
    --Stay with an abusive lover to keep him/her happy without regard for your own well being
    --Abandon your job or education to help those in need. There can be good reasons for this--you may feel a calling. But if all you have are good intentions, then you should keep your job, since you'd probably be miserable if you quit.

    In general, if good intentions override honesty and morality, it leads only to disorder. It is wiser to be honest and moral than to follow your capricious good intentions at every juncture. If people were perfectly wise, good intentions would be all we'd need--but also, if we were so wise, I don't think our actions would often contradict honesty or morality.

    Of course, I am not claiming my list is an absolute hierarchy. There are some situations where you might justifiably lie to preserve morality, yourself, or what you think is best. For example you should not tell an assassin the location of your children, though that's not necessarily dishonesty so much as refraining to speak. You might justifiably do something immoral, if there are very, very strong pragmatic reasons. Also "respect for your own well-being" and "good intentions" are more on an even footing--neither clearly outranks the other in my opinion.
  25. Nov 28, 2006 #24
    I'm not here for a long time-- only a good time ;)
  26. Nov 28, 2006 #25


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    "1. Don't sweat the small stuff. 2. It's all small stuff"
    Well, it might not be real small, but the problem probably isn't quite as big as your first impression (except when it's even worse, but general rules never work all the time). If you have a general direction you want to be heading and enough common sense to think on your feet, don't worry about the little detours. In fact, if the little detour takes you the general direction you want, it might be a better option than your original path.

    "Knowing why you're doing something is more important than knowing how to do it."
    In other words, the second part is covered in the first rule. Besides, I've spent most of my life being volunteered to do things I didn't have a clue how to do. If I only did the things I knew how to do, I'd never have done anything.

    "He who laughs at misfortune understands the meaning of life".
    Or maybe that's just a bad habit, considering it's so much easier to see the humor in the situation when it's someone else trying to explain why that spot on the ceiling is scorched black.

    "Ask for help once in awhile!"
    Meh, I'd have to put that on the list of things I should do - but don't. But if I did this, where would be the challenge in the first three?
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