How to Live Well: My Philosophy of Life

Over the past decade, I have formulated my philosophy of life. It is my guide to living well.

You may find a brief description and link to the full document here: Edit by Admin: link removed because of self-promotion.

Constructive feedback is welcome.

I do not open anonymous links (clickbait)

Self promotion is not permitted.

By all means mount an argument. Perhaps begin by explaining why I or anyone else should be interested in your personal life philosophy. So far, my interest is 0.00%

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Welcome to Atheist Republic philosofer123, I hope you have fun in here.

Please be aware that self-promotion is not allowed in here. That is why I edited out your link.

I have no problem with you explaining your position, but please, no links.

You have a philosophy of life based on a link that leads to an article someone else wrote. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha … “Stupid Comment of the Year!”

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Nothing wrong with that in itself.

I’d probably give a link to say Plato’s ‘Crito’ or Milo’s “Altruism And Egoism” or some Buddhist or Hindu principles.

The only book which ‘changed my life’ was ‘The Psychology Of Sex’ by Havelock Ellis . He said masturbation is perfectly normal. The end of Catholic guilt over that.

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It’s always lovely to hear that someone has figured out the terms of their personal philosophy.
I’m astounded it only took you 10 years.
Mine is a continuing work in progress. So far its been a little shy of sixty years. Seems the more I learn the less I know, so I strive to keep moving forward and keep ever mindful that perfection equates to stagnation, I keep an open mind and inquisitive spirit. It keeps the flies away.

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Me too.

Mine remains a work in progress, subject to constant questioning and revision.

To be honest, I still haven’t made up my mind about god. But I still don’t believe and still think the YHWH of the Torah is a cunt.

Addendum: At 21 I thought I knew all about life and love. At 73 I realise I still really don’t have a clue about either.

Only two of my personal “mantras” that I hold dear (so far)…

“What you put out, you get back” (action and consequence). And, for myself personally, with so much “want” thrown at a person… I redefined abundance for myself to “the ability to do what I need to do when I need to do it”… works for my health, finances and tends to sift out “wants” from “needs”.

Of course both are subjective. Keeps part of my brain :brain: less stressed.

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Everything is wrong with that… It is called an external locus of control. At some point you must internalize whatever it is you think you understand about the authors you are reading. Your expression of all you have read and understood will be your own. It will not be what was written in some book. Do you really think any human being can write their life philosophy down in a book and have it fully explained? Their perception, meaning, emotional and intellectual outlook on the world around them? I, for one, seriously doubt it. Those who quote others, do so because they can not think for themselves. I get that you like a philosophy or theory; however, two people reading the same shit are not going to reach the same conclusions. There is a meaning in it that is yours alone and THAT is your philosophy. THAT is what you need to put into words, not the writings of those who came before you.

Don’t break the forum rules and self promote…

You’re welcome to the feedback…:sunglasses:

“Needs” are subjective? I need food, water, clothing, and a place to sleep and air to breath. A need is essential for life. I once slept under a public urinal Conex unit at an airport to get out of the rain. I have slept on benches in train stations and bus stops, so those needs are satisfied quite simply.

I have wants, and really, really, wants. LOL It makes life simple. Wants are things we can live without. We may not want to admit that to ourselves; however, it is a fact. Take away a need, and we will die. So I question the subjectivity of a “need.”

I agree absolutely. It’s bizarre how human expectations have changed so drastically in just the last century. Hope’s and dreams are an essential part of human life, but equally essential IMHO, is the ability to cope when those hopes and dreams are either lost, or change.

It’s sad that modern life centres around unrealistic expectations, when so many die in want of absolute necessity.

I’ve always thought the pursuit of happiness written into the US constitution was a wonderful idea, then despaired that the pursuit of wealth, was subjectively perceived as the line between success and failure.

Lofty expectations are fine, yet lowering those expectations can offer a far greater chance of happiness. Why play against the odds, casinos always win for a very good reason.

Exactly!

Wants are subjective… needs? That’s why my perspective works for me. My needs are met - abundant. Wants too (wow :star_struck:)!!! NOW I’m like rich!!!

Been thinking of this post for a few days.

You really do need to learn to respond to what I mean rather than what I say. :innocent:

Of course I understand the notion of internalisation. I was not suggesting anyone take any book, and simply refer to it as an authority, without understanding .(as does our latest little muslim friend).

In referring a person to Plato, or Milo, or even to a favourite historian, I am referring to the ideas expressed , not simply the words. In discussion of those ideas or any ideas of others, I try to express my understanding. It’s possible, even likely that sometimes I misunderstand.

Enjoy the view while you are up there. The fall is a bitch but well worth it when you understand how you got up there in the first place and how you can do it again,.

Not only possible but most likely. The written word is not one of the greatest ways of transmitting depth of understanding. We use analogy, descriptive prose, poetry, and write entire books. How many books have been written about love. Any two exactly alike? It’s a blind man and the elephant situation. We have an idea, but all we have are words to describe it. I think the great minds of the past argued with themselves the same way.

…I do. My “fall” was my childhood. Not just religious, but physical denials (needs) that would, well… definitely demonstrate I have experienced my own forms of “bottom”.

It’s not a lalalala (mind-candy :lollipop: ) just something I like to relieve stresses (at times) that a broken down vehicle, or surprise bill, or stretching groceries until… it’s a reminder that “hey, I’m alive! I appreciate what I have. I’m not dead :skull: (yet) … breath …”

When you have 3 others that you’re responsible for - - - mind you, they’re helpful, understanding and generous.

Everyone has different ideas of “bottom”.