The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden
I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it. ~Jack Handey
Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you're not alive.
~Mel BrooksI have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches. ~Alice Roosevelt Longworth
For some reason, human beings want to live life well. Most of us aren't happy sloughing off and letting the years fly by unheeded; we feel the need to be proactive and enthusiastic and wise and right. So we develop mottoes and mantras that seem to condense the "method to the madness" of living.
I thought it would be interesting to compile a list of ten different "life philosophies." I know that it's hard, if not impossible, for a one-liner to sum up someone's entire attitude about life, but it seems to be a popular way for people to target their mission, goals, purpose, etc. Each of these approaches has its pros and cons, and each one offers a different perspective on this big, hairy mess we call life.
Maybe this will help you formulate your own personal philosophy. Maybe it will make you realize that life philosophies are actually quite stupid. Whatever it does, it should be interesting!
Life Philosophy #1: The Goldilocks Approach
Life Philosophy #2: The Detective Approach
Observe, question, learn.
Keep your fancy philosophies, I'll trust in logic and reason.
Life Philosophy #4: The Backpacker's Approach
Survive with the minimum and get the maximum experience out of it.
Life Philosophy #5: The World Saver Approach
If it is to be it is up to me.
Life Philosophy #6: The Easy-Going Approach
Live and let live.
Life Philosophy #7: The Fly-By-the-Seat-of-Your-Pants Approach
Make it up as you go along.
Life Philosophy #8: The Disney Princess Approach
Believe in yourself and your dreams will come true.
|Army Photography Contest - 2007 - FMWRC - Arts and Crafts - Son in the Tub, a photo by familymwr on Flickr.|
Life Philosophy #9: The Little Things
Enjoying the little things now, because one day they will have been the big things.
|Questioned Proposal, a photo by Eleaf on Flickr.|
Life Philosophy #10: Yours
What's your personal philosophy? Can you sum it up in a few words?