Wednesday, November 21, 2012

10 Life Philosophies

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 Brooks

I 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! 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Krystn Palmer Photography
Life Philosophy #1: The Goldilocks Approach
Enjoy everything in moderation.

Sherlock Holmes by twm1340
Sherlock Holmes, a photo by twm1340 on Flickr.
Life Philosophy #2: The Detective Approach
Observe, question, learn.

Thinker by
Thinker, a photo by on Flickr.
Life Philosophy #3: The "Non-Event"
Keep your fancy philosophies, I'll trust in logic and reason.

Backpacking by Rob Lee
Backpacking, a photo by Rob Lee on Flickr.
Life Philosophy #4: The Backpacker's Approach
Survive with the minimum and get the maximum experience out of it.

Pro-life all the wayy! by {Salt of the Earth}
Pro-life all the wayy!, a photo by {Salt of the Earth} on Flickr.
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.

Map by aaron13251
Map, a photo by aaron13251 on Flickr.
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.

Life Philosophy #9: The Little Things
Enjoying the little things now, because one day they will have been the big things.

Questioned Proposal by Eleaf
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?


  1. Anonymous11/21/2012

    Great post

    My life advice is to know that to be happy one first has to be.

    1. Now that is profound! I've recently been learning about "being" rather than "doing." After all, we are human beings, not human doings.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment.


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