What is your philosophy?
Old 08-21-2011, 03:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Putting all religious beliefs aside, assume that when you die, it is the end of your existence. With this in mind, I ask you this question; would rather live in the moment, wherein you do not care of the consequences of your actions in terms of its affects on your life span, such as partying, drinking, smoking, doing dangerous stunts, etc., or would you rather live by playing it safe so as to live as long as possible before you cease to exist. Some may view this as a matter of quantity verse quality and choose to take bigger risks in life, commonly assured by the saying "you only have one life to live". On the other hand its still more than possible to live a meaningful life all the while being cautious.

I am simply curious to how the majority of people see this issue, so I put that question out to you RF members.
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Old 08-21-2011, 03:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Blaze, good question. I think however that you should look at how you're approaching your subject. Is this a subject of absolutes?

Can one only live a full life by living in the moment and taking risk?
Does a safe life of conservative decision making always assure a person a mundane existence?

There are men and women on earth that have had the same adrenaline rush watching the results of their life's work come in during a lab analysis as does the #1 X-games Motocross jumper during a run in the finals. They're are always different shades of grey my friend, however I, in my own existence, have yet to see the colours white, or black.



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I think everyone has different circumstances that they face, and are inclined to face their circumstances in different ways. I don't know if there are a lot of conscious decisions that take such a totality into account. I know that when I was young and tried to grasp how I could move forward in my life, my feeling was to try to keep as many doors open as possible. But thinking a ton about which door or doors to pass through often left me somewhat frozen in place. It took a good trust in what instinctually compelled me to move forward without regrets, in spite of what inevitably is given up in that process, though not with the finality of closing doors before making choices.
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Blaze, good question. I think however that you should look at how you're approaching your subject. Is this a subject of absolutes?

Can one only live a full life by living in the moment and taking risk?
Does a safe life of conservative decision making always assure a person a mundane existence?

There are men and women on earth that have had the same adrenaline rush watching the results of their life's work come in during a lab analysis as does the #1 X-games Motocross jumper during a run in the finals. They're are always different shades of grey my friend, however I, in my own existence, have yet to see the colours white, or black.



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Great answer. This makes up for the nickname thread.
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Blaze, good question. I think however that you should look at how you're approaching your subject. Is this a subject of absolutes?

Can one only live a full life by living in the moment and taking risk?
Does a safe life of conservative decision making always assure a person a mundane existence?

There are men and women on earth that have had the same adrenaline rush watching the results of their life's work come in during a lab analysis as does the #1 X-games Motocross jumper during a run in the finals. They're are always different shades of grey my friend, however I, in my own existence, have yet to see the colours white, or black.



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Old 08-21-2011, 02:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I think everyone has different circumstances that they face, and are inclined to face their circumstances in different ways. I don't know if there are a lot of conscious decisions that take such a totality into account. I know that when I was young and tried to grasp how I could move forward in my life, my feeling was to try to keep as many doors open as possible. But thinking a ton about which door or doors to pass through often left me somewhat frozen in place. It took a good trust in what instinctually compelled me to move forward without regrets, in spite of what inevitably is given up in that process, though not with the finality of closing doors before making choices.
So now you don't make decisions as you did when you were young? Either way though when you were young I would consider you as a conscientious person.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:15 PM   #13 (permalink)
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my philosophy in life doing dangerous things smartly isn't dangerous. drinking excessively and doing drugs aren't exactly motivating. you'll find that life without them is more enjoyable. food will taste better, sex is more passionate and your head will think more clearly. i used to 'live in the moment' and i found that rather mundane. i would have never experience the things i've experienced had i not given it up that moment.
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So now you don't make decisions as you did when you were young? Either way though when you were young I would consider you as a conscientious person.
I still try to keep as many doors open as possible, but there is a completely different set of limits imposed on me now. And though I could be said to be conscientious, I have figured out what limits I face by exploring them fully and sometimes transgressing them altogether. I think that's an important part of being young and foolish. For me, being a little stupid helps direct me towards fitting conscientious alternatives.
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:42 PM   #15 (permalink)
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At any given moment in life, what lies in front of you is open and free.
Try to keep that in mind.

Life, living, is all about stripping silly egocentricities away and learning to be open and unfearing of the things in life you know little about.

A man who has lost fear, and retained his desire to learn and to experience will stay a child until he dies. Nothing matters.

Yes we have societal constraints and we have laws and politics.... but unless you have a desire to trulu behave in a manner that is hurtful or has a negative effect on things or people around you, this can never hold you back from experiencing your life in an open and free way. Existentially you can control the direction.... or you can not control it. Thats the joy of existing free.
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At any given moment in life, what lies in front of you is open and free.
Try to keep that in mind.

Life, living, is all about stripping silly egocentricities away and learning to be open and unfearing of the things in life you know little about.

A man who has lost fear, and retained his desire to learn and to experience will stay a child until he dies. Nothing matters.

Yes we have societal constraints and we have laws and politics.... but unless you have a desire to trulu behave in a manner that is hurtful or has a negative effect on things or people around you, this can never hold you back from experiencing your life in an open and free way. Existentially you can control the direction.... or you can not control it. Thats the joy of existing free.
That was a great post SJ, totally changed me, glad this thread opened up.
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:22 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Great answer. This makes up for the nickname thread.
My comments in the Nickname thread were just as good.
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My comments in the Nickname thread were just as good.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:23 PM   #20 (permalink)
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not my fault some people can't see things clearly.

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