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Your Personal Philosophy
Ronin
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Posted 3/21/07
Everyone has a philosophy or set of moral values that they stick to. So post them here and discuss your thoughts with others. Even if you don't consider yourselves to be philosophers, you may still contribute. This thread will probably deal more with everyday issues, but big ideas are welcome.

I'll start by simply uploading this little (3.5 page, double spaced) essay I recently wrote for school. I got an A on it, so I figure it's good.
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd6dfzff_4ff52t8
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^ ohh! you shared it bcos you got an A ---- ummmm, Ok. *reading*



EDIT: woooohhh! I'm speechless. I couldn't believe i actually spent 5 mins to read the article. Geez, you deserved the A. =)
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Just to help clarify things a bit. By "your personal philosophy" you mean more like ones ideology or belief system. Understanding who you are, your place in life, how you should live, etc. This is somewhat diffrent from professional philosophy, which is typically more rigorist, abstract, etc.

How about i upload my fragmented, half finished philosophy essay to show the difference. Actually, not a good idea.

I suppose as I've gotten more into philosophy I've moved closer to the professional side realizing the complexity of life. But, you can read quite a bit about what one may call my personal philosophy here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secular_humanism
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I couldve written so much more but i restrained myself since it's only supposed to be a 3 page essay.

What do you guys think about small talk? I really don't like being forced to talk about nothing. I try to only speak when I have something at least semi-important to say. I feel that when one gets to wrapped up in earnest small talk, they're voice gets diluted and we just tend to agree with people who say things that you don't actually agree with, just to keep the conversation going along smoothly and happily. I think people need to questions others more often and actually engage in real discussions rather than the latest gossip, superficially rating random people as hot or not, complaining about things when you don't even have concrete facts, etc.

In short, there needs to be less mindless jabbering and more thought out dialogue.
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Posted 3/21/07
small talk is only fun as long as it's funny. I can't provide you with an essay but at least it is an aphorism
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A man has two ears and one mouth that he hear much and speak little. (German proverb). There is a similar Chinese proverb, perhaps by Confucious.

I think small talk is also perhaps important. I mean you gotta start somewhere, and small talk is better then no talk at times. So my point is I focus on the context and whats best rather then if its small talk or not. But, other then that I suppose I'm with you. Basically It comes down to this for me, heck I already understand what I understand, so I want to listen to people who know what the hell they are talking about. This way I don't spread crap and can learn more. Thus I only really talk at length about something when I consider myself in the know or an expert.
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^ Yeah! I'd rather listen and learn than speak a lot of non-sense. I talked a lot though --- if i know the topic really well and i can guarantee that i'm right.
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amazing that life can be found in a book and written down so perfect to make one feel smart but how smart are you really? only time can tell not words on a piece of paper or drafts of one's homework . only real life exp can make you truly understand what the hell is going on in the dog eat dog world.
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oreocookie1169 wrote:

amazing that life can be found in a book and written down so perfect to make one feel smart but how smart are you really? only time can tell not words on a piece of paper or drafts of one's homework . only real life exp can make you truly understand what the hell is going on in the dog eat dog world.

So .... your post contradicts itself? You say that words typed on a computer screen don't tell anything about the world, then how are the words you just typed any different? Essentially, they are also just to make you feel smart. My essay was all about experiences I had anyway .......
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BasouKazuma I noticed you're from Connecticut which university do you attend?

Personally I'm an idealist. That basically means I set these ridiculously absurd standards that I will never live up and and continue to push myself to achieve them. This also makes me a failure within my own mind. At the very least I always try to do what is best for the people I care about. I'm very passionate about helping everyone I can. I realize I can't solve all of the worlds problems, but I will work hard to help fix everything I possibly can. To sum up my beliefs on helping people "No one can do it all but everyone should do what they can."
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my words reach your ears that all I really wanted from them. cause I knew you was barking at me now I see teeth. so ive learn alot from this thread thanks and I shall move on to other things. keep up the good work. and for the record I dont think anybody is fluent in english. have a great day!!! FM Basoukazuma
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I have a tendancy to stick to a purely selfish set of ideals.

Believeing as I do (like MANY others before me) the morality is instilled within a person purely by external influences, I find myself a puppet of my mothers guidance.

However, far from finding this a restricting or even uneven set of balances, I infact find it easy to follow, proved by both my mother's 'hippie' generation and my own thouroughly liberal growth.

I find that anything I take umbridge with I can discuss with 'the many' Including my former Philosophy teacher who I hold great respect for, A rather evangelical christian (Whom I hold an incredible amount of repect for, both for her brain, and her conviction) and of course my family, who also seem to hold logic in greater esteem before blind-faith, despite my mother being a Nun at one point of her life.

I believe variance is necessary for true philosphical thought, you must consult many to form what is 'yours'.

Hence I find it impossible to avoid internet debates....
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BasouKazuma wrote:
What do you guys think about small talk? I really don't like being forced to talk about nothing. I try to only speak when I have something at least semi-important to say. I feel that when one gets to wrapped up in earnest small talk, they're voice gets diluted and we just tend to agree with people who say things that you don't actually agree with, just to keep the conversation going along smoothly and happily. I think people need to questions others more often and actually engage in real discussions rather than the latest gossip, superficially rating random people as hot or not, complaining about things when you don't even have concrete facts, etc.

In short, there needs to be less mindless jabbering and more thought out dialogue.
Mindless jabbering does have a purpose: giving people temporary relief from practical realities of life that aren't always pretty or easy to bear.

Also, one can learn a lot about the human nature from listening to small talk. That's if one knows how to listen as well as knowing what to look for.

Having said that, I'm more intrigued by what you wrote in your essay:


Cowardice is an attribute I can never accept. Say a guy with a gun is harassing someone, regardless of the situation I would stand up and confront this person. Even if I were to die in the act, I would at least die knowing that I did the ‘right’ thing. I don't care for much else than that.
I disagree with you on the concept of cowardice. The rest: what you are - in essence - talking about are egoism and self-centredness.

(Note: when I say you/your, I mean generic you/your.)

While cowardice is widely-regarded as a negative character trait, I think recognising and accepting an amount of cowardice with grace is harder - and more noble - than throwing your life away without any thoughts for possible consequences of your death because the acceptance of (moral) cowardice requires responsibility while standing up for the others does the same, but doesn't necessarily mean it's a good - nor better - thing to do.

Crap. I have to take my brother to doctor's now. I will return to clarify that or expand it a bit further, but yeah, I have an issue or two with your stance. Good article, though. I enjoyed it.
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in certain ways I also an consider myself an Idealist; but, unlike other Idealist I realize that their is a limit to what one can actually do. say for example A group of men hold your girlfriend, brother and a complete stranger hostage at gunpoint in a bank. they tell you the manager of the bank that you have limited choices. choice # one-do as they say, and everyone lives. # two- you do what they say and everyone including yourself dies. lastly # 3 they allow everyone to leave; but, make you stay as collateral.
Posted 3/21/07
"u don't win wars by dying 4 your country u win 'em by making da other son of a bitch die 4 his"
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