Post here, if you will, some good examples of philosophical ideals that you have learned of, that seem to have a positive effect on your life, your mentality, or your general well being- and that might do the same for others.
This can be in the form of videos, writings, or even some brief quote which is self-contained as some bit of philosophical wisdom to enlighten- to help us to lead a more positive existence, to add to our perspectives and outlooks, or even to more consider and appreciate what we DO have.
Here are a couple that I recently came across that I wanted to share here, in the forum.
I knew nothing of progeria before watching the above video. It taught me a few important lessons. One of them, is that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.
I liked that one, as it added a new twist to my perspective on "popularity," and gave me a lot to reconsider.
In the spirit of the mega-selling On Bullshit, philosopher Aaron James presents a theory of the asshole that is both intellectually provocative and existentially necessary.
What does it mean for someone to be an asshole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often personally stuck dealing with people for whom there is no better name. Try as we might to avoid them, assholes are found everywhere—at work, at home, on the road, [on the internet,] and in the public sphere. Encountering one causes great difficulty and personal strain, especially because we often cannot understand why exactly someone should be acting like that.
Asshole management begins with asshole understanding. Much as Machiavelli illuminated political strategy for princes, this book finally gives us the concepts to think or say why assholes disturb us so, and explains why such people seem part of the human social condition, especially in an age of raging narcissism and unbridled capitalism. These concepts are also practically useful, as understanding the asshole we are stuck with helps us think constructively about how to handle problems he (and they are mostly all men) presents. We get a better sense of when the asshole is best resisted, and when he is best ignored—a better sense of what is, and what is not, worth fighting for.
On Women - If you want to keep what you have, treat 'em like you don't have 'em yet.
On Douches - He who angers you owns you.
On truth - The truth cannot be told it must be realized.
On Belief - For those that believe, no explanation is necessary, for those that do not. Nothing will suffice.
There's a couple from memory.
Edit: couple more...
On intelligence - If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room.
On company - Its better to be alone than in bad company.
On bad luck - Shit happens, its how you deal with it that matters.
"The Truth Cannot Be Told... It Must Be Realized"
that translates into dont let stupid people rent space in your head, "dont worry .BE happy"
we end up with alot of regret and guilt for doing nothing in life because we doubt our own dreams
and we fail because we never try . dont let trolls steal your self esteem and dont waste your self esteem
on pride-because we all know you aint worth that much.
my younger cousin pushed me into building my first computer so long ago that bill gates was actualy cool
and steve jobs was a bit of a lame'O. and thats the point he diddent let his lameness stop him
and if you know the story it is epic. never quit, never surrender and most of all don't doubt yourself or your
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious
to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter, for always
there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment;
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
©1927 Max Ehrmann (renewed) Bell & Son publishing, LLC
Used with permission
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