love, platonic love, familial love, love of food, love of music.
Whatever it is, it is passion--the songs that we can't help but
. "Appreciation is a
wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us
as well." -Voltaire
Compassion is the inverse of appreciation. It is the recognition
that what is awful in us is also in others. By seeing our faults in
others, we see ourselves in them and project that they too have all
of our fears, insecurities, and pains.
. Life is
too long. If you go through it humorlessly, you're making it that
much longer. Have fun--die young.
5. A meaning
. This is an uncircumventable necessity. Since life, as
we know it, is based on our consciousness, which is a program that
analyzes and plays with symbols, our experience of the world is
inherently meaningful. It is "meaningful" not in the sense that we
feel that it has purpose, but it is meaningful in the sense that it
is comprehensible through an abstract system of symbols. Whether or
not a person has an over-arching philosophy of life, he nonetheless
has an understanding of it. That understanding of life is his
"meaning of life". It serves as the foundation for his ideals,
values, and beliefs.
6. A life of
. It is not sufficient to have an arbitrary abstraction
of the world (our life), we must also believe that this world is
INHERENTLY meaningful. If we take the fatal-relativist perspective
that all things are essentially meaningless and pointless, then we
become really confused about what's right and wrong. To believe
that things are relative is to believe that there is no right and
wrong. It's important to not be confused about right and wrong,
because that affects what we do. If we think that killing is the
same as not killing, then that allows us to kill.
Knowledge is false, but it is necessary. To move forward, we must
put one foot down. Only then can we lift the other foot and use our
current (under)standing to propel ourselves into the unknown.