Thursday, May 6, 2010

Moving!!

I'm currently in the process of combining my blogs into a single blog and moving to my own domain name.  This site will exist for a while, but further updates can be found at http://www.mattsjourney.com/.  All posts dealing with my Four L philosophy can be found under the label 'Four L'.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Creating the Book

One of my goals for creating my Four L Philosophy is to be able to write a book on it.  If you can't fill a book with the content, then it's not quite a comprehensive personal philosophy.  I have recently written the outline for the book and will use this blog to help me think through the content of each section/chapter.

Let me state for the record that the purpose of creating Four L is not to make money in and of itself.  It's to find a near optimal way for me to live happily in our crazy world.  Writing the book, and posting on this blog, allow me to clarify my thoughts and get feedback for things I may not have considered.

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Practical and Holistic Philosophy

I've mentioned more than once that Four L is a practical philosophy; it's meant to be applied.  What I have not mentioned, and what I didn't think about until my way in to work this morning, is that it is also a holistic philosophy.  It gives and takes from many different areas of philosophy (as far as philosophy can be divided), such as epistemology, theory of mind, metaphilosophy, logic, and ethics. 

I feel that if one is to have a philosophy of life, it should encompass every part of it.

Friday, March 12, 2010

To Live

Finally, we will discuss what it means to Live.  Anyone can live, but not many Live.  What is the difference?  Lowercase living is just the area between birth and death, and gain average memories throughout the process.  To Live is to take the process into your own hands and increase the quality of your memories. 

No matter what you do, you gain memory.  The memory could be of laying in bed, trying to fall asleep, a quiet walk through the woods, or proposing to someone you love.  The average person will have an average set of memories.  The apathetic person will have a lower quality of memories.  But a person who chooses their actions with care will have a higher quality of memories. 

So what do I mean by quality?  Sitting alone in a dark room reflecting on life may be helpful, but you probably won't gain any worthwhile new memories from it.  Going to Disney World by yourself or with others probably will.  Whitewater rafting, skydiving, or a cross country roadtrip also help create some amazing memories.  Reading a book for the first time helps the imagination (and puts that into memory!) but the tenth time only refreshes it.

To Live is to jump at the opportunity to go on a new adventure.

Anti-L's

For every concept, there seems to be an equal and opposite concept.  So for the Four L's, we have the Four Anti-L's.

 
  • greed
  • apathy
  • selfishness
  • hate

 
Put them together, and you get GASH, as in a gash to the Self.  I suppose I could have rearranged them and gotten SHAG, but that wouldn't have fit as well.

To Laugh or Not to Laugh?

That is the question.  Should Laugh be included in the Four L's?  Or should it be included within the other three?  I ask because of the shortness of the previous post.  Is Laugh important enough, central enough, to be included?

First off, I do think it is very important.  If you don't have fun in life, what's the point? 

Second of all, what can I say about Laugh other than what you can and cannot laught at?  I don't want to create any 'thou shalt not' lists.  Yet, that seems to be all that I can really do, other than list the benefits of Laugh.

Third, there are many benefits to Laugh. The biggest is as an anti-stress.  But many people know this. 

I think that I will leave it in for now.

To Laugh

It may seem odd to ask what it means to laugh, but there are different qualities of laughter.  After all, is it not different to laugh at a joke than to laugh at someone's misfortune?  Also, not everone is able to laugh at themselves.  Or at a bad personal situation. 

Some see humor as I do, an extremely important quality.  Others see it as something that gets in the way of getting things done.  Most are apatheic to its qualities, though they still enjoy a good joke.

By itself, I see humor as being able to see anything as funny.  Like I mentioned before, this is not always good.  There is little useful humor in someone falling down a flight of stairs.  Sometimes, though, we can look back at a personal incident in the past, one that was not funny at the time, and laugh.

I think I'll leave this post short and go with a general definition of Laugh and humor in general.  Feel free to contest this in the comments.