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The goal of a philosophy of life

Choosing a philosophy of life is all about living a better life.

By “better life,” we don’t mean this feeling of elation of conquering a goal, but a better path towards the goal. 

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A philosophy of life

What you’re choosing in a philosophy of life are the lenses through which you look at the world.

Hence, once you adopt your new pair of glasses, this philosophy of life will translate into reality for you.

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The three pillars of all philosophies of life:

  • Ethics = What should I do? (right actions vs. wrong ones)
  • Esthetics = What is a beautiful life?
  • Metaphysics = What’s out there? (and how did we get here?)

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Nihilism means "nothing." It is the lack of belief in meaning or substance in an area of philosophy.

  • Moral nihilism argues that moral facts cannot exist.
  • Metaphysical nihilism argues that we cannot have spiritual facts.
  • Existential nihilism is the idea that life cannot have meaning and nothing has value.

Nietzsche was not a nihilist but wrote about the dangers posed by this philosophy.

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How we perceive philosophy

When most people think of philosophy, they believe philosophers simply argue about arguing. Philosophy is viewed as impractical and irrelevant to current issues.

In reality, philosophy is likely more useful and important to the average person today than any other time in history.

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Philosophy of life

A philosophy of life means a mental framework for understanding how the world works and how you fit into it. It would include how you decide what is good and bad, what you mean with "success" and "purpose," whether there is a God, etc.

You may feel that you could summarize your philosophy of life with labels such as Libertarian, Feminist, Liberal, Conservative, Buddhist, Christian, Entrepreneur, and others. But our actual philosophies of life are more complex and not so quickly contained.

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