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Philosophy of Life ESSAY DRAFT

The word philosophy can be used in two senses: formal and informal. While formal
philosophy is defined as an academic discipline which is subdivided in areas like aesthetics, ethics,
philosophy of human person, epistemology, metaphysics, logic, political philosophy, and others;
it can also mean another thing. According to Merriam-Websters dictionary, philosophy can also
mean a system of philosophical concepts, while Cambridge Dictionary states that: A
philosophy is also the belief you have about how you should behave in particular situations in
life. The latter two are the informal definitions of philosophy; these definitions are more like how
it used in the phrase personal philosophy, in which they are subject to ones beliefs, and thus
may vary from person to person, compared to the formal definition aforementioned which may be
The term philosophy of life is a direct translation of the German word
lebensphilosophie, a word coined by Wilhelm Dilthey. It is philosophy in the informal sense;
and as the name suggests, it refers to what should one do, a set of personal beliefs and paradigms
on what values should one have, or ways, particularly, in the aspect of life. In short, these are the
ideas that run in ones life and become ones foundation of his virtues and also may govern ones
Ones philosophy of life is essential for a significant living because it gives one a sense of
purpose as it states what he expects what life is all about, how he will live it, and his ideal actions.
My personal philosophy of life are three simple statements.
First, I believe that lifes purpose is as uncertain as its origin and so, I ought not to find my
purpose, but create it based on what I believe, and what I currently know, is right. Life is too
complex and unfathomable, at least for now. Sometimes I feel like I was born two thousand years
late to wonder, and two thousand years early to find the answers. I was born in a very wrong time
when answers are currently being searched. I see great things, but I know that humanity is still a
long way to go. My lifetime will not be enough to see what is to come, nor to discover the see the
answers of life so what I do is just do everything based on my beliefs instead of waiting for
someone to come up with the meaning of life, if there is any and I believe that in coming up with
it, we should consider the people around us, the environment, justice, and being good.
Second, I believe that excessiveness is an excess and lacking does lack, therefore, I shall
stay in the middle. It is it based on Aristotelian principle of the Golden Mean, popularly known as
the Goldilocks theory, which has influenced many philosophers including St. Thomas Aquinas. I
am first inspired of this in the Greek myth of Icarus and Daedalus, in the part when Daedalus said
to his son Icarus that he should not fly too high or the suns heat will melt the wax that holds the
feathers of their wings, neither should he fly too low or the ocean waves will wet the wings and
make them heavy and unsuitable for flying; too high or too low, he will fall unto the ocean. Like
this principle, I believe that things in life should go in moderation, specially virtues, are at the
middle. For example, cowardice is a deficiency, and excess is foolhardiness, but courage is just
right. Selfishness is a deficiency, not valuing self to the point of selflessness is an excess, but caring
and compassion is just right. Disregarding and ignorance is deficiency, idolatry is excessive, but
it is just right to have respect. Slothfulness is deficiency, and workaholism is an excess, but
diligence is just right. This also applies to other things like food, and how life should be. Too
serious and focused to something and you cannot enjoy other things, but being too loose and you
would not have an achievement.
Third, I believe that you cannot please everyone. I believe that whatever we do good,
someone will still find a way to poke holes and try to bring you down. I believe that ignorance is
in the nature of man, as what Einstein said, human ignorance is infinite. In those cases, I just think
that it was never between me and the ignorant A good quote for this is St. Theresa of Calcutta's.
She said: "People are often unreasonable and self-centered, forgive them anyway. If you are kind,
people may accuse you ulterior motives, be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you,
be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous, be happy anyway. The good you
do today may be forgotten tomorrow, do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it
may never be enough, give your best anyway. For you see in the end, it was between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway." I always remember the end part. Life is weird. We
live, we plan our future, but we never knew where we came.
Sometimes it is miserable and it feels futile. It is full of challenges. We want to survive, we
love to live but we never knew surely what our purpose is. But what we can do about it is make it
meaningful ourselves by doing what is right, being compassionate, loving others, and clinging to
what is good.

Submitted by: George Anthony Nuarin