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The Unexamined Life
Is Not Worth Living
The Unlived Life
Is Not Worth Examining
Simone de Beauvoir
Jean Paul Sartre
How do we give Meaning to life?
What is the meaning of life?
is philosophy of life. We engage in philosophy to make life more meaningful, more engaging, fulfilling and enjoyable.
is always in flux - it is not dogmatic or static. You don't need to be an "expert" to engage in living philosophy. We want everyone to be engaged in the inquiry about aspects of life. To keep philosophy in the realm of the experts is to exclude all the rest. We aim to be inclusive. So, if you engage in thinking about life and want to explore life issues that are important to you, hear others’ views about life-issues exploration and share your views, then you are invited to join our conversation.
May we all learn from one another how to make our lives more meaningful, and to help one another lead happier lives, and help make our society -- our entire planet – more habitable in every way,
How do we begin to think about what it means to be alive? What are the most important considerations in life? How can we lead a full and meaningful life? How do we enjoy life to its fullest? These are all good questions and we don’t have to be a professional philosopher to ask them. In fact, everyone asks these questions in one way or another – some more explicitly, some implicitly.
My Living Philosophy website is an attempt to provide ideas and references so you will be provoked by the ideas of people who have or are examining these questions about life in an interesting, helpful and meaningful way. My homepage features a broad range of serious thinkers who have thought and written deeply about these questions in an effort to determine what it means to be alive in this wonderful, amazing and complex world. The people featured are generally people many of us have come to know through their essays, books and public appearances. I have been fortunate enough to hear some of them in person, and some I have gotten to know personally. I have learned something valuable from each of them.
We all have unexamined assumptions about life, ourselves and what it means to be alive – ideas and assumptions we pick up from our culture, family and friends. How can we examine these hidden assumptions if we’re not clear about what they are? Several modern thinkers have attempted to deal with these questions, including the renowned Psychiatrist R.D. Laing, who questioned the assumptions prevalent in society about madness in his book The Politics of Experience. Among other issues, Laing explored "who gets labeled crazy and why," a relevant topic as there have been many people throughout history who were considered crazy in their time, but subsequently were hailed as geniuses.
The word philosophy is from the Greek “philo-“ or love of, and “Sophia,” which means wisdom. We are all called on to say what we mean, in a broad sense, about philosophy. There are many philosophers who practice as philosophical counselors who intend to help others become wiser and lead more meaningful and conscious lives through the application of philosophy (meaningful inquiry) to their lives.
My Living Philosophy website aims to help us become more aware, so we can lead better lives, and create a better world for our society and all who inhabit this planet.
If you want to engage in examining your life and values in a useful and constructive way, and make conscious your ideas about how to live life in its most meaningful and fulfilling way, I believe I can help you engage in that personal exploration.
Ralph Waldo Emersson
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
P.O. Box 150136, Brooklyn, NY 11215
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