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What is your philosophy of life?

Irish-Rationalist

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I couldn't start this thread in the political philosophy forum, so had to post it here.

As a middle aged Socialist Republican my philosophy of life has undergone some evolution. I used to be of the opinion that a truly Socialist society would come about when man successfully rose above his base nature of selfishness, egotism, ruthlessness and greed and created a truly egalitarian society.

I've never seen the pragmatism of monarchist states, other than to symbolise a status hierarchy and social elitism. Republicanism and Socialism offered an alternative; a country where an elected representative democratically chosen by the people for the people was head of state, as opposed to a heredity monarch born into the post as birthright. A society based upon Socialist principles would ameliorate inequality, and by placing the means of production in the hands of the proletariat.

However, we must face political and social realities. Most Western societies have capitalist (and mixed) economies. Most people do not want social equality, they want money, power, dominance and control. They want social status, materialism and the life of plenty. Even in Republics like the RoI you have a political elite and a burgeoning middle class, and you'll experience governmental corruption and class conflict.

In real life, the more I've experienced of people the more I've realised that people are essentially selfish, egotistical and phony. There just seems to be a dearth of genuine people out there, to the extent that it becomes scary when you realise that most of the time you are surrounded by actors i.e. total fakes.

I still believe in the attainment of a democratic 32 county socialist republic, but I'm realistic enough to know through real life experience that most people are naturally selfish, phony and obnoxious; to the extent that it is impossible not to be a misanthrope. In fact, I have come to the opinion that Socialism is perhaps a pipedream, and the conclusion that the best thing most people can do for themselves and society, is to eliminate as many other people as possible, and then eliminate themselves.

It's not a positive philosophy of life. Some might even perceive it as nihilism. But when you realise that human nature is deeply unattractive, and taken to its logical conclusion ultimately leads to war and death, then you are merely complying with man's natural instinct and obeying nature's command.

This world would be a much better place without people in it; that's my philosophy of life. What's yours?
 


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Re the last sentence, Stalin was in total agreement. The problem with socialism was people didn't like it so the obvious solution was to eliminate such people.

Personally, I side with Marx on the big issues mostly.

'I have my principles, if you don't like them I have others' - Groucho Marx. The other Marx said nothing worthwhile.
 

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Some of the things the Dalai Lama has said in the past works for me..i try to do the former and avoid the latter....

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
 

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Re the last sentence, Stalin was in total agreement. The problem with socialism was people didn't like it so the obvious solution was to eliminate such people.

Personally, I side with Marx on the big issues mostly.

'I have my principles, if you don't like them I have others' - Groucho Marx. The other Marx said nothing worthwhile.
Nobody on the site wants to hear your philosophy of life drummed. :roll:
 

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Eat, drink, and be merry.
 

Calculusmadeeasy

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and classical music.
 

soubresauts

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As a middle aged Socialist Republican my philosophy of life has undergone some evolution. I used to be of the opinion that a truly Socialist society would come about when man successfully rose above his base nature of selfishness, egotism, ruthlessness and greed and created a truly egalitarian society.
What about woman? It's truly amazing that a middle-aged Socialist Republican hasn't learned to avoid sexist language.

Anyway, you remind me about Nietzsche. He made a fine art of nihilism. In a positive way. And while you can say N was sexist, that hardly detracts from his monumental honesty.

You may see human nature as leading ultimately to war and death, but I'd prefer to just identify the fascist tendencies all around us. One of the problems with promoting "socialism" is that the word has no clear meaning any more. I would propose the simple definition as "equal rights and opportunities, and everyone getting a fair share of the national wealth". Even Labour Party people might agree with that definition, but in practice they'll do something completely different, like the fascist measures of forced fluoridation (looking at you, Alex White) and forced vaccination.

Let's just fight fascism, in all its guises.
 

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Check the manhole cover religiously every night.....you do not want to know what might pop-up if you don't.:rolleyes:
 

Irish-Rationalist

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Re the last sentence, Stalin was in total agreement. The problem with socialism was people didn't like it so the obvious solution was to eliminate such people.

Personally, I side with Marx on the big issues mostly.

'I have my principles, if you don't like them I have others' - Groucho Marx. The other Marx said nothing worthwhile.
A bit like yourself then.
 

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'You only get one spin around. This is not a practice lap'.
 

Irish-Rationalist

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What about woman? It's truly amazing that a middle-aged Socialist Republican hasn't learned to avoid sexist language.
*yawn*

Anyway, you remind me about Nietzsche. He made a fine art of nihilism. In a positive way. And while you can say N was sexist, that hardly detracts from his monumental honesty.

You may see human nature as leading ultimately to war and death, but I'd prefer to just identify the fascist tendencies all around us. One of the problems with promoting "socialism" is that the word has no clear meaning any more. I would propose the simple definition as "equal rights and opportunities, and everyone getting a fair share of the national wealth". Even Labour Party people might agree with that definition, but in practice they'll do something completely different, like the fascist measures of forced fluoridation (looking at you, Alex White) and forced vaccination.

Let's just fight fascism, in all its guises.
Forced fluoridation and forced vaccination may be construed as a state attempting to introduce measure for the benefit of the nation's health. Health fascism exists, but it's a contentious issue. As regards Socialism having no meaning any more, it's certainly lost popular appeal, as in Ireland as in the UK, the middle class do not want Socialism, they want bigger houses, faster cars and larger TVs.

Besides, telling people to fight fascism is a little simplistic. Islam is labelled as religious fascism by many on the right. The same right-wingers are labelled as fascists by those on the left. And around it goes ..
 

Irish-Rationalist

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My philosophy can be summarised in one short sentence - 'what's in it for me'?

That pretty much covers it really.
And that's what makes you such a lovable and popular person.
 

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Forced fluoridation and forced vaccination may be construed as a state attempting to introduce measure for the benefit of the nation's health. Health fascism exists, but it's a contentious issue...
Sounds like you would condone those fascist measures. Like an Alex White. So many "socialists" end up being fascists.
 

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To me the most important thing is Love; not in the wishy washy sentimental sense of course.

Anything that denies love is my enemy.
What is this "love" you speak of? Carnal desire? Rumpy pumpy? Shaking a stick at the beaver? Exploring the bush with the one-eyed trouser snake? Heading into deep space with the purple-headed warrior? Introducing aunt Fanny to Richard the one-eyed milkman? That type of "love"?
 


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