Bart-osophy (Bart’s take on philosophy)

I’ve always been a bit philosophical. More now as I begin to mature. Life is a constant question of, “What is the best way to live?”

I try to consider the question daily. Most don’t.

Definition of Philosophy: the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct.

Whatever philosophy of life you adopt, you will probably have a better life than if you tried to live without a meaningful philosophy of life.

Here are three philosophical thoughts to consider:

  1. Imagine your life without the things you love. My plan is to live until I’m 110. Given this plan, I will likely be living my final 30 years without Stacey. Because of this consideration of life without her, I appreciate her now more so.
  2. We’re unhappy because we’re insatiable. After working hard to get what we want, we lose interest in the object of our desire. The easiest way to gain happiness is to want things you already have. I know, easier said than done.
  3. Actively pursue character and virtue. Regularly ask yourself, “What would Mister Rogers do in this situation?”

“Every day I reduce the number of my vices.” – Seneca

“Tho’ I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell short of it, yet I was, by the endeavor, a better and a happier man than I otherwise should have been if I had not attempted it.” – Ben Franklin

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