What's Your Philosophy?

  • Lonely Speck

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    Agreed.
    Human nature is that we are selfish, even the most selfless acts have an underlying selfish intention. It's simply how we are, in my opinion.
    December 4th, 2009 at 12:13am
  • the prosaic

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    My philosophy is that everyone is an egotistical brat that thinks that everyone or anyone gives a shit about what they have to think or say, starting with this thread.

    We're not as important as we think we are.
    December 6th, 2009 at 08:28am
  • ComputerGirl12

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    Here are my philosophies:

    "Peer pressure: You don't have to give into it." ~~ComputerGirl12~~

    "Be nice to the people who deserve it, and as for the ones who dont, well, they'll continue to be mean." ~~ComputerGirl12~~

    "Writing: a way to express your creavity and imagination." ~~ComputerGirl12~~

    "Stereotypes: there shouldn't be any. Everyone is a human on Earth. Deal with it." ~~ComputerGirl12~~

    That's all I got for now. :)
    December 6th, 2009 at 10:06pm
  • sosathenuke

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    Live and let live.
    Don't eat yellow snow.
    I give what I get.
    December 7th, 2009 at 08:27pm
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    Agreed.
    Human nature is that we are selfish, even the most selfless acts have an underlying selfish intention. It's simply how we are, in my opinion.
    My thoughts exactly.
    December 18th, 2009 at 07:03am
  • Dr. Mrs. Vandertramp

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    I believe gobal warming is lie.
    December 23rd, 2009 at 01:02am
  • leaf's a buzzard

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    Make a meaning for yourself. Do some thinking. Expect the unexpected.
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    I believe that the only way to achieve world peace is several nuclear warheads in the Earth's crust and kill the whole bally species.
    And then it will be the cockroaches that shall rule the world!
    January 13th, 2010 at 11:24am
  • The Master

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    Tharikifa:
    Make a meaning for yourself. Do some thinking. Expect the unexpected.

    And then it will be the cockroaches that shall rule the world!
    Not if it rips open the centre of the Earth. Wow
    January 14th, 2010 at 08:45pm
  • It's In The Blood.

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    *grumble* Cockroaches wouldn't really survive a nuclear holocaust anyway. QI said so, and I believe in QI.
    January 15th, 2010 at 10:59am
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    I believe Depression is an emotional disorder and no one, no matter how strong the person or how mild the Depression, is immune to it, and when you have it, it'll be there for life.

    I also agree with Nathan (he'll think I'm being nice, and he won't slap me next time he sees me >.^). All human feelings are based on one, very selfish basic thought:

    "What about meeeeee? Mine! Mine! Mine!"

    And everyone is like that. Even people who give to charity; they do it because they want the feeling that they're doing something to help. They wanna feel like they're good people.

    I also think global warming is a lie - finally, someone who agrees!

    And QI is always right.

    Earth should be destroyed sooner rather than later; we're just gonna kill it anyway, so why not now? Put us all out of our "misery". We all know it's no Utopia.

    I believe in no higher power than the things that are in the universe now. I believe we all control our own destinies by the choices we make. It's a proposterous suggestion that we are controlled. There are too many minds to manage. No one could do it.

    I believe LOVE should be our only "God", should I put it. If everyone loved each other, and shared what they have, nowhere would be starving.

    I also believe we already have the technology to fix the world; we just can't be bothered/are too selfish/don't care enough. We'd rather constantly throw money at the famine than build something that converts sea water to pure water.

    I believe all humans are naturally lazy. Some just have more willpower to solve their own lives than others. I don't believe in lack of intelligence - that wouldn't be a wise move for natur to make. The "thick" would get written off pretty quickly.

    I'm feeling sadistic right now. I've just had a Sociology exam, and I think all Sociologists are stupid and pointless. All of the concepts are just stupid. They are all wrong.

    I also believe people who use 'gay' as an insult should be shot. I used to do it and realized that it was offensive, but I should still be shot for thinking it was okay to say it in the first place.
    January 15th, 2010 at 04:52pm
  • The Master

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    It's In The Blood.:
    *grumble* Cockroaches wouldn't really survive a nuclear holocaust anyway. QI said so, and I believe in QI.
    Damn straight. Coffee
    Lozzie:LOVE:
    I believe Depression is an emotional disorder and no one, no matter how strong the person or how mild the Depression, is immune to it, and when you have it, it'll be there for life.
    While it is true that depression has a high probability of returning, it is not always present and a full "recovery" is possible. And depression is not merely an emotional disorder: it effects behaviour, cognition and has physical effects. It may be classed as primarily an emotional disorder but it's a bit deeper than that.
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    I also agree with Nathan (he'll think I'm being nice, and he won't slap me next time he sees me >.^). All human feelings are based on one, very selfish basic thought:

    "What about meeeeee? Mine! Mine! Mine!"

    And everyone is like that. Even people who give to charity; they do it because they want the feeling that they're doing something to help. They wanna feel like they're good people.
    Selfishness is a large driving force but it doesn't explain altruism.
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    I also think global warming is a lie - finally, someone who agrees!
    The world is heating up but whether this is a natural process or fuelled by man (and whether carbon emissions actually do anything) is the bigger debate I think.

    I do believe that there are some natural causes to it: the Sun and the natural rhythm of ice age/...steam age (I dunno what the opposite to an ice age is). I know that methane and other greenhouse gases are not helping and are bad for the environment anyway but I'm not convinced on carbon dioxide.
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    And QI is always right.
    Yep.
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    Earth should be destroyed sooner rather than later; we're just gonna kill it anyway, so why not now? Put us all out of our "misery". We all know it's no Utopia.
    I partially agree with you. But i'm in two minds about it, now. I'm stuck between "Exterminate" and "Save teh hoomans!"

    But I dunno.
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    I believe in no higher power than the things that are in the universe now. I believe we all control our own destinies by the choices we make. It's a proposterous suggestion that we are controlled. There are too many minds to manage. No one could do it.
    Predestination vs free will. Free will is okay but I'm not convinced we truly have power over our own lives since so much is predetermined by circumstances and "Fate."
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    I believe LOVE should be our only "God", should I put it. If everyone loved each other, and shared what they have, nowhere would be starving.
    It's a good point but everyone proposes to love so much already.
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    I also believe we already have the technology to fix the world; we just can't be bothered/are too selfish/don't care enough. We'd rather constantly throw money at the famine than build something that converts sea water to pure water.
    But then all the animals would die. That would really fuck over the ecosystem.
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    I believe all humans are naturally lazy. Some just have more willpower to solve their own lives than others. I don't believe in lack of intelligence - that wouldn't be a wise move for natur to make. The "thick" would get written off pretty quickly.
    But intelligence is a bell curve: most are around 100 but there are some much lower than that. IDs are just something that happens in order to maintain that curve. It just happens.
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    I'm feeling sadistic right now. I've just had a Sociology exam, and I think all Sociologists are stupid and pointless. All of the concepts are just stupid. They are all wrong.
    Sociology is annoying but that's only 'cause I would have taken astrophysics instead of it any day of the week but that would have been too tricky to work out. XD
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    I also believe people who use 'gay' as an insult should be shot. I used to do it and realized that it was offensive, but I should still be shot for thinking it was okay to say it in the first place.
    Surely that's a bit of an overreaction?
    January 15th, 2010 at 07:44pm
  • Mike Dirnt.

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    Most of that was tl;dr but I will say this in regards to altruism: There is no true altruism. I stand by this and I don't believe anyone who says otherwise. People only do good things for the warm,fuzzy feeling it gives them or in order to strengthen a connection or show someone how much they care for them (which is for one's own benefit).

    What I did just realize though is...why do people care? I understand caring about people can be attributed to self-interest but what about caring about starving orphans? People don't need to care about them but they do.
    January 15th, 2010 at 08:41pm
  • The Master

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    Mike Dirnt.:
    Most of that was tl;dr but I will say this in regards to altruism: There is no true altruism. I stand by this and I don't believe anyone who says otherwise. People only do good things for the warm,fuzzy feeling it gives them or in order to strengthen a connection or show someone how much they care for them (which is for one's own benefit).

    What I did just realize though is...why do people care? I understand caring about people can be attributed to self-interest but what about caring about starving orphans? People don't need to care about them but they do.
    Empathy, I guess.

    Empathy in dire situations and ickle little faces and and cutesy animals. Usually, the individual will supplement themselves into the perceived situation and will act according to how they feel.
    January 15th, 2010 at 09:23pm
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    Mike Dirnt.:
    What I did just realize though is...why do people care? I understand caring about people can be attributed to self-interest but what about caring about starving orphans? People don't need to care about them but they do.
    Well what reason do people have to be cruel? We needn't torture people in underdeveloped countries by letting them starve, it doesn't benefit us in any way.
    January 16th, 2010 at 07:42am
  • It's In The Blood.

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    ^ But does helping them benefit us? If we believe that humans are innately selfish, why do we do things that have no obvious self-serving benefit?

    (I don't believe humans are entirely selfish creatures.)
    January 16th, 2010 at 12:19pm
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    ^ But does helping them benefit us? If we believe that humans are innately selfish, why do we do things that have no obvious self-serving benefit?

    (I don't believe humans are entirely selfish creatures.)
    Well, helping others is more sensible than torturing them because it gives us some assurance that when we'll be in need of help, we will be aided. And I think Nietzsche said that we're kind because helping others feels empowering.
    January 16th, 2010 at 02:28pm
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    ^ But does helping them benefit us? If we believe that humans are innately selfish, why do we do things that have no obvious self-serving benefit?

    (I don't believe humans are entirely selfish creatures.)
    To feel good about yourself, to give yourself a sense of good. To feel as though you have some self-worth. Helping someone else does benefit you in an emotional way, you feel like you've done something good and you're more able to say "I'm a good person, I do this and this and donate to this and I helped so and so" and it's much easier to live with yourself, to fall asleep at night.
    January 16th, 2010 at 11:14pm
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    emily.:
    To feel good about yourself, to give yourself a sense of good. To feel as though you have some self-worth. Helping someone else does benefit you in an emotional way, you feel like you've done something good and you're more able to say "I'm a good person, I do this and this and donate to this and I helped so and so" and it's much easier to live with yourself, to fall asleep at night.
    I don't believe this. Sure, I believe that when you do something nice, it gives you joy - you feel like you've made a difference for somebody, and consequently, made the world a little bit of a better place. But that doesn't make you selfish. When you do something nice - for example, you see a good friend upset; and then you comfort them - our thoughts (or at least, my thoughts) aren't "If I comfort you, I will find it easier to live with myself and fall asleep at night", it's something closer to "Oh shit, are you okay? I want to try and make you feel better."

    You might point out the 'I want' part of that sentence to prove that it's still a selfish act. But it's not - comforting your friend is for them, not for you. Because a person has to 'want' to do something to do it, it doesn't make it selfish, it just proves that for anything we do, we need motivation. But I believe with all of my heart that that motivation can be entirely selfless.

    Haven't you ever done something unpleasant - something that actually hindered your own happiness - for another person? I certainly have. Actions can simply be for the benefit of somebody else, with no notion of personal rewards.
    January 17th, 2010 at 11:50pm
  • lozzieee who.

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    @ The Master.

    There's a machine that converts sea water to pure water. If a canal was dug, greenery would grow and starving people could water their plants and be able to drink safe water. It doesn't convert all of the water, and water that's excreted/wasted/used to water crops, will be picked up and end up back in the sea through rain. Anywho, the rate we're going, "edible" fish will be extinct by about 2046 anyway. I say we... But, that's my opinion and I'll keep it to myself!

    P.S. Really cool name, btw. :)
    January 18th, 2010 at 04:45pm
  • lozzieee who.

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    Everybody knows that doing something nice for someone else, regardless of consequences, will almost always result in them or someone else, close to them or not, will do good to you. People selfishly need constant reassurance that they're not bad people. *waits to have her beliefs psychoanalysed again* :)
    January 18th, 2010 at 04:51pm