April 15, 2006

A top philosophy to live by…

There maybe a big philosophical debate about the best ways to live, religious views taken into account the soundest advice I have ever heard, which can be understood by everyman, and not necessarily dependant on the actual success or goodness behind your own personal life,

"A man who wants nothing …. is invincible."

I see this as so true to life it really is scary, Ive found nothing more real, it fits with the principle that "you have nothing to lose" in that if you have nothing or require nothing, what more can you need. Call me a communist, but I truly am starting to believe that the small things in life, like family, are what forms true happiness, and therefore, I can say with all honesty that I am happy, I require nothing, therefore feel invincible.

"What do you want from life?"

disclaimer : ok the film buffs out there will recognise these points, but for me they are inherent perfection to the critical moment of life such as it is at present.

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  1. Call me a communist, but I truly am starting to believe that the small things in life, like family

    Hey, I'm as capitalist as they come but I'm not one of those fools who thinks money will make you happy…

    15 Apr 2006, 01:20

  2. "A man who wants nothing
    . is invincible."

    Well, that's a not terribly accurate way of describing a dead man.

    A man who wants or desires nothing would neither eat, nor drink, nor sleep. And within a matter of hours would be in hospital, except he wouldn't want treatment, so he would die. But he wouldn't want burial so he'd just lie, decomposing wherever he fell.

    If you don't want anything, that's your fate. How's that for a philosophy!

    I'm not sure you really understand the principles of communism either…

    15 Apr 2006, 04:00

  3. OK, but in the case of eating, drinking and sleeping, these things need to be done. The man needs to do them. It is not a case of want but a neccesity of life to sustain basic functions. I believe when it says to wnat nothing it means to want beyond what one needs to survive in life. The quote is basic commentary on greed (deadly sin).

    15 Apr 2006, 11:04

  4. No need for technical nitpicking, it's just a philosophy you should agree with if you think happiness can't be bought or accumulated. Obvs. we live in a material world, it's just about the mindset you adopt within it.

    15 Apr 2006, 13:23

  5. Understanding that this principle can be transferred to communism thusly: for communism to work everyone needs to be happy with their lot, ie not wanting more than they are alloted, which is why in practice it wouldnt work.

    And as Karl points out, eating drinking and sleeping is something that actually can be classed as needs, not wants, the fundamentals of life are easily obtainable. But the case of not wanting more than you have, means you've reached a utopian point of happiness, in that you are contented with what you have, therefore are no longer willing to use underhanded means to obtain what could be deemed as not rightfully yours. I refer it more to material possessions than anything else. I am happy with my lot, and do not desire extra things that need to be earned.

    15 Apr 2006, 13:29

  6. The bit about needs and wants isn't strictly true. You need to want to live for food to become a necessity, without this desire why would you bother. Especially if you want nothing in life why would you bother living it all seems a bit pointless from your perspective. Agree with Eleanor on this one. And communists want a lot, some would say too much, which is why they are considered to be utopians- what they want is unattainable. Not because they want nothing. Thats nihilism you seem to be talking about and that does not end well for anyone, especially your happiness.

    19 Apr 2006, 21:43

  7. sure, if you wanna be a buddhist sitting your life away under a tree with a happy smile on your face and enough food to keep you and your family happy go ahead. sounds fucking passive

    29 Apr 2006, 21:10

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