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Andrew Blitman likes to draw and write about philosophy, poetry, and science. The author of two books, he will graduate from the University of Miami in May 2014 with a Masters of Professional Science degree in Marine Affairs. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail him at thewrittenblit@gmail.com.

A Philosophy, Simplified

 

Rules are not necessarily sacred; principles are”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

After much reflection, I have decided to post this list once again. Most of these points are self-explanatory. However, I understand there are a lot of them. I have adopted each of these ideas independently through introspection, reflection, observation, and listening to music. Take what you want from this note, because these points underly the foundation of my philosophy. I do not intend to change the way you think but, instead, show you the way I view things. As always, I wish you nothing but the best. If you ever need anything, I’ll be here to help!

1. All men and women are equal.

2. Don’t let anybody change the core of your being. Always stay strong and firm in your beliefs, and stand up for the well-being of others.

3. We are the product of all of our past, present, and future interactions with people and our environment, and are shaped by our perceptions of those events.

4. We should not define ourselves by any single idea, but rather a combination of many so we can see the world through many lenses instead of just one.

5. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and should not be heckled for explanation of those beliefs against their will. Furthermore, they should NEVER be mocked or persecuted for their beliefs.

6. Time does not heal all wounds; friendship does. However, it takes a lot of work from both sides to maintain a balanced friendship.

7. Violence is never the answer to a problem.

8. Trust is the only currency that truly matters.

9. There is truth in all religions; no single ideology does the magnificence of this world justice.

10. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Such awareness is called empathy.

11. It is as important to be authentic as it is to be aware of your hypocrisies.

12. Never turn down someone in need.

13. Flaws only exist if you view them as flaws. Weaknesses can be just as powerful as strengths in shaping the best in all organisms, and these so-called flaws need to be appreciated and valued as much as strengths. This does not always apply to logic.

14. Sexual orientation is not a sin; sexual restraint is a virtue.

15. True love is the authentic, unconditional, unwavering, unending appreciation for, attraction to, and dedication to another’s existence. Giving this love is the only thing that adds value to existence.

16. True friendship is worth more than any other human relationship. If you can find one true friend, then you are lucky.

17. We must become aware of our eminence fronts so we can show our true selves to the world.

18. Science and theology are compatible and need each other to exist and build on their discoveries.

19. Tolerance for others is necessary for dealing with others. Its presence is a sign of true character.

20. One must take responsibility for his or her actions even when it might be inopportune to do so. Integrity is a sign of maturity and true character.

21. Failure is a void through which opportunities for change arise.

22. Good deeds must be done for their sake alone. To do something good for the sake of reward, even an eternal one, is greedy.

23. Religiosity, sexuality, and morality are related but not mutually exclusive.

24. Never talk about others behind their backs.

25. Never hold grudges. Ill will consumes the soul.

26. Never forget to appreciate those who deserve credit for their achievements or contributions.

27. Humor should never be used as a weapon. True humor should be used to mock standards, situations, and factors that individuals can control. One should gauge the situation before making any joke that could be offensive to others. True incisive wit should only be used as a form of self-defense.

28. Man has the capacity to save himself only through the dedicated help of others.

29. The heavens speak through all living things–even the silent. You just need to listen.

30. It is important to cooperate with others to achieve a common goal. It is the reason why humans have survived and grown together as a species.

31. Humans have to assume their role as stewards of nature. Whether this role was given to mankind or not, it is up to us to manage our own behaviors to encourage the survival of the millions of species that call Earth their home and make our own existence possible.

32. We should put others before ourselves whenever possible, but never sacrifice our rights for the sake of others on a personal basis.

33. We can find as much truth in science as we can in religion; weaknesses in one can be explained by strengths in the other and vice versa.

34. Humans should never make judgments because they’re usually wrong. However, it is important to make decisions.

35. It is never right to make fun of or trivialize genocide. The people who advocate it and those responsible for it should be condemned. Those who were targeted as well as the survivors must be protected from mockery.

36. It’s better to be the outsider looking inward than the insider looking outward.

37. Laughter is the best medicine.

38. No single trait can be used to unilaterally judge character.

39. Nothing in this world is permanent. Even philosophies are flexible and must remain open to change.

40. There are always many perspectives to a story, just as there are always many vantage points to an event.

41. It only takes one idea to change the world.

42. We must always be skeptical of ourselves and the ideas we hold most dear, for complacency makes us susceptible to manipulation and egocentricity.

43. Never compare yourself to others. Horizontal thinking is a losing battle that ultimately causes self-destruction.

44. Find your voice and don’t let anyone or anything silence it.

45. Lead by example, not by force or manipulation.

46. Being kind changes lives.

47. For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction.

48. There is a time for everything.

49. Patience is a virtue that is the foundation of true joy. Impetuousness often leads to unintended consequences.

50. When in doubt, ask for help.

51. If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

52. The only thing more flawed than the pursuit of perfection is perhaps perfection itself.

53. Always question the established order of things as well as new ideas because everything is open to interpretation.

54. It is always better to be honest than to withhold the truth because the truth will eventually reveal itself anyway.

55. The things you love the most will give you the most frustration.

56. Live for the moment.

57. The motives behind words and actions are more important than the words and actions themselves.

58. Never give up! Never surrender!

59. Go the extra mile or go home.

60. Always treat others with dignity. If you want to keep your own dignity, you must practice what you preach and live up to your own standards.

 

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7 Comments on “A Philosophy, Simplified”

  1. The Cloud Chronicler June 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Hi there!

    Good philosophies. Excellent. Couldn’t agree more.

    I have two more to add of my own:

    1. Empty what is full, fill what is empty. And Scratch where it itches.
    2. Always walk downhill. There is a reason why water flows down from mountains.

    ^^

    Think deeper. There are truths in those quotations! I will be following your blog!

    Any posts you would recommend for my initial read? Easier than sifting through your gigantic database.

    ~ E

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    • The Written Blit June 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      Hey, I would definitely recommend poems like “Trailblazer”, “The Journey”, and “The New Youth”. As far as other posts, some of my favorites include “The Value of a Life”, “A Story of Kindness”, “To Be Kind”, “The Importance of Friendship”, and “Love”. Another one I would recommend is “Why Hookup Culture Sucks”. You can just skim the rest from there!

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  2. oawritingspoemspaintings September 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    So true. So very well put.

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  3. butimbeautiful October 1, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    That’s quite a long philosophy. If you had to put it in five dot points,what would you choose?

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  4. The Written Blit October 1, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Hi there! If I could choose 5 truly significant points, I’d say:

    1. All men and women are equal.

    2. We are the product of all of our past, present, and future interactions with people and our environment, and are shaped by our perceptions of those events.

    3. Violence is never the answer to a problem.

    4. Good deeds must be done for their sake alone. To do something good for the sake of reward, even an eternal one, is greedy.

    5. Lead by example, not by force or manipulation.

    And the runner-up:

    6. Never turn down someone in need.

    Thank you for reading!!!

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