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    How Our Machine based Way Of Life Is Not Only Destroying Nature, It Is Also Destroying Us

    This is kinda long, but worth sharing, I thought. (TL; DR? In a society with little time for rest, our sense of self is identified with anxiety and accomplishment instead of our true being.) "We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Feb 18, 2013

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    The wise old tree His children fell from

    the sky, some 50, 60, 70, 100 feet high. Screaming down to the ground, they land. Resting in the moment in the thick on pine needles and pine cones. More land and bounce all around. A thousand pine cones will land that day, each with two children under each ridge, two life forms...
    chimbie88 chimbie88 31-35, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Happiness - Choice Or Circumstance?

    I know I haven't been active on EP for quite a long while now, but I decided to pop by and share my thoughts once again. In the recent few months, the question has bugged me yet again - is happiness a choice or a circumstance? If we win the lottery, we more often than not feel...
    benthicflare benthicflare 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 26, 2013

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    Book Club Invite

    EP Sangha member anya1212 commented on my story “The Blossom Pales in Comparison” with: Is our questioning affected by our past experiences and beliefs. Do we question without reasoning or analyzing the immediate situation. Does this not qualify into being "judgemental"? And...
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M 2 Responses May 18, 2013

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    Plato

    Our world  mirrors  Plato’s  allegory of  the  cave  where  people  were  chained  to a cave wall all of there lives. The  only  thing  that  they  were  able  to  experience  was  the  cave  an  its  shadows.  The  cave  dwellers  then  labeled...
    klegend0 klegend0 18-21, M 3 Responses Mar 12, 2013

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    I always found secrets interesting.

    Why do we enjoy knowing someone's secret? To feel further connected to them? To feel special to them? To attempt to help our friends by hearing them out and know they're not alone? To feel like we have some kind of power over that person? What are your thoughts?
    Equilibrist Equilibrist 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 10

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    i always that it seems every 10 years,

    like when yoy turn 30,40,50...you enter a new era , chapter or ritual of a journey. your thoughts migrate into another dimension of living. then you start accepting this new epoc of your life. it is an experience without words
    edpd1951 edpd1951 61-65, M Aug 17

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    I Love You

    I love you more than the EarthI love you more than the skyI love you more than the meaning of life itselfI don't know whyBut I know one thingI will always love you even when I die.
    taco6 taco6 31-35 3 Responses Dec 11, 2011

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    I've read quite a bit,

    like Sartre, and De Beauvoir, even Germaine Greer. I'm reading more, gradually. I like how provocative it is.
    Paca24 Paca24 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 18

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    I Love Philosophy

    Although I am not deep into philosophy, I do feel drawn to it a lot. It's like I become more aware of the world around me. Some people are frighten by philosophical reasonings and voids but I embrace them in a way.
    Tummie Tummie 26-30, M 7 Responses Apr 23, 2008

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    Existentialists like Sartre seemed to regard

    freedom as being some kind of terrible burden, a Pandora's Box that released all sorts of evils - responsibility, guilt, uncertainty, regret - upon the person who exercised it. Well, let us consider what hope is for a moment. Hope is just a preference for some possible, future...
    PhiliaSophia PhiliaSophia 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 28

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    Life .. It's Yours To Live.... Choose Wisely

    Life ... it has so many meetings. All life is valuable. Respect and value your own life, and those around you. When you are busy, stressed or otherwise distracted - do not forget to live. Do not forget to make sure that you leave yourself time to enjoy life. This does not mean...
    snowbunny1002 snowbunny1002 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 21, 2012

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    If something has to exist first

    before it can "ask" for anything, then that means nothing asked to exist. Whatever it is that existed in the beginning, has to exist first before it can "ask", "want", or "work with what is in front of it or within itself". Then that means nothing asked to exist. If nothing...
    honestyreality honestyreality 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 26

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    We are made from the same elements

    that the universe is comprised of. Everything that we make, is made of the same things that we are. Life is just a combination of billions of elements that interact with each other to create energy. This energy is transformed into electric impulses that determine every thought...
    TheAtheistAdvocate TheAtheistAdvocate 16-17, M 6 Responses 2 days ago

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    http://io9.com/8-great-philosophical-questions-that-well-never-solve-1570833699 These are the questions that keep my up at night while I'm trying to sleep :P sorry to anyone else who can't fall asleep now either lol
    Emmalan98 Emmalan98 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 28

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    Earthlostangel Earthlostangel 46-50, F Oct 22

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    growing without a mentor

    nor someone to emulate, at early age about 14 i decided to seek in religiuos, novels, stories, and philosophies on how to build my path. Made and continue to make mistakes but I had learned so much that I feel blessed.
    edpd1951 edpd1951 61-65, M May 4

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    there's is lil reason in flutter,

    and unprecedented pounding... aey, art thou a confiscated property? ~defining love
    Xafy Xafy 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 19

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    Comment To A Misguided Philosophy

    Comment to a Misguided Philosophy My intuition does not stem from my spirituality. It stems from instinct. An instinct that was gained by evolution and centuries of learning the art of self preservation. Intuition is not spiritual in nature. Although it seems to be supernatural...
    JohnnyBean JohnnyBean 31-35, M 8 Responses Jun 3, 2010

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    Isn't Life All About Change

    So why do we not embrace and even look forward to change , the challenges offered to us with change can be made to be a dread or a welcomed experience, one to embrace and roll with it.s punches , as for myself I am bored to remain stagnant long, I , being a solutions girl I...
    MsOracle MsOracle 66-70, F 1 Response Jun 4, 2011

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    I love philosophy because it deals with the

    bigger problems of life. Not the superficial ones that most people deal with. What I love most about philosophy is how it questions everything. "Why?" "How come?" "What?" If I had to pick a branch of philosophy that I liked, I'd have to go with metaphysics. And yes, I've dealt...
    Ichilicious Ichilicious 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 25

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    Logically ~ Illogical

    Bored and mundane is not for me.....My mind is always in high gear.....I love a brain challenge.....Logical or illogical ~~ I'll decide!
    MyoblastNLace MyoblastNLace 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 16, 2007

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    I want to take Philosophy in school

    as a minor. Thinking about writing a book too lol Maybe a self-help book!
    Lucky1217 Lucky1217 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 13

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    Ithaca (Constantinos Kavafis - 1911)

    As you set out on the way to Ithaca, wish that the way be long, filled with adventures, filled with knowledge. The Laestrygonians and the Cyclopes, the angry Poseidon - do not fear them: such, on your way, you shall never meet if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine emotion...
    deleted deleted 26-30 10 Responses Jan 30, 2011

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    I have just started to get into philosophy

    and am so intrigued! Could anybody recommend me any good books to read on the subject or anything to research, would really appreciate it thanks! :)
    Alesha12 Alesha12 18-21, F 7 Responses 2 days ago

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    BeeMellowChild BeeMellowChild 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 24

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    Having worked all my life,

    got married and acquired commitments along the way, strived towards 'professional development' and spent probably the best years of my life ensuring that the goals of others are achieved. tonight, I find myself lying in bed and thinking that I've reached a crucial point in life...
    Phaedrus1975 Phaedrus1975 36-40, M 4 Responses Jul 21

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    leaom22 leaom22 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 28

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    Marquis de Sade - Justine is better

    than 50 shades of grey . Sorry
    leaom22 leaom22 22-25, F Aug 19

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    Is life worth living

    for one who has to use their tongue to accomplish every task?
    Grenade36 Grenade36 22-25, M Oct 24

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    I don't understand why people hate popular kids

    tbh. It's not like every one of them is stuck up and what not. I mean usually the stuck up ones really begin to stand out like a sore thumb after a while. But most of the popular kids I know are popular because they have appealing personalities.
    Tlythatswsup Tlythatswsup 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 6

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    anasteel2 anasteel2 41-45, F Sep 28

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    I'm really big into psychology an stuff like

    that my moms an addictions counselor ️Abd learn a lot and I'm super good in my psychology classes I love just discussing human behaviors and why they do what they do
    oilchick1488 oilchick1488 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 2

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    Thinking is like a drug.

    Philosophers get a lot out of it and do it a lot, but the rest just find it annoying and try to avoid it.
    AoSS AoSS 18-21, M Oct 29

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    A Question For You All

    This part is going to be long and winded just so I can get to the question I want to ask. <-necessary words, no part of the question "Why?"
    Qtip1976 Qtip1976 31-35, M 5 Responses Jul 18, 2013

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    Earthlostangel Earthlostangel 46-50, F 2 Responses Jul 10

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    How Socratic Dialectic Taught Us Reason It

    has never been about winners and losers. As Socrates shows us, one only needs a willing partner for discovery to understand the world, the nature of abstract concepts. Platonic dialogues were ominously prefaced with ... "We shall see together." Podiums with stagnant positions...
    zoeb555 zoeb555 22-25, F 1 Response May 1

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    I believe we should learn from others mistakes

    not emulate them. I could write a lot more on this topic, but it's fairly pointless, you'll either know what I mean, or be beyond hope anyway - at this point at least
    dontcareforlabels dontcareforlabels 41-45, M 1 Response Oct 31

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    It's not death that bothers me; it's the idea

    of eternity that scares me.
    ConcreteSleeper ConcreteSleeper 31-35, M 2 Responses Aug 26

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    So Many Unhappy, Messed-up People On Ep

    Have you ever taken a general tour of EP and been amazed by the number of unhappy and messed-up people there are on this site. When I say "messed up" I mean confused, mixed up, entangled, overwhelmed by their own lives and life in general. Is it that this site attracts such...
    3d7r5g0 3d7r5g0 61-65, M 6 Responses Dec 15, 2011

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    Introduction, ballad,

    conclusion. Infatuation, romance, friendship. Surface, person, aura. We all possess these qualities which we can choose to express or subdue; keep or banish; offer or force. We see these as "sides" of a person. Be wary of introductions. They are the physical appearance and...
    MarimbaJake MarimbaJake 16-17, M 2 Responses Apr 18

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    Kintsukuroi is a Japanese art,

    fixing broken pottery with gold. It shows that breakage and repair is history of that object,instead of something to hide and disguise.
    XxxMarkusFromDarknessxxX XxxMarkusFromDarknessxxX 18-21, M 3 Responses Jun 15

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    My mind is an artistic genius,

    that which my hands can not follow, therefore I remain stagnant to the physical world.
    365SunDaze 365SunDaze 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 14

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    Consider the differences between an ant

    and a human. Would you still squash the ant, or would you now squash a human as well?
    MrOllie MrOllie 26-30, M 4 Responses Oct 20

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    Math is but a Vast but Simple First Order Theory

    Technical philosophy has a lot in common with mathematics, via a set of symbolic systems called formal logic. A remarkable fact revealed by formal logic is that nearly all (and maybe ALL) of mathematics can be reduced to a tiny number of primitive notions. A primitive notion is...
    consa consa 61-65, M 3 Responses Jan 30, 2011

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    I don't have the answers.

    But I know that people get confused in this life about what they want, and what they've done, and what they think they should've because of it. Everything they think they are or did, takes hold so hard that it won't let them see what they can be. Wise words. I heard this in...
    SelfUnaware SelfUnaware 18-21 Apr 5

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    I'm feeing very philosophical

    so I'm watching science - y things on youtube, such as vsauce and I can't help wondering if I'll ever be able to make a difference in life. Like, I'm only 1 person. What can one person, One of the most the smallest things in the entire universe can do in this world. But in...
    Nutchello Nutchello 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 19

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    Does anyone know this feeling,

    that philosophy is somehow the only topic that is interesting? Everything I like and am interested at is somewhat connected with it. Conversations without information about the way how the conversation partner thinks or insights of the world are uninteresting for me. Honestly, I...
    Evenscelee Evenscelee 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 23

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    leaom22 leaom22 22-25, F Jun 24

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    With my tears, go into your isolation,

    my brother. I love him who seeks to create beyond himself, and thus succumbs
    SelfUnaware SelfUnaware 18-21 Apr 5

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    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 23

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    Even though I am changing my college major from philosophy to social work, I will continue to study philosophy because it teaches me what questions about life and the world have...
    CinimonGypsy CinimonGypsy 41-45 Nov 9