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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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    anasteel2 anasteel2 41-45, F Sep 28, 2014

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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, 2014

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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 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 13, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    BeeMellowChild BeeMellowChild 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 24, 2014

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    Have YOU ever considered

    that you are the only person in the world that is self aware and real? Maybe you are just imagining all this and are somewhere else? Have you considered that the VALUE of free willed beings, (even when some are evil) is greater than all good, but restricted beings? Ever...
    Ahumblefollower Ahumblefollower 16-17, M 1 Response Feb 9

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    NelllielTuOdelschwanck NelllielTuOdelschwanck 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 27

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

    of eternity that scares me.
    ConcreteSleeper ConcreteSleeper 31-35, M 3 Responses Aug 26, 2014

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    MAROONTRIBE MAROONTRIBE 41-45, M 5 Responses Dec 6, 2014

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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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    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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    Have you ever thought

    that life isn't real? That life its like a dream, or just not the real life Have you ever wondered if it's fake.. How would you prove, without a doubt, that we?re not all dreaming .. It could all be one giant dream that we?re living out.. proving that we?re not all in a dream...
    Rwnn Rwnn 13-15, F 5 Responses Jan 3

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    Is anyone really indecisive?

    Even indecisive people make the decision not to decide.
    kevkevdel kevkevdel 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 6

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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, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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    when we were kids we used to lie on the ground

    and pretend we're dead ... now when we grew up we're walking on our legs and pretending we're alive .. :)
    Rwnn Rwnn 13-15, F Feb 8

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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, 2014

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    kevkevdel kevkevdel 18-21, M 2 Responses Feb 6

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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 6 Responses Nov 25, 2014

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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 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 28, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 18, 2014

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    God this group has just turned into a place

    were people can spew quasi-philosophical bullshit and feel smarter than they are.
    rehn65 rehn65 16-17, M 4 Responses Feb 8

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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, 2014

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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 Oct 22, 2014

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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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    we're supposed to be honest in life ,

    while life is a lie... we're supposed to be real .. while everything around us is fake... we're supposed to ask questions.. while it mostly ends with oh don't think about that... we're supposed to believe in ourselves .. while we can't believe in life... we're supposed .. we're...
    Rwnn Rwnn 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 1

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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, 2014

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    Earthlostangel Earthlostangel 46-50, F Jan 19

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    Earthlostangel Earthlostangel 46-50, F 1 Response Jan 19

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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, 2014

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