June 6, 2009
The writer of this blog gave me his password, to give you the last entry.
He was in a car accident, and is in critical condition. He wanted to change the world, but he never got to see his project succeed.
His philosphy was this:
Do good things, and allow the rest of the world to follow.
Please, honor him when you can, by following his philosophy as your own. This blog was far too short, as was he.
June 3, 2009
Day three on our road to introspection. Today, we are going to focus on emotions.
Everyone experiences anger, sadness, joy–yet, everyone experiences them in different ways. There is no template for emotional responses. People may cope with negative emotions in varying manners, or react to positive emotions differently. Some can be pushed into emotions more easily than others, and some are pulled into emotions by different events.
Your emotional responses color everything you do. Emotion can be both a tool and a hinderance: today, take steps to understand your own.
Ask yourself: What makes me angry? Nervous? Afraid? Excited? Understand how you BECOME emotional, and then understand how you respond. What do you do when excited? Is there anything you generally do when angry? How do your emotions affect they way you act and respond?
The answer will, most certainly, be different for everyone. The only way to answer is careful self-observation. By understanding your emotions, you are one step further towards recognizing when they are a benefit, and when they can be damaging.
Think back to your emotional experiences, and examine them carefully. Find out who you are, as a person.
Go well. I’ll see you tomorrow.
June 2, 2009
Today, we continue our self examination, in hopes that, by understanding ourselves, we can better understand others.
Everyone has their own standards of morality. Depending on beliefs and upbringing, many may disagree over what is “right” or “wrong.” People have differing opinions of the morality of such issues from abortion and homosexuality, to the death penalty, to speeding. Each person may come to a different conclusion about what they believe to be “correct,” one which you may find either reassuring or reprehensible. Today, we are going to focus on one thing: how do you determine what is morally correct?
Throughout our daily lives, we must make choices between right and wrong, and each one of us judges in a different manner. Some may use religion, some may use their reason, some may merely do what “feels” right, and some use a mix. The question is: how do you yourself define something as morally correct? How do you determine what is the “right” stance to take.
Again, it’s a personal question. There’s no absolute answer; rather, there is only what you can come up with. Try to make a statement of morality: what you, yourself, use to determine right from wrong.
Then, come back tomorrow.
See you then.
June 1, 2009
The unexamined life is not worth living.
If you want to change the world, to solve others’ problems, you must first understand yourself: your motivations, your rationality, and your purpose must be completely within your knowledge. There is no way to relate to the outside world without first relating to yourself. Ask yourself: What kind of person am I? What traits apply to me? And, why?
This week, each day’s task will have the end purpose of self-reflection, enabling you to develop a clear life philosophy. As the week progresses, ask yourself: Why do I act as I do? Why do I enjoy what I enjoy? What do I believe to be right?
Today, I want you to focus on one thing: what makes you happy. Today, ask yourself: “What would make me fulfilled? What do I need to make my life complete?” There is a difference between greed and self fulfillment–today, focus on self-fulfillment. What would make you complete as a person? The answer can only be determined by you yourself.
Getting to know yourself can be a revolutionary act. Today, let’s start the revolution.
See you tomorrow.