Philosophy Bites - The Meaning of Life and the art of soul Balancing

Everything that can possibly be said is said already. It is our duty to think through and pick our belief systems. The following are the inferences of the meaning and purpose of life, which I deciphered from sayings which already existed.

Hedonism - Quoted from Wikipedia

Hedonism is a school of thought that argues that pleasure is the only intrinsic good. In very simple terms, a hedonist strives to maximize net pleasure (pleasure minus pain).

Ethical hedonism is the idea that all people have the right to do everything in their power to achieve the greatest amount of pleasure possible to them. It is also the idea that every person's pleasure should far surpass their amount of pain. Ethical hedonism is said to have been started by a student of Socrates, Aristippus of Cyrene. He held the idea that pleasure is the highest good.

Victor Frankl

Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, as Freud believed, or a quest for power, as Alfred Adler taught, but a quest for meaning. The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her own life.

Epicurianism - Quoted from Wikipedia

He argued that when eating, one should not eat too richly, for it could lead to dissatisfaction later, such as the grim realization that one could not afford such delicacies in the future. Likewise, sex could lead to increased lust and dissatisfaction with the sexual partner.

The Meaning of Life - Verdict

Drawing from what all these philosophers tell us, the Meaning of life is in fact finding what gives you meaning in life. (Taking frankyl's philosophy)
That Meaning of life can be anything based on personal values of the individual. It can be pleasure. It can be power (Thus merging in Hedonism). It can be anything, based on what the individual values the most.
But in order to maintain the meaning/happiness there has to be balance in activities which give you meaning (Merging in Epicurian values). Indulging too much in something will make it less and less pleasurable. This threshold varies from person to person. Maintaining things within this threshold is called the art of soul Balancing. Exceeding the threshold will cause displeasure and hatred.

It's funny how the best parts of different things can be combined to form a personal bias of opinions. Everything is laid out there for us to figure out.

Hey, just my opinion. 


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