Originally Posted by Mark Lapierre
Have a read of the rest then please share your opinion. How does it compare with your philosophy?
Interesting essay and question.
Particularly relevant to my personal philosophy (which is still quite fluid and growing as I do
) were the distinctions between the truth-value of an idea and the use-value of an idea. Very nicely articulated and something that I've believed at a deep level but never quite found the right words for.
The definition of humor was quite unlike any other definition of it I've seen but several of the characteristics assigned to humor in this article also ring true to my way of living in the world such as flexibility, or the ability to live with irony, and the sense of balance, or the ability to stand outside of the problem.
And accepting personal responsibility to examine oneself seems fundamental to any sort of successful personal philosophy - so yep, agree there as well.
I notice though you never answer the question you ask, care to?
Originally Posted by Michael Chui
I like it, too. Nice find.
What bothers me a bit about it is that it's directed towards those who are overly critical, rather than those who aren't critical enough.
To me, many people are more spontaneous and playful than critical and determined, and it's a lack of critical ability that holds them back.
I think you make some good points here. For many years I've been one of those people who weren't critical enough and am slowly working to exercise those critical thinking muscles. I'd imagine that this very lack of critical thinking has held me back in many ways. That said, I think this article provides a bit of a bridge for someone not yet comfortable in the land of critical thinking to not take it all so seriously but neither to be dismissive of the power of critical thinking. At least that is one thing it provides me.