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    Mar192011

    Of Life

    Philosophy

     1a (1) : all learning exclusive of technical precepts and practical arts

     2c: an analysis of the grounds of and concepts expressing fundamental beliefs

    3b : a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought <the philosophy of war>

    4a : the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group

    Merriam-Webster

     As you rock along-working, eating, sleeping, living-do you ever ask yourself why you do the things you do?  Or, maybe, why you don’t do the things you should?  You’re not always tired, or lazy, or uninformed.  You cannot put the responsibility for your choices, or your failure to choose, on anyone else.  Why do you try to discipline yourself against bad impulses?  Why do you stand your ground in a political debate?  Why do you choose to believe in God?  Why aren’t brownies the foundation of your daily diet?

    We have all established a set of guidelines by which we live our lives.  Sometimes without conscious effort.  Belief systems that control our decision-making, our social interactions, even our entertainment choices.  These precepts of social and personal behavior usually stem from our childrearing.  They are then deeply rooted, or modified, as we mature.  However, are we thinking?  Are we examining, exploring, and searching.  Have we established philosophies for life?

    My next posting on “Philosophy of Nourishment” on The Nourishing Home page, takes another look at establishing a course of action for better health.  I hope you take some time to read through it, and I look forward to your comments and insights!

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