My historical influences include Stoicism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Nietzsche’s Übermensch concept. My modern influences include David Chalmer, Stephen R C Hicks, and many other random people everywhere.
A Philosophical Summary
I summarize my philosophy in one word.
I see a world upside down, turned around, and all mixed up. I can see the imbalance in my face and the faces of people around me. I can see a tilted generation of people being pulled in extreme directions while blissfully unaware of the danger.
I believe balance is everything, and the more we have it, the better for humanity.
I firmly believe strict adherence to a specific philosophy is a gateway to madness. I cherry-pick ideas that make sense to me from many philosophies and adopt my favorites. I avoid dogma like the plague and keep my mind open to influence.
Philosophy Is Medicine
I believe philosophy is the salve we need to treat our mental ailments. If enough people realize this, they will become better people.
I treat philosophical ideas like potent prescription drugs. If I think consuming it will lead to madness, I avoid it until I’m ready. However, I carefully consider ideas before rejecting them.
I’m careful when introducing impactful philosophies to people that might not be ready for it. I know that mental health is delicate.
Change Is Dependable
My philosophy is constantly evolving as I learn new things. It will never stay the same, just like the universe. I’m in a constant state of flux, moving from one idea to another, connecting ideas to learn and grow.
Stopping isn’t an option, though I must be mindful and create space between my actions.
I believe you are a philosopher. You may not have a robust system of self-governance, but most people have a loose system built on other systems. However, everyone has a philosophy.
Ultimately, we’re all unique snowflakes with something to offer.
Here are some philosophers I find intriguing and why.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Many years ago, I developed a fascination for philosophy. I found it fascinating that people would spend so much time making sense of the world. Nietzsche is one of the misunderstood philosophers, so naturally, I connected with him.
I picked up a book by Nietzsche when I was in my late twenties. I read it during my train rides to Vienna when I was living in Austria.
My next fascination is with Alan Watts. Alan’s point of view, influenced by eastern philosophy, aligns with my belief in the human connection despite a common idea that we’re alone.
As previously mentioned, my philosophy is constantly evolving. As I learn new Stoic wisdom, new Zen ideas, and anything else that aids me in this life, I adapt and continue.