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What drives you as an individual being? What do you believe in? What are your morals? Are there universal underlying morals for all of humanity? If so, what are they?
posted by Cody Phipps on Apr 01, 2002 12:34AM

A religion is a belief system with no basis in reality whatever. Religious belief is without reason, and its record is dreadful...all religions...are a massive agglutination of stock response, of cliches, of inherited and unexamined formulations...
(Martin Amis writing in the Guardian))
posted by sam aritan on Jul 19, 2002 11:55AM

Ah yes, but what about you personally? I wasn't asking about religion with my original post - necessarily. Just an internal personal moral base or code, and if there seems to be a collective one of any kind. So, I'll just ask again...
posted by Cody Phipps on Jul 19, 2002 04:47PM


I believe that once one has realized one's truest self: one's motive, one's reason and ebb, one has realized one's self. That is to say that one's self is simply one's motive(s). I believe that my motive is contained purely within my being, that is, that which has existed from the beginning of my life - and possibly before? - where this motive may be influenced by entities outward through only my accord. I allow myself to ebb and have motive and I choose to be influenced. This realization alone drives me and fuels me. I hang my dreams upon this - these dreams I have adopted from the outside and those that I have concocted solely from within. My morals are such that my influence will remain pointed inward, unless a given situation calls for it precisely and solely. I believe that my motive is not necessarily that of another, and I believe that this difference must be not only respected but accepted and sprung from. I feel that one's self is one's only tool, and this is not said with regard to one's mind alone, but also one's heart and feeling. There are so many who believe that no emotion may spring from one's heart and that emotion is but a product of the brain: I feel that both are one when allowed to sport, though they may be separated in certain (uncertain) times. I believe that to covet the posession of things outward is arbitrary - really a matter of convenience - a situation in which there lies a chasm between the heart and the mind. I feel that this chasm may be bridged to provide a certain continuity of not only thought but feeling as well, these two items separate only outwardly. I feel that such a thing as love is not only the progeny of the mind - so technical - but of the heart, thereby so diverse. That is to say that I believe the purest of morals may be achieved from one's self alone, that is, one may have them preached or read them weekly or daily, but if one does not create and spring from these the presumed comfort of these "morals" one does not truly live within them.
With much love, Mia

posted by Mia Silverthorne on Jul 21, 2002 05:04AM

Mia, thank you for the great reply! You are a philosopher!
posted by Cody Phipps on Jul 22, 2002 11:52AM

It's all about the chakras.
posted by Clint Phipps on Feb 10, 2003 12:27PM

Its all about cakes and eating them.
posted by Cody Phipps on Feb 24, 2003 08:09PM

Actually, its all about the music.
posted by Cody Phipps on Feb 25, 2003 11:59PM

Im driven by the process of human growth. Constant improvement in spiritual, physical, and mental aspects of life. I believe that the only thing we truly own is are reaction. Thankfully with much practice we can have neraly complete control oer are reaction and even perception of unfolding events. Morally people should 1. Do no Harm. We allow people into our lives and we enter others, in closeness and trust we must help others grow and improve. 2. Do something nice for someone everyday and if at all possible make it someone you don't know. The good vibes will carry on. Anyone can breathe exchange oxegen into carbon dioxide and pass gas. But living, I mean really LIVING your life is something many people forget to do and when they realize the sad truth its to late. So live it up, immerse yourself in your passions and remember you have control over your reaction.
posted by Mark Sajovic on Sep 05, 2003 09:57AM

I believe the best approach to life is to not be stupid. Silly, yes. Stupid, no.
posted by Cody Phipps on Sep 07, 2003 08:21PM

I heard a guy on the radio say that there are four things in life that really matter: "grandfather" (he was native american; grandfather equates to spiritual wellness), good friends, food, and shelter. Accordingly, all else is superfluous.

"Fret for your figure and
Fret for your latte and
Fret for your hairpiece and
Fret for your lawsuit and
Fret for your prozac and
Fret for your pilot and
Fret for your contract and
Fret for your car."

posted by Clint Phipps on Sep 08, 2003 12:44PM

that's a tool lyric. i know cause i have that song on one of their albums. (not saying you DIDN'T know...)
i believe the lyrics go
"Some say the end is near. Some say we'll see armageddon soon. I certainly hope we will. I sure could use a vacation from this bullshit three ring circus sideshow of Freaks here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA The only way to fix it is to flush it all away. Any fucking time. Any fucking day. Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona bay. Fret for your figure and Fret for your latte and Fret for your hairpiece and Fret for your lawsuit and Fret for your prozac and Fret for your pilot and Fret for your contract and Fret for your car. It's a bullshit three ring circus sideshow of freaks here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA The only way to fix it is to flush it all away. Any fucking time. Any fucking day. Learn to swim, I'll see you down in Arizona bay. Some say a comet will fall from the sky. Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves. Followed by faultlines that cannot sit still. Followed by millions of dumbfounded dipshits. Some say the end is near. Some say we'll see armageddon soon. I certainly hope we will cuz I sure could use a vacation from this Silly shit, stupid shit... One great big festering neon distraction, I've a suggestion to keep you all occupied. Learn to swim. Mom's gonna fix it all soon. Mom's comin' round to put it back the way it ought to be. Learn to swim. Fuck L Ron Hubbard and Fuck all his clones. Fuck all those gun-toting Hip gangster wannabes. Learn to swim. Fuck retro anything. Fuck your tattoos. Fuck all you junkies and Fuck your short memory. Learn to swim. Fuck smiley glad-hands With hidden agendas. Fuck these dysfunctional, Insecure actresses. Learn to swim. Cuz I'm praying for rain and I'm praying for tidal waves I wanna see the ground give way. I wanna watch it all go down. Mom please flush it all away. I wanna watch it go right in and down. I wanna watch it go right in. Watch you flush it all away. Time to bring it down again. Don't just call me pessimist. Try and read between the lines. I can't imagine why you wouldn't Welcome any change, my friend. I wanna see it all come down. suck it down. flush it down."
if you've got the iq of a duck, you'd understand what he's talken about.
posted by Cean Lakranski on Sep 11, 2003 10:02PM

posted by StU aRt on Sep 15, 2003 08:58AM

Thanks Donald.
posted by Clint Phipps on Sep 15, 2003 10:47AM

my philosophy of life bases on one statement: don't take life too seriously, cause nobody gets out alive.
posted by Cean Lakranski on Sep 16, 2003 09:14PM

I'm pretty sure that was a quote from a song too... Guns N Roses perhaps? I'm wondering, does this "philosophy" apply to originality the same way it does to seriousness?
posted by Clint Phipps on Sep 22, 2003 10:05AM

The song was "Five to One" by the Doors.

Lyrics were Morrison's.

"Five to one, baby, one in five,
no one here gets out alive, now.
You get yours, baby, I'll get mine,
gonna make it, baby, if we try."

Regarding the topic.

I think what makes you feel, what tunes you in, what brings you to the "now", is thinking about what comes after.The subconscious is always in a state of dread. When you think about death that's when you're most alive. Fear, man, that's it. Fear motivates like nothing else.
And the fear of death is the Grand Wazoo of all motivators!The way I see it, man's most natural instict, or that of any living creature, is self preservation. He'll play by the rules and follow some version of some ethical code as long as the sun is shining, but when a major shit storm looms on the horizon all bets are off and anything is permissable if it extends the reign of the "crown of creation".The philosopher, Emmanuel Kant, postulated the "Categorical Imperative", which basically asserted that a person should act under the assumption that however he conducts himself in any situation becomes universal law, the universally accepted moral code.This is very similar to the Christian ethic, "Do unto others...." Very nice thoughts but hardly an adequate umbrella during a shit storm.

posted by Momo Gooch on Oct 24, 2003 10:39PM

I’d have to agree with you in part. When “the times that try men’s souls” (sorry ladies, but I’m just quoting) come down, and the dying of the light is looming and we are treading into the twilight of our respective allotments of existence, (to foist a few clichés on the conversation) ethical codes seem to be among the first things discarded; forgotten moralities become a system of control so that those who purvey them, while not following the same may have an edge on the rest that hold true to that which has been proclaimed good and moral. Interestingly, likewise in the face of capitalism, greed, self serving exploitation, and the almighty dollar, ethical codes seem as paper tigers, and they crumple under the treads of progress and the machinations of industry just as their entire forest has. Hence, the world continually becomes a selfish free-for-all and the last man standing makes his mark and erases all others. In other words, as you said, all bets are off. … But of course, the world seems so dismal, with traditional orders failing and the white of good becoming smoky black in the brimstone of evil, only if you are constrained by the traditional conceptions of morality and black/white/good/evil. On that topic, as well as, coincidentally, ironically, and interestingly, on the subjects of Kant and self preservation, Nietzche had more than a few words of wisdom, so I’ll let the expert do the talking (From “Beyond Good and Evil”):

“11. …Kant was first and foremost proud of his Table of Categories; with it in his hand he said: “This is the most difficult thing that could ever be undertaken on behalf of metaphysics.” Let us only understand this “could be”! He was proud of having discovered a new faculty in man, the faculty of synthetic judgment a priori….
But let us reflect for a moment – it is high time to do so. “How are synthetic judgments a priori possible?” Kant asks himself – and really what is his answer? “By means of a means (faculty)” – but unfortunately not in five words, but so circumstantially, imposingly, and with such display of German profundity and verbal flourishes, that one altogether loses sight of the comical niaiserie allemande involved in such an answer….
But is that – an answer? An explanation? Or is it not rather merely a repetition of the question? [Or perhaps just as easily described as circular reasoning.] How does opium induce sleep? “By means of a means (faculty),” Namely the virtus dormitiva replies the doctor in Moliere, Quia est in eo virtus dormitiva, Cujus est natura sensus assoupire.
But such replies belong to the realm of comedy, and it is high time to replace the Kantian question, “How are synthetic judgments a priori possible?” by another question, “Why is belief in such judgments necessary?” – in effect, it is high time that we should understand that such judgments must be believed to be true, for the sake of the preservation of creatures like ourselves; though they still might naturally be false judgments!...

13. Psychologists should bethink themselves before putting down the instinct of self-preservation as the cardinal instinct of an organic being. A living thing seeks above all to discharge its strength - life itself is Will to Power; self-preservation is only one of the indirect and most frequent results thereof. In short, here, as everywhere else, let us be aware of superfluous teleogical principles! – one of which is the instinct of self preservation (we owe it to Spinoza’s inconsistency). It is thus, in effect, that method ordains, which must be essentially economy of principles.”

And so power is the constant, so says Nietzche. His words have broad support in current events; it would seem with power plays and naked aggressions are the norm in the modern world. But then in the face of all the real world happenings, all the philosophical quibbling and arguing always has and always will ring hollow, especially where it all has little practical effect or application. Does this oh so brilliant meandering of a self assured and overconfident mind make the world a better place? Do the resulting ideas and words make us feel any better about the fact that we sweat our years scratching at the cages of our cubicles with our only window a glowing orb that doesn’t even connect to the real world, that we sit endlessly in our fifty-thousand dollar credit fiasco of mobile steel and glass bubbles drifting among a sea of others in which sit people that we can see but can’t touch or talk to, that we are constrained by clocks and watches and cops and watchers… As if to spite all the rhetorical positive attitudes and faith in man and reason and self and the world, an urban author in the thick of it wrote once on the medium of his choice: “Pity concrete doesn’t burn.”

posted by Clint Phipps on Oct 27, 2003 10:55AM

I have to agree. We should all just quit work, quit school, forget about time & technology, get drunk, high, full, fat, naked, and all hang out together. Down with the system, up with the communes, clans, and tribes. Then the problems of societal mankind would be "virtually" non existent.
posted by Cody Phipps on Oct 29, 2003 10:45PM

When forming my philosophy of life I adhered to the principal of Occam's Razor which states that one should embrace the most direct and expeditious route to any conclusion, and in doing so involve the fewest amount of entities.The resultant crystallization of all codes of ethics, moral dogmas, metaphysical mindsets,and philosophical tenets, became for me, simply this: NEVER GIVE A MONKEY A WARM CREAM CHEESE ENEMA.
posted by Momo Gooch on Oct 30, 2003 02:21PM