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10-05-2008, 04:38 PM
"Diverting all your energy to one subject prevents you from being the best at that subject"
One of the thoughts from my philosophy paper.
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It is my first writing, has flaws, grammatical and structural errors.
But above all it has ideas.
It would be very interesting to hear your opinions.
10-05-2008, 06:29 PM
I read your paper. I found it thought provoking and well-written. You have obviously given these matters a great deal of thought, and have considered the issues from multiple perspectives.
As I was reading, I noticed some ideas that others have discussed that might help you advance your concepts:
Jeremy Bentham developed a "hedonistic calculus" which addresses in great detail the comparison of pleasures; you would probably find his work very interesting. You might also look into the philosophy of Epicurus, whose thought is congruent with yours.
Your notion of "harmony" I would refer to as "balance", or perhaps "equilibrium". There is a vast body of work on equilibrium in physical and mathematical systems, and both Western Asceticism and much Eastern philosophy take equilibrium as a foundational principle (extinguishment of desire, yin-yang, etc.)
It occurs to me that there are both stable and unstable equilibria... and this might fit into your treatment. Stable equilibria are sustainable, like a cone standing on its base: you must deflect it through a large angle to topple it. Unstable equilibria are like a cone balanced on its point: it will stay that way until the slightest disturbance topples it.
10-06-2008, 04:26 AM
I agree with most of the ideas you presented and have had them floating around my head at one time or another too. The inertia idea I'm not too familiar with though so it was good to read about that, and it was also good to point out that 'successful' people are never happier than 'unsuccessful' people, they have just worked hard in the past in order to get long term results. It would be great to see the finished product. Good work :thumbsup:
10-07-2008, 02:21 AM
I enjoyed reading that, and your ideas all seem to make sense to me. Thanks for sharing
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