Philosophy flows from a worldview and it is where we address a meaning for/of living, and the manner in which we will live our life. In reality, doesn’t everything we do in life flow from a worldview whether articulated or not? In my book, I maintain philosophy concerns being an avid seeker for the truth. I submit any aspect of truth ultimately comes from a worldview based on an understanding that we live in a mathematical Universe with a physical reality where Nature takes its course with patterns, order, harmony, and balance. Some 400 years ago Galileo Galilei wisely said, “philosophy (nature) is written in that great book which ever is before our eyes – I mean the Universe – but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp of the symbols in which it is written. The book is written in mathematical language, and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometric figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it; without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth.” (17th Cent)
In my writing, I state a personal philosophy can be a force that is inspirational —> it aspires, arouses, motivates, and stimulates us to action. Philosophy helps answer the questions, “Who am I?,” “What am I?,” and “What do I stand for?” I suggest Western Civilization came into its own 2,500 years ago in Ancient Greece with Socrates (Know Thyself), Plato (The Republic), and the multitudinous proto-philosophical reflections of Aristotle (ethics). Philosophy is truly a love for patterns, order, harmony, and bringing balance to the chaos that often invades our lives. Philosophy is from Greek and means a love for wisdom —-> philo = love + sophia = wisdom. A philosopher is a truth-seeker of wisdom in order to become a truth-teller. A philosopher is a veracity-seeker of getting as close to true knowledge as Nature will allow us to go and not merely half-baked half-truths (the mysterious will always exist). A philosopher seeks a truthfulness that gives direction to life. It is a good idea to realize there is a natural wisdom from the ages that is coercing within our veins, and if only tapped into can lead to universal understanding and truths. Modern humans are constantly looking for new ideas, cures, theories, and medicines for mind and body health. Petrovich Pavlov recommended, “if you want a new idea, read old books.” In Balanceology I capture the Renaissance catch phrase ad fontes —-> back to the original (a kind of back-to-the-future). In other words, the latest is not always the best. Throughout my writing I recommend that we rediscover and implement those original truths of ancient wisdom that already reside within us, and to use that wisdom to build our worldview and personal philosophy.
Personal Philosophy – In the Theory of Balanceology I highly recommend the reader consider evaluating their own operational philosophy. In my writing I state that our personal philosophy surely flows from our personal worldview. I maintain that our worldview and philosophy is displayed in our mode for/of living. Really, few of us have examined our life and defined our worldview and philosophy. Yet, it is imperative we define our worldview and develop a personal philosophy we live by. Buscaglini said, “every one has his own path. There are a thousand paths to discovering yourself, to becoming. Everyone of you will find you own way. Don’t let anybody impose them on you.” (1982) We should find our own truths —> so we can live by them! Marinoff said, “you are your own philosophy too. Take what you can learn from other sources, but to arrive at a way of approaching the world that works for you.” (1999) In developing my paradigm I studied, read, conversed, debated, researched in many areas, but ultimately my worldview and philosophy came from my experiences from/of living. I think most of us kind of stumble through life roaming, wandering, and futzing around on a journey without any real plan. However, I suggest a person who has developed a well-thought out worldview and philosophy will experience life’s journey, and live one’s story much differently than someone who is indiscriminately meandering and floundering through life. Life will be experienced in a more orderly and healthy manner. In my book, I state my personal philosophy, and I give suggestions to the reader in stating theirs.