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Philosophy in two words

  1. Paraglider profile image90
    Paragliderposted 3 years ago

    Stuff is.

    Seriously (!) if you had to impart a meaningful philosophical idea to a young person but you were restricted to two words, how would you improve on my attempt?

    Stuff is.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image61
      Mark Knowlesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      S h i t happens.

      1. gmwilliams profile image82
        gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I AM.

        1. Mark Knowles profile image61
          Mark Knowlesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          That's the best one so far. big_smile

    2. FlourishAnyway profile image91
      FlourishAnywayposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Flourish Anyway

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        Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I like that.

    3. Silverspeeder profile image61
      Silverspeederposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Relativity happens

    4. Quilligrapher profile image91
      Quilligrapherposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Bliss heals.

      1. snakeslane profile image80
        snakeslaneposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        "Bliss heals" is nice.

    5. snakeslane profile image80
      snakeslaneposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Not to try to improve on your two-word catch-all philosophy challenge, but I've always been fond of the I Chingism:   Perseverance furthers

    6. Sinbadsailorman profile image53
      Sinbadsailormanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Live & Learn

    7. Sinbadsailorman profile image53
      Sinbadsailormanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Live & Learn

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      mbuggiehposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Love knowledge.

      1. Daniel J. Neumann profile image59
        Daniel J. Neumannposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I like "Be present" & "Love knowledge." I'd tweak both (because I can't help myself) to "Experience now" & "Love wisdom" (wisdom is slightly different than knowledge, but there's a tight correlation).

        Also, what about "Embrace possibility"?

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          Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I like Love Wisdom and Embrace Possibility a lot.

    9. HollieT profile image85
      HollieTposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Dig deeper

    10. arifhidayat1990 profile image56
      arifhidayat1990posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      energy and smart...

    11. DoubleScorpion profile image82
      DoubleScorpionposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Live Life

      1. Daniel J. Neumann profile image59
        Daniel J. Neumannposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        "Examine Deeply."


        Socrates claimed "The unexamined life isn't worth living."

        We can only live our lives if we're engaged with it, actively putting meaning into it.

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    Beth37posted 3 years ago

    Love God.

  3. A Troubled Man profile image60
    A Troubled Manposted 3 years ago

    Be Honest.

  4. Paraglider profile image90
    Paragliderposted 3 years ago

    Hmmm,  the trouble with 'shit happens' is that it's horribly clich├ęd. 'I am' allows for the possibility that no-one and nothing else exists, in other words it is a restatement of Bishop Berkeley's Idealism which is generally regarded as an intellectual cul-de-sac. 'Love God', 'Be honest' and 'Flourish anyway' are more in the nature of commandments than philosophical propositions. I don't think you encourage philosophical thinking by instructing people on how they should live.

    Though I do like 'Flourish anyway' as a maxim smile

    So, seriously (!), I'm still flying the flag for 'Stuff is'

    Next?

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      seems more like a fact than a philosophy.

    2. Kathryn L Hill profile image87
      Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      - reality exists

      1. Paraglider profile image90
        Paragliderposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        reality exists is a good reminder that there is a real world and universe 'out there' and the purpose of life is to interact with it.

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          Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          So then maybe your philosophy should be three words.

          Interact with reality.

          Hurry delete this thread and start over. No one's looking.

          1. Kathryn L Hill profile image87
            Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            No no.
            two words:

            Illusion isn't

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              Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Illusion isn't... what?
              Clearly that sentence is missing at least one word.

              1. Kathryn L Hill profile image87
                Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                well, four words would be better then:
                *illusion is not reality.
                *some stuff is real.
                *some stuff is unreal.
                *reality is always real.
                *illusion is always unreal.

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                  Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  Well we've cleared up illusion. I guess it's time for bed.

                  1. Kathryn L Hill profile image87
                    Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    ...we've helped some young people, I think. ( And I'm sure they can handle more than two words...)

    3. Mark Knowles profile image61
      Mark Knowlesposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, but I like I am now. big_smile

  5. Paraglider profile image90
    Paragliderposted 3 years ago

    If we allow Latin words, we can improve on 'I am' -

    Sum, es

    meaning:  I am, you are

    but I still prefer  stuff is  wink

    1. Kathryn L Hill profile image87
      Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      It might fly on a T shirt.
      - or not.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I still don't get it.

      Of course "stuff is".

      Metal shines. People are. Dogs exist. Fire burns.

      This really doesn't seem like a philosophy to me.

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image87
        Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        He is on the other side of the world partaking in afternoon tea perhaps...Is it sunny where you are, Paraglider? It's after ten at night here.
        Now is.

  6. Zelkiiro profile image83
    Zelkiiroposted 3 years ago

    My ass.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      That, I get. (And you can keep it.)

  7. Paraglider profile image90
    Paragliderposted 3 years ago

    Yes, it's sunny here. It's 10 a.m. and about 35 Celsius only as the summer is almost over. And I'm at work smile

    Why 'stuff is'?  It is not a philosophy but it is what it purports to be - a philosophical idea, especially if you interpret stuff to mean not only physical objects like stones but also forces like gravity, concepts like relativity, human constructs like law, events like birth and death. It's all stuff, and affirming its being in two simple words is a celebration of all of it, and possibly a reminder against self obsession, since there is so much more than self.

  8. HowardBThiname profile image91
    HowardBThinameposted 3 years ago

    Seek Freedom

  9. Daniel J. Neumann profile image59
    Daniel J. Neumannposted 3 years ago

    Hey Paraglider,

    It's been too long since we've had a conversation.

    My answer to your question is another question: "How come?" Or perhaps "What for?" Both submissions are a protracted form of a single word to sum up philosophy (the love of wisdom): "Why?"

    Art and philosophy have always tried to answer that simple question: "Why?" For what reason do we exist? How come we sense the world at all? Can we put a purpose to our ability to reason?

    It's always a pleasure deeply examining life.

    1. Paraglider profile image90
      Paragliderposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Daniel -

      I've not been around HP so much lately. Good to see you!

      how come? or what for?

      The spirit of enquiry - I like it smile

      1. Daniel J. Neumann profile image59
        Daniel J. Neumannposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Dave,

        Yeah. Same here. I've got my own blog (danieljneumann.com) now, so I rarely interact with hubpages anymore. Maybe that's a mistake.

        Cheers,

        Dan

  10. Paraglider profile image90
    Paragliderposted 3 years ago

    Quilligrapher and Snakeslane - good morning, both smile

    1. snakeslane profile image80
      snakeslaneposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Hey Dave, Goodnight! 10:48 pm here...
      How can I squeeze 'Be here now' into two words?

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        Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Be present?

        1. snakeslane profile image80
          snakeslaneposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Yes!

    2. Quilligrapher profile image91
      Quilligrapherposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      And the very same to you, my friend.
      http://s2.hubimg.com/u/6919429.jpg

  11. bBerean profile image62
    bBereanposted 3 years ago

    Pondering existence.   

    I've spent a good part of my pondering existence, pondering existence.

    1. Kathryn L Hill profile image87
      Kathryn L Hillposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Pondering stuff that is.
      Heres a latin one:
      Ppl dunno
      It means: People don't know very much stuff.

  12. Reality Bytes profile image90
    Reality Bytesposted 3 years ago

    Carpe Diem

    1. snakeslane profile image80
      snakeslaneposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Nice

  13. Paraglider profile image90
    Paragliderposted 3 years ago

    So many of these offerings are very nice. I like them all. However, I still think that it's best to avoid the imperative form of the verb. i.e. best not to instruct, but simply to state something ponder-worthy(!)  If someone says to me, 'seek knowledge', the rebel in me immediately says 'seek it yourself!' wink

    I've been dipping in and out of the ramifications of Q's 'bliss heals'.  It raises so many lines of inquiry...

  14. Talisker profile image89
    Taliskerposted 3 years ago

    words change

    1. Daniel J. Neumann profile image59
      Daniel J. Neumannposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Quaerere veritas.

      That's latin for "Seeking out the truth" or "To search for truth."

      1. Zelkiiro profile image83
        Zelkiiroposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Actually it would be "veritatem quaerere."

        "Quaero" means to seek or look for, yes, but if you know anything about Latin, you'd know that verbs go at the end of their clause. "Veritas," however, is being used as the object of the verb in this phrase, and so it should be in the accusative "veritatem." And there you have it.

        1. Paraglider profile image90
          Paragliderposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          lupus lupe lupum lupi lupo lupo
          lupi lupi lupos luporum lupis lupis

          1. snakeslane profile image80
            snakeslaneposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            as she waits with bated breath for a reply, any reply...
            a case, OK, I got the jist, but seriously, how do you know these things! (paraglider)

            1. Paraglider profile image90
              Paragliderposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              I'm blessed (or cursed) with a very retentive memory - My head is full of useless stuff I learned in and out of school a million years ago. I'm not conscious of it until something triggers a spontaneous recall. Not really a useful 'skill'!  wink

    2. Paraglider profile image90
      Paragliderposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      That has many layers of meaning - nice smile

  15. lone77star profile image89
    lone77starposted 3 years ago

    Some interesting pairs.

    How about,

    "humility empowers"

    Without some degree of humility, no one ever learns anything. They're otherwise too busy being right and a "know-it-all." Without humility, the only thing that excels is ego.

    1. Paraglider profile image90
      Paragliderposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Good one smile

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      What a great bit of wisdom that was. smile

  16. Paraglider profile image90
    Paragliderposted 3 years ago

    As well as having some fun along the way, we came up with quite a nice collection of offerings. Here they all are, together:
    Stuff is.
    Sh*t happens.
    I am.
    Love God.
    Be honest.
    Flourish anyway.
    Reality exists.
    Sum, es.
    Now is.
    My ass.
    Relativity happens.
    Seek freedom.
    How come?
    What for?
    Bliss heals.
    Perseverance furthers.
    Love knowledge.
    Be present.
    Love wisdom.
    Embrace possibility.
    Pondering existence.
    Ppl dunno.
    Carpe diem.
    Dig deeper.
    Words change.
    Veritatem quaerere.
    Humility empowers.
    Live life.
    Examine deeply.

    Good night wink

    1. Daniel J. Neumann profile image59
      Daniel J. Neumannposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Collaborative poetry.

    2. snakeslane profile image80
      snakeslaneposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Groovy man!

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    Beth37posted 3 years ago

    Do or die.

    Crap! That's 3 words!

    1. Paraglider profile image90
      Paragliderposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      You can join the first two together:

      door die

      Now it's two

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        Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I hate it when a good door dies. So sad.

        1. Daniel J. Neumann profile image59
          Daniel J. Neumannposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          It would be especially sad if it was a door on the Heart of Gold (of Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). They're always so cheerful.

      2. jonnycomelately profile image85
        jonnycomelatelyposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        That could read "Open Sesame"

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    MysticMoonlightposted 3 years ago

    Just be.

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      Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Add the word "quiet" and that was my mothers philosophy for me.

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    Brenda Durhamposted 3 years ago

    Who's "they"?

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      mbuggiehposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Them that are not us...wink

    2. Daniel J. Neumann profile image59
      Daniel J. Neumannposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      The doors on the ship, Heart Of Gold, are all programmed with a "cheery disposition." That is the "they" I meant to say. :-)

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    Brenda Durhamposted 3 years ago

    I meant that the question  "Who's 'they'?"   is a valid two-word philosophy, or description of philosophy, however the case may be.
    But thanks y'all for responding!  haha  smile

    1. Daniel J. Neumann profile image59
      Daniel J. Neumannposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Hahaha. Oh. I read that wrong. But that's a cool contribution to the discussion. It makes me think of "Us versus Them." :-)

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        Brenda Durhamposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        smile

  21. aka-dj profile image77
    aka-djposted 3 years ago

    Have faith.

 
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