The philosophy of life

Life, I think is like a hyper-speed train running on a hyper-speed railway track, and you are the driver; plus you also have the ability to control which railway track you want to travel on. Time passes by so fast; things happen. What if one day you realize that your life is running on a wrong track? Or you just doubt and say to yourself “Maybe my life is not heading to the right direction?”
Of course, just realize above questions already required the person has done some considerable thinking about life. So, let’s just say we want to use this “hyper-speed-train-running” metaphor( and personally, I really think it is a “so Good” metaphor 🙂 ), what you would do if you decide that your life is indeed heading into the wrong direction?
生活,我想,就像一列运行在高速铁轨上的高速列车,并且你就是它的驾驶者;还有,你也有能力控制该列车在你所想行使的轨道上运行。时间过得很快;事情发生着。如果有一天,你发现你的生活运行在一个错误的轨道上怎么办?或者,只是怀疑并对自己说:“也许,我的生活没有导向一个正确的方向?”当然,只是意识到上面的问题已经需要一个人对生活有一些思考。所以,让我们只是说我们想用这个“高速列车行驶”的隐喻(并且,实际上,我真认为这是一个“非常好”的隐喻),如果你的生活实际上确实导向了一个错误的方向你又会做什么决定呢?

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE “Switches”
It is not possible that your life will have radical changes over night, just like it is not possible that a hyper-speed train will instantly head to the opposite direction — in fact I think even if you just want adjust to a different direction a little bit, this assertion is also true. What you can do is switch the switchers which control which track of the “life-train” of yours will be running on.
‘Switch the switches”, you can see it as making different kinds of decisions in your life. Every little decision you made gradually defines who you are. So many decisions you have to make in your life, there are small decisions as well as big decisions; remember, even though no decision can make the radical instantly changes that is the ones you INTENDED, but some decisions can do bring big change to your life, some ones will even bring big damages which can nearly ruin your life — just like you put the wrong switch on or the junction of the switch( or even the railway track itself ), has something wrong, the train would wretch and the rest is a devastating disaster. Even little ones can lead to unexpected results, after all, when you switched the track, the train will travel with high speed on the new track its destination may not clear at the time you made the decision; So, always pay attention to someone say to you “Dude, I think this is a small mistake will gradually turn into a bid mistake”.

WHERE THE “switches” AND “railway track” COME FROM?
We are living in society. We can not control everything: we can’t select our parent, we can’t select in which society we born and we can’t change our past and the past that already came before us. You can think that everybody in a given society is actually making his or her living by running his or her “life-train” on a vast railway network which the society has provided. Your life is not just your own business in some extend, it involves others. That’s why we need ethic rules and “rule of law”; that’s why we have the ability to judge morally right or wrong; and essentially, that is why government is an evil, but it is a necessary evil. Government’s role is make sure the railway track working perfectly and smoothly, and provide the maximum “freedom of choose” to make the switch for individual in the society.

WHAT IS DRIVING YOUR “life-train”?
Notice that it is not saying “who is driving your ‘life-train’?”. It is entirely up to you how you drive your life-train. You are no doubt the driver of your life, and everyone of us feel like we as individual can and should have 100% control of our own life; well, it is true, but did you even feel sometimes that you can’ t control your life? I think we will agree that we all have the times felt that we even have no 100% control on the smallest thing in our daily life; that “I have 100% control of my own life” is just felt like an illusion! If you agree with me, then you may ask why is it? Why is it like so? I have an explanation of my own here, but I can’t guarantee you will satisfy with my explanation. Remember, we have these problems in our life because IT IS NOT ONLY OUR REASON DRIVES OUR LIFE-TRAIN. We have emotions, passions, feelings and the vast majority subconscious within us. According to scientific studying, we have surprised amount subconscious which affects or even determines our day to day life decision. If you are interested in how subconsciouses affect our life, I highly recommend you check out the “MEMORY OPTIMIZER COURSE” by LEARNING STRATEGIES; while I going through this course, I am surprised that, say, if there are 15 inches conscious zone, the non-conscious or subconscious zone is about 11 miles! Besides our reason, we have all these non-reason which drivers our life as well. And we love about them; after all, it is emotions give us a meaningful life; as Nietzsche put it “A life with no passion is a life not worthy living”.
So, I hope you can keep in mind that, besides our reason, there a lot else going on in our minds. Yes, it is you drive your life-train, and you really should very carefully about the “job”; and also, I think you should learn to enjoy the job; which means of course, learn to enjoy life.

WHAT IS “Love”?
The ending of most romance fictions or movies “They are living happily together ever after and forever” is actually the beginning of “Love” (I may want to add that, actually, the whole sentence will have different interpretation depends on definition of the word “forever”). Love is a long process, it takes patients, takes learning. In love with some one is actually means that you will live the life together with someone, make the decisions together with someone; these including positive decisions and negative decisions, and sometimes, very difficult decisions. But you are together, you knew the other person will support you, will be there for you! So I think, if you ever get the feeling that he or she is “the one” because you are going through your life together and happy and willing to continue the happiness for an indefinite time, then, yes, he or she probably is “The One”! So, don’t miss the opportunity if you ever have the chance to love. 🙂

THE THREE MAIN QUESTIONS
As economists said, there are actually three questions we encounter in life (listed in priority order):

  • What is the meaning of life
  • What is really going on between individuals
  • What is really going on when people trade

Economists are actually trying to answer only the third question. And even though, I think you may be can prove that above three questions are listed really in priority order ( in some logical importance order maybe? ), in real life these three questions are actually intersected as a whole; and I also think there are no absolutely standard right answers for everyone (even I admit that the question of 2nd and 3rd should have considerable amount of answers in the field of scientific research right now). So keep in mind these three questions, and try your best to provide your own answers.

BEGIN THINK ABOUT YOUR LIFE
At the beginning of this article, I said just come up this “hyper-speed-train-running” metaphor about life “already required the person has done some considerable thinking about life”. So how to begin to really think about your life? I think the old saying applies: Know Thyself.
Know thyself first, then decide what you want to do with your life everyday!

If you really want to live the life you want, don’t forget your dream, and put the “switch” on and off carefully. You will see, one day, a brand new world on the horizon; and a clear, beautiful version of your dream is in front of you!这都是关系到“转轴”
你的生活在一夜之间有一个极度的改变是不可能的,也就是说,那列高速列车立即转向相反的方向是不可能的——实际上,我认为即使你只是想将它微调调向一个不同的方向,该声称也是正确的。你能做的是切换控制你“生活列车”将要行使的轨道的转轴。
“切换转轴”,你可以将它视为在你的生活中做各种不同的决定。每一个你做的小决定渐渐地决定了你是谁。有很多的决定你不得不在你的生活中做出,有小的也有大的决定;记住,即使没有一个决定会像你意图的那样带来突然极度的改变,但是,一些决定确能给你的生活带来大的改变,一些甚至能够带来几乎毁掉你的生活的大的伤害——就像你将转轴调错了或者转轴点或甚至铁轨本身有某种错误,那列车会出麻烦,余下的就是具有大规模损害的灾难。即使小小的决定也会导向不可预期的结果,毕竟,当你切换了轨道,那列车会高速行驶在新的轨道上,它的目的地在你做决定时可能是不清楚的;因此,总是对某个人报以注意,他对你说:“老兄,我想这个小错误会渐渐地转变成一个大错误。”
“转轴”和“列车轨道”从哪里来的?
我们生活在一个社会中。我们不能控制每件事情;我们不能选择我们的父母,我们不能选择我们所生的社会,并且,我们不能改变我们的过去,和那些已经在我们之前就存在了的过去。你可以认为,每一个给定社会中的人实际上通过驾驶他或她的“生活列车”在该社会提供的轨道网络上来过他或她的生活。在某个范围上来说,你的生活并不仅仅是你自己的事情,它关涉了其他人。那就是为什么我们需要伦理规则和“法治”;那就是为什么我们有判断道德上对和错的能力;并且实质上,那就是为什么政府是一种恶,但它是一个必要的恶。政府的任务是确保该列车轨道网络尽可能的完美和顺畅,并且提供关于切换转轴的最大限度的“选择自由”给社会中的每个个人。
什么在驱动你的“生活列车”?
注意,这不是说“谁在驾驶你的‘生活列车’?”。对于你怎么驾驶你的生活列车这全在于你。你无论如何都是你生活的驾驶者,并且,我们每个人都感觉我们作为个人能够并且应该对我们自己的生活有100%的控制;好吧,那是真的;但是,你有什么时候感觉你不能控制你的生活吗?我们想,我们都有些时候感觉,甚至对于在我们日复一日的日常生活中的最小事情,我们都不能100%的控制;那个“我对我自己的生活有100%的控制”简直就感觉像个幻象!如果你同意我,你可能会问为什么?为什么会是这样?在这里,我对我自己有一个解释,但是,我不能保证你会对我的解释满意。记住,我们在我们的生活中有这些问题是因为不仅仅是我们的理性在驱使着我们的生活列车。我们有情感,激情,感觉和在我们之中的很多次级意识。根据科学研究,我们有令人惊奇的很多次级意识影响甚至决定我们日常生活中的抉择。如果你对次级意识如何影响我们的生活感兴趣,我非常推荐你查阅由学习策略提供的“记忆优化课程”;我进行该课程时,令我很惊奇的是,如果说意识层面有15英尺,那么非意识或次级意识层面有大概11英里!除了我们的理性,我们都还有这些非理性在驱使我们的生活。并且,我们喜爱它们;毕竟,是情感给我们一个有意义的生活;就像尼采说的,“没有激情的生活是不值得过的”。
所以,我希望你记住,除了我们的理性,还有很多其它的东西进入我们的心中。是的,你是在驾驶你的生活列车,并且你必须对这项“工作”非常小心;但是还有,我想你必须学着愉悦这项工作,这当然也就是,学着怎样享受生活。
什么是“爱”?
多数浪漫的小说和电影的结尾都是“他们从此以后并且永远幸福地生活在一起”,这其实就是“爱”的开始(我可能要加上,实际上,这整个句子依“永远”这个词的定义会有不同的解释。)。爱是一个长的过程,它需要耐心,需要学习。与某人相爱意味着你要和某人生活在一起,和某人一起做决定,包括正面的和负面的决定,并且,有些时候是非常困难的决定。但是,你们在一起,你知道另一个人会支持你,会为你在那里!所以,我认为,如果你一旦有那种感觉,感觉他或她就是“那个人”,因为你们一起过你们的生活并且很快乐并且愿意将这一快乐持续无限期的时间,那么,是的,他或她可能就是“那个人”!所以,如果你一旦有爱的机会,就别错过这机会。
三个主要问题
就像经济学家说的,实际上在我们的生活中会遭遇三个问题(以优先次序列出):
什么是生活的意义?
个人与个人之间到底在发生着什么?
当人们交易时到底是什么在发生着?
经济学家们实际上只是在试着回答第三个问题。然而,即使是这样,我想你可能能够证明上面三个问题确实是有优先次序的(可能是以某种逻辑上的重要性?),在现实生活中,这三个问题实际上是作为一个整体相互缠绕在一起的;并且,我也认为,没有对于每个人来说都正确的标准答案(即使,我承认,第二和第三个问题现在在科学研究中应该有可以想象得到的很多回答了)。因此,将这三个问题记在心中,尽自己最大的能力给自己提供答案。
开始思考你的生活
在本文的开头,我说过,仅是开始对于这个关于生活的“高速列车运行”的隐喻就“已经需要一个人对于生活做了一些思考。”那么,如何开始真正地思考你的生活?我想那个老说法仍然适用:认识你自己。
先认识你自己,然后决定每天你想对你的生活做些什么!
如果你真想过你想过的生活,不要忘掉你的梦想,并且将那个“转轴”小心地切和换。有一天,你将看到,一个全新的世界在地平线,一个清晰、美丽的梦想在你面前!

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