Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Three Philosophies To Live By

I have been thinking about life lately.

I think I have come up with the three philosophies that sum up my views on life, how the world turns etc. Time to share:

1) "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Known as the ethic of reciprocity, or more commonly known as the Golden Rule. Tough to live by in practice (and I admire those that live by this daily), but wouldn't the world be a better place if everyone practiced this philosophy?

2) Survival of the fittest. This may seem a bit in conflict with philosophy #1, (for me #1 applies to basic human needs and rights) but I actually believe in this as it pertains to the economy, the environment etc. I don't think we should put artificial policies in place to "prop up" businesses or economies that are on the brink of failure. Let the markets sort things out, which leads me to:

3) The law of supply and demand. Capitalism at it's best. Prices change based on this fundamental economic law. Businesses succeed when they understand this. Innovation and ideas get generated when someone recognizes a need in the marketplace. I believe you can tie this to philosophy #1-if there is a fundamental basic human need (ex. disease to cure, human condition problem to solve), individuals or organizations will and should find a way to fill that need.

Just some thoughts....what do you think?

Signing off.........Jiresell


Beth Shoaf said...

I like all of your philosophies but especially #2. I hate politics because I think it's all corrupt and bad decisions are being made every day. I'm so SICK of all of the bailouts that are going on. Maybe if someone fails, someone else will come in and try harder and actually run a company correctly. It's just so infuriating and I feel helpless and feel like I'm being screwed over for not being poor or in debt.

Anonymous said...

But Jim, if you combine #3 with #1 as proposed, don't you end up with a swine flu vaccine that costs $3200 a dose?