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Philosopher means lover of wisdom. The most practical application of any philosophy is that it empowers people to make decisions. If someone does you wrong, how do you respond? Some philosophies propose revenge, others justice, and some forgiveness. Do you have a philosophy by which you choose to live? I'm a Christian. I believe Jesus's teachings are the best way to live. Even if you could prove to me that Jesus never existed, I would still believe that his teachings propose the best way to live. I've studied other religions and philosophies, and that is the conclusion I have reached. What I love about Jesus's teachings is that they apply to everyone, everywhere, and in every situation. They're not elitist. They're accessible to everybody.
Imagine for a moment how the world would be different if everyone strove to live these teachings. Imagine how much the world's suffering would be eradicated. The teachings of Jesus are many. So, throughout my day when I have a decision to make, I simply ask myself, "Will this help me become the best version of myself?" This question always brings clarity. This is my personal philosophy. It is drawn from my belief that God created all men and women to become the very best version of themselves. This is God's dream for us and our dream for anyone we truly love. My experience of life has led me to discover that I am fully alive when I am striving to become all God created me to be. There is no other way to be fully alive. How do you make your decisions? Do you have a process? Do you have guiding principles? Do you have a personal philosophy? When you've got to make a decision in the middle of the day, what do you use to orient you?
Without a personal philosophy, life can seem confusing and complex because every time you have to make a decision, you need to build a philosophy from scratch. This becomes exhausting, and decisions made when we're exhausted are very rarely good decisions. When we're tired and stressed or in distress, a personal philosophy is especially helpful. These scenarios make it harder for the mind to reach decisions because our clarity is compromised. In addition to helping you make better decisions, the most practical advantage to having a personal philosophy is that it empowers you to make decisions with speed, clarity, and confidence. Become a lover of wisdom. Become a philosopher. This will help you become a great decision maker. Be able to look back on your life three months from now, a year from now, 10 years from now and identify the wisest decisions you have made and the fruit they bore in your life. Make wisdom a priority in your life and watch your life flourish. The world needs whole generations of philosophers to rescue it from the path it is on. The world needs new generations of philosophers, lovers of wisdom. May we all, each and every single one of us, become one of those lovers of wisdom