Although it probably won’t mean anything to anybody else, I have a fairly developed philosophy of life. It works for me. You’re welcome to any parts of it you might like. I like to explain things with stories that everybody knows. Goldilocks explains why this philosophy isn’t for everybody. A lot of Papa Bears will think it’s too simple. They’ll know a whole lot about some of the subjects I’ll touch on and criticize the work as too superficial. There will also be a lot of Mama Bears who think it’s too complicated. It talks about so many things and asks the readers for so much responsibility. Well, it’s not written for either of these groups. It’s written for those people who think it’s just about right. In fact, the whole damn point is to find that place in your life that’s just about right, not too hard and not too easy. And I don’t claim it’s original. Some of it might be. I don’t know.
I believe that human beings are only motivated by two things, love and fear. Every positive thing you do is motivated by love. In future posts I’ll expound upon this more fully. Right now I want to talk more generally. We face the decision between these two motivations every day. Love is always the right choice and fear is always wrong. Unfortunately we don’t choose love very often. Love is hard. It requires effort, risk, and responsibility. Love involves change. Fear is easy. It means staying where you are, protecting yourself, and is easily justified. Beware.
Sometimes in life there is an interesting phenomena. We make a series of small decisions that all seem to be correct. Then we look back and it turns out they led to a big mistake. How can it be that a hundred small good decisions could lead you to a big mistake? It hppens because those decisions were made out of fear. Fear is insidious and very powerful because it always sounds so damn reasonable. This is a deep vein, and I’ll be mining it a lot in the coming months.
Squirrels have a place in this philosophy too. Squirrels always want you to choose fear. They scare and manipulate you for their own gain. They’re scared all the time and they want you to be scared too. Pointing out these squirrly schemes is one of the reasons I have this blog. Piss off a squirrel. Spit in the face fear. Go do something for love.