Life Philosophy: Step 1 | Start with "The Big Questions"

This is the First Step in the series, "How to Rethink Your Entire Life: Foundations of a Life Philosophy"

1. Start with “The Big Questions”

We all have a sense of “The Big Questions” of life.

They’re the existential riddles life confronts us with. They’re questions we all ask and answer, on some level, when we try to make sense out of life.

Here are a few.

What's it all about?
Who am I?
Why am I here?
Where did I come from?
Where am I going?
How should I live?
What's the point?
How do I know?
What the heck is going on?

Those aren’t the only Big Questions, but it’s enough to get us rolling.

We might feel that we already have pretty good answers to these. (Or, we might not.)

The aim at this point is to take a look at our answers to these questions – whatever they might be – and look for potential ways to strengthen them.

Good answers here lead to a sturdy philosophy of life. Weak answers can lead to a fragile one. But if we’re systematic and methodical, we should wind up on more solid ground.

For our purposes, we don’t need to answer these Big Questions now. At this point, the idea is just to raise them.

But if this process works the way it’s meant to, you’ll hopefully have a little more clarity on your answers to these questions.

That’s Step 1. With that in mind, we can move on to Step 2.

> Next: Step 2: Now, Add a Dash of Traditional Philosophy

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