I am a lifeist. Yeah, I know it sounds a bit off, but there really is no better way for me to put it. I’m not a pessimist, I’m not an idealist, and I’m not even a realist (which often has negative connotations). I put my faith in life simply being as it is, neither good nor bad. As the term lifeist is still pretty foreign, I’m going to compile a list of characteristics or phrases that I feel best embody the concept of ‘lifeism’.
- To love is to suffer.
- To grow is to suffer.
- To live is to suffer.
- But, to live is also to rejoice, even in the wake of intense suffering.
- This rejoicing also comes with the potential for great change
- The strongest loves and the greatest growths are those that coincide with pain.
- The sweetest fruit is that which is the hardest to grow.
- Life will go on, regardless of your suffering.
- Life is in a constant flux and nothing is ever concrete.
- Dichotomy is the poison of life.
- Life is a series of moments, each one a culmination of all your previous moments and experiences.
- As a result of this, there is no truly “right” or “wrong” decision. Merely the best one that you feel able to make.
- There is nothing to gain from regret.
- Learn from the past, do not dwell on it.
- “Those who restrain desire do so because theirs os weak enough to be restrained”
- “Do what you will, but harm none”
- Acceptance of these principles will allow you to progress
Again, this is just a loose outline of a relatively new concept. Well, not necessarily new, but rephrased. Like I stated above, nothing is concrete and these principles have the potential to change at any time. I’m still working through the wording on some of the concepts, but generally I like what I have so far. I like the idea of having a moral guideline for living life, but one that is defined by your own experiences and past decisions. I’d like to think that our moral guide is constantly flowing and being shaped, never the same. This guideline is the backbone of how we may express our inner selves. If we don’t flow and change along with life , we will always be left wanting…will always be dissatisfied.
Lifeism is the only way that I can explain my system of beliefs and ideas. It makes so much sense to me. Putting my faith in life- my life and the life that I see around me- and accepting the ever- changing nature of it is the only way I can find any peace. As much as I detest grouping and categorizing beliefs, feelings, desires, and experiences, I like having something to grasp…something to apply to myself. While it still needs a bit of tweaking, I think this can still be applicable to almost anyone. Lifeism: it’s all around us.
On a side note…