Even if you’re not a philosopher, it is not uncommon to have some type of philosophy about life. It may be religion, spirituality, or just how you believe the world functions. Whatever it may be, it is formed by your perspective on life in a way that is influenced by so much of what makes you, you:
- Your Genetics
- Your Experience
- Your Psychology
So often we want to think that our view of the world is “right” and others’ is “wrong.” But usually, there is no 100% correct view of the world. Even a feeling or opinion that is science-based and logical will still have a kernel of personal opinion mixed in because our reality is not necessarily the reality that others also share.
How Our Personal Biases Affect Our Beliefs
Simply put: there is no such thing as a purely objective philosophy of the world. Everything – every view, every experience, every belief – is impacted by our personal biases, whether we are aware of them or not.
It is because of those biases that we have to be careful about the type of advice and judgment that we put onto others. We also have to be willing to sit back and reflect on ourselves, looking at what we “know to be true” versus potential opposing viewpoints or ways of viewing the world.
That is not to say our philosophy is necessarily wrong. But it does mean that we’re aware that it is based on our own psychology. If it conflicts with something that makes us happy, then perhaps it is the philosophy that needs to change.
We Each Need to Find Our Own Personal Truth
Each of us has to be careful that we have not pre-defined our own personal life philosophies. Part of living a happier life involves embarking on a path to find our own personal truth – that one that not only makes the most sense to us personally but also contributes to better functioning mental health.
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