What’s Important Now?

Oct 14, 2013 Posted Under: philosophy

My son just started at University of Chicago last month, so we are now empty nesters.  A sudden change which emphasizes that this is an opportunity, even a requirement, to redesign our lives.  I feel particularly lucky in having for a model my son Stefan, who taught himself while in high school how to continuously improve the design of himself and his life. So, What’s Important Now?

Of course the essentials:

  • food
  • shelter
  • love
  • self approval
  • health monitoring / maintenance

When I first started writing this post, my intention was to go into some depth for each topic, but that plan has stalled out the actual writing, thinking about it too much.  And that has also stalled out taking actions on several of my todo projects.  Among some of this thinking, I wondered “How would I live differently upon having billions of dollars?”  So, I will continue contemplating that notion and then come back from time to time to put some more words to each of these …

improving the likelihood of happiness events, take actions every day

fairness, revenge and gossip

trust and loyalty

morals vs values, ethics

our institutions behave like living beings, as search engines for efficiency  (after reading The Data-Driven Society; October 2013; Scientific American Magazine)

Bottom line — the tried and true:  Life. Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

 

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