The purpose of life is to thrive. To thrive means to do better than merely survive. All life everywhere is seeking to thrive, not merely humans who agree that this is the purpose of life. Those who believe that the purpose of life is to gain admission into heaven, do so because they conceive of heaven as a place where people thrive. Two concepts related to thrive are flourish and prosper. Flourishing implies physical vitality and growth; a flourishing plant is a thriving plant. Prosperity implies material wealth, and would be used to describe a person, but not a plant. The opposite of thrive is languish.
People thrive by virtue of productive work, and produce by means of their conceptual minds. We are the only Earthly species capable of philosophy. We languish without knowledge, but we are born ignorant, and must learn everything that we are to know. Curiosity is the instinct for learning. Err on the side of curiosity, but temper curiosity with wisdom. The purpose of knowledge is action. Learning is a form of productive work, but not all areas of knowledge are equally important. One important area of knowledge is ethics, the branch of philosophy whose purpose is to identify the fundamental principles one should consider when answering the question "What should I do?" This question is as permanent as your life, as inevitable as the passage of time.
A corrected mistake ceases to exist; an evaded mistake lives forever. It is no virtue to be consistent with one's past mistakes. Know that you are good and be an example of yourself. Hell--and heaven--and purgatory--is living with yourself. If you make it so that people should hate you, it's small consolation that they don't know it--you know it, and it's hell living with that knowledge. Eschew vices: the difference between zero and one is that of principle; the difference between one and two is arbitrary. Form happy memories; they are a tonic against despair and nourish a benevolent sense of life. It's not survival of the fittest; it's reproduction of the thriving.
Human interactions should be consensual. The justification for taxation is that a government cannot fund itself, and the alternative to a force monopoly is anarchy, which cannot protect individual rights. In order to pay for the instruments of government, such as the police, the courts, and the military, the government has the moral right to issue legal tender (this being preferrable to taxation, which has a high cost of compliance and corrupts the government by permitting it to micromanage the economy via the tax code). The best form of government is a constitutional republic constituted to protect the principle of individual rights. It is a system of separation of state and non-state, where non-state is understood to mean: church, business, charity, education, retirement planning, health insurance, and everything else that is not government. A Constitutional amendment is a message from the people to the Supreme Court. When people are free to keep their earnings, then they are productive, as nature requires them to be; and the economy (production and trade) flourishes, becoming known as laissez-faire capitalism: the economic system of prosperity is the political system of individual rights, founded on the moral principle of consensual human interactions.
- "Immortality costs infinity dollars." - Paul Siraisi, intjlist (2009); Even an affordable immortality costs infinite resources, in the fullness of time.
- Death is not a deadline.
- Identity is unaffected by identification.
- Reality is an omnipresent context.
- If you do it, you will have done it.
- You have to be good at something.
- If it's difficult, it's practice. Treat necessary physical activity as an opportunity to exercise. Be fit enough for good sex.
- Half of life is work.
- Creative work is an affirmation of life.
- All of our ancestors reproduced.
- What should I do?
- What is important?
- What is the alternative?
- What type of thing is it? How is it different from other things of its type? (Genus & Differentia)
- How do you know?
- Why do you say that?
Philosophy is a vehicle: in order to have traction it must have contact with the ground, else it's just spinning its wheels.