Albert Einstein once said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” His theory of relativity was right but he may have been wrong about this. Although it is important to live for others, it is equally as important to live for myself. The purpose of life is not to solely dedicate one’s self to others, but it is to find a balance between giving too little and giving too much of yourself.
I do not like to think of myself as being selfish; however there are some benefits to putting yourself first. I am not talking about not sharing or only thinking about myself. I am talking about being selfish in the way that means I am taking care of myself and doing what is best for me, not for others. I will never do something just because someone else wants me to. In that moment I will be ...view middle of the document...
One of my favorite quotes, by Charles Swindoll, is “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it”. Those words encompass a way of life that many people overlook. A problem is only a problem if I let it be.
Giving back is just as important. If I am capable of making someone’s life better I will do what I can to make it happen. I am always willing to lend a helping hand whether it is through community service or something as little as opening the door for someone. I will consider how my actions could possibly affect other people. I am not the only person living on this planet and just as I would want someone to think about their actions affecting others, I will do the same. I understand that everyone is fighting their own battles so I will be nice. Sometimes people just need a kind word to turn their day around and I have no problem giving them that.
The balanced philosophy contrasts absurdism in a number of ways. Absurdists believe that life has no purpose, and that trying to find meaning in it is pointless. The balanced philosophy says that the purpose of life is to find a medium between focusing on one’s self and others. Only after that balance is found can someone live in content. It is similar to existentialism in that existentialists believe that life is meaningless except when a purpose is found. After that purpose is found, they live the rest of their lives trying to fulfill that purpose just as people following the balanced philosophy.
It is important to remember that being selfish is not always a bad thing but it should not be overdone and people should remember that the world does not revolve around them. The balanced philosophy is not for everyone (no philosophy is) but it is the one I choose to live by. It is not in any way easy but I believe that the satisfaction of finding that perfect balance will be worth it.