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Osho is a lot of fun. He's a bit dogmatic, but he's also got many wise points. Like, his whole 'if you love a flower, don't pick it, let it be,' thing really helped me affirm my belief that true love is selfless where as selfishness, wanting to pick the flower, is not love but is really just instinctual greed.
What'd I move on to? Hmmmm. Well, I was never a student of philosophy, more of a philosopher, like a mathematician that never picked up a book on math. I was always sitting around thinking, never really paying attention to others' ideas or reading philosophy. But then when I was binging on Absurdism and Existentialism (I had no idea those were their names at the time) I had the bright idea to just type my ideas into Google, and then that's how I found Descartes and Camus. So I read a lot about them and their ideas to begin with, and I found that I agreed with them most of the time. Then I really didn't read anymore philosophy until freshman year of college when I suddenly became way into Buddhism. I read a lot of Koans at the time. Koans are good; they're very deep, very thought-provoking. I really just wanted to figure out how not to be miserable, but then I realized Buddhism, like any other popular school of thought, was full of bullshit. But then I started reading about Siddhartha and his philosophy, and that was pretty epic. The original Buddha really was quite a genius in philosophy, psychology and science (at the time). Then I took an Eastern Religion class one day and I ended up become a big fan of Confucius and the Taoists. Confucius understood humanity's innate need for social hierarchies and philosophized about it a lot, about how to take advantage of it, while the Taoists were writing about how good and evil are subjective. I really learned a lot from Confucius and Taoism. Then I got into the ancient greeks like Aristotle, Socrates, Pyrho, the Stoics and the Cynics. Today, I would say that even though I am my own philosopher, my philosophy very much lines up with Taoism and Cynicism, but that doesn't help much when trying to describe myself since nobody around here knows what a Taoist or a Cynic are, especially…
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