Essay on What Is Your Philosophy?

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What is Your Philosophy?
Christopher Robinson
December 12, 2011
Kathleen Ramsey

What is Your Philosophy?

How does one define his or her personal philosophy? A variety of personal, social, political, and economic circumstances help molds one’s philosophy. Using myself, as an example, I will explain how each of these areas has played some part in the molding of my personal philosophical views.
The formation of my views began when I was a young child at around six or seven years old. I didn’t realize at the time of course. Only through growing up and looking back can one realize such things. According to the Performance Aid, I find myself falling into two categories of philosophy: Social and Post-Colonial.
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Do we have natural rights? What are these rights? Where did this need arise from? Many of this era felt that we as humans had certain undeniable rights that were given to us. Thomas Hobbes contends that human beings are motivated purely by self-interest, and that the state of nature, which is the state of human beings without civil society, is the war of every person against every other. My interpretation of this is that people are motivated to do things only if we in someway benefit. Being in the military is a prime example of this. In a military setting they focus on individual achievements as being a reflection of team achievement. This directly affects an individual’s award package be it for the quarter, year, etc. This need for self-recognition drives many to go “above and beyond” normal work duties. Upper management likes to see this because they feel as though they in some way had an effect on this individual(s) to go out and do “good things”. I put good things in quotes because what are “good things” really? What makes something good to other people is different to each person. This is something I think about all the time because I see myself as doing “good things” but yet don’t get recognized for it. That could be because my own personal satisfaction is my own reward. I don’t need for others to see just whoever I help.
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