David is a podcaster, blogger, and philosopher.
The focus of my writing is on what helps a person find meaning in life. Having a philosophy of life is an important aspect of finding meaning in life. No one can tell you what your philosophy of life should be, but rather you have to find what fits for you.
The word philosophy, broken down literally, means love of wisdom (philo - sophia).
I start with Greek Philosophy, including Stoic Philosophy, which is often focused on the question of practical Wisdom. How to live a life that leads towards eudaimonia, happiness, or “the flourishing life.”
The answer involves understanding how to live life “according to Nature”.
"Do not demand for life to happen as you wish, but wish that life goes as it does and life will go well."
To understand Nature requires understanding not only human Nature, but knowing your own true Nature. Modern psychology can help to understand human nature in a general sense, how human characteristics can be measured and how humans behave on average.
But to understand your own unique nature; how you vary from the average. The psychology and philosophy inspired by Carl G. Jung has been particularly useful to me.
Understanding the unconscious mind in order to better "know thyself".
The unconscious mind is the source of dreams, creativity, and unconscious motivations. The unconscious speaks a language of symbols. Archetypes, mythology, and poetry are all paths towards learning symbolic thinking.
I started co-hosting the Norse Mythology podcast “Between Two Ravens” as part of a process to explore an unfamiliar mythology. Mythologies are the stories of a culture and can be interpreted as a “collective dream.” Learning to interpret Old Norse Poetry and Mythology as sources of Wisdom has helped me both to develop my ability to understand symbolic reasoning as well as share my process and development with an audience.
How should one live life? No one else can define this for you.
As Viktor Frankl says, “What gives life meaning? Taking responsibility for your own life and giving it meaning.”
That includes understanding and taking responsibility for your unconscious mind.
See my blog post: "What is Prosoche?"