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Life is Only as Simple as You Are ~Lazar

Simplicity in life and less expectation leads to greater and easier attained happiness, for man’s only true goals are to reproduce and survive. For example, living an average life, with marriage, family, an honest job, etc. It can be argued that a human needs nothing more to attain happiness, being loved and having others to love fulfills your needs, and time out side of your work. However, one cannot so simply define this average life, for every different individual is driven by different expectations and ambitions. It is these expectations and ambitions that form this web of relationships, hobbies, and interests we call life. In contradiction, the foundation for a happy and fulfilled life is built by high expectation and ambition, where one strives to deal with more complex concepts for his/her work, and wishes to be more than just another human being. For instance, why work a job one could acquire with a highschool degree over having a vast understanding of a specialized topic with a doctorate and executing high level research for a company; continuing to expand your knowledge. Would a line of work not be much more interesting if it is more important and needed? Where you’re a company relies on your sect of work to operate, or even a whole province or country.


The argument is that both these thematic philosophies cannot exist at the same reference in time; however, can they not exist together, combined by one common factor? Meaning, that although these two themes contradict each other, there is a common ground where a happy and fulfilled life is attained satisfying both statements. First off, the level mans’ expectations and ambitions will judge whether a simple, or more complicated life will satisfy oneself. Let us look deeper. These two sources for drive in a man’s life are created by his values, beliefs, and level of intelligence. For example, a child is raised by the values and beliefs of his/her parents and create his/her own values and beliefs through growth. It is these values and beliefs that help create ambitions and expectations for the child’s life, and based on these ambitions and expectations, the child will strive to accomplish them for success.

Intelligence plays an important role on its own, for if the child was never intelligent, he would not necessarily create his own values and beliefs, following his parents by the textbook, unaware. If he does not create his own values and beliefs, then he creates his ambitions purely from what he has learned from his parents. Ergo, in this sense it is the child’s parents that control the simplicity of his/her life. Another prime example is where a more intelligent person is amused by more difficult and inter-winding tasks, over a simple linear task. Thus, they would not be interested in living a simple “average,” due to the lack of interest and ambition.

This draws our common factor; a combination of values, beliefs, and intelligence. It is these three factors that define the simplicity of one’s life. As well, it is with this that we manage to eliminate our paradox of having the none-existence of two thematic life philosophies by inter-winding the two to create one.

Happiness in one’s life is judged by the values, moral, and grade of intelligence by oneself, leading to the creation of a path from ambition and expectation. 




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