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What does the phrase "living a good life" mean to you?


posted 13-Apr-2000 9:36am  
no suffering, but not necessarily effortless
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 13-Apr-2000 10:43am  
living your life by other people's rules
being a pawn, a sheep, a sucker
posted 13-Apr-2000 10:56am  
Being a white middle-class American.
posted 13-Apr-2000 11:20am  
Happy, secure, independent from demands, money, nice house or four, boat, swimming pools, sun shine, perfect tan, nice swim suits, going shopping every day with $40,000 or more........
Soul mate, my Daddy living with me, healthy, actually having my whole family perfectly healthy and immortal.....
posted 13-Apr-2000 11:51am  
Being secure, happy, fulfilled. Having all that I need (although not necessarily all that I want smile). Friends. Beautiful countryside. Good food. Good wine. Good beer. Good music. Good stuff.
posted 13-Apr-2000 12:52pm  
It's a code phrase for a bunch of values, many of which I'm starting to reject.
posted 13-Apr-2000 12:53pm  
To live justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with my God.
I could go on for hours, but that sums it up.
posted 13-Apr-2000 12:54pm  
Oh... are you asking what I think other people mean when they say "living a good life"? I'm confused now.
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 13-Apr-2000 2:27pm  
Being surrounded with people who I love and who love me in return.
posted 13-Apr-2000 2:35pm  
Being well, happy, financially comfortable, surrounded by the people I love who are also well and happy.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 13-Apr-2000 4:39pm  
I find it interesting that a bunch of people have taken "living a good life" as some sort of external measure established by other people, with whom they mostly seem not to agree. I guess maybe "good" is a loaded term here or something. I took it as a personal thing, what my own definition of a good life is, not whether my life would meet someone else's criteria of a "good" life. Not that I've figured out what I think it is yet, anyway.
posted 13-Apr-2000 5:37pm  
It is meaningless. There is no such thing
as "living a good life". All life sucks.
posted 13-Apr-2000 7:09pm  
Dying without regret.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 13-Apr-2000 11:12pm  
topper - I think I know what you're talking about. I'm currently leaning more towards the idea that the feeling of discontent is just bullcrap (random chemical ups and downs in the brain). When I'm in a bad mood, it seems that I can make anything seem like a bad bad thing. When I'm in a good mood, I realize that I have much to be thankful for and that most of the stuff I worry about (money, social status, etc.) don't really matter. Going deeper (still in my good mood), I can derive an amazing feeling of joy from just existing in a world so beautiful and complex., the vague feelings of discontent seems pitiful - but somehow when I'm feeling them they gain power and they make me want to change my life...

Enheduanna - yeah, I was kind of being prickly, since the phrase was a quotation I thought it implied that it was someone else's term and thus someone else's idea of what a good life is. I think our society does have a lot of "good life" memes running around in it, and I think for many people they just don't fit. But, I was kind of being a jerk because I think the survey author was really trying to get us to describe our own personal good life (as you did).

Strider Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 13-Apr-2000 11:27pm  
doing whatever you feel like, when ever you feel like it.
posted 14-Apr-2000 6:11am  
Loving everything you do, including the challenges and frustrations. Making your own choices, seeking omniscience & omnipotence, helping others whenever appropriate. I'd sure like a wife though.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 14-Apr-2000 9:22am  
bill: yeah, there's definitely a (mainstream) societal conception of what "a good life" is; but I like to think that I stopped giving a crap about what mainstream society would think of my life a long time ago. Especially since they'd think it was anything but a good life, when I know better!
An important aspect of a good life to me is living a life of integrity, being true to myself. It's also about being happy and enjoying life, but it is not only about the warm-fuzzy parts of life; it's also about dealing well with difficulties and obstacles.
posted 14-Apr-2000 9:56am  
Anonymous #1- I hope that someday you find something that will make you happy enough to say that you "lived a good life"!!!
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 14-Apr-2000 10:49am  
When I think of "living a good life" I tend to think of living a life in which you are a good person, being kind to others and such.
posted 14-Apr-2000 1:53pm  
Doing the best you can for yourself and not messing up anybody else's life.
posted 15-Apr-2000 12:36am  


posted 15-Apr-2000 3:21am  
hare visnu
visnu visnu
siva siva
kali kali
romkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 15-Apr-2000 9:39pm  
living as well as I can while doing as little damage
posted 17-Apr-2000 7:56am  
I think living a good life has something to do with squeezing mud between your toes.
posted 17-Apr-2000 11:47am  
You're really into this mud thing aren't you?
posted 17-Apr-2000 10:18pm  
Well, you're into Astrology aren't you? If you were to read my chart, you would find Earth *everywhere*.
posted 18-Apr-2000 8:01am  
I have some image of laying on the beach with some kind of tropical girlie drink. This isn't me. I'm a vampire. I only go to the beach in the night.
posted 18-Apr-2000 8:09am  
Oh my Goth!
posted 26-Apr-2000 2:09am  
Free drinks!!!
posted 26-Apr-2000 1:41pm  
I think it involves going one step further than doing nothing wrong. An ye harm none? Bullcrap. If you don't help anybody, your're outright evil. I am outright evil and it bothers me quite a bit.
posted 26-Apr-2000 1:47pm  
I think some people here may be confusing living "a good life" with living "the good life". Living the good life is when you have a swimming pool in your mansion in Hawaii and your caviar is flown in fresh every day and your driver's driver drives a Bentley. Living "a good life" is when you don't have anything at all because whenever you get something you give it to someone who needs it more than you. It's being honest and kind and charitable. It's teaching when those around you are ignorant and it's learning when they are knowledgeable. At least that's my good life and I wish I could live it but I don't think I'm up to the task.
posted 26-Apr-2000 10:07pm  
Almost joachim, almost. I lived like that for many years. You have to love yourself as much as others. You need to give in order to have anything to receive. It is always the warmth with which you give and receive that count's. If you give with any pain of sacrifice, you are only spreading misery, and committing a suicide. I will no longer give to those who will remain beyond ever appreciating it. That doesn't mean don't give away things that don't mean anything to you, if they'll be appreciated. Loving gifts will also be come back to you in some form, so there is no need for attachment. I've also tried living on a shoe string to do volunteer work. Better to do what you love most in the most loving fashion. People should make more of a difference than the task however; a soup kitchen can be a wonderful environment.
posted 1-May-2000 4:49pm  
KR for once I think you are not only surprisingly lucid but also exactly right.
posted 2-May-2000 3:54am  
For once? well thank you anyhow. It took me a lot of experimentation to get this far, and I'm sure more realisations are around the corner. It helps when you have an advisor over your shoulder to say who get's a lot, and who doesn't get a dime. I was intentionally homeless briefly, so now I can tell those begging that I never had to ask people for a thing when I was in their situation. But then, to be fair, I must say I had intelligence, experience, self-esteem, wisdom, hope, and most of all, a sprezzaturic grace that most homeless can not claim to have had, so it's not really a fair comparison, though comparison wasn't the point, it was teaching that attitude works miracles.
posted 2-May-2000 10:22am  
When all the world recognizes beauty as beauty, this in itself is ugliness.
When all the world recognizes good as good, this in itself is evil.

Indeed, the hidden and the manifest give birth to each other.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short exhibit each other.
High and low set measure to each other.
Voice and sound harmonize each other.
Back and front follow each other.

Therefore, the Sage manages his affairs without ado,
And spreads his teaching without talking.
He denies nothing to the teeming things.
He rears them, but lays no claim to them.
He does his work, but sets no store by it.
He accomplishes his task, but does not dwell upon it.

And yet it is just because he does not dwell on it
That nobody can ever take it away from him.

- Lao Tzu, "Tao Teh Ching"
posted 2-May-2000 3:11pm  
A#2 says the truth, but it's so hard to maintain 'playing apart' operating like this entirely.
#17 SUI - The ruler can become a sage. the sage can uncreate the world, but the ruler brings it back. "Following brings supreme success". It releases one and empowers the other. Partnership brings recycling of duties and creates comfort. The yang bows to the yin; the yin, the yang, exchange places, and thus the ruler willingly subordinates to the ruled. Just this risky lep is torturous to observe. The abyss is deep and wide, the cravasss is deep and wide. Héll hole of calcutta, Bermuda, Black holes in spacedeep & wide, weep & ride. "Following brings supreme success".
posted 10-May-2000 4:04pm  
Not what it usually means. Not wanting--having a roof over my head, knowing where my next meal will come from, my child, my pets, my family and friends. Being able to think and act freely.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 2-Oct-2017 5:57pm  
Something that is not this.
posted 3-Oct-2017 8:55am  
Jodi at my side, and cold beer in the fridge.
posted 6-Oct-2017 9:59pm  
Government stays the hell out of it
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 7-Oct-2017 1:14am  
It has 2 meanings to me. 1) being a good person (living an ethical life) 2) living a happy life (Life's good to me)

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