|The most generalized definition I have ever encountered of philosophy is as follows: the intellectual endeavor of man to determine a meaning and purpose for life [and, by extension, develop a lifestyle in accordance with the meaning that has been determined].|
I think that, in accordance with the life-affirming ideal of objectivism, this is a fundamentally backwards stance. Existence is held as a natural right under the American constitution. Yet, it is a right that people feel the need to question, to justify, to define. It is my contention that the highest virtue of man is the simple fact and nature of our existence. It is not the effect towards which man must assign cause; rather, it is the cause which man must honor with cause. Existence; in its innate characteristic of life, love, beauty, is its own reason for being. It is complete of itself, its own ends.
I feel like we are betraying the fact of our being by questioning it. Rather, we should accept existence as our own highest virtue, and honor it by fulfilling the highest capacity we have for self-actualization, and the achieving of the noblest goals and highest virtues of our own private lives.
Thus, paradoxically, my philosophy is that the over-pursuit of philosophy is the betrayal of self; one should accept as a philosophical precept that the act of philosophical pursuit is the betrayal of its inherent value, and instead direct intellectual endeavors to the realization, and not the questioning, of being.