Rubinshteinic Philosophy In a Nutshell

Rubinshteinic Philosophy In a Nutshell

Updated: Apr 17

Although ranging to 6-7 books, I have managed to summarize the entirety of my philosophy in one, single article, for you to enjoy and enhance your understanding of the philosophy I have to offer to the world.

Hereby a collection of ideas and principles that so far have been expanded on a total of 7 books, 4 in my native language of Hebrew, Two in English and one that I might privately publish in a few months, in English as well:

1. Independence is key to self actualization:

While others can help us along the way, the goals of self-actualization is to actualize oneself beyond the sphere of society, AKA, we as individuals are more than just what we think society thinks about us, but people with different potentials that ought to be discovered through the utilization of seclusion.

2. Egoism isn’t inheritably bad:

There is no fault in putting your own favor above the favors of others, and in fact you can still contribute to others even if you put your own interest in the highest priority.

3. Society is at large centered at itself, AKA, Sociocentric:

This idea isn’t directed to a specific society, but a collective at large. In order for the collective to preserve itself and gain more authority over others, it encourages its members to focus primarily on itself, as if it was the center of all existence. One way attempts to do so is through encouraging people not to be alone, because being extensively along means disconnecting from the grip of society. Another way it does so is through creating an Authority of Norms to influence individuals to aspire to commit to the norm and disdain whatever is considered weird and eccentric, thus limiting us in the name of its influence over us.

4. Seclusion is the key to optimal freedom under realistic circumstances:

Ultimate freedom is impossible, because we are always dependent on things and beings to keep us alive. However, the more we seclude ourselves and develop our own individuality, we can be a few steps closer to optimal freedom from the chains of conformity.

5. Not all humans are necessarily social creatures:

There can be many people that prefer their own company over the company of others, and some may even enjoy doing so over socializing. The saying that all people are social creatures is therefore a stereotypical generalization.

6. The Age of Solitude:

Due to the dominance of technology over our lives, we are becoming less and less social, because many of us spend time in front of screens instead of in front of people. Even though we have global accessibility to people across the world, we are nonetheless lonelier than ever. Therefore, should we learn to accept seclusion in our lives and even utilize it for our own benefit, we can overcome the contemporary “epidemic” of loneliness.

7. Being a loner doesn’t make you an egoist: Solitude can be utilized for the benefit of society. Writers, artists, philosophers and so forth are all examples of people that utilize solitude for contributing to the world at large.

8. Being a loner doesn’t make you a loser, either:

You can be successful in whatever field you’re good at even if you are a loner, and success doesn’t have to come only through societal or normative means, such as marriage, sex and wealth.

9. Self-Discipline and a more-ascetic lifestyle can bring you closer to optimal freedom:

Financial materialism has the fault of making us addictive to constant purchases and consumerism, and addictions by nature are enslaving. Should we live a more healthy lifestyle through making our lives more ascetic, we can become more independent and more resilient from addictions that are toxic for us even if they make us feel good. The good feeling we receive from them is actually a delusion of good, hence why we pursue them.

10. Live and Let Live:

It is not right to force your believes on others, because such right does not exist. People should have the freedom to believe in whatever they want, because that is the most basic freedom we have. Hence why future technology such as brain-machine interface is dangerous, because our minds don’t need to be invaded or altered by external forces unless we give them the full consent to do so through convincing.

11. Society is only necessary to an extant:

Let us not confuse our intense passions as our needs. While we do need society to help us fulfill our basic needs, much of what society has to offer is unnecessary in order to live a life of satisfaction and purpose.

12. We are both influenced and have control over our lives:

Rubinshteinic philosophy largely emphasizes on the importance of evidence, and that pure logic is not always sufficient for a possible truth to be an actual truth. Hence why concepts such as “fate” and “karma” are largely non-existent in Rubinshteinic philosophy. What we do have, however, is the fact that we are influenced by others and also have a degree of control over the direction of our lives.

13. Inter-Subjectivity is not Objectivity:

It is tended to see the thoughts, beliefs and opinions of the majority as the objective reality. However, reality exists beyond our minds, and much of what we perceive as objectivity is largely inter-subjectivity, AKA, the shared and common subjectivity of others.

And finally:

14. Meaning and importance are largely subjective terms:

There isn’t necessarily a grand, universal purpose to our lives. It is thus our responsibility to give meaning and importance to our own lives through knowing ourselves as distinct individuals with distinct skills and traits. By dedicating time and energy to do so we can be happier and more fulfilled beings without any need to hope for an external entity to supply it for us. We also don’t have to have just one meaning, nor one functionality, for the rest of our lives.

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