What is your philosophy of
life? How do you view the world you live in?
One philosophy is expressed
by this question, “What do I want to get out of life?” It has been said, “You
only go around once in life. Get all the gusto you can out of it.”
The Gospels tell the story of
a farmer, who filled up his grain bins, but still had more grain to harvest. He
asked himself, “What shall I do?” Based on his philosophy of life, he said,
“This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there
I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of
grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ Luke
TV shows also reflect this philosophy.
Remember “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” or “Million Dollar Pyramid” or
“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”? Advertisements in newspapers, magazines,
store windows and the Internet all entice us to “get all we can out of life.”
There is, however, another
philosophy of life. It is expressed by the question, “What do I want to give
life?” This question may be answered in the following way, “I will use my mind,
my talents, my gifts, my resources, my energies and my training to help make
life a little bit better for those less fortunate than myself, to help
alleviate suffering and to defend the lives of those who are unable to protect
At the end of their lives, looking
back, all human beings will say one of two things to themselves: “I lived life
to the fullest; I got all I could out of life,” or “I lived life to the
fullest; I gave all I could to life.” Which would you like to say to yourself?
May you choose wisely while
you are still young. The Army values will help you decide which philosophy to
live. Keep this in mind, too, whatever philosophy you choose, that philosophy
also will be passed on to your children.