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What is the philosophy of Yimusanfendi

What is the philosophy of Yimusanfendi?

Simplicity and the pursuit of being desireless, where embracing a minimalist lifestyle, is a form of holding a lack of expectations, hence a lack of disappointment.

I love it. Sarawak said the sameSarawak Maa said the same. Be happy with what is given to you.

From what I understand, the philosophy of Yimusanfendi is about rediscovering simplicity and contentment. It’s a way of living that encourages individuals to focus on what’s important and let go of excess. The idea is that we can find more happiness and fulfillment by simplifying our lives and focusing on the present moment. This philosophy is based on the belief that true happiness comes from within, not from material possessions or external validation. Instead, we should focus on appreciating what we have and finding joy in the simple things in life. Does this philosophy resonate with you?

What are the aspects of Japanese philosophy are visible in modern Japanese culture?


Before I ever lived in Japan and truly grasped Japan-ness, I always thought Japanese room and design would look somewhat like this:

This is true, but there’s a certain other level of Japanese aesthetic that I’ve never understood before seeing it myself.

Absence. The beauty of absence. It’s something we don’t see right away because, in life, we are trained always to accumulate things- to add colors, bows, ornaments, and details. But the effect of the blank space, when I first chanced upon it, is shocking.

What is the philosophy of Yimusanfendi?

The vast expanse of white and silence. It was a void, and it was intrusive. And yet it was freeing, meditative.

Minimalism has been rising recently, but this concept of absence- is new to me, and I find it utterly delightful. I’ve never consciously tried to disengage my senses from the world outside me, to actively seek out environments where my senses would be devoid of sensations, until now.

Now that I realize that and have begun to see an entire world of plainness and ambient sounds I used to filter out before, I started to see the same concept applied to many different things in Japanese culture.

Like interior design.

What is the philosophy of Yimusanfendi?

Tatami without a pattern that feels fluffy under your feet. And when you graze close, it smells like grass.

Nothing also beats sleeping on a futon and staring into an expanse of plain, repetitive rice paper sliding doors only illuminated by the faint light outside. I loved it so much that I wanted a Japanese-style bedroom. It was something nice for my mental well-being.

What is the philosophy of Yimusanfendi?

A dish like a blank canvas.

What is the philosophy of Yimusanfendi?

An outfit that forces you to see things you’d normally take for granted. (This has another snippet of Japanese wisdom I also really like: Hidden things are left to be imagined.)

And even skincare products- Japanese ones have fewer ingredients, often focusing on just one main active ingredient. (and fewer irritants, for which reason I gravitate towards it now rather than to ingredient-heavy Western and especially Korean skincare)

Japan can be extremely colorful, elaborate, and showy too.

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But Japan has taught me to appreciate clean lines, deliberate flaws, plain signs, and snippets of imperfections around me- to see what we often fail to see. Years before the Apple wave began and “white + minimalism” became trendy, I find it interesting that culture embraced absence and imperfection and made it a way of life.

Is Zen pure Buddhism philosophy?

Zen is not a philosophy, nor is Buddhism as a whole. Like all forms of Buddhism, Zen is about epistemology ( Shift in cognition) and Soteriology ( liberation), and the epistemology and soteriology of Zen are the same as any other forms of Buddhism. Only the exact Modus Operandi is different in some ways.

What are some Japanese manga/anime that embody the philosophy of Zen?

The manga and anime that fit the philosophy of Zen is One Punch Man. The Main Character, Saitama, is a Zen Master at what he does. Despite his incredible power, he is humble. He lives very simply and does only what makes him happy. He is devoid of emotion about trivial things. He also has the bland face of a Buddha. Both the manga and the anime embody this philosophy highly entertainingly.

What are your thoughts on the Japanese concept of ‘Ikigai’?

Thanks for the A2A, Vyshakh R. It’s a great question to be answered.

Well, for those who are unaware of the term “Ikigai,”

A little introduction…

In Japan, millions have ikigai (pronounced Ick-ee-guy)— a reason to jump out of bed each morning.

What is the philosophy of Yimusanfendi?

Of course, there’s no simple, direct translation into English for the Japanese word ikigai. It roughly means the “thing you live for” or “the reason you get up in the morning.” In a nutshell, it encompasses the idea that happiness in life is about more than money or a fancy job title.

“Your ikigai is at the intersection of what you are good at and what you love doing,” says Hector Garcia, the co-author of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life.

Ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elements:

  • What you love (your passion)
  • What the world needs (your mission)
  • What you are good at (your vocation)
  • What you can get paid for (your profession)

Discovering your ikigai brings fulfillment and happiness and makes you live longer.

Want to find your Ikigai? Ask yourself the following four questions:

1. What do I love?

2. What am I good at?

3. What can I be paid for now — or something that could transform into my future hustle?

4. What does the world need?

You don’t have to force yourself to come up with answers in one sitting. It’s more productive to take your time.

Take notes over a few days or weeks as ideas and insights come to you. Most importantly, be radically honest with yourself. Don’t be afraid to jot down whatever comes to mind, no matter how crazy or irrational it may seem.

Let your ikigai be your guide.

An ikigai is like a compass. Aligning your actions with the “thing you live for” helps you navigate life’s ups and downs. As your career evolves and you’re presented with more opportunities, you can rely on your ikigai to steer you in the right direction.


What is the one simple thing you could do or be today that would express your ikigai?

Find it and pursue it with all you have; anything less is not worth your time on earth.

So, this way, ikigai is best and can help you find happiness.

What does it mean to be stoic?

Stoicism is a way of discipline, which can be seen in opposition to just trusting that things will be well if you let it go. An ancient example to illustrate this is an apple tree. Untended, the apple tree will go wild, and its fruits will be sour. Another example is an exercise regimen. You need discipline to train your body into shape for whatever purpose you find important.

Stoicism is a discipline of mind. The part that people find controversial is how stoics see emotions. If you are a stoic and an emotion surfaces in your conscious mind, you don’t follow it immediately. Instead, you rationally assess if it is in line with your values to go where the emotion leads you. Thus, a stoic won’t “go with the flow” and cheat on his wife, even when all emotions drive him. Stoicism is a life of virtue, where values are important, and emotions are secondary.

What is the philosophy of Yimusanfendi?

One of the most common negative effects of adopting stoicism is that people are prone to self-deception if they try to adopt the stoic approach too early. It is not intrinsic to stoicism, but people tend to go that way. They suppress emotions without understanding them – and it leads nowhere.

There’s one quote from Stoic philosophy that defines what it means to be a Stoic, and it’s probably not the one you think.

What is the philosophy of Yimusanfendi?

See, stoic philosophy is like the vegetables of philosophy.

It’s not that fun or sexy, but you need it. You definitely need it because, in life, we all encounter situations where we’re confronted with our limits. We all do something and realize that sometimes, we’re just not enough. Stoic philosophy is about confronting and accepting those limits.

For a culture that prides itself on “hustle” and “individual greatness,” accepting limits is the toughest and most important pill we can swallow.

You can’t do everything; you’ll die, and you can do nothing about it.

That’s just life.

I haven’t read everything by the Stoics, but I have read and studied one of the most famous and foundational Stoic texts in the history of history: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that Meditations is essentially the diary of Roman Emporer Marcus Aurelius during his time in power.

Though he was in charge of one of the most powerful empires that the world has ever known, Marcus spent much of his diary examining his own death, his anxieties, and his place in the universe.

He could have sat back and eaten grapes (I’m sure he did some of that, too), but instead, he wrote one of the most relatable pieces of philosophical text that have ever been written. This is why Meditations has become such a popular text: it’s relatable whether you’re a Roman Emporer, a farmer, or even a professional pajama wrestler.

Of all the noteworthy quotes in the text, there’s one quote that stood out to me as profoundly powerful — yet simultaneously hilarious.

What is the philosophy of Yimusanfendi?

This quote made me put the book down to laugh out loud because it was such a simple answer to all of life. It was a mistranslation when I first read it. This is the quote:

What art thou doing, man? — Marcus Aurelius

Before you laugh me off, let me explain.

I took some philosophy courses in college, and I felt out of place every time. It was just like art class growing up — everyone was better than me. Everyone in the class knew bigger words than me, had read more books, and was much better at expressing the complicated ideas we came across.

Philosophy always made me feel stupid and insecure.

Philosophy courses at the university level were a bit elitist, and I felt incredibly out of place. Mostly, I sat in the back of the room and didn’t say a word.

If you saw me on the street, “budding philosopher” wouldn’t exactly be the first words that would come to your mind. My hair is bleach blonde mixed with a faded shade of blue, I have giant circular glasses, and I’m always dressed like I’m on my way to the gym (because I always am). I also have cauliflower ear on both ears and constantly stretching my aching joints.

Perks of a lifetime of martial arts training.

I look a bit more like an emo-meathead character than I do someone who thinks deeply about the world. I don’t look like a philosopher, though I’d like to consider myself one.

But that’s exactly why stoic philosophy hits home for me.

Stoicism isn’t elitist, it’s painfully practical.

You don’t need to reach enlightenment, learn the meaning of life, or follow “the way.” The only thing required for stoicism is acceptance.

Back to the quote.

All of life can be summarized in the quote I’ve shared above.

Whenever you go about something in life, there’s really only one question to ask yourself:

What the hell am I doing, man?

If you don’t like the answer, do something else.

The term “philosophy” translates to “a love of wisdom”.

I’m not here to judge your preferred sect of philosophy, but I am here to tell you that the purpose of philosophy is not to tell others how to behave but to teach yourself how to live.

Your deepest philosophy is nothing without the application of it to your life. You can think deeply, write beautiful words, and speak eloquently, but if you behave like a trash human, you’re a trash human.

What is the philosophy of Yimusanfendi?

That’s my philosophy.

The biggest mistake that I’ve made this year is making decisions based on their potential. In the West, we love potential more than anything. We love to hear what we could be and tell each other what we could be, but it doesn’t matter.

Potential doesn’t matter.

All that matters is today.

Potential doesn’t matter in love or life, and it certainly doesn’t matter in a strong philosophy.

Ideas with “the potential” to be good but fall short in practice are just bad ideas. That’s how a good philosophy works.

A philosopher loves knowledge for knowledge’s sake — they want the truth.

A philosopher goes through life and asks himself, “What the f*ck am I doing, man?”.

If he doesn’t like what he’s doing, he abandons the action and goes to the next one.

That’s how you grow.

Stop obsessing over what could be (anxiety, ambition, and regret are all based on potential) and focus on today.

How can you best explain stoicism?

A few points:

  1. Apatheia. This is similar to the Buddhist concept of stability. The idea is to contemplate the transience of things and understand that most (if not all) of your suffering comes from your judgments of things rather than the things in themselves. It is easy to understand intellectually but much harder to internalize to the point where it helps you. You’re supposed to internalize it through certain mental exercises. One such exercise is “negative visualization,” where you imagine how things could go wrong in the future (it’s a bad idea to try this if you’re a pessimist) in order to prepare for possible bad events. It does help to imagine how things could have gone wrong in the past, which is somewhat less dangerous for people with pessimistic temperaments.
  2. Zone of Control. There are some things you can control and some things you can’t. The Stoics believe that it is better to attend to the things you have direct control over. It need not be a strict dichotomy (it could be a spectrum), but the same idea can be adjusted to a spectrum.
  3. Virtue. Virtue is the highest good, not pleasure. You are supposed to be virtuous to be virtuous, not because it feels good.

What are some of the philosophies for which Aristotle is known?

Aristotle is most widely known for his rejection of Plato’s forms and his works on ethics. This being said, there were few studies of that time untouched by Aristotle. He was the first to break philosophy into its components: ethics, physics, politics, aesthetics, logic, biology, and so on.

I would say that his most well-known philosophical attributions would be these:

He was the Father of Logic.

He introduced the First Principles.

He argued for a purpose based on telos.

Unfortunately, of his nearly 200 finished treatises, only 31 have survived, and the ones that survived were merely lecture notes, not the finished prose that his Lyceum students wrote so highly of. The credit for obtaining even this small fraction of notes goes to Averroes, the Islamic philosopher who preserved the works until they resurfaced centuries later to form the foundation of scholasticism in Europe.

What is the philosophy of Aristotle?

Aristotle (ca. 350 BC) was the greatest thinker of ancient times. Nobody could compare with Aristotle’s learning, creativity, and output in ancient history. Nor even in medieval history.

Aristotle and his staff wrote the first University textbooks on the following topics: Physics, Astronomy, Geology, Botany, Biology, Zoology, Anatomy, Psychology, and Memory.

Even more — Aristotle and his staff wrote the first University textbooks on Metaphysics, Logic, Economics, Ethics, Morality, Politics, History, Rhetoric, Poetry, Drama, and Art Criticism.

Aristotle was thus an expert in all of the Natural Sciences and all of the Liberal Arts. His textbooks were authoritative from the days of Alexander the Great throughout the Middle Ages. Some topics (e.g., his Analytic Logic) remained authoritative until the late 1700’s.

What is the philosophy of Yimusanfendi?

One more thing. Aristotle was also the personal tutor of Alexander the Great. Yes, the same Alexander who conquered the known world at 18 years of age. (The two had evidently applied Science to Military strategy as well.)

GWF Hegel, as a youth, would spend hour after hour translating Aristotle’s Greek into German. This is how Hegel originally obtained his own erudition. His goal was “to make Philosophy (Aristotle) speak German.”

What are your thoughts about Aristotle as a philosopher?

Utterly fascinating and amazing.

I am afraid people aren’t aware of how amazing Aristotle is. Most people are acquainted with his political philosophy and literary theory (his poetics). So they associate him with the ideas of “man as a social beast,” “the catharsis,” his “virtue ethics,” “the six types of government,” and his interests in botany and zoology. This is all nice and well, but it is only the tip of the iceberg.

I fell in love with Aristotle via his esoteric writings – his so-called Organon, the texts concerning logic. These texts could be more abstract, easier to read, and more obscure. I am afraid that without the proper guidance, one cannot really “decipher” the Organon. But in essence, they are mind-blowing, utterly fascinating, and deep.

Contemporary logic owes a lot to him, but what we nowadays call formal symbolic logic is a beast of its own. However, I laud not his contributions but his utter genius. This is a man who, two millennia ago, sat alone in the quiet of his room and described the structure of the human mind. He showed how the mind works, how we reason, and how we form logically valid thoughts. The level of abstraction is huge, and his attention to detail is even bigger. When you compare him with modern neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers of mind, who all use statistics, advanced technology, and the like, you can’t but feel humbled that you have had the chance to read him and acquaint yourself with his ideas.

When I read Plato, for example, I also feel in the presence of genius, but a genius that I can conceive. His method is quite clear and precise. But when it comes to Aristotle, I feel in the presence of a being that I can’t imagine even existed. I find Plato more colorful and artistic; his writing has a soul of their own, and his voice is compelling and engaging. I agree with his views concerning everything (from art to science).

What is the philosophy of Yimusanfendi?

On the other hand, I don’t quite agree with Aristotle. His views on life were more pragmatic and straightforward, more “boring,” but like I said, how he presented his ideas and surpassed Plato is beyond understanding. He advanced Western civilization further than anybody else in his time.

He isn’t what we might call today a “must read” because his writings are esoteric, meant to be read by a selected few. Plus, there is nothing new to learn from them, in today’s sense, but they are one of our most precious artifacts. They should be conserved and loved by generations to come.

I might have praised him more than I intended, but I wanted to capture my fascination with this giant man.

Why do the Japanese easily accept the philosophy of Deming?

When World War II ended, Japanese industry leaders were aware of the difference in productivity with the United States. For example, while Japan made one plane, it could produce five or six in the United States. And it was undeniable that it had a major impact on the outcome of the war. With the end of the war and the Japanese domestic market in a state of catastrophe, Japanese industry had no choice but to aim for the international market. To do that, they needed to improve productivity. So, first of all, research on how to improve productivity in the United States began. As a result, the American military industry introduced statistical utilization methods for quality control devised by Walter Shewhart of Bell Labs in the 1920s, greatly reducing defective products and improving productivity. They knew, And it turned out that W. Edwards Deming, who was in charge of the Japanese census at GHQ, was a direct disciple of Dr. Shewhart. So, Japanese business owners asked Deming to teach them the Shewhart statistical quality control method. 

What is the philosophy of Yimusanfendi?

After winning the war, Deming was disappointed that American executives lost interest in quality control, so he was pleased to meet the Japanese request. Both Japanese businessmen and engineers learned to survive in the international community, and in a short time, the quality of Japanese products became the best in the world and swept the post-war world. In the 1980s, Japanese products began to drive American products out of the global market, and at that stage, American business owners finally began asking Deming for teaching. And Deming, who was already over 80 years old, turned to talk about the United States in a wheelchair. As a result, statistical methods have spread to the United States, and statistical-based management methods such as Six Sigma were born in the United States, contributing to the revival of GE and Motorola.

The Japanese continue to thank Deming for his contribution to the Japanese industry. To express that, we set up the “Deming Prize” once a year and commend the highest quality companies of that year.

Speaking of companies that have received the “Deming Prize,” that alone makes everyone a first sight.

What do you think about Dazai Osamu?

He was a brilliant writer and a very irresponsible human being. I can’t understand why he was so ashamed to have a successful father. His father was a successful businessman, but he did much for his community. The way he brushed off the death of a young woman he picked up in a bar during one of his suicide attempts was just creepy. He was lucky his brother still tried to help him out after that.

The Shayokan is worth a trip, and in Back to his Writer, his short stories are just as important as his novels. In Kanagi, one can also visit the home where Dazai and his wife lived late in the war. Bar Lupin is another great spot for Dazai tourism.

What do you think of Dimash Kudaibergen?

I love him. I love him with a kind of love that didn’t exist for me until he came along and inspired it in so many (millions of ) people. He’s perfect and has no slightest attitude of being better than others or more deserving. Yet he IS more deserving. It’s not just his perfection—it’s also his way of never being the one to point out how perfect he is.

It’s about three months since I first heard and saw him sing. It’s not just as a portrait artist that I cherish every line of his face. Yet it’s not a male-female thing. I love him for being something he received as a gift, yet I feel overwhelmingly that he deserves every good thing and should have the highest praise. I don’t worship him because I’m not religious. Yet I want to have posters and maybe a sculptured bust of him in my house. To remind me that there is pure beauty in the world.

I have been listening to a little concert of his music every day since the first day. I like to watch him while he sings since I feel the lack of watching him when I don’t. My favorite segment of his singing, at present, is the scene in “Love is like a Dream,” where he puts his hands together on the mike, and his eyes turn upward, and there, right before my eyes, he turns into an angel. He is an angel; he is a miracle. I cannot express how grateful I am to be on the earth simultaneously as him. I want all my loved ones to experience him with a devotion similar to mine. I would love to hug him, and I would not think about anything else for that moment. Not romantically or sexually, just intense love. And I would think, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” For the hug? No, for having come to earth while I was here and putting so much of this new love into my life.

What do you think of Giyuu Tomioka?

I love him so much; he is my favorite character from Demon Slayer,

He is a reliable person, and he is an amazing friend. He is a character shown to us as cold, but if you pay even a little attention, you can see that he cares but appears cold so people won’t get close to him because he fears losing a friend again. I like how he cares about Tanjiro and Nezuko enough to say he can guarantee that Nezuko won’t hurt anyone. He even fought Shinobu to protect them, and his development near the end of the manga made me love him even more.

Why in the world does Lutefisk exist?

Let’s say you’re a Viking in the 11th century. Bear with me here. You are a simple soul. Your favorite activities include not starving and not freezing to death. Someday, you hope to die in a glorious battle so you can go to Valhalla and drink mead for the rest of eternity because drunken oblivion would be much better than your current miserable existence. Now, when you are not slaving to grow a meager harvest in your subsistence homestead, you spend your time out in the lagoon fishing.

One summer day, you are out on the boat, and you have an excellent catch, so you hang up your extra fish to dry on a rack so you can force-feed it to your sons later. Alas, you never get the chance! While you are out on a raiding expedition to Britain for a few months, your neighbors, Olga and Börk, burn your homestead, steal the sheep your sons are tending and murder them both on the way out.

When finally you return home carrying a golden cross you borrowed from a monk that you brutally murdered, you find your homestead utterly destroyed. When you realize you have no idea where your wife and sons are and conclude you will never see them again, you start stress eating. All of the livestock and grain stored for winter were stolen, so what the heck are you munching on? Those fish you left dry were gross enough that Börk decided to burn them on the rack for fun instead of stealing them. When the racks collapsed, they fell into a puddle, and the fish sat there for months, soaking in the water, preserved by the birch ashes of the racks. And so it was that you stumbled across the recipe for Lutefisk. In your state of manic depression, you decide that this grey blobby fish flesh you found in a puddle was the best thing you ever had, and subsequently make a living selling lutefisk from a food truck to hungry Vikings throughout Scandinavia.

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