Hedonism appears in many of the world’s philosophies and religions. Given that human beings are fundamentally driven to attaining pleasure, this is no surprise. The question, of course, is how to achieve pleasure (or its various aspects, such as contentment), and how to do so ethically.
Cyclism is an overarching philosophy which says, not only is life cyclical, but also, it’s better when you spend it on a bicycle. Seeing the bicycle as a metaphor for life itself, cyclists generally exalt freedom, independence, simplicity, resourcefulness, efficiency and ecology in all things.
Epicurus was one of the most popular and influential ethical philosophers in Ancient Greece. He taught that pleasure was the greatest goal in life, but that to attain it one had to simplify their desires and expectations. By developing modesty and broadening one’s understanding of the world, people could find serenity and happiness. (The modern term “epicurean” misrepresents the original philosophy.)
Loveists believe that love is the most important force in the universe, and that by aligning ourselves with that force, we can not only improve our lives, but also the lives of others, and even the entire ecosystem of our planet.
Nomadists love to seek out new environments, cultures and opportunities, seeing it as an opportunity to experience all life has to offer, and to grow intellectually and spiritually.
The concept of “naturalism” is fundamental to most religions – the idea that there is a natural order and moral structure to the world, and that we need to align ourselves with them in order to live well. Naturalism in our context places an emphasis on admiring nature as a means to reconnect with our natural selves.