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.
Budism is a religion which takes the smoking of cannabis (marijuana) as its highest sacrament and avenue towards spiritual understanding and bliss. Bud, of course, is a colloquial term for cannabis. Budist philosophy generally counsels going with the flow, not worrying about what other think, and enjoying the simple pleasures that life has to offer.
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.)
Like Musists, Rhythmists see the world as made up of vibrations, but they focus primarily on beats and timing. Of course, drummers are the most likely followers of Rhythmism. The practicing Rhythmist is keenly aware of timing, acceleration, syncopation and timbre in all things.
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.
Musists find their spiritual sustenance in music. The mystical, emotional, and intellectual experiences derived from music can have a profoundly religious effect on those especially sensitive to its inspirations and complexities.
Many if not most religions are deeply concerned with the question of who created everything. Creativists are also interested in the power of creativity but more so that they can harness it and/or appreciate it. The Creativist is one who sees everything in the world as unfolding and becoming something new and unique, while still paying homage to everything that has come before.
All musicians find the music they play transporting, but Guitarists are a special sect of musician. Part of what makes the Guitarist philosophy unique is the adaptability, portability and flexibility of the instrument. Consequently, the Guitarist philosophy is one of freedom, flexibility and intuition.
Artism is the practice and philosophy of trying to see beyond the explicit forms of the world. Artists help humanity see that there are other ways to look at the world beyond our own personal and limited perceptions. In helping to expand our consciousness this way, Artists ensure that our understanding and appreciation of the world is endless and always growing.
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.