Originally Answered: Good topics for a philosophical essay?
Do unconditional realism.
A person who ignores reality has many conflicts in life because reality bites himer in the assumptions.
A person whose life is guided by realism, has fewer accidents in life. That person can then allow himerself more lightness of spirit, like romance, and art, because hiser life can be more confident.
When that realism becomes unconditional, it increases the ability to live happy, successful lives, even more.
Conditional realism allows fears, and fables, to dominate lives. You never know if what you accept is true, or just a guess.
Unconditional realism values what can be checked, and verified, over what is supposed, and guessed. That helps your path become more clear. When you have a clear path, you can help yourself, and other people, have better lives.
What kind of facts are verifiable, and in a form that allows them to be understood, and communicated? This is fundamental.
Some aspects of life are common to all situations. Those aspects can be tracked.
Each person can make an individual list of them, and may want to compile a list from their families, and social circles.
Before an item is considered a verified fact, it has to pass a few tests.
A. Is it a belief, , or a reality that has been experienced?
B. Is the item accepted as a fact by reliable observers, who are also certain that it is not just an interpretation, or belief?
If you do this for a while, together with a reliable cohort, you, and everyone else, will come to some repeated conclusions.
1. You are unique, and so is everyone else.
2. You need more than just yourself, in order to live, and so does everyone else.
3. There are things you know, and a whole lot you don't. That's true for everybody.
4. Nothing happens, unless the conditions for it to happen are right.
5. What goes around, comes around.
6. Lives change, yet LIFE goes on.
If you keep those realities in mind, simultaneously, you have the beginnings of a smart, solid life.
In order to keep those six sentences in mind, it would be nice to be able to shorten them into a true, yet convenient grouping.
Guess what. Many good, and smart, people worked on this for a long time, and already did it for you. The posts in gshpower.wordpress.com contain explanations from different starting points.