Wickipedia defines philosophy as the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Taken to a personal level, it means the way we look at life and the beliefs we hold as it relates to our own life and our relationship with others.
My characters’ personal philosophy drives their story. It is what determines what actions they take when faced with challenges. A wife may find she’s been cheated on and though devastated, she decides not to take out her anger on her husband based on her thinking that what goes around comes around. Another woman in the same circumstances may choose to focus on the fact that she’s always been hurt and won’t suffer any more foolishness from those who cause her pain. If the opportunity comes along, she will inflict that same pain because what’s good for the goose is also good for the gander.
Some characters may go against their beliefs because they are forced to, or perhaps they do so in the heat of anger. Whatever the situation, each players’ personal philosophy makes for an interesting recipe which will eventually determine the outcome of the story.
Can you state your main character’s personal philosophy in a sentence? Do you know what he will fight for, give in to, or perhaps die for?
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In the food department, we have lots of items that start with P, including Papaya, Pear (Avocado), Pork and Pomegranate, but today the Jamaican Patty takes the spotlight. It’s a complete meal in itself, comprising of minced beef that’s wrapped up in flaky pastry. Patty is a lunchtime favourite and in my opinion, the best patty is made by the original makers, Tastee. They now come in a variety - beef with cheese, chicken, lobster, soy, and the list goes on. Two of these babies (if you can manage that many) and something to drink will keep you going for hours.