While filtering through the vast array of wisdom systems and knowledges of other disciplines - philosophy, psychology, and the social sciences - we continually arrived at the basic insight that the deepest longings within us all are distillable to a simple three:
to LOVE, to LEARN and to PLAY (LLP).
We believe that if we approach everything in life with an LLP mindset, we will truly flourish.
To Flourish is to Love, Learn and Play.
What do we need to flourish? When we reflect upon our lives, the moments we look back on most fondly are those moments when we were ultimately loving, learning, or playing.
In order to flourish, we don’t need impressive job titles, flashy accessories, or large bank accounts. Socially incentivized materialistic pursuits function as means to an end; ends which the UEF believes to be the deep human longings of Loving, Learning and Playing.
The UEF continues to write articles and curate content related to LLP to explore and demonstrate how the framework of Love, Learn and Play is applicable across cultures, ethical traditions and other belief systems. Like a universally compatible software for human existence; To Flourish is to Love, Learn and Play. This is what it means to truly live well and to thrive.
Our first book deals with the eminent matter of human flourishing.
From our work so far, a key insight for the UEF is that as humans we are honed, through natural selection or by design, to Love, Learn and Play.
So why do we not? The book studies this question in detail. Our preliminary finding is that as a species, we fall victim to false narratives and a phenomenon called "means-ends inversion" (MEI.) We develop a "socialized self" which comes to dominate over the authentic self. Resultingly we are led from our core drives of loving, learning and playing.
We refer to this life trajectory as "compulsive living", and have crafted a simple, streamlined solution for conscientious, intentional living, to rejoin the natural path of true human flourishing.
Embracing the LLP mindset actualizes the authentic self. It initiates a process of enlightenment that clarifies our sense of our own essential human nature, and that of the world around us. Our book will share our findings and guide the reader to pursuing a life of Love, Learn & Play in actuality.
Love, Learn, Play: The Triple Helix of Human Flourishing
At the root of our existential drive lives a steady core: loving, learning, and playing (LLP). The big existential questions to which we seek answers are our minds’ way of bringing to our attention these drives, just as thirst and hunger are our bodies’ way of bringing to our attention our need for drink or food.
This is a selection of excerpts from our forthcoming book on LLP. Enjoy!
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