Sunday, October 21, 2012

Triology Defined

"Triology" is a word I made up on Oct. 12, 2012. (See Etymology.) The dictionary definition might look like this...
tri·ol·ogy   /trēˈäləjē/
Noun:1. The study of triage.
2. Triage philosophy.
3. A school of philosophy that contends personal actions can be evaluated only in terms of the other things that could have been accomplished with the same resources.
The word rhymes with "geology" and should not be confused with "trilogy" (a collection of three works).

Triology is a "prescriptive" philosophy, meaning it is mainly concerned with helping you decide what to do rather than describing existence. Instead of asking, "What is the meaning of life?", Triology asks, "What should I do now?" You find meaning by doing. You can ponder, analyse and endlessly debate what life is, but it is all for naught if no personal action comes out of it.

Triology is based on four guiding principles, called The Pillars. In a nutshell, these principles say you should (a) plan ahead for your own comfort (predictive hedonism), (b) carefully choose how you spend your limited resources (triage), (c) choose what you are responsible for based on how far you are from the problem (field of responsibility), and (b) constantly test the outside world to see how it really works (reality testing).

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