Created By: Some Guy on July 28, 2009
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A certain type of philosophy often espouses by characters with no apparent moral compass. The best kind of action for a character to engage in is pretty much whatever they feel like right at that minute. Other people really aren't important as regards these desires, so their feelings can be entirely disregarded.

In other words, a fancy way of saying "I wanna be selfish!" Often takes the form of a Might Makes Right argument.

Examples:
  • In an episode of The Simpsons a self-help guru gets the entire town going on this motto. The whole thing falls apart at the festival celebrating this newfound freedom, the main catalyst being when a handyman decides he didn't "feel like" greasing the ferris wheel so it wouldn't fall off its hinges and go on a rampage.
  • The main theme of the Wanted Comic Book. The hero is happy when he becomes a supervillain and begins randomly insulting and murdering people at will. Oddly enough, the villain also believes thise exact same creed- he's frustrated that the current Masquerade prevents appropriately powerful supervillains from simply causing worldwide pandemonium.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • June 9, 2009
    dotchan
    Related to this is the ancient Greek philosophy of Hedonism: "We're going to die anyway, and the body is a prison, so what's the point in denying ourselves what we want?"
  • June 9, 2009
    TBeholder
    • In Plane Scape, that's Transcendent Order (Ciphers) philosophy: don't think what to do next, just knowing what to do right now is the way.
  • June 9, 2009
    IlGreven
    This is the "classic" archetype that D&D labeled Chaotic Neutral.
  • June 9, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Dr. Frank N Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show certainly applies. He does whatever he pleases in the name of "absolute pleasure".
  • June 12, 2009
    Some Guy
    YKTTW Bump. Looking for examples, alternate names, whatever. I'm sure there's more than what's currently on the table.
  • June 12, 2009
    Jack Butler
    This is supposedly the motto of Strawman Liberals. According to the Strawman Republicans, that is.
  • June 12, 2009
    Amarys
    • Fiyero in the musical Wicked definitely embodies this. "Nothing matters and knowing nothing matters...It's just life, so keep dancing through!"
  • July 27, 2009
    Some Guy
    And now, trying again.
  • July 27, 2009
    blackcat
    • Ah yes, the mantra of the seventies. When drugs were every where and sex was a sport. It was a completely different world back then. The seventies section of Forrest Gump is definitely a 90's movie version of the period.
    • The original version of the movie Alfie may fit.
    • You kind of get some sense of it from the movie The Big Chill, but just a sense.
  • July 28, 2009
    wanderlustwarrior
    I'd rename it The Hedonist.

    Hedonism-bot of Futurama is a hedonist. How hedonistic is he? He's so hedonistic, he has his solid gold body dipped in chocolate.
  • July 28, 2009
    Pinata
    Maryann on True Blood probably applies.
  • July 28, 2009
    blackcat
    Second The Hedonist
  • July 31, 2009
    Some Guy
    Last call for examples. No more bumps.
  • July 31, 2009
    Earnest
    Hedonists also could care less about consequences. I know this isn't true as a blanket statement, and a smart hedonist will arrange things so they can do what they want and not get caugh/blamed, most are too self indulgent to care.

    • One key difference between Faith and Buffy was this. Faith lived life every second like she wanted to... and when accidents happened (like the murder of an innocent) that put Buffy for a loop, she merely "took care of the body" and went on as if nothing happened.
    • The color Red in Magic: The Gathering is this philosophy to it's Tabletop Game conclusion. It has cards that are awesomely damaging to the target... and the caster. Red is passionate and powerful, but the cost of that power is that it doesn't consider the effects and often harms itself. Contrasted to Black which knows the negative side effects and chooses them anyway, and Blue, which is all about careful thought.

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