Jeremy Felt

Open source student.

Explicit Logic Defined – Part I (The Philosophy)

The definition on the side bar sums it up pretty well:

explicitlogic = reasoned and reasonable judgement leaving nothing to implication

However, before I start tossing more ramblings onto this page, I figured that I should define my reasons behind it.

Explicitlogic started as a phrase that my friend wanted to put on a band t-shirt: “parental adversary: explicit logic.” That summed up everything that we were thinking in 4 words. The more I think about it, the harder I try to live life with explicit logic in mind.

What do you do if your child all of a sudden stops believing everything that he/she was told their entire lives and comes to a logical conclusion about what they believe? Some parents would probably be scared as hell. Other parents, proud.

That’s how it should work though. We shouldn’t believe things because people tell us to believe them. We shouldn’t have faith in something because somebody told us to have faith in it. We shouldn’t follow a path in life laid out for us by somebody else. We should act and think with explicit logic.

1 + 1 = 2

The logic behind that equation is pretty explicit. Not too hard to figure out. If you break things down in life, a lot of them are that easy to figure out.

If you try, you can apply this pseudo-philosophy to anything that you do in life. It doesn’t have to be mathmatic, but it usually comes down to a few certain circumstances equalling one overall circumstance.

Example one: “I don’t like it when people hurt me physically or emotionally. I am a person. Therefore, I should try my best not to hurt anybody else physically or emotionally.” That didn’t seem to hard.

If you are religious or not, there can be something learned from “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Take God and the Bible out of the equation and that statement would still have us living in harmony if everybody played along. Although this is the shortest explanation, I believe that it is probably the most important goal to live by. It would help a lot if everybody lived with that goal. I guess I would have to turn that into my life lesson number one.

Example two: “I want to have a happy life. I only live life once. Therefore, I should do what makes me happy with my life.” hmmmm.

You only live once. I try to make that my logic behind a lot of things. It makes sense to me that it would be. It is true though, you only live life once. If you spent a little time thinking about what the 80 year old version of you would say about your life, you may start to realize things that you’re missing. It’s never too early to reflect on things like that. Work somewhere that you want to work, not just because it pays the bills. Live somewhere that you want to live, not just because it’s where you’ve always been. Be the person that you want to be, not the person that others want. You only have one chance at all these things, so why not do it right the first time. My life lesson number two.

Example three: “It would be cool to learn how to….. I have the ability to learn anything I want. Therefore, I will learn how to….”

Experience. This ties into “life lesson number two” a lot, but I thought it still deserved a section of it’s own. Possibly because there’s not too much else to cover. It’s a pretty simple philosophy.

It never hurts to experience things in life. I know, what do I know about it, I’m only 24. But especially in the last few years, I’ve made an effort to experience as much as possible and it seems to keep me happy for the most part. That’s why I’m including it, because it makes sense to me. Why else would we be alive if not to experience life.

Experience people. Experience art. Experience music. Experience movies. Experience food. Experience travel. Experience knowledge. Experience love. Experience language. Experience culture. Experience conversation.

The list can probably go on forever, but if you try to experience as much as possible, think about all the times you will be able to say to somebody “remeber that time…” Is it not worth it just for memories? Sounds sappy, but it makes sense. My life Lesson 3.


So that’s it for the introduction to explicit logic. I’m not meaning to be preachy, that’s the last thing I want because I dislike being preached to. I just wanted to try and explain my thinking behind the things that I do. Part 2 will hopefully have more about how it relates to this site, being the name of it and all. Either that or it will end up being me revising part I because this is the first time I’ve thought enough about it to write it down and it’ll drive me crazy later……