“From the idea that the self is not given to us, I think there is only one practical consequence: we have to create ourselves as a work of art.”– Michel Foucault
Michelle Foucault suggests three values that we have adopted as part of our life philosophy. The first is refusal to accept the norms and the way things are as a given. An example would be how we are expected to be as normal 60-year-old adults. Being good for our age is not a goal. Being good for any age is much more like the kind of goal we like. Another is when we are told that this workout or that workout will produce this or that result. Try them yourselves and you will find it is not so much the workout or diet that works but the belief and discipline of the person acting that is the deciding factor. The next value is curiosity – this covers a lot but leads to questioning why we behave the way we do, and this leads to the next value which is innovation. We see our whole experience as one big experiment and see no point in behaving the way we are expected to or the way everyone else does but rather try small things, different thoughts and actions throughout our lives to shift the expectations and norms a little.