The Charles Schulz philosophy

This was sent to me recently.  It has been doing the rounds big time, and rightly so!


Before going on to today’s post, I feel the need to explain something.  That is that over the last week or so I have been republishing many more items rather than writing my own creative stuff.  This is an unfortunate consequence of us having our house here in Payson up for sale, which is generating more work than usual.  Plus we are packing.  All this to do with us moving from Arizona to Oregon in the first week of November.


Charles Schulz

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.

You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them. It will make very good sense!

Here’s A Little Quiz

You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read them straight through, ponder a tad, and you’ll get the point.

  • Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  • Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
  • Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
  • Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
  • Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
  • Name the last decade’s worth of World Series Winners.


How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They were the best in their fields.

But the applause dies. Awards tarnish over time. Achievements are forgotten and accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

  • List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
  • Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
  • Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
  • Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special!
  • Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Did you find that Easier?  Of course you did!

So here’s the lesson!

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, or the most money…or the most awards…they simply are the ones who care the most.

17 thoughts on “The Charles Schulz philosophy

  1. Nobels and the wealthiest, that was easy, I know plenty. But I don’t even know what a whatever trophy is. Heisman?
    Whether we like it, or not, we cannot just live without head stuffed in the nice warm sand.
    It is because the citizens of the USA cared only about their immediate environment, that the fascist were able to kill 80 million people in World War Two (the percentage equivalent of 230 million today, most of them in Europe).

    Indeed if the USA had helped militarily France instead of Hitler in 1939, Hitler would have lost quickly, and the word Auschwitz would mean nothing.

    So, with all due respect for the tender mercies of selfishness, Mr Cartoonist’s cartoon philosophy is just a pathetic cartoon that belongs to the refuse of history. At least, it’s biodegradable. To care means being aware.


    1. Patrice, as you know, I greatly respect your depth of global knowledge and history and any reader of your words, either on this blog or your own, can quickly learn of the passions that drive you.

      Nonetheless, dumping your anger over something as innocent as the above is entirely inappropriate to my way of thinking.

      To care means so much more than just being aware. Especially as ‘awareness’ will always be subjective, always the product of a lifetime of experiences. For what it’s worth, I subscribe (poorly) to the following:

      A self-affirmation

      For today, I am in charge of my life.
      Today, I choose my thoughts.
      Today, I choose my attitudes.
      Today, I choose my actions and behaviours.
      With these, I create my life and my destiny.

      So my offering of care to you is to give it a rest for a bit and go hug a dog!


  2. Wait Paul… I am not angry. You perceive me as angry, that’s completely different. I just wanted to make an important philosophical point. And I am sure you understand it, because your blog reflects it continually: emotional isolationism is not moral.

    Somebody else took a completely different, positive message from what I wrote above, telling me I was deep. I felt, indeed, deep, not angry.

    BTW I have a 33 pounds baby to hug, and she is 6 feet away.


      1. Agreed. I do this everyday, several times a day. But not when digging the depth of the human soul in public. Not everybody can get the Versatile Blogger Award!


    1. If you have the time, Patrice, to get angry (or ‘deep’) over such innocent trivia as this, perhaps you would do me the honour of responding to (or at least acknowledging that you read my reply to one of your earlier comments on my blog?


  3. Martin: 1) There was no reply box on your comment on your site.
    2) There is something about not legitimizing grotesque caricatures of my philosophical positions by answering them as if founded in reality. If precisely Anglo-Saxonphilia, plutocratophilia and Islamophilia get in the line of fire, it’s because they insist so stridently that they are completely innocent from activities germane to their very existence.


  4. Beautiful post. I’m going to share that with my newly minted high school graduate.
    “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care..”


    1. Charles, a very warm welcome and thanks for your response. I haven’t read that item for a very long time and it deserves a second showing, so to speak. Will repost it over the next few days.


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