Get in touch with what really matters. Dare to live an examined life. Study Philosophy.
Philosophy. The love of wisdom. There is nothing that I can think of that philosophy doesn’t touch in one way or another. Consider just some of the things philosophers think about:
God and religion
“The Good Life”
Concepts of right and wrong
The nature and extent of knowledge
Human nature, personality, and the concept of "self"
Ethics (environmental, business, medical)
The immortality of the soul
Politics and government
Sexism and Racism
Concepts of justice
Art, music, and literature
The nature of reality
The list goes on and on. Its breadth of interests and concerns might explain why so many people are drawn to it. Perhaps you are as well.
Does philosophy appeal to you?
Philosophy, as a discipline, touches on all other disciplines. It borrows from them, learns from them, and leverages their findings, their “products.” Philosophy is not, or should not be, confined to a particular group or setting. It doesn’t require a laboratory, an art studio, a pulpit, or a think-tank, though it is interested in what goes on in those places. It doesn’t require a classroom, though much philosophy is practiced there.
Philosophy is practiced everywhere, in cafes, on the street, in family kitchen and dining rooms, on hiking trails—anywhere and anytime people take the time to think seriously, critically, and in a disciplined way about the meaning of this or the nature of that. Its tools are ideas and concepts, language, logic and reason, analysis, and argumentation. These are accompanied by a willingness to be open to new ideas, new experiences, new ways of looking at the world.
Increase your own precision and increase your vocabularly when thinking about and discussing matters of importance.
Philosophy is about the pursuit of truth and is at its best when people get together and agree to be open, honest, and fair as they discuss the foundations of their beliefs about themselves and the world. Where they are willing, as Socrates put it, to follow the argument where it leads. If anything, philosophers are motivated by a strong curiosity and a keen sense of wonder about the nature of things. Philosophy is born of wonder. It might be more accurate to say that philosophy is not so much done as “lived.” Those who dedicate themselves to living “philosophically,” many of us think, tend to live happier, more fulfilled lives, lives lived in greater awareness and understanding of the world we live in
Don’t you have to be a professional to do philosophy?