Winnie the Pooh, An Idea, and a Jar of Honey
Philosophy is a way of thinking that has baffled generations of people and has challenged what they think they know. A philosopher is normally pictured is an old white, reclusive man sitting alone in a room stroking his beard, trying to discover what the world has to offer. An idea of philosophy can be visualized as Winnie The Pooh with his head stuck in a jar of honey.
Imagine the jar of honey as a vast pool of knowledge and wisdom; Pooh is the mind seeking knowledge and answers that only he can find at the bottom. At this point in time his mind is as empty as the barren wasteland just waiting for the rain to come. This could develop into a lifelong wait to collect what he feels is a sufficient amount of knowledge to answer his questions.
Philosophy extends further than just a way of thinking. It is deeply rooted into the way a person lives their life. The way they choose to act towards other people, animals, and even interact with the environment around them; is based off of their own personal philosophy. Personal philosophy is more important than trying to figure out “What is philosophy” as a term to regurgitate to another person. The term itself is vague but most people think it as one thing; a way of thought for the great minds of the world to figure out possible solutions to the unanswerable questions that have been created over the centuries.
These unanswerable questions are most commonly answered with a question that results in endless cycles of “conversation” on the subject of discussion that was no where near the original question at answer.
As we have learned to discover through the conversations and discussion held in class, already we witnessed how there is a plethora of responses to the most simple of questions. This takes me to my final point; The big idea of what philosophy is to me, Is the way a person thinks independently but aware of what they want. Not sufficing to the popular consensus of what the “average” person may believe is the right way to lead their life.
Winnie-the-Pooh, copyright © 1926 by E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc.; copyright renewal 1954 by A. A. Milne.