Lyle Hendriks Document of Learning #1 – Never Forget the 2016 Colander Riots
In just two weeks of philosophy we have covered several topics, topics like the meaning and purpose of education, what it means to love wisdom, and how to make a rubric for an assignment we are doing the next day in class. Philosophy has been a difficult journey of figuring what it is I’m supposed to be doing or saying, pretty much everyday. And even though sometimes a cut and dry criteria sheet that I can use like a checklist is what I desire more than anything, a self-guided and highly customizable plan is also desirable at times.
Thinking about the goals I have for this course, I have realized I want to establish a personal philosophy. I want to accumulate a set of morals, ethics and outlooks on life that are mine only, and I hope to accrue that throughout the semester of philosophy. The first discussion that made me think about my personal philosophy was the discussion about the meaning of philosophy, which is the loving of wisdom. I wondered if I did love wisdom, and whether I loved knowledge.
I wrote on love as being a total expression of self-sacrifice and devotion to a person or thing. For example, Jamie has an undying love and devotion to wearing a colander on his head in his go-card photo. This love enabled him to have the argumentative stamina to debate his rights to wearing this holy headdress with Gleneagle Administration for about half an hour. With that dedication in mind as the definition of love, I had to decide whether I would go to those lengths in the search for wisdom.
In the week one class where we defined philosophy, I labelled wisdom as having the best answer to as many questions as possible, while simultaneously understanding that not all questions have that ‘best answer’. Some things will only ever be opinion. I also had to know the difference between knowledge and wisdom. I think of knowledge as hard facts. Things like the Pythagorean theorem, grammar rules and trivia about 20th century history are things I consider knowledge. While definitely pragmatic, I have come to realize that knowledge is not a crucial part of my personal philosophy. Wisdom on the other hand, is a malleable way of seeing the world that no two people have the same way.
Philosophy 12 has helped me to discover one piece of my personal set of philosophies: I have a thirst and love for wisdom. Sometimes it surprises me to think about what I have already experienced in my life. A series of once in a lifetime events have given me wisdom and life experience that no one else could exactly replicate. Whether it’s how to give advice on a relationship or how to build a fire without matches, necessity has given me knowledge, which I have in a sense converted into my own wisdom.
I don’t think that simply loving wisdom makes me a philosopher, even though Mr. Jackson’s worksheets have further established me as one whenever I write my name on them. I hope to at least have a larger variety of wisdom by the time I write my next document of learning.