Mei’s thoughts on Philosophy
Philosophy so far has not been what it seems. Philosophy to me a week ago was just questioning if our existence is real and looking for the meaning to life. A week later, I’ve already learned that philosophy is really about spreading information and already I’ve been more aware about how I communicate. The hardest thing about philosophy is supposed to be “finding the right answer” but to be that’s the best part. There never is a right answer. It’s not speech, writing or reading that has kept philosophy alive for thousands of years but never needing the “right answer.” There are still so many philosophical questions we don’t have answers to. Wisdom to me right now is just having good judgement and knowing what the best thing to do is in every situation. Perhaps that will change later on in the semester.
Something new I’ve learned this week would be different kinds of philosophy, contemporary and traditional. Seeing where I am on the perennialism to reconstructionism spectrum was very interesting since I’ve always thought I was more progressive than essential. I’ve realized that I’m in between both progressivism and essentialism since I do think it’s important to have knowledge of the core subjects and how to be a member of society.
Some goals I have would definitely be learning more about philosophers from the past. The only ones I know so far are Socrates, Plato and Confucius. Learning about their ways of thinking from thousands of years ago and comparing it to ours now would be insightful.
One of the units in philosophy is ethics and in my opinion, the best unit. Despite not knowing what will be covered, the class will be incredibly entertaining and it’ll be a real test on our morality.
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. -Socrates
Regarding progressiveism and reconstructionism, I’ve began to wonder at what point should we stop starting over and setting up society. When will the world be perfect enough? At what point will we say “ok this is getting out of hand, horse lives do not matter.”
I still don’t really understand what’s going on in class 90% of the time but there are still so many things I want to learn. I think one of the greatest/worst things about philosophy is that it’ll always be a concept. We’ll never stop wondering things or loving wisdom. Philosophy is like mind yoga to me. It’s refreshing and allows you to have no boundaries on your thoughts.