DOL #1: Philosophy and Comfort
After an extended vacation on the other side of the globe, where the weather is incredibly humid and chicken intestines carts are a regular find on the street. The return to reality was inevitable. Following a 15 hour plane ride I managed to stumble into the class of philosophy. As for most things that I sign up for, I had no expectations for this class, yet after attending a few classes I am truly eager to see what the rest of the semester holds.
Being in this class, I really hope to leave this tiny bubble around me, that I call my comfort zone. In past classes, any question that involves my own point of view, as opposed to a concrete answer, had me nervous. Which is interesting because philosophy is as concrete as jello. Typically I’m hesitant to share my opinions and ideas because I’m unaware of how other would react and I’m almost embarrassed to say that I’m afraid of being wrong. Even making this blog post makes me feel uneasy, since I know others (you) will read it and who knows what you’re thinking. I have always been a fan of guidelines and criteria, and the lack of it is new to me. The way I see it, is that if you don’t have a yellow-brick road laid out for you, how would you know that you’d make it to Emerald City, there’s just so much room for error. So another goal would be to learn how succeed without guidelines and to instead of seeing it problem, to see it as freedom. I would also hope to understand my own ethics, I would appreciate knowing why I do things, why I think these thoughts and feel certain feelings. It would make arguments a lot more straightforward when my parents or boyfriend ask why I made a bad decision that I have reasoning, instead of standing there with a blank face shrugging my shoulders.
Some simple goals so far:
- -be comfortable with sharing personal perspective
- -learn how to succeed without guidelines
- -discover personal ethics
- -create more insightful questions
When I think of wisdom, the first image to pop into my head is an old man with a long beard and a cane or Master Oogway from Kung Fu Panda. I believe this comes into my head because being wise has a lot to do with experience, but I have realized that just because you are old doesn’t mean you are wise.
Someone who is wise is realistic and is not surprised when life doesn’t go as plan. They are modest, grateful and have proper judgement on what’s right and wrong. The greatest thing a wise person can do is share his/her experiences and knowledge to better the other persons and steer them into the right direction.
“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it.” -Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Nigel Warburton’s “Talk with Me” essay really opened my eyes to the two different approaches to philosophy. In the beginning you see the reasoning behind Ludwig Wittgenstein’s conversion to a hermit, because it would appear to make sense to be alone with your thoughts in order to expand his philosophical creativity. It’s quite frightening to imagine being in your head every day, since I don’t even like being alone in my head for a night let alone a year. But the Cambridge philosophers, completely change your views, by saying philosophy should be conversation. Discussion is important because thoughts and ideas should be challenged.
“Why would a thinker cast seeds on barren soil?” – Nigel Warburton
I am fully confident that this course will bring me to wider perspective about myself, others and the world around me and I am excited to see the process unfold.