Talons Philosophy

An Open Online Highschool Philosophy Course


Emma MacDonald DOC #1 – There’s no wisdom in knowing the capital city of Tajikistan

The first week or so of school has made me feel like the total embodiment of this video. Between fixing my sleep schedule, dragging around my massive Bio 11 textbook, and auditioning for theatre, Philosophy has been this beautiful, tranquil class that I come into excited to learn, listen, and discuss. I knew what to expect coming into this class (Creating my own criteria sheet? Piece of cake.), however, I don’t think my brain has really let all the theoretical subject matter fully sink in yet.

However, despite all of this, I have been able to set down some goals for myself to help guide my learning through this course, they are as follows:

  • Develop my knowledge of philosophy, and be able to take that into my world and make connections in everyday life, and bigger things.
  • Create more conversations about philosophy/with philosophical themes.
  • Formulate deeper, refined questions.
  • Define my own “loving of wisdom” meaning, establishing my own personal philosophy. Through this course I want to accumulate a set of morals, values, ethics, and outlooks on life that are personal and thought of by me. I don’t plan on living life guided by someone else’s philosophies.

*These goals are subject to change and will most likely change throughout the year*

As well, I made some quick goals for this post/upcoming weeks in Philosophy:

  • Have a better understanding of what I want to get out of this course.
  • Create my own “launchpad” of resources I can use for further reading and understanding.
  • Speak up more in class.

The last goal was a bit of a surprise for myself when I wrote it down, because I’m usually not someone who sits quiet in a class. I think since I’ve been thrown into the course head on, everything is taking a bit longer to settle. However, like Mr. J said, confusion is an okay place to start.


Speaking of confusion, what is love? what is wisdom? and I being a young and naive ~teen~ wouldn’t have any conception of either right? Wrong! This first activity in class really had me thinking of what each thing was and being able to talk about what each meant to other people really opened my eyes (and ears). What I found love to be was a commitment, a purpose, and a personal understanding of something that everyone understands. Another idea I heard from someone that struck me was that love is wanting to see someone be as successful and happy as you are. Wisdom for me on the other hand is the outcome of experiences, good or bad, and then learning from them. I can define it as something that can be taught, but is better learned first hand, and it’s an acceptance of failures, faults, and your own past. Because of this discussion, I discovered something for myself, that’s helped with the building of my philosophy. There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge to me is facts such as the square root of nine is three, or that the capital of Tajikistan is Dushanbe. Wisdom however is something that is learned over time, and isn’t alway factual to say. Between those two, both are important to my personal philosophy, only wisdom reigns higher than knowledge.

I know that I’m not going to be the greatest thinker in our time once I finish this course, but I’m going to push myself to conceptualize and think philosophically more often in my day-to-day life than I did before. All I know so far is that I have a desire for learning more about philosophy, and can’t wait to get back to class.


Final note, I’ve attached the first piece of philosophical material I ever experienced in my life. I’m pretty sure I was almost nine when a family friend of mine showed me this, and after watching the video, I went home and finished the entire series. Did I really understand most of it? No. Did I enjoy re-watching them? Yes.


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