Marina’s Attempt To Turn Thoughts Into Words
These past two weeks in philosophy really allowed my thinking to expand to a new level than a normal high school class. On that note; I don’t think I’ve ever gone through this much confusion in the first two weeks of classes.
It sure is an eye opener.
When I started in this course, the whole world of philosophy was grey. What is it? What makes it different compared to an average high school course? These questions posed in my mind. I asked myself these questions everyday as I walked in, and out, of the class. As my time continued, this foreign concept of philosophy slowly started to make more sense. The grey area is slowly clearing, like the clouds after a storm.
In elementary school, we are taught the difference between yes and no, and right and wrong. In high school we are asked to challenge that idea that we’ve had implanted in our brains since we were little. It’s like being told something since you were little, and growing up to believe it, then finding out that you’ve been wrong your whole life. It’s hard to change the way you think about things. I’ve definitely been experiencing this discomfort for the past two weeks.
In this course, I’m looking forward to digging deeper and expand my thinking, on the ‘no endpoint’ way of learning. I find it extremely fascinating having growing up and going to school in a “question-answer’ environment, then being placed in a world that’s filled with loose ends. You realize the difference between what they teach you in school and there is a whole world yet to be discovered. The world is posed with questions either that you’ve thought of or what you are soon to find out, compared to what you have learned so far.
Since I was little, I’ve never been the kid whose hand shoots in the air when it comes to speaking in class. By the end of this course, I’d like to be able to participate in class discussions and to not be afraid to say what’s on my mind. I like to challenge myself with goals and obstacles to keep me on my toes, and I feel like philosophy could help me achieve that. Since philosophy relates to the unknown, this makes the exploration especially scary, but I’m willing to try.
“Philosophy is an inherently social activity that thrives on the collision of viewpoints and rarely emerges from unchallenged interior monologue” -Nigel Warburton