Talons Philosophy

An Open Online Highschool Philosophy Course

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Clueless DOL #1

I’ve sat here staring blankly into my computer screen for about an hour, after reading posts made by the people that didn’t procrastinate until Sunday night. I still have yet to conjure up intelligent things to say that will prevent me from looking/sounding like an imbecile. Honestly, I can’t decide whether my mind is blank or crammed with too many thoughts. I’m really unsure of how much sense I’ll make in this post but it’s very likely that the person reading this right now will be just as confused as I’ve been in every philosophy class so far.

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Truthfully I’m very insecure about having my thoughts out there for the public to see, considering the fact that people are free to form an opinion (good or bad) on you or what you have to say. I don’t know whether my thoughts are correct or incorrect, but I think the beauty of philosophy is that there is no right or wrong answer. I’ve always been used to a strict criteria sheet, and a solid guideline of what exactly is expected of me, but this class has opened up a whole new world opposite to what I am used to. I always thought that freedom was a good thing, however, I am now second guessing that. With so much freedom, how do you know where to start? Or which path to take? I’ve always been exposed to a different teaching style, and I guess this leads me into my first main goal. I want to learn how to direct myself and create my own path with little to no guidance. I want to be able to figure out what I want out of my life and lead myself to whatever that may be. I’ll definitely need that skill, especially after high school. Not knowing what to do in my future is so frightening to me and I often worry about it. Unlike others I don’t have a secure plan, or any plan for that matter. For this post, I had no idea where or how to start. I didn’t know where I was going or how I was going to get anywhere. I had no clue, and I still have no clue to be honest. These thoughts are similar to my thoughts about my future. I chose to take this class because I often think about my overall existence here, and what my purpose in this world is. I have a lot of questions and I’m hoping Philosophy 12 will answer a few of them.

 

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Besides getting a kick out of Mackenzy passed out on the couch, I’ve enjoyed the discussions that went on during class. Although I have no idea what’s going on half the time, the bickering between classmates keep me intrigued. I realized that I was lacking in my understanding of the content being discussed in class. Which leads me to my next goal, I hope to extend my vocabulary to further understand more difficult topics and readings. In doing that, I will be able to actually engage in the discussions and score some participation marks for once. My third main goal that I want to mention is, I would like to generate quality ideas, and be able to connect those ideas to what is being discussed. Which as well ties in to my last goal. I’d like to capture my thoughts and learn to represent them in not only written formats but also visual. It would be cool to combine my artistic skills with deep philosophical topics.

As for what we learned in the first week of Philosophy, from the love of wisdom, to the “Talk With Me Essay,” I found myself endlessly confused after each class. I kept slowly trying to process everything as the rest of my day went on. This class has drastically opened up my mind and has got me to question everything. A few things I understood and was interested in was in the “Talk With Me Essay.” I found statements that I highly disagreed with:

“Philosophy in its highest forms seems intently solitary and often damaged by the presence of others.”

“Telling someone something he will not understand is pointless, even if you add he will not understand it.”

And statements that I highly agreed with:

“Philosophy is an inherently social activity that thrives on the collision of viewpoints and rarely emerges from unchallenged interior monologue.”

 

“The point of philosophy is not to become a walking Wikipedia or ambulant data bank”

“Audible non-verbal aspects of the interaction, such as hearing the smile in someone’s voice, a moment of impatience, a pause (of doubt perhaps?), or insight – these factors humanize philosophy.”

 

Coming into this course I didn’t know what to expect but so far I’m impressed and very excited to see what the future holds for this class. I hope to eventually discover the answers to my questions as well as lessen the amount of my daily confusion.

(Was written September 18th)

 

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