Talons Philosophy

An Open Online Highschool Philosophy Course

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Metaphysics Phil’s Day Off

Like I said in my previous post, I am a Christian. I go to church every Sunday like every other Christians do but the difference is that, I don’t pay attention to the sermon at all. I just go there because its a drill for me to go every Sunday. This time round, its different. I had forced myself to pay attention to the sermon. Did I get the answers i was looking for? Eh, not exactly. But did i get some understanding about the Christianity belief? Yes.

I attend Northside Foursquare Church and in the sermon that was read by Pastor Barry, he talked about Josiah and how he was only 8 years old when he was chosen as king in Israel in the most darkest times. Can you imagine being the King/Queen of Canada at 8 years old? What would be the first thing you would do? Fast forward when he turned 16, Josiah made a life changing decision, he understood the history of his people and instead of following in his fathers footsteps, he made a covenant of God and decided to follow God instead. The one thing that stuck with me was when Pastor Barry said “If we had been taught the word of God, taught about Adam, taught about Mark, taught about Josiah when we were children and we have this markers in our life, when we reach the age of 16, 21, 30 or whatever age we are, we will look back on our markers that we have laid out that will help guide us. “The word of God is like our GPS in life.”” The amount of information that I had gathered just from that one sermon is incredible and overwhelming because like i said, I don’t pay much attention at all so having my attention on the pastor preaching is like a ‘WOAH, congratulations” moment.

All that being said, my curiosity grows stronger about what the bible has to say and what christianity really is. There are obviously more questions out there that i want answers too that can’t be answered but in the present time, all i can do right now is just to learn the word of God because the Bible, according to christians it is the “Word of Life” what do they mean by that? I semi don’t know. But all i know is that the bible holds everything we need to know, it has all the answers to life. Reading it is going to be painful so the only way i can gain more knowledge is by attending church. I did not expect to grow more curious about Christianity, I always thought it was a boring religion which had a lot of rules like “can’t have sex before you’re married” and yada yada but it isn’t considered philosophy if you don’t add on the “Why”. ūüėČ ¬†But again, how was God created? Is he a girl or a guy? Did he create himself? Was there another planet before us which is where God was born and that planet is extinct now so here he is as God? I mean, who knows?.. Thats metaphysics for you.

 

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Metaphysics: Does God exist?

This is a popular question that many people ask about but can’t put a finger on what the¬†truth is. Does God exist? How was the world created? How did it all start? If Mary gave birth to baby jesus, how did God come about? How was God itself created?…

Scientists are convinced that our universe began with one enormous explosion of energy and light, which we now call the Big Bang. This was the singular start to everything that exists: the beginning of the universe, the start of space, and even the initial start of time itself. But are what the scientists saying true because there is another perspective that we have to look at.¬†Did you know that in every cell of our bodies exists a very detailed instruction code?¬†DNA is a three-billion-lettered program telling the cell to act in a certain way. It is a full instruction manual go how to get our body operating. You ask yourself, how is our body able to be so precise in coding and how it winded up in each and every human being. Scientists are lacking an explanation as to how this works because you can’t find¬†precise information like this without someone intentionally constructing it.

I’m a Christian and even I have my own doubts if God is even real. Is he even a real figure or are we so influenced with society beliefs that we are just following along with them. I hear my friends and family talk about miracles that have happened in their lives but can it be just luck or is there another figure out there that we can’t see with our own eyes? In the bible, Jesus was known to everyone as the Son Of God. He performed miracles in front of everyone that no one was ever capable of. He healed people, blind, crippled, deaf, even raised a couple of people from the dead. He had power over objects, created food out of thin air, enough to feed crowds of several thousand people. He performed miracles over nature, walked on top of a lake, commanding a raging storm to stop for some friends. In the bible, he was physically there but now in the present time, we are believing something that we can’t even see. Miracles happens, some things happen that can’t be explained but Jesus itself isn’t there to prove that his there, it could be something else but how would we know? I know that my questions can’t be answered and its going to be up in the air but I want to know more about God.

 

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Knowledge

To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.
¬†‚ÄĒ¬†¬†Nicolaus Copernicus¬†

 

Knowledge to everyone is different because of our separate experiences that we have gone through. We see things in a different perspective and we also use our senses to guide us through to understand what is right and wrong or what we should do and what we shouldn’t. We are all easily influenced just depending on the crowd or environment we are in.

Premise 1: “Knowledge comes from personal experiences and our senses.”

We aren’t born with understanding of whats going on in the world. But as we grow up, we see things, we deal with our own personal battles and we learn and try to grasp it even if its just grasping air. Opening ourselves up to the world and allowing ourselves to get hurt with whatever comes our way grants us knowledge because we have that impact of emotions that teaches us. All of our experiences gets encoded into our brain so with whatever the trigger may be, the knowledge is there in reach for us to grab it. Also our senses, humans get influenced easily. They snapshot each and every part and apply it to themselves. If they see something bad going on with their siblings or parents or friends and they see the struggle ¬†they have to put up with, their first instinct is to back away from situations like that.

Premise 2: “Humans apply what we have gone through and seen to our everyday lives”

With the knowledge we have, we apply that to our everyday lives. If our friends are going through something and you have gone through that same exact issue or something similar, you can take your experiences and apply that to their situation, trying to allow them to see things in a better light. It is after all their decision to make of what choices they want to proceed in because there is only so much you can say to someone and if they decide to choose otherwise, the mistake they made will first of all make them feel foolish because they should’ve listen but at the same time it teaches them and they grow and mature from that experiences. It is always a good thing to make bad decisions along the way in life because if we are always so conscious of the choices we make being all goody goody, we don’t gain anything from that.

 

Without mysteries, life would be very dull indeed. What would be left to strive for if everything were known?
‚ÄĒ¬† Charles de Lint.
Conclusion: ” We may not know everything but our knowledge increases as time goes by.”
¬†There are still unknown things in our world and there are still many more challenges ahead of us that we haven’t gone through which will come in time. Knowledge expands and expands as we move froward with life each day. Everyday we learn and experience something new and knowledge is gained from that. Like what Peter F. Drucker said “Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”
 

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Plato’s Cave: I’m F.I.N.E

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What is the definition of depression?¬†It is a¬†state of feeling sad.¬†A serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way. I have struggled with depression and I¬†still am. Its a constant ongoing feeling that you can never shake off. Depression in my opinion¬†brings you into¬†a very¬†dark state where you get absorbed in at anytime of the day, like you are being sucked into a black hole. Every moment that passes, it feels like you’re digging deeper into your grave. The funny thing about it is we help other people out through their struggles and their obstacles that they are going through. We try to be a warrior for them by saving them¬†and we put ourselves out there but at the end of everything¬†we ask ourselves “who is actually¬†trying to save us?”

Depression like I said is a dark state that you go into. All you see is darkness. Negative thoughts start clouding your mind and you are now a prisoner within yourself. You’re chained up in your own prisoner’s cell but the catch is that, your prison cell door is wide open. It is a choice that you have made to put yourself in there. Just because you’re broken doesn’t mean you have to stay broken like what Selena Gomez said. What I got from Plato’s Cave is that you’re trapped in this made up world you have created for yourself. You’re in darkness and all you see is shadows. But when you finally take the first step to get out there, you see something brighter. You see new perspectives that you have never seen before. You got to get up, free yourself and walk out of your prisoners cell because after all, the¬†gate was never locked.¬†All of us have to realize that we need to stop acting so wounded. The only person that can pick you up, push back your shoulders, wipe the tears, mend the broken bones, and get you out of your slump is you. Now go and live, because there is so much to be happy about.

 

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The Men I’ve Dated…

In my experiences, the men i have chosen to be with aren’t always the best. From afar they are the most attractive modest thing you’ve ever laid eyes on but when you get to close to them, they just slice through you and leave you in pieces. Men have their ways around women, they lure them in with their charm sometimes with a motive sometimes without. They are cheeky and sneaky and when they finally get what they want, they drop you like it was nothing. So, men are like raccoons.

Racoons are sneaky and cheeky:

They look like little thieves and they are thieves because they are always stealing things at their own satisfaction without a care in the world. Their number one priority is always themselves,

Men share the same characteristics with racoons:

In this case, men are little thieves. They steal the heart of a women and they use it to their own benefit and when they are done, they walk away like nothing ever happened leaving you in pieces.

therefore, the men i’ve dated sucks:

Which they do. they don’t care at all, they only care about themselves. They worship you and feed you lies to believe so that they can get what they want. They make you feel good about yourself and make you believe that there is a future together but in reality, its all just empty words¬†and empty promises. Once they’re done with you, theres no going back to winning them back because everything was just a made up fantasy they created for you and once that fantasy is over, so are they.

 

 

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???question marks on everything???

So far when someone asks me “how is philosophy?” Ill give them a straight blank look and say ” i don’t know”. Which is trupooe, 100% of¬†the time, which is all the time, I’m lost in that class. I have no idea what is going on because its a little hard for me to understand things well as my brain takes¬†a longer time to process. Even trying to type this out is hard for me because… i just don’t know.

After spending a week in class, I realized that philosophy is a very social thing. The article that Mr. Jackson handed to us about the philosophers, was very interesting because it told a story on how the philosophers loved to be in an isolated area to let their thoughts flow but in truth, philosophy is a lot about interaction. I had no clue what you would even talk about in this class in the beginning but now I’m aware. Having¬†he whole entire stage¬†to yourself and sharing your thoughts and opinions with the audiences, is very intimidating… I have a lot of weird questions and thoughts that i want to share but fear the embarrassment and the outcome of how people would react. Its a normal thing to feel i would like to think, so that is definitely an area i need to work in. Going back to what i was saying on how i have no idea what is going on in that class, is another area for me to work on which is asking questions when I’m unsure or lost or else i would just be going about everything aimlessly throughout the course.

Philosophy is a very interesting course as theres never really a “right” answer. You can debate with each other, get your opinions out but when it krabsall comes down to it, theres no “right’ answer. You talk about life, you talk about things that everyone questions like “Does God really exist?” or “If there was a God, how was he created? Was there a world before ours and thats how he existed?” All sorts of things. There is a bunch of unknowns out there that no one can put their fingers on, not even scientist. So this is a cool class where there are absolutely no limits as to what you want to say. It also stretches your brain out making it think more then it usually does. You get to hear what everyone has to say and what their thoughts are on about things and get a different perspective which is enjoyable. Im excited to see what i have learned by the end of the semester.

 

 
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