now that i know what “philosophy” means, i know i think about it ALOT. if not too much. but it is an amazing discovery for me to know that i have been thinking like a philosopher and challenging what I already know on my own. “Philosophy” or the “process” of philosophy to me is our natural need and desire to search for a meaning. That is all us humans do is create and apply meanings to everything.
my Diagram illustrates “you” or “us” taking our path of life. The ground represents what we know, what we live by. and he trees represent life ahead and its typical ways. As we all walk our paths, some of us may walk through the forest and reach the other side no problem and unscathed. or some may come across a “trap-door” which travels beneath you. beneath the ground. beneath what you already know and live by. it represents philosophy itself in that it is an opportunity to search beneath what you know and live by.
This is all sounding so great right? well, i think it can be 1 of 3 things.
1. Philosophy could be a safety net of knowledge and truth and could open your eyes to new possibilities.
2. Philosophy is like a trap door, you can spend too much time trying to force it open, that you could fall into insanity.
3. Philosophy could be nothing, empty and scary, or it could be something you cant handle.
which begs the question, is it better to even touch the trap-door? or to ignore it and carry on walking down your path the way you were?
free thought? or follow?
does any of it matter? or is this me just trying to apply a meaning to it?
I believe that there is no true purpose of life. i believe we all create our own purpose and there is no wrong answer and that philosophy is about being exposed to new outlooks, new truths, other peoples purpose’s and we can take what we want from it, maybe integrate it into our truth, and what we disagree with we should throw away into the abyss of our brain.