Talons Philosophy

An Open Online Highschool Philosophy Course


My Thoughts on Philosophy

Philosophy has always been a growing subject of interest for me as I’ve matured and grown throughout my youth. Many times I would find myself wondering about the many mysteries of life. My name is Derek Goddard and I took this class in order to get a wider view and understanding on the things in our world which cannot be easily answered.

While we have only been in session for a short amount of time I can already see the differences around me. Many of the ideas I had previous to this course have come into question where before I had none. While the recent readings and discussions have all been interesting and some quite thought-provoking, some of the questions raised have seemed less intriguing than I had hoped. Philosophy seems to be a class which you must put in a lot of your own time thinking about and pondering over alone, which I thoroughly enjoy as It is something I have been doing for sometime already.

For me Philosophy and conscious reasoning is what makes us as human beings so amazing and radically different from everything else before us. The mere fact that we can even question Why? and question what it means to be alive, rather than just existing.

One of my favorite articles What Makes You You?, Discusses the mystery of the individual and who we really are as people. While our time is miniscule in the grand scheme of things, a mere 30,000 Days in an average life span, I am simply glad that we are able to question the crazy thing called life in which we are all in together.



life is wonders

coming into philosophy class i had no idea what the word philosophy meant or what it was. after learning it was the study of our Morales, truths and “the way life works”, it came to my surprise that i seem to naturally wonder about life’s complex ways and can not seem to shake the curiosity of trying to find some new perspective on life we can say is “right” and feel good about living it.

i find people worry and reflect about their lives being “right” or ” correct” and repeat habits that they value as right or ways of life they are living just to feel like they are successful and happy. I can tell it is a mistake people make and they live lives of being unsatisfied and unhappy. Then they will criticize or judge another persons values based on if it is right or wrong, when who says if it is? who says you are so great? who says you are so bad?  But i truly believe we all find our own truths and integrate it with our own lives and values although we naturally can not help ourselves from being outspoken and sharing our vision with the world by sometimes even enforcing it. so it truly does not matter what your own “truth” is, and you should accept that others believe in a different truth that they will fight to the death for, like you would.Revolution-Fist

through “the cave” class discussion, it came to my attention that the “men locked up” actually had an easier and less emotional attachment to life, when the one who was exposed to the world and new ideas was trying to bring emotion and happiness to the others yet was shamed and killed. makes me wonder. free thought? That is what makes philosophy a never ending discussion is because there are so many visions and truths that are so strongly believed by each individual we would all be fighting till there was only one truth anyway, and there begs the question, is it better to have free thought like a philosopher, or just simply to live to another truth and not question it? which may result in feeling more complete, more at rest,  and less wondrous. are we as humans naturally supposed to have free thought? or are we suppose to learn a way of life and live it like the men in the cave?

with so many questions in mind, it makes me wonder if any of it even matters, would me finding out the answers of life change who i am? is it something i want to find out? does ANYTHING really matter or are we just atoms reacting with one another?! without driving myself crazy, i would sum up philosophy as the seeking knowledge of others and a perspective of their truth, which u could integrate into yours or throw in the nether of your brain, and that it doesn’t matter, i just have to worry about my perspective and accept others. it is NOT about finding a truth we should all learn and live by, that is what i call government.trut1

-Thomas Caya



What is Philosophy? -Aman

Note this might sound better read out loud. 

What is Philosophy?

Is it the question,

“What is life?”

What is life?

Is it the birds and the bees?

Maybe it’s the sun and the moon

The Earth and the stars

Maybe it’s the universe working as one

Unifying together to create

Something, something more

What is that something?

What is more?

Is more a God?

A deity?

A religion?

Or is more within us?

The other 90% of our function machine

Or is more beyond anything

Is more infinity and beyond?

Is something our ability to be?

Is something our feelings?

Our emotions?

Is it what lets us be intelligent creatures?

Is it what moves us away from primal instincts?

Is what lets us be heartbroken

When our relationship doesn’t turn out right?

Is it what lets us be happy

when finally everything works out?

Is this life?

Is this philosophy?

“Philosophy is the love of wisdom”

According to definition

What is love?

What is wisdom?

A feeling that fills your heart with light

A combination of knowledge and intelligence

The ability to feel,

The ability to know.

What is knowing?

Do we really know?

What happens to us when we die?

What clicks inside a parent when a child is born?

Why does innocence go?

Where does it go?

Why do wolves cry at the moon?

Where does loneliness come from

In a world filled with people?

Why does a child believe?

Why is an adult scared to believe?

Where is that line?

And no, I’m not talking about the equator.

I’m talking about the line that divides

Between reality and fantasy

The cause and the effect

The consequence and the action

Black and white

Ying and yang

“good” and “bad”

Is it a line though?

Or more like a stretch of area filled with grey

White a speck of white on one end

Black a speck of black on the other

And then the middle

Filled with shades of grey

Light, dark, medium

Is this where life lies?

Is this where philosophy lies?

Or is philosophy part of a path on Wikipedia

Starting off with oreos,

Birds of paradise

Patrick Swayze or even Honey Boo boo

Clicking on the first link

Not in brackets

In every article

Until finally, in 10, 20, 30 clicks

You reach philosophy.

The article lists the areas of study

Famous philosophers

The history of philosophy

Is this what It truly is?

Does everything lead to philosophy?

Is philosophy everything?

If philosophy is everything

That means philosophy is life

Life is philosophy

C’est la vie.