The Quest for Philosophy

According to Plato (Philosopher, 427 B.C. – 347 B.C.), the right age to study philosophy is 50, as it depends on an understanding of life that only a mature person can have achieved.

I have been restraining myself from further educations after my bachelor degree, because I think to myself if I would be studying, it would be Philosophy or Art appreciation related, and never Business again.  Anything other than this would be a waste of life. 

My hus is suggesting that it will be a good time to pursue my philosophy dream when our future kid will be studying abroad and I’ll be around 50.  He will be retired by then, and will accompany me wherever I’ll be for the philosophy, no matter in the same university of our child or not.  That’s a sweet idea!

It depends if I could hold back my curiosity on Philosophy, and the urge to own an advanced logical mind, earlier, or now.  I cannot recall how I start searching for philosophy courses on the internet few days ago and developed an urge that I might want it now.

Nothing is certain, but there I was in a library coming across Philosophy book.  “Philosophy: the basics”.  It’s wise to know what philosophy will bring me to.

 

WHY STUDY PHILOSOPHY?

“They never seem to reach any conclusions of any importance and their contribution to society is virtually non-existent…

starting to question the fundamental assumptions of our lives could even be dangerous (yes I know) : we might end up feeling unable to do anything, paralysed by questioning too much (indeed!)

someone who is brilliant at dealing with very abstract thought … but is hopeless at dealing with the practicalities of life (so true…) … can’t work out how to boil an egg (I’m glad I can boil an egg in a few different ways…).”

 

THE LIMITS OF WHAT PHILOSOPHY CAN DO

“Some students of philosophy have unreasonably high expectations of the subject (Brilliant observation!).  They expect it to provide them with a complete and detailed picture of the human predicament … reveal to them the meaning of life …every facet of our complex existences… It is important, then, not to expect too much of philosophy.”

I like Nigel Warburton, he’s practical, and does not bullshit about how philosophy will relate to business and jobs.

When philosophy is about training of thinking, thinking of truths, how will it relate to career success by brushing of shoes? At least not in this part of the world.

Actually many philosophy graduates will proceed to study Law (where logical mind is so essential to excel) like Bill Clinton, or are comedians, writers, and film directors like Woody Allen.

I spent the whole afternoon sitting on the blue couch of the library, reading this philosophy book, not aware how time flies.  I saw a bird with metallic orange feather on its neck and a long straight bill (suspect it’s Ruby-throated Hummingbird), also a black butterfly with glittering blue scales, sparkled like jewels under the sun, both bumped to the glass right in front of me, trying to approach.  Good signs. 

On the way home, I saw mirage of a beautiful mountain at the end of the sea.

I bring the book home.  That’s all for now.

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2 Responses to The Quest for Philosophy

  1. myodyssey7 says:

    I like your blog. Please do keep up the great work!! Best, Sascha

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