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Introduction to Philosophical Inquiry, Uncategorized

Q: What is Philosophy? jade

When questioned on what something means, a person could easily turn to a formal Webster’s definition. But I believe that everything in life has more than a surface-scraped meaning; philosophy especially. I think of philosophy as the core of all existence, because when you take a closer look at something, you can dissect it with philosophical thinking.

I see philosophy as to be an infinite sequence of deep thought. It’s a constant progression as studies and theories continue to alter and develop with the world. Philosophy is a variable existing alongside the very existence of ourselves. As humans, we’ve managed to take philosophy and with it, create the very base of our society that is humanity. I thought about the universe, religion, and the people around me. Over time, we’ve seemed to create guidelines for terms of proper living. We’ve been trained with ethics, and the understanding of what should be right or wrong. Like the animals that humans are, we’ve used the course of our history to educate ourselves in the values and morals we choose to obtain. The more we’ve taken and grown with the theories of philosophy, the more we have adapted as civilized people.

It’s a canvas both blankly untouched, and covered in a beautiful display. Philosophy is the very root of my world, along with everyone else’s. An art, a science, and a mystery. The infinite thinking of philosophy is what’s changing us along with everything in and around the world we live in. William Shakespeare once said, “there is nothing good nor bad, but thinking makes it so”; expressing that everything is in the state you choose to interpret it in. The same goes with philosophy. You can intake as much information as you want but it’s meaning is what you define it to be.

A great topic of debate within philosophy is about the realism of religion, alongside how the ideas of existence and meaning either compare or contrast. Those involved identify themselves as either believers of God, or non-believers. A sub-division within the believers are those who believe in a single God, or multiple Gods staying faithful to monotheism or polytheism practices. Something I found interesting while looking into the different religions were the apparent difference in objectives of each faith. Each seemed to have some sort of guideline for your life. Stay true to your God(s), and you will be given the gift of a peaceful haven after death. Buddhism spoke a looser idealism of how to strive for a happy life and after-life. Nirvana was an apparent goal in Buddhism that I strongly admire; and would like to personally strive for myself after discovering the teaching of the Awakened One. Philosophy and religion in a sense have a love-hate relationship. They both compliment and contradict each other. There is no proof that God(s) and their legends are true, or false. This leads to the continuous back and forth questioning on the existence of existence.

Philosophy to me, is nirvana. It’s a peace of mind after the fires of delusion, questioning, and aversion have been extinguished from your body; yet a continuous hunger for more. Sure, it’s the fundamental nature of knowledge; but it’s more than that. It’s a forever unsolved puzzle. The pieces will only come to us with time and the ability to have a want for an open understanding.

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5 thoughts on “Q: What is Philosophy? jade

  1. This is a beautifully worded answer, very well thought out and personal.

    Posted by msaydene | September 17, 2013, 5:59 am
  2. “An art, a science, and a mystery.”

    What a beautiful wholeness to describe the indescribable. Mystery being the most daunting, overbearing section of philosophy, this piece captures the requirements for learning and just how complex the task of understanding is. The line “You can intake as much information as you want but its meaning is what you define it to be” is one that struck me; every waking being will interpret, process and form, norm, storm on their own terms.

    Philosophy is truly overwhelming, but those with desire to understand it will surely make progress.

    Posted by Macguire | September 17, 2013, 6:05 am
  3. Encore! Make me want to read more on what you have to say!

    Posted by Fro | September 17, 2013, 6:28 am
  4. Insightful and well written, with creative comparisons and thoughts.

    Posted by lauren | September 17, 2013, 6:41 am
  5. There is a lot to admire and revel in here, Jade! i love how you move through the various elements of your explanations and examples with such eloquent descriptions and a zen-like appreciation of the beautiful complexity of life’s mysteries. Several lines struck me as poetic and illuminating, but perhaps most of all the sentences that lead in and away from the one Macguire highlights above:

    “It’s a canvas both blankly untouched, and covered in a beautiful display. Philosophy is the very root of my world, along with everyone else’s. An art, a science, and a mystery. The infinite thinking of philosophy is what’s changing us along with everything in and around the world we live in.”

    Great stuff – keep it up!

    Posted by Mr. J | September 17, 2013, 8:22 pm

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