Why bother with Philosophy?

People wonder what the meaning of life is. However, reality is unexplainable.

Just accept that the majority are dumb, and that utopia is a pipe dream. Our thinking should be used to solve problems, rather than achieve some illusory goal.

  • The meaning of life is to find meaning in your life Yin yang 

    *looks wise and knowledgeable* lol.

  • I believe all philosophers end up in philosophy prompted by the question of Fate or Free Will. Between the lot of them (I'm generalising a bit, but not much), they could've written The Matrix. 

    Philosophy isn't actually about the meaning of life, that's a spiritual quest. It's a science and like all sciences will help give identification to seemingly invisible systems at play. Without philosophy we wouldn't have the fundamentals needed for the Justice System, Education or Psychology. We wouldn't have rules to measure science by, the construct of ethics or aesthetics and right about now, the quest for expressing aesthetics is almost becoming a measure of survival for hyper-sensory individuals. 

    I'd say definitely bother with it! But one doesn't need to start with Plato. Peel through the philosophy section of a library and find someone who speaks to you. 

  • How about if you were recommending philosophers JFG?  I am absolutely curious about who your favourites are.  I promise no combat in my responses.  This purely a knowledge quest for me. Slight smile

  • The point is that we can never achieve utopia. Good and evil are out there. Unfortunately, evil is growing stronger.

  • Utopia might be a pipe dream but  human progress is not Slight smile

  • Yes, I do agree that evil is growing stronger.

  • I teach philosophy or a university as a hobby... Earns a few quid...

  • One of my clients was a professor of moral philosophy.

    We had many interesting conversations, and were sometimes at odds with each other, which added to the fun, at least for me.

    He actually thought some of my thinking  made me somewhat of an outlier, such as holding two opposing  views simultaneously.

    I'm not even sure that's possible, but i like to think that it is.

    I was particularly interested in whether our philosophy informs our psychology, and vice versa.

    My view is, neurology, psychology, philosophy, plus a load of environmental noise thrown in to confuse things.

    I also have some form of nihilistic view, so nothing matters, everything is equally meaningless, and equally valuable, it's all subjective, let's all get along, we'll die soon enough.

    Maybe I spent too long peering into the abyss, hahaha, oh.

  • That seems to be true.

    But is it not just the natural cycle of things?

    Maybe we are moving through another period of catastrophe and trauma, which will have a very high price, but will eventually be overcome. 

    In time we will enter another period of relative enlightenment, harmony, and peace, before the cycle begins again.

    It seems to be human nature, maybe it is our fate as a species...

  • What does utopia look like to you?