According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, philosophy is “the study of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc.”(Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Philosophy makes one really evaluate themselves and reality. Looking closer at the world makes one develop deep questions. The questions can lead to one researching and delving deep inside themselves for answers.
We love to have knowledge. Truly it is a powerful tool within our world today. Philosophy makes you more aware of the world around you. This is specifically due to its ability to make you develop questions. You can discover more about the human brain this way. Or, you could apply your questions to worldly problems or politics. Any time you are actively engaged in thought is a great moment.
Reading also manages to lure our brain deep into the jungle of thought. Words transport us to new dimensions within our own imaginations. This is also a similar effect to what philosophy has on us. Yet philosophy does not lay out the world before us to follow. Philosophy actively encourages us to analyze and create our own perceptions of the world. This is truly splendid because sometimes today many people accept too readily.
Accepting beliefs is not a very safe thing to do. When people so readily accept things they do not think about what exactly is tied to the belief. Yes, everyone has their own opinion on everything. Yet how exactly did we come to gain that certain opinion?
Interestingly enough, most likely our life experiences determined our opinion. All the life experiences that happened previously is connected in your mind. These connections may link together to what you are experiencing at that particular moment. Whatever you are experiencing is then related back and forth between experiences which might determine the opinion.
Your life experiences can be your values. The absolute truths in which you whole heartedly believe in. Philosophy does not necessarily have to challenge all of you chosen beliefs. Yet philosophy can help you to analyze why you might have that certain belief. Knowing why you hold onto particular tendencies can also help you analyze yourself.
You can analyze the life choices in which you make in the future. If you do not like a certain belief you can actively learn in order to change it. Your life beliefs are not set in stone. Yet every once in a while allow yourself a challenge. Why do I believe what I do? What else is there? What certain facts do I know that make this true?
Again, your belief does not have to change. Yet taking the position of an open mind is not bad either. You can learn to respect other peoples’ beliefs. In doing this you can also converse with them as to why they believe what they do. Philosophy leads to interesting conversations which might help sort things out.
Talking over things is just one way to organize your thoughts. A new perspective or thought might be revealed to you if you engage in a philosophical conversation. It can lead to very odd topics during conversations. Yet questioning people and yourself can lead to a better understanding of life and the world. Questioning can lead to people seeking out more research and education for themselves.
Philosophy is could lead to more questions. Yet when one asks a question they also work to find the answer. If everyone actively applied their thoughts to problems what could the world solve? Of course, your own mind is what generates those questions and answers. Yet it is so powerful that you can truly challenge the way the entire world thinks. So get at it, start philosophizing.