There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution
——-because it’s wisdom building
Often in life when we come to a place where the problem seems to difficult for us to move on, we may ask ourselves….”what would a wise person do”? In doing so, we often forget that, like so many other things in life definitions are not subjective to how they apply to those around us, but how they apply to ourselves.
Wisdom is defined as” ‘experience and knowledge together with the power of applying them practically. Looking at this definition one could then deduce that in a sense, anyone who has mastered their trade or area of specialism could be called wise in their sphere of knowledge – for example, if we call someone a wise doctor we may mean he or she has experience and knowledge of medicine and is able to apply these practically. The same would go for a professor, scientist, and so forth. But what about a mechanic, or a chef, or a person who catches fish on a trawler? We don’t often associate this idea of wisdom with what we see as the ordinary, as for most humans wise and wisdom are something to excel to and the mundane everyday jobs don’t really have that in them (or so our logic goes)
But is that really the case at all?
Philosophy is not necessarily this idea of being a specificlly wise anything (like a doctor), but more it is the idea of us all being … wise people.
The activity we are interested in is life itself – therefore the knowledge we seek is that which can enable us to master the art of living.
If we look at things from this perspective then when we use the word ‘wisdom’, we can define it to mean that knowledge which will enable a person to live truly and happily. Discovering wisdom comes through considering the way a wise person acts, how they speak, how they are in themselves. Exploring key attributes of people we each consider wise in order to apply them practically in our lives.
Now the question comes to be… What would those key attributes be? Would it be the way one carries oneself? Interacts with others? Strives to seek (all types of) knowledge? Allows others to speak and be heard? Expresses thoughts in ways that allow others to be engaged as well? Understands they don’t have all the answers?
Is wisdom an innate quality in all of us that can be brought to the surface just by asking the question itself?
Asking questions (about anything) can be a daunting, even scary thing to do. We seem to do that less and less in life these days as our species more and more sees asking as a weakness. Many societies now see it as a signal to other humans that one is not sure, does not know or even is not understanding of themselves. But that is only when it is your own thought you seek to forward, when it comes to a thought that is not yours, if one does not question (like you are not about yours) and seeks to instill only their wisdom, more often than not humans recoil and fall back to a place of self ego. Thus we come to one of the funny paradoxes of our species.
Questioning is often seen as more of a weakness than a strength in life, when the person questioning is someone you see as knowing or understanding (something you agree with), but not questioning is seen as wrong when the thoughts are not inline with your ideas of wisdom.
So which is it?
There will be situations one will encounter in life where the answer is not all that clear. But to just fall back on what one “knows” may not be the best way to show .. real wisdom. Even so, instead of questioning (our own thoughts), we often do fall back into the pattern of forging ahead anyway (to appear to others to have knowledge, strength and the like)… but is this really wisdom at all, or will there be circumstance where simply asking questions may help shed some light upon a particular manner?
Through reflecting on behaviors and experiences of practices and exercises one may change ones own perspectives, and in doing so, discover more of wisdom for onesselves… but it takes the wisdom to challenge oneself to do such a thing and be open to the feelings and thoughts of first… not knowing.
There are many reasons why people enjoy the study of philosophy. Philosophy gives us the opportunity to think more deeply about the subjects that really matter to us: What we call the “big” questions in life.
What does it all mean?
Who am I?
What is my part in all this?
How can I find meaning and satisfaction in life?
Philosophy deals with the big ideas, which govern human life. The world in which we live is shaped by philosophy, whether we know it or not. For example, Plato lived over 2000 years ago and what he said about subjects such as truth, beauty and justice have influenced the western world to this day.
Philosophy can simplify, clarify, enrich and provide direction to our lives, especially when other areas of life fall into a state of uncertainty or doubt. It can give us a greater sense of perspective.
Ultimately, philosophy can raise our awareness, to enable us to see things for what they are and bring us closer to our true selves. In this sense, it is the supreme means of self‐discovery.
But even philosophy can fall into its own trap of lacking the search for wisdom, because it is, like all things born of and from us and so it is expressed in a way that can either be understanding of the continuing quest for wisdom (in all ways), or, it can… like we often do about many things in life… be expressed as THE wisdom in life.
So now we come full circle, back to the question at hand.
“What would a wise person do”
… it seems to me they would keep asking… why.
A dose of Sanity: Part Twelve
Comparison is the thief of Joy.
Looking at the comforts-happiness relationship, we know that one can be as well-off as is possible when one has the basic comforts of life. (so) Then the cause of discontent are thoughts like: “I can have more” “I should be like that person”, “I need to be seen in the same vain as so and so” and availability of ways to act on such thoughts. The pursuit of “more” “likeness” “equal to” and so forth (in terms of “things”) most assuredly will reward one with short-term spikes in happiness, feelings of equality, self worth (and the like), but the process (of constantly acquiring “more”) gradually makes life complex, until finally one looks about and realizes that one is no happier than those “simple people”.
It would be tragic if one is incapable of living without the constant “fix” of “more”.