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Usefulness of Philosophy

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Philosophy of Discipline Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers, can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the questions themselves. -- BERTRAND RUSSELL Zhao Yue (34) 3.11 Elisha What is philosophy? It is a question troubling the philosophers ever since philosophy was first studied. That is a question we cannot answer, but we do know that philosophy will guide us to the quest for knowledge. The knowledge of philosophy can enhance analytical, critical and interpretive capacities that are applicable to any subject-matter. When we read Japanese Manga, we often see the characters cry out the question "Why?" We would often only be told of how the Manga characters were able to advance not because they found the answer to the question but realized that to answer these questions, they have to work harder. This is the basic form of philosophy. The questions are, of course, never answered, but the process of trying to answer them is the beginning of knowledge. The current generation of youth, such as ourselves, are obsessed with finding answer to everything as a result of today's education system. Indeed, the subjects taught in school: Languages, Mathematics, Sciences and Humanities, all require us to obtain the answer in order to pass the exam. ...read more.

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However, philosophy cannot offer that, rather, it comforts our mind and soul. Philosophy was always hidden in the little corners of our every day life.When we do not have an aim in life or when we are lost in the process of something, we will start to soul search. That can be one form of philosophy. When we are free or when we are contended with our life and do not have to worry about survival, we will start to look for the purpose of life, that is another form of philosophy. Those who are poor will more than often be preoccupied with trying to feed themselves instead of wondering the meaning of life. Those who are busy coping with everyday life will be numbed by their tight schedule and will not be bothered to ask the fundamental questions of philosophy. Japanese industrialist Konosuke Matsushita led a busy life from his youth till his retirement from the National Electronics. His philosophy of 'Developing a road to peace and happiness through prosperity' was formed only in later part of his life after he was retired. It is the lack of purpose in his life that led him to wonder what his purpose in the society was. ...read more.

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One's belief is likely to be influence by society and thus one can be easily blinded, thus the reason for me to have so much faith in Santa Claus may be because of the many stories that my parents read to me. However, as I grew up, I started to question the possibilities of the presence of Santa Claus, which led me into believing that Santa Claus does not exist. At least that is what I believe at this point of time. To uncover as much truth as possible, one has to open up the mind which can be achieved by knowing philosophy. What is truth? What is the good? Why be moral? How can we think logically? What can we know? How can we know? Do we even exist? The fact is we will never find the answer to these questions. The more we try the more questions we encounter. It is the out come of the finding the answer to the questions that matters. If we did find the true answers to the questions, then we will lose our spiritual life and it will lead us to the road to extinction. However, then again, how do we know that we did find the true answer...? I leave the question for you to answer. ?? ?? ?? ?? Zhao Yue on 8th of September 2007 ...read more.

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