Philosophy simplified – Explaining what philosophy is the ‘up-goer five’ way

Posted on February 18 2013 by frank

Ever tried to explain what you do for a living for a four-year-old? I can tell you that “Daddy is a philosopher” is not the most informative answer. Inspired by a xkcd comic, there has been a recent trend of trying to explain scientific disciplines and other complicated stuff like paleomagnetism by using only the 1000 most common words of English language. In this spirit, here is my take on philosophy, using only these thousand words and using altogether only 270 words:

How should I live? What should I do in life? These are questions we all have to answer. Because we all have to live some way or the other. Big and small questions about the right way of doing things come up all the time. And our life as a whole is always our own attempt to answer the question about a good way of living.

Still many people don’t think much about these questions. They just live like they are supposed to live. They live like they believe other people would want them to live. And believe in things that people around them believe in. So they let other people decide about their lives.

But there are some people who feel that they must try to answer these questions. Who stop and ask: Should I really believe this? Should I really live like this? And they will not go on, before they know the answer. They are willing to go deeper and deeper and spend a lot of time with these questions. In fact, they can spend their whole life trying to figure out something other people think is not interesting at all.

In the best case, these people can find new answers to life’s big questions. Answers that open people’s eyes and change the way they look at their lives. This could change the way people are living. In the best case, these answers can help all of us to live our lives better.

This is what I do for work. I try to find new ways of thinking that will make people live a better life.

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3 responses to “Philosophy simplified – Explaining what philosophy is the ‘up-goer five’ way”

  1. frank says:

    Try it yourself with this editor. It is a healthy challenge for oneself, because, as physicist Richard Feynman famously put it: “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” Or explain it with only the simplest of words.

  2. frank says:

    The same story gizoogled:

    How tha fuck should I live, biatch? What should I do up in life, biatch? These is thangs we all have ta answer. Shiiit, dis aint no joke. Because we all have ta live some way or tha other. Shiiit, dis aint no joke. Big n’ lil’ small-ass thangs bout tha right way of bustin thangs come up all tha time fo’ realz. And our thuglife as a whole be always our own attempt ta answer tha question on some phat way of living.

    Yo, Still nuff playas don’t be thinkin much bout these thangs. They just live like they is supposed ta live. They live like they believe other playas would want dem ta live fo’ realz. And believe up in thangs dat playas around dem believe in. I aint talkin’ bout chicken n’ gravy biatch. Right back up in yo muthafuckin ass. So they let other playas decizzle bout they lives.

    But there is some playas whoz ass feel dat they must try ta answer these thangs. Dum diddy-dum, here I come biaaatch! Who tha fuck stop n’ ask: Should I straight-up believe this, biatch? Should I straight-up live like this, biatch? And they aint gonna go on, before they know tha answer. Shiiit, dis aint no joke. They is willin ta go deeper n’ deeper n’ spend a shitload of time wit these thangs. In fact, they can spend they whole thuglife tryin ta figure up suttin’ other playas be thinkin aint horny-ass at all.

    In tha dopest case, these playas can find freshly smoked up lyrics ta life’s big-ass thangs fo’ realz. Lyrics dat open people’s eyes n’ chizzle tha way they peep they lives. This could chizzle tha way playas is living. In tha dopest case, these lyrics can muthafuckin help all of our asses ta live our lives better.

    This is what tha fuck I do fo’ work. I try ta find freshly smoked up wayz of thankin dat will make playas live a funky-ass mo’ betta life.

  3. Juha Lempiäinen says:

    Hahaa, this last one was good.=D You´re living wisely and doing a good job. Thanks! =)

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