Philosophy simplified – Explaining what philosophy is the ‘up-goer five’ way
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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- The beginning of a journey
- What is the most fundamental question in life? Hint: It is not about meaning of life or about what exists fundamentally
- What are the ways that a life can be good? There are three of them
- What brand of individualism are you wearing? The original noble individualism, the watered down consumer individualism or the new alternative: compassionate individualism?