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I love you, Philosophy

heart to heart“Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.” 
-William Shakespeare, Hamlet

I do not study philosophy because I deem it wise, but because, like the inhaling of oxygen, when I fail to do it, I can feel myself suffocating, contracting, and gasping for life.

Curiosity is the air I breathe and in its absence I cease to be.

Life feels expansive and exhilarating when I experience it from the vantage point of being an Inquisitive entity.

I inhabit a qualitatively distinct kind of space when possessed by the desire to learn.

In the rhythm of philosophical reflection, my questions become conceptual batons, and with each movement of my mind, the flow of time is symphonically conducted.

Contemplation, endowing the world around me with its musical quality, transforms my life into a song:

“I love you, Philosophy. Make love to me with your paradoxes and puzzles all day long.”

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  1. Ask the average person if he or she is curious about things,and most people will answer yes. But their curiosity is superficial. Most people have a world view that is not subject to change. Whatever evidence comes up they fit it into their preset world view or reject it.. Real curiosity is deep, continuous, open to the creative, expansive, astonishing, or hidden universe, and the wonder of the ordinary.

    1. I agree with you. I also think there are some other ways to see it too. I can think of many friends who study theology and I can assure you that their theistic views will not be changing anytime soon. Everything they learn is immediately integrated into their evangelical paradigm. And yet, many of them are some of the most curious souls I know. While they may not be inclined, or open to, changing their basic religious beliefs, they’re sense of wonder is palpable. I also think of people like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. I have little doubt that those guys aren’t going to be discovering anything that will make them change their stance on the existence of God. Yet, their sense of curiosity about the world runs so deep. I think it’s possible to be prejudiced and even close-minded about certain beliefs while still being intensely curious in a very meaningful sense. I consider it an intrinsically human quality to be curious although we often allow others to intimidate out of us. I regard all manifestations of curiosity as being real even if not deep or philosophical. It’s qualities often vary from person to person in. My good friend, Tony, turns into a child when the subject of cars comes up. His brain turns on fire and he can even philosophize about the significance, the ethics, and the aesthetics of transportation. But he is not one bit interested in the kind of stuff I rant about in this blog nor anything that might appear to deep and open-minded to philosophers. So, I agree with and appreciate what you’re saying but I am also careful to avoid any sort of dogmatism around the subject of who gets to be framed as the curious ones among us. Your thoughts?

      1. Of course you are right, and you are speaking from the heart of compassion because you are honoring every individual for who they are, no matter how they manifest their curiosity. Believers in a particular theistic or atheistic view are using that viewpoint as a foundation for deeper and wider adventures of the intellect and heart and they can accomplish great insight. And the reason they can do that successfully is because their viewpoint may be essentially valid, even if we quibble with much of details. But we can also look at things from a more gritty level. A rapist may enter a house and be curious where to find a victim. Curiosity can be a double edged sword. You are positing a more gentle world. On a personal level I am often bothered when people are ignorant of a subject, typically a controversial one in the world of religion or politics, and when I try to explain something that they don’t understand, some demonstrable,objective knowledge they have not researched, but I have, they don’t want to hear it. In such cases I (we) need to exercise our philosophical muscle and love the hell out of them, and get our own egos out of the way. Anyway this question of how people manifest heir curiosity is complex and juicy. I love your blog.

    1. One of the best quotes I have ever read. And it really speaks to fear we have of being wrong. It’s better to launch out into the depths and take creative and philosophical risks than to pursue the false wisdom of avoiding the possibility of being wrong.

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