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Lecture 10 THE IMPORTANCE OF PHILOSOPHY

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This lecture stresses the importance of acquainting ourselves deeply and meaningfully with reality through philosophical inquiry, above and beyond our cultural assumptions, that are the mindless product of social conditioning.

Meditation, Time, Lecture Ten the importance of philosophy. Science, including the general theories that provide the conceptual backdrop behind the description of the material world in terms of universal laws, is inherently incapable of infusing our lives with meaning and value. Some may see the scientific theory of evolution as a counter example. In fact, it is the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who perverted the law of natural selection into a rule of social domination, where might is right. In fairness to Nietzsche, we should qualify this statement to match the scope and richness of his thought, which also advocates the sublimation of one's power over others through self mastery. But this elaboration belongs elsewhere, in academic works on the subject.

Perhaps the line between science and philosophy will be blurred when the former officially takes as objects of study both the material world of phenomena and the immaterial world of consciousness. At any rate, it is philosophy and religion that aim at creating a comprehensive ideological framework for working out the first principles governing the universe, and also for understanding the purpose of life and laying down rules of conduct. Note that religion is at heart of philosophy, whose highly suspicious claim is that, contrary to a human construct, it is revealed by God and is absolutely true beyond debate. Philosophy, on the other hand, is never expounded under a pretense of absolute truth. It is a system of thought that is never certain, however convincing it may be thanks to a reasonable and credible argumentation. Yet...

...in spite of this irreducible doubt, anyone who cares to rise above the mechanical run of a genetically and socially programmed Automaton will not put in question the worthiness of the Philosophical Endeavor. Why is philosophy irreducibly uncertain? Because no amount of evidence can ever guarantee the unquestionable veracity of an ideological framework whose only token of reasonableness and credibility is its compatibility with facts, and this compatibility cannot exclude the possibility of another ideological framework that is also compatible with facts. The only criteria left to decide between the two are either a question of cultural sensitivity or a matter of simplicity and elegance against a tortuous and awkward rival that seems thus, by reason of significant shortcomings. There is a kinship between philosophy and poetry,...

...since all philosophical systems of thought never perfectly mirror the nature of things, although the ones and the other surely overlapped as some meaningful and valuable extent. In similar fashion, a metaphor is never identical to what it represents figuratively, but is only comparable to it. Both share some fundamental characteristics that justify this restricted comparison, and so philosophy is an art whose product could be dubbed the poetry of meaning and value. There are no grounds for confrontational arrogance in this discipline, only for humility and receptiveness. All in all, philosophy is an open invitation to think profoundly about things and dialog respectfully with others in order to enjoy a mutual enrichment of ideas. From a personal standpoint, every philosophical discourse can...

...be encapsulated in a single interjection. Look the ownus is on the listener or reader to survey, with the purity of a child, every example of the universal unfolding and reach an enlightened AU moment. This enlightenment is an intimate grasp of reality beyond the words that merely point to it like fingers. Hence, words are not the knowledge itself, but signs that guide our minds to a sense of what is in its immediacy. They are a stepping stone, a reason for acquainting ourselves quietly and deeply with the world through observation and reflection. We must always remember that by themselves, they amount to nothing more than sounds or marks. In short, the map is not the journey in our pilgrimage to knowledge. Actually, of all the books available to curious minds striving to...

...unveil the nature of things, the most important one cannot be found in libraries and bookstores. What is more, it is not made up of words, but of the things themselves as we experience them, and this book is none other than our very existence as a repository of facts and events that should be regular objects of meditation, leading to profound insights about reality.

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