To most people, philosophy is some confusing academic enterprise that’s of little practical use. When they want to make their lives better, they don’t turn to the ancients, they look to self-help gurus and how-to manuals.
The other day my wife suggested we get in the pool. I was in for about three minutes before I started getting antsy. What are we going to swim laps or something, I asked?
When I think about my own education and any success I might have, it’s because I followed that line of thinking, knowingly and unknowingly.
“You ought to be preparing yourself…to hear truths, which no inflexibility will be able to withstand,” James Madison once wrote to Thomas Jefferson.
Yet here we are–apparently all the cool productive people are doing it.
“Conservation of energy. Never stand up when you can sit down, and never sit down when you can lie down.”
“Why did you say that? Was it because it needed to be said, or because you just wanted to be part of the conversation?”
Today, I am 28. Officially, late twenties. Now, what?
Who do you spend time with? How do they make you who you are?
I’m writing this article right now in a 4×4’ storm shelter, waiting for a tornado to pass.