It’s like we’re in a hamster cage – imagine yourself at Chuck-E-Cheese’s up in the big ball-tunnel-jump-around-in-the-balls-type-deal, but instead we, humans, all living things, the known universe, imagine us in part of a hamsters cage, you know, the kind that are brightly colored and connect one weird-shaped piece to another type ones, we see the beginning of our process/existence (birth, life) and the ending (aging, death), but we just simply don’t know if there are other hamster cage pieces connected to us or not (ie: does anything exist outside of our known universe)– this is our condition, the human condition; the condition that we are thrust into at birth and then forced to deal with, come to grips with, and make decisions in order to get through or end it through suicide.
|Thoughts like these are what the subject of Philosophy is filled with. And what a fantastic journey philosophy is; but beware, as always in philosophy, we Must be sure to check our definitions. What do I mean by “fantastic”? Good thing you asked, because I mean amazing, thrilling, and enhancing, but by fantastic, I also mean, scary and shaky- potentially dangerous for one’s mental health– philosophy makes the ground shake, which can make you fall of course. My first and beloved philosophy professor told me such an important yet simple thing, and so right I found out that he is. He told me that to deal with philosophy, the unraveling of the lies, the coming out of awesome truths…, one has to build strength of mind. Remember that. One has to build strength of mind. You have to be mentally strong to deal with the ups and downs that come along with philosophical discovery (the discovery of “real” reality).
Philosophy can be hard, it can make you desperate, and it can be terrifying, but it is also amazing and exhilarating, a most amazing phenomenon. Be ready to question everything, but remember, really remember, that you should be sure that you are prepared to really hear and then assimilate what may be far from the answer that you wanted. Also remember to follow your instincts above all; if something doesn’t jive with your inner knowledge and voice, then trust yourself instead of the outer influence.
PS- I can’t be here to answer many questions constantly… but if you’re someone who is struggling with philosophical problems right now… you can send me a message and I will do my best to help if I can: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a link to my first philosophy book that I’m currently writing online here on WordPress: https://egomountainbliss.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/so-ive-figured-out-the-world/
All the best -Chris