Can philosophy save the world?
Philosophy is perhaps the opposite of ideology.
While the ideologue claims to have all the right answers, the philosopher claims mainly to have the right questions. The ideologue approaches each problem from the position of certainty, contorting the facts of each situation to fit his predetermined conclusions. But the true philosopher is always willing to modify his position in light of compelling new evidence or argumentation; much like a young child, he approaches each subject from the position of uncertainty and natural curiosity.
While philosophy requires an open mind, this does not mean it is incapable of reaching certain conclusions. The philosopher is like a rock climber: testing each new hold before progressing up the mountainside; hoping to draw closer to the truth, but above all enjoying the journey.
Who are we? Why are we here? How ought we to live?
I’ve always been drawn to big questions like these, but believe big ideas can be found even in the most mundane of settings. Every natural process or human interaction contains some profound truth about the world and ourselves. In this blog, I share my musings on society, nature, technology, politics, sports, art, literature — whatever strikes my fancy. The common thread is an attempt to connect these topics to the Big Questions.
I hope you enjoy your time perusing these pages, and that (whether or not you agree with my conclusions) they give you something to think about. I welcome all respectful comments and feedback, and thank you for honoring me with your interest.