Why aren’t more people phillosophical


I dont know if this is a stupid question but i’m still extremely curious,so anyways today I met someone and he was very philosophical and even enlightening, way more than me, and honestly I just wish more people could be like this, I always felt like I was so different because i always over analyzed everything and I’m just wondering what makes someone phillosophical, I mean I dont think kids ever really think about the meaning of life, and some people never really consider it, so what changes, and why? And why aren’t more people reflective cause-maybe this is just a theory but I think humanity would be better if people could just slow down and get a grasp on reality. Also this is a slash qu i guess but how could I become more enlightening, and wise!!

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4 Answers

I can answer that question. Being philosophical comes with risks. Specifically, thinking too hard about the nature of meaning can easily lead to the conclusion that there isn't any, or at least having to confront that possibility. That concept is both depressing and terrifying, and not many people are capable of dealing with it. I personally was severely depressed for years because I felt like the entirety of reality was completely pointless. It just isn't worth going in that direction, for most people. I think the trait of just not thinking about it got evolved into our behaviour.
I think both of the answers given so far have a lot of merit, but I'd also like to add something... Being philosophical is subjective, sure philosophy on the whole can be define as questioning life, the universe and everything within in it, but there is also personal philosophy and questioning oneself and the smaller things in life. Sure, those little lessons we learn as we grow and those small decisions that influence us over time don't seem like much, but as we do age and mature, we do build our own philosophies and ethos' that shape us as individuals. So I guess in answer to your question, although there may be few traditional philosophers any more, each individual person is their own philosopher. All the best, TDZ :)
In my opinion, philosophical sense can be attained through experience. There are many branches of philosophy and it's rare you find a person who's experienced in all fields. I honestly do think that pain, defeat and suffering should not be constantly viewed as negative emotions because they are "doors" if you will, to different paths leading to experience and thus, philosophy. If you want to become more philosophical, i guess you should start seeing life in different colours and read what the greatest philosophers have to say. Also you'll need to cleanse your mind from all prejudices, pre held beliefs and doctrines in order to truly see things as the way they are.
Philosophy is a fine place to begin to learn how to question, because it is the act of questioning, of seeking the truth, that is so eminently human. In your efforts to seek the truth, I offer the following rules:

Wizard's First Rule:
People are stupid.
People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. People are stupid and will believe a lie because they either want it to be true or because they are afraid that it might be true. Peoples' heads are full of knowledge, facts and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool.

Wizard's Second Rule:
The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
A person's intentions do not stop their actions from causing harm. This is related to unintended consequences. Intention requires forethought.

Wizard's Third Rule:
Passion rules reason, for better or worse
This rule speaks of the power of emotion. Who would you fear more? A large, powerful man who did not wish you any harm, or a small, crazed woman who believed with all of her heart that you had stolen her baby?

Wizard's Fourth Rule:
There is healing in sincere forgiveness; in the forgiveness you grant and moreso in the forgiveness you receive.
This rule speaks of the healing potential of forgiveness. Forgiveness is not to be confused with agreeing with the other person, nor does it say that you think what another person did was okay. Forgiveness is largely for the self; it is best when used to relieve the self of the burden of carrying a grudge, and it is more relieving than you know to another person to receive forgiveness.

Wizard's Fifth Rule:
Mind what people do, not only what they say; for deeds will betray a lie.
This rule speaks of paying attention to people's words and actions to discern the truth of their intentions. Related to this is a Godfather quote: "I don't put any stock in words. I don't even trust actions. What I trust are patterns." Paying attention to the patterns of behavior in people will tell you a great amount about that person.

Wizard's Sixth Rule:
The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.
This is the most important rule. The first law of reason is this: what exists, exists, what is, is.
From this irreducible, bedrock principle, all knowledge is built. It is the foundation from which life is embraced.

Thinking is a choice. Wishes and whims are not facts, nor are they a means to discover them. Reason is our only way of grasping reality; it is our basic tool of survival. We are free to evade the effort of thinking, to reject reason, but we are not free to avoid the penalty of that we refuse to see. Faith and feelings are the darkness to reasons' light. In rejecting reason, refusing to think, one embraces death. The Sixth Rule is the hub upon which all rules turn. It is not only the most important rule, but the simplest. Nonetheless, it is the one most often ignored and violated, and by far the most despised.

Wizard's Seventh Rule:
Life is the future, not the past.
The past can teach us, through experience, how to accomplish things in the future, comfort us with cherished memories, and provide the foundation of what has already been accomplished. But only the future holds life. To live in the past is to embrace what is dead. To live life to its fullest, each day must be created anew. As rational, thinking beings, we must use our intellect, not a blind devotion to what has come before, to make rational choices.

Wizard's Eighth Rule:
Deserve victory
Be justified in your convictions. Be completely committed. Earn what you want and need rather than waiting for others to give you what you desire. - This rule speaks of not being afraid to stand up and defend what you think to be the truth, even if the situation is not in your favor. It speaks of ambition and motivation; never be afraid to DO, and by extension, never be afraid to fail. The truth is a self-correcting mechanism: If we are wrong in our assertion of the truth, we can learn from our mistakes and better our knowledge.

Wizard's Ninth Rule:
A contradiction cannot exist in reality; not in whole nor in part.
To believe in a contradiction is to abdicate your belief in the existence of the world around you and the nature of the things in it, to instead embrace any random impulse that strikes your fancy - to imagine something is real simply because you wish it were. A thing is what it is, it is itself. There can be no contradictions.

Faith is a device of self-delusion, a sleight-of-hand done with words and emotions founded on any irrational notion that can be dreamed-up. Faith is the attempt to coerce truth to surrender to whim. In simple terms, it is trying to breathe life into a lie by trying to outshine reality with the beauty of wishes. Faith is the refuge of fools, the ignorant, and the deluded, not of thinking, rational (people).

In reality, contradictions cannot exist. To believe in them you must abandon the most important thing you possess: your rational mind. The wager for such a bargain is your life. In such an exchange, you always lose what you have at stake.

Wizard's Tenth Rule:
Willfully turning aside from the truth is treason to oneself.
The truth is what should motivate your life, not the lies, or you will fall victim to the first rule and if you ignore the truth you're betraying everything that you believe in, because the lie is more convenient to you than reality.

The Primordial Rule:
You can destroy those who speak the truth, but you cannot destroy the truth itself.
No matter how hard people try, the truth will always be, and no amount of violence or no amount of noise to the contrary can change it. The truth is the highest aim, and to pursue it is the most noble goal. Seek the truth and reveal lies for what they are.

The Final Rule:
One must always seek the truth in life for themselves, rather than simply believing that which they are told without their own rational understanding and justification for that belief. Failure to do so can lead to a life of clinging to empty promises and following trails of false hope.
Seek the truth in life for your own sake.

The first goal of life should be to seek the truth in all things, and for yourself. Never rely on another person to give your life worth nor give another person the power to invalidate your sense of self-worth. You are; therefore you matter. You are alive, and your life has meaning. Your sense of self-worth should never be a question. Assert yourself unashamedly and in the face of fear and doubt, and never allow another person to cause you to question your self-worth.

Take these rules and apply them to your life. Seek the truth and free your mind. Learn from philosophy, but never allow your mind to be steered away from the truth by emotions, faith, comforting lies or whims.

The definition here of "Wizard" is the nearly-obsolete term meaning "a very wise person", not the magic-wielding, supernatural connotation.

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