Love of wisdom is the meaning behind the word ‘Philosophy’. In order to gain wisdom, you must have an enquiring mind and seek answers to your questions. These questions need not be complicated, although sometimes the great questions of our time feel short and simple when asked but the answers are in fact often very complicated indeed – a bit like life really.
Of course in times of trouble many of us seek answers from psychics, and often the question is straightforward – Do they really love me? Are they the one? Will we be together forever? But of course the outcome of those questions can alter the direction of our lives forever…
Any parent will know how enquiring a child’s mind is, especially when they reach that – ‘but why’ phase! But as we age we generally become less engaged and accept what we are told/know to be true. Sometimes this can be because in our heart of hearts we know something, but don’t wish to face it – so it easier to ignore the problem and not ask too many questions…
But for a good future in our lives, for our health and especially in our relationships it is important that we keep questioning, even if sometimes that gives us answers we don’t want.
If you want to borrow from the great philosophers, then here is a snapshot of their main thinking:
Socrates believed that everyone should think for themselves; and that truth was within each of us.
Indian thinker Shankara believed that the self (Brahma) was the only reality, and everything else could be traced to a lack of knowledge.
Aristotle thought we should all strive for happiness of all people and the good in life, whilst appreciating that happiness means different things to different people.
Plato believed that a lack of knowledge equated to evil; he thought that we could solve the puzzle of life and how to live well by attacking it as if it was a math problem.
Confucius didn’t think that knowledge was a mystical thing; his belief was in education and an orderly society so that knowledge could be found from within.
Pythagoras (one of the first Greek philosophers), believed that everything related to numbers and that through them a harmony in the Universe could be achieved.
French philosopher Sartre felt that each of us was responsible for our own lives; his belief was that there is no higher meaning and that existence is the only important thing.
Ref: Encyclopaedia of Mind Body Spirit & Earth