“I rather have an that’s unoriginal on my own, then have a original idea with influence from others.”
-An Estranged Blogger
I’ve often heard people argue that philosophy’s dead and has been dead for quite some time. In todays world you might be forgiven for thinking that because science has ultimately taken its place, or at least a good proportion of its place. Most of the questions philosophy has put forward have been answered by science, but that doesn’t mean its useless. I am in the firm belief that it is useful, sure there’s not much of a career in it but it’s very much alive and will continue to breath life into the ever evolving questions of nature that are to be brought up. Why are we here, Will we ever conquer human nature or are we destined to struggle with it for the rest of our species existence, Can any of us ever be truly free, what does it mean to be free, and What type of douche-bag quotes himself? I don’t know, but I hope these questions interest you as much as they interests me, and I hope this creates discussions, one of the many things that makes us the rational beings we are.
So is philosophy still important, of course it is. Its a vital skill to have and it helps people critically think about a various array of topics, and forces people to productively discuss issues and ideas through civil dialogue and debate, and we need more of that nowadays.
“When a dog is tied to a cart, if it wants to follow, it is pulled and follows, making its spontaneous act coincide with necessity. But if the dog does not follow, it will be compelled in any case. So it is with men too: even if they don’t want to, they will be compelled to follow what is destined.”
– Zeno of Citium
It has been often said that virtue is the ultimate form of good, some argue that its not, and some argue that we don’t know and never will. Some people believe that good is the ultimate virtue, some people believe that knowledge is and some people just don’t know. I tend to flip between all of them based off my state of mind and my surroundings. I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I think to much. Below you will find a chart to come to your conclusion, but for this we will delve into my understanding of it.
I feel that virtue can be the only true good because goodness is its very definition. If virtue is all things good, then it is the only true good thing, regardless of its consequences, for a deeper understanding we would have to define good and there different types of good. Personal good, which is good short term gratification or true good, which is ultimately good regardless of the consequences or effects it has on the individual. True good is hard to swallow for us and incomprehensible to us. Other things are desirable, of course, we’re only human, but not necessary. Which I guess that would make me a stoic, which by it’s very definition means that I am not affected by things like joy, grief, pleasure or pain, which I take issue with.
I line up with the beliefs in the chart below but there is something off putting about the definition itself, it seems so unnatural and ungenuine to me. Showing emotion, is both the best and worst part about being human. Showing none of that solves nothing, if anything it makes the human condition worse. I consider emotion to be one of the highest virtues we have as people, there’s no shame in showing it, but there is shame in not being able to control it in certain situations. I believe stoicism to be broken in its ideals, and incomparable with the very nature of human beings. More than likely I don’t fully understand the topic, but I wish to know more and understand it better, I hope to in the future.