Philosophy is Not a Waste of TimeSubmitted by dwalters on Sat, 12/29/2012 - 13:02
There is likely a reason why government schools indoctrinate students to believe that philosophy is a waste of time. Even if you don't believe that this is part of the indoctrination, realize that completely ignoring a topic also serves the purpose of indoctrination. In reality, an individual's personal (practical) philosophy serves as a guide to everyday action. What is more important to how you live your life than what principles guide your decisions?
Philosophy has been the single driving force behind all forms of government; take Marxism as an example. Changes in widespread philosophical beliefs inevitably influence governance. Philosophy is not a waste of time.
Companies do not pay their employees with happiness. Some of the most miserable people I know have substantial monetary wealth. One may not become a millionaire by dedicating their lives to philosophy, but he or she may change the future of mankind - which is much more enriching than any sum of money.
I am not speaking of abstract philosophy such as arguing the existence of the chair in which you sit. I am speaking of practical philosophy which can be easily communicated to others and serve as a productive guide to action. For instance:
Birds of a feather flock together.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
A flash flood will only wash the dirt off of a rock, but a steady drip will beat a hole plumb through it.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
The grass is always greener on the other side.
If all your friends jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you?
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Don't molest children.
And so on...
What principles make up your practical philosophy? What principles guide your daily actions?
Philosophy is not a waste of time, and there is likely a motive behind making it seem so.