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Philosophy is Not a Waste of Time

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.

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Discovering philosophic truths for oneself

It is an *applied* religious philosophy. It is not armchair philosophy. It is something that you know that guides what you choose do.

"Scientology is not a dogmatic religion in which one is asked to accept anything on faith alone. On the contrary, one discovers for oneself that the principles of Scientology are true by applying its principles and observing or experiencing the results.

"Developed by L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology is a religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature and one’s relationship to self, family, groups, Mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being."

Liberty Vigilante

Great post! Here is

Great post!
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“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.