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Monthly Archives: January 2010
Philosophy has been a remarkable, noble quest for truth. It sometimes degraded into the love of hearing oneself talking, with wordly books written trying to articulate an all inclusive, absolute truth. Never mind that, with an elusive essence of life, the more it is said, the less it is understood.
May we declare the end of armchair philosophy? The end of heavy, long, boring monologues. The rise of appliedsophy, where words are kept to what is necessary for the people taking part in the conversation? The start of applying approaches, not iron-rules, to opportunities and questions in daily life.
As we see in this old Monty Python’s sketch, appliedsophy would have succeed even where wordly philosophy failed For the one’s in a hurry, or who are not familiar with the European football… ehm soccer of the ’70, feel free to skip directly at the Eureka moment of the 3rd minute, when philosophers realize the need to stop their soliloquies and keep their eyes/feet on the ball.
The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the kingdom, first ordered well their own states. Wishing to order well their states, they first regulated their families. Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons. Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts. Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts. Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost their knowledge. Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things.
One word is too little, and two are too much. Or is it one word is too much, and two are too little?
Some things in life are too serious to be taken lightly, some are too important not to be taken with a smile.
Change alone is unchanging