A word commonly used & less commonly understood.
Philosophy can be broken down into two categories, namely impersonal philosophy and personal philosophy; or people who know GOD and people who do not know GOD. But to avoid elaborating on the intricacies of “GOD” for the purpose of this article (although non-different) GOD should be identified as the Absolute Truth.
Philosophy is the analytical study of the absolute truth; it is intrinsically entangled with the very spirit soul of all beings. Its definition is complex, its nature is subtle yet profound, and it is our eternal quest of understanding our relationship between ourselves and the Absolute Truth.
Whether you realize it not, everybody has a philosophy; it is a personal interpretation on how an individual believes life should be lived.
Philosophy shapes us to our most fundamental level; in the predictable lineal progression our mind takes to understand our thoughts and feelings of our likes and dislikes, it lays the foundation for our morals, the very tool we use to distinguish what is right and wrong for ourselves and others.
Some might say “ be happy, selfless and do good, and good will come to you,” “ love yourself and others equally,” “worship Jesus, follow the ten commandments and repent,” “be good or be good at it,” “sex drugs & rock n roll,” etc. it should be understood it is a personal opinion of the individual on how to obtain the Absolute Truth.
I encourage the reader to meditate deeply on this!
The obvious problem with personal opinion is that it can never arrive at an absolute answer; we automatically block our path to spiritual self-realization thus sadly leaving our advancement null and void. Although great personalities from history have contemplated on, and influenced greatly, our modern ideals and beliefs in countless areas of humanity, the absolute truth cannot be realized by speculation of the minds of men.
So unless we are taught the absolute truth, by the Absolute Truth, philosophy is never going to deliver us to the supreme destination, but it is a simulation to equip us with the knowledge on what is not going to get us there. Armed with this “what not to do” list then gives us the credentials to assist others to their destination.
One should practice unbiased understanding on subject matters without tainting information with our own personal views and giving the topic a mundane interpretation. When discussing philosophy one should realize this is a precarious subject that often easily offends. It is very risky to express ones philosophy/beliefs without it being in direct conflict with someone else's opinion (& vice versa).
If we as individuals have not seriously thought about and contemplated the philosophy of philosophy, it is like tasting honey by licking the outside of the jar. It is when we analyse the thought behind the thought that we develop the tools necessary for our own self-realization A.K.A spiritual advancement and begin to arrive on an absolute platform.