philosophy - quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
The purpose of philosophy, from a the ancients onwards, was to expand the mind with questions that science could not answer. Thus, the time has come to retire some of the classic questions of philosophy because they have provable answers. We can replace questions such as, "If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there, does it make a sound?" with questions such as, "How beautiful is a tree?"
There comes a time when "pushing" one's ideas that could save our world becomes morally the right thing to do. And so, if you have the time, I urge you to read my book, "Nexus. A Treatise in Defence of Love as Mankind's Answer," so that we can rescue each other and our planet from the trouble of our current era. There is a link to a free version and a Kindle version from my bio (bio-link below).
As Aristotle alluded to, a man who does not enjoy the act of doing good deeds is not a good man; thus, for a virtue to exist as a virtue, it must stem from love and thus love must be the supreme virtue from which all others branch.
When words and thoughts are good anchors or control; when role models can become cages or keys; the wise support with wisdom and the foolish man becomes a king.
Janice lifted her glasses with the end of her pencil, seating them delicately upon her nose. "Philosophy, these days, is founded on the principle of love, but we use neurology and biology too, plus anthropology, some history and such. The old Greeks were wonderful, but we have access to so much more now and learning across subjects brings as a much more solid feeling of truth. The idea of love though, it taps into our intuitions, and there's so much intelligence there it's astounding. Perhaps love is the 'Philosopher's Stone' of our societies, not for an individual but for our Earth. It makes everything easier and now we have so many philosophy students. When we can say things in ways everyone can relate to we become this new and better society."
As Aristotle alluded to, as is spoken of in "Nicomachean Ethics," when science and the arts are made subordinate to another aim such as military or money, it fundamentally alters them and changes their results and nature, moving from healthy diversity of discovery to a funnelled narrow view. Yet the sciences and the arts are born out of a feeling of goodness, "The good is that at which all things aim."