PHILOSOPHY IN PRACTICE – 2 (Post No.8651)

WRITTEN BY R. NANJAPPA                        

Post No. 8651

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PHILOSOPHY IN PRACTICE – 2

R.Nanjappa

Philosophy by slow degrees!

Prince Siddhartha noticed old age, disease, death. Inquiring into their nature and origin, he concluded that life itself was suffering (Duhkha). This is a philosophical insight. He could have stopped there, but did not. He thought there should be some cause for this, and therefore a solution. Meditating and inquiring thus, Siddhartha found the cause and the solution, became the Buddha, the Enlightened. He thus gave us a complete philosophy of life.

Often in life, we do not sit and sort out our thoughts to weave them into a coherent philosophy. It just happens that there is some faculty in us that keeps track of these little things as they occur and leave their impressions on us and these form into our philosophy in course of time. This was expressed beautifully by Thomas Hardy:  

“Unadjusted impressions have their value, and the road to a true philosophy of life seems to lie in humbly recording diverse readings of its phenomena as they are forced upon us by chance and change.”

From: Preface to ‘Poems of the Past and the Present’, 1901.


In the course of our studies and reading, and interaction with peers in the workplace and others, through our teachers we do acquire many ideas and opinions. But these do not become a philosophy unless they touch something deeper in us than the mind. In this sense true philosophy is a reflection of our inner core, our soul and just not mere intellectual belief.

Viewed thus, modern philosophy is a terrible misnomer. They are all intellectual formulations, often empty words, mere sound and fury signifying nothing. If we know the kind of life many of these people lead, we will lose all respect for philosophy.



Philosophy in modern states

Can philosophy be practised in politics today as Plato meant it?  Impossible in modern democracies. Democracies are composite societies, which are often fractured  on ideological, ethnic, linguistic, and other lines. Rulers are elected through periodical elections, and it is not possible or practical to adopt a long term perspective, which a consistent philosophy would warrant. Even the same party in power is not consistent in policies.

Mass education has spread literacy, but not promoted true understanding of important issues. It has neither united minds nor hearts. The spread of academic specialisation has meant that even educated people do not understand matters across disciplines.

 [The ‘Two Cultures’ syndrome.] A physicist cannot be expected to readily comprehend tight money or economic growth. Educated people even in so called developed countries do not have a clear idea of the most pressing problems . To suggest a solution and build a consensus around it is almost impossible. We saw it in respect of Brexit in Britain recently.  Because the margin is narrow, the verdict is not accepted gracefully by the losers. How can a ruler with a philosophy, any philosophy, rule at all? The position of US is still worse. We are witnessing how hopeless the situation is in respect of global warming, nuclear waste etc. Modern education leads to dissent more easily than to unity of purpose. It is so easy to agitate against anything, even when we do not know the clear alternative!


                                    *                    to be continued

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‘I write when the Spirits Command me’ – William Blake (Post No.6040)

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Post No. 6040
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William Blake, English mystic, poet and artist, said
I write when commanded by the spirits, and the moment I have written I see the words fly about the room in all directions. It is then published and the spirits can read. My manuscripts are of no further use I have been tempted to burn my manuscripts, but my wife wont let me.

Xxx

Shakespeare Imitation!


At the Garrick Club in London the witty librettist W S Gilbert was once making light of Shakespeare, to the horror of most of those surrounding him.
All right, then, said Gilbert in answer to their protests,
Let us take this passage for example
I would as lief be thrust through a quickest hedge,
As cry Plosh, to a callow throstle

Why that is perfectly clear, insisted one of his hearers, rising to the defence of the bard.
It just means this bird lover would rather get himself all scratched up in the thorny bush than disturb the birds song. What play is the passage from?
No play, said Gilbert, I made it up — and jolly good Shakespeare too.

Xxx


Boileau in presenting a poet to M. d ‘Hemery, addressed him,
Sir, I present to you a person who will give you immortality; but you must give him something to live upon in the meantime.

Xxx

Proof Reading !


On the subject of proof reading some authors are a menace to their publishers,
While others suffer from legitimate grievances. In one such instance the author , Ward Dorance, wrote to his publishers on the subject of proofs of his book,
In all the proof that has reached me windrow has been spelt Window, if, in ,the bound book windrow still appears as window, then neither rain nor hail, nor gloom of night nor fleets of riot squads will prevent me from assassinating the man who is responsible. If the coward hides beyond my finding, I shall step into Scribner’s and merely shoot up the place, Southern style

Xxx

Thomas Hardy

The import of Thomas Hardy’s birth was so little appreciated that he was thrown aside for dead. Presently he must have been so in fact, had not the nurse glancing up from attending the mother, cried out suddenly,
Dead! Stop a minute. He is alive enough sure!

Xxx Subham xxxx