“We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.”
― Santosh Kalwar

Metaphysics and epistemology presented the most important concepts that lead human life: truth, knowledge, and reality. Understanding those concepts and having the bigger picture about all those principles made me understand better why people behave that way, what led them to their approach, and how I could respond and react based on those things. Before I could assume based on my past experiences and beliefs, I could understand, think about, analyze, and respond based on those principles.

The issue that meant almost anything to me was political philosophy because I did not understand better the contradictions between political powers, and the endless fight for better achievements. Based on the position of libertarianism, I was more inclined to freedom and less implication of government, and the way we’re evolving those aspects made me avoid those types of conflicts, and looked for meaning and understanding in other aspects of life.  

Philosophical issues have been topics and remained problems for so long because of people and their differences. We were living in different social environments, with different cultures and traditions, we were raised and educated differently, and our perspectives were based on our past experiences. It was difficult and impossible to come to a worldwide principle accepted by everyone, and because of those issues, those problems would always be present. The attempts of changing those would lead to conflicts and resistance and it would be either an endless war until everyone would be dominated, and their life principles replaced, either accepting the divisions and the differences or tolerating them the way they were.  

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
― Albert Einstein

Those issues have been associated with Philosophy because involved critical and dialectical thinking, arguments, and criticism, and no other disciplines had all those tools. Philosophy investigated every principle without taking someone’s side. Logical, semantical, systemically, or empirical types of knowledge were associated with different disciplines, however, in that case, philosophy analyzed all of them for their flaws and strong points without taking sides. Also were presented for what they were not for what was the greatest because that would involve bias, and personal beliefs and would not represent the absolute truth. 

Those issues had not been as evident as issues in our contemporary culture because the leaders of those concepts would lose control over believers. If everyone would know that there was a chance to choose, to understand the whole picture, and to realize that the pie was bigger than the slice, the powerful leaders of those concepts would lose their power. Every powerful leader wanted to get as many adepts as possible, even though a worldwide spread would never be possible. If many people that believed in religion would change their view about God and the afterlife, it was possible that one day Christianity to lose power in western countries, and that would change the world dramatically.

“Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.”
― Benjamin Franklin Wade

Before I wasn’t aware we were living a life driven by emotions and feelings and that we perceived and appreciated the world through our senses. When we were dealing with babies that did not know how to express their needs, we were trying different methods until we could understand their wishes. We remembered those actions and we associated them with the things we saw, touched, smelled, or were giving us emotions and feelings. However, we had proof that our senses could reflect illusions, and that our memories could be altered and influenced by exterior factors. In the cases of eyewitness identification, it was proved that we could make mistakes and innocent people could go to jail. Those errors were replaced with accurate methods such as DNA evidence because even though some witnesses could recognize someone based on their appearance, accent, and physical details such as scars or tattoos, the feedback from others could increase confidence and that would lead to a false accusation. We could train our eyes to distinct details but in that case, was very easy to make mistakes. Our senses were also influenced by media, others’ opinions, images, or stressful events. In those ways, false memories could be planted in our minds and misinformation could contaminate someone’s memories to the point that could create illusions of reality. Just because someone said something in detail and demonstrated their arguments or related it with enthusiasm did not mean those were true information. Human beliefs could be influenced by others and artificially inflate the original thing, and details could replace forgotten aspects and be substituted with false memories. Also, medical problems could be one of the factors that could influence someone’s mind and would lead to creating new realities, hallucinations or to create false beliefs.  

“Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . . ”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I was not more aware of those philosophical issues because no other discipline could present those aspects the same way philosophy does. It was the same as going to the plumber and asking why I did not get my gardening tools. If we wanted to know about music, would get knowledge from the composers, and music teachers, however when we wanted to know about life, truth, morality, ethics, knowledge, etc it was essential to do that in a philosophy class from a philosophy professor or a philosopher. 

After learning about those issues in Philosophy, my life continued based on the principles that were following truth and reality. Searching for the truth was an interesting adventure that led me through the most challenging places and brought me the most spectacular experiences worth living for.

“One day everything will be well, that is our hope.

Everything’s fine today, that is our illusion”
― Voltaire

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