What is Philosophy?

By Anuj Chugh

My Answer - Philosophy is a way of life to better one's life. It aims at reducing suffering and increasing happiness. It is the adoption of a way of thinking, which an individual deems suitable for his/her aspirations. It is recommended that after choosing one's philosophy, one should adhere to it with total devotion and dedication.

It is not said that one should keep a closed mind, after selecting one's line of thought. No philosophy is an absolute philosophy and one should never be rigid in the face of experiences that everyone of us have to face until we stop breathing. But, one should be careful while selecting or keeping core beliefs, that are close to one's heart, beca- use these are too, nothing but philosophy and every one of us is a philosopher, by default.

While it's no doubt that your life should be aimed at getting what you want, you should not be too aggressive or too passive. It should be the basic criterion of selecting a philosophy. While you are ready to fulfill your heart's desire, you are also ready to play fair and not gain anything at someone else's cost. Everyone else, though still being philosophers, are mere negative thinkers and evil-doers. They destroy the true essence of philosophy.

Philosophy is utopian. Reality is vast and every intrepretation, every skill, all knowledge and all experiences of every individual that ever existed, are insufficient to contain it. There is simply more to everything and no end to it. Philosophy also involves methods and techniques of the oriental wisdom to achieve spiritual goals. Spiritual goal is the ultimate goal and purpose of philosphy. Every man, every woman, may want to be all that, that they can be. But, it has to end somewhere as it all becomes ultimately futile, due to the inevitability of death. Death is a great equalizer. Rich and poor, ugly and beautiful, all have to die.

Every great philosophy of the past and the present are based only upon death, as it is the only thing that give's life its meaning. Mankind, also need to ponder beyond death and upon its ultimate evolution as there are some questions that life and death poses, which even the greatest sceptics can't ignore. Such as, the conditions a newborn baby takes birth in. Why is one baby born in extreme poverty, bereft of everything and the other one, in royal households?

Science will never ask these type of questions as these are deemed irrational, stupid, insane and pointless by scientific communities. They go to lengths to describe the process of how a new-born baby begins to gain individuality and blah-blah-blah.

Anuj Chugh
About the author:- A Teach For India alumnus, Anuj spent two years working in an underprivileged school in Pune, teaching 120 children from the 7th and 8th grade, developing his leadership skills. For 8 years before the fellowship, Anurag was involved in developing and debugging embedded software and hardware as part of various design teams. He is now CEO of Ergoptix Mediquip Pvt Ltd, the manufacturer of Magnifying Loupes and LED Headlamps in India. Bringing awareness of developing the practice of maintaining the correct posture by using magnification at the very inception of the doctor’s dental and medical practice. Feel free to communicate with Anuj by email or via WhatsApp message at +91-9819912872. Read more about Anuj on his personal site.

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