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Chapter 1:- Essay


Philosophy: Philo = love; soph = knowledge.


Greek; “philosophos” means lover of wisdom.


 


 A philosopher, to gain wisdom, must ask the big questions about:


1. Reality in general: for reference, relevance, and exercise (your mind),


2. Reality specific: to identify, understand, and solve a problem,


3. Reality perspective: to still be alive after the problem is solved.


 A philosophy should be based, rationalized, or hinged on a “philosophical assumption”; a truism to serve as your foundation and reference point when you get lost in tangents, circular reasoning, and your own egocentricity (which was invented before electricity).


 A few philosophical assumptions about spirituality:


 1. "We are born and then we die." At first glance this statement seems like a valid, un-challengeable truism. I challenge this assertion, not to confuse, but to illustrate that useful philosophy can evolve from questionable or not-so-pure philosophical assumptions.


 For Adam, "we are born and then we die" was only a theory (for 900 years). Ironically, it was not the "church" who first challenged this philosophical assumption; It was Satan in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3:4)


 Jesus expanded this philosophical assumption, formed a philosophy, and then clarified it; "We are born and then born again, and then we do not perish, but simply change (as all living things do) so as to enter into a process of moving to another place." -- Scientists are unable to measure this spiritual philosophical assumption, so they (glorified measurers of things) deny it or simply dismiss it. - It is the nature of their training.


 2. "The whole is greater than any part of the whole." For early man, this philosophical assumptions lead to "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" and became a philosophy of how to survive. For a football coach, this philosophy is called teamwork. For a corporate raider, the reverse of this philosophy is true; "The sum of the parts is greater (monetarily more valuable) than the whole (as one single entity)"


 The Buddhists, while playing with clay balls, discovered that when part of a whole is removed from the whole, it (the part) becomes a whole unto itself. From this philosophical assumption, they developed the philosophy that "although we are in this world and were at one time a part of this world, we can separate ourselves from its distractions and become a world unto ourselves."  Some Christian cults have a very similar philosophy; they seek to become a world unto themselves.


 Carolyn said, "Stop and tell me your philosophy of how much you love and appreciate me".


Wayne replied, "I do, I do, deja vu". Ok, ok, I'll hurry up with this essay.


 Simplicity is a philosophy itself, and a pathway to all meaningful philosophies.


   Are you ready to become a philosopher in regards to improving your personality? To be a philosopher, per se, you must first find a valid philosophical assumption; a reference point. Maybe an example would help you get started.


 Uncle Wayne's "Sandbox" philosophical assumption:


 Just ask yourself a few simple questions:


1. Would I like to be loved by my neighbors? (What is the alternative?)


2. Would my neighbor like to be loved by his neighbors?


3. Would everyone in the world like to be loved by their neighbors?


4. Would I like to be appreciated by my neighbor?


5. Would my neighbor like to be appreciated by his neighbors?


6. Would everyone in the world like to be appreciated by their neighbors?


 If you answered "yes" to the above 6 questions, you have agreed to and established a truism or a rather valid “philosophical assumption”. To wit: "Everyone wants to be loved and appreciated by their neighbors."


 Now for our love relationships:


7. Do you want to be loved by your mate?


8. Does your mate want to be loved by you?


9. Does your neighbor want to be loved by his mate?


10. Does everyone in the world want to be loved by their mate?


11.   Do you want to be appreciated by your mate?


12. Does your mate want to be appreciated by you?


13. Does your neighbor want to be appreciated by his mate?


14. Does everyone want to be appreciated by their mates?


 If you answered "yes" to each of the above 14 questions, you are ready to sign your name to the following Philosophical Assumption:


 "People want to be loved and appreciated by their neighbors and their mates."



 The big philosophical question is: "What are you going to do about it?"


 


 


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