But most of us do not wear our philosophical robes all the time.
This is where I find philosophy can have practical application in my every day life. I actually imbue the spirit of what I think into my everyday living.
1) I do doubt (which is why I do not take as a given what someone, anyone relates to me).
2) I look for flexibility in body (yoga and tai chi), in mind (decision making), in spirit (my view of life).
3) I allow things to change and flow in body (my blood, fluids), in mind (my ideas), in spirit (I don't feel like everything has to be done now, in this life).
This is very much an Eastern approach where philosophy is incorporated in everyday living and not thought of as some endeavor of a few chosen people who are outside the sphere of the ordinary man (I am afraid Plato had a lot to do with this mode of thinking). In Asia, the feelings, thoughts, understandings are incorporated in every day living, every day health, every day communication. It is a seamless whole. Not every one, to be sure, and it seems to be different in many large cities nowadays with the advent of materialism in large Asian cities, but still large swats of the population still see philosophy as a way of leading a life and not just a thought process.
I think most Asian philosophers will concur that there is a seamlessness in Asian philosophy/health/living that is much different than what is practiced in Western culture. I would be interested in what others might have to say on this.
Thanks for bringing up this interesting point.
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i think it is the ideal to strive for, in whatever life area we contemplate.
I would like to understand this further. Do you think it is possible that one strive for something
and at the same time do things that are detrimental to the well being of others? This is the issue in regards to the truth of what is being told. Yes, it is true that I might believe that what I strive for is the ideal, but at the same time, without my knowing it, I might be doing things to the detriment of others.
If you can elaborate, it would be helpful for me to understand your point of view.
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Well, all I really have is a long-winded way of saying "I don't know."
I'm currently struggling with that very question. I raise goats and every year I haul a load to auction. I know these animals are going to be slaughtered and it bothers me more and more every year. The land won't sustain all the goats if I keep them all, and it would become so full of cactus and shrubs, you couldn't walk, if I got rid of them. I wish the land could return to it's original state of no fences with buffalo and wolves running around, but that's not going to happen in my lifetime, and no one else around me would tolerate such a thing. So I'm just going to have to settle for some practical compromise, like breed only when I need replacement goats.
That's the closest thing to a good truth I can get under the current situation.
And such is my life. Lots of ongoing compromise.
I see things as a pendulum going back and forth. I do not try to keep the pendulum in absolute stillness, because then it is dead and no longer a pendulum. But I do try to imaging the pendulum going back and forth in gentle small swings. The large swings are fine, but the big ups are inevitably followed by the big downs, which I find too exhausting for my own life. So gentle ups followed by gentle downs works for me. And I don't try to create perfect balance, because I enjoy things that are alive and flowing.
Thanks for sharing with me your thoughts and a bit of your life. It sounds darn interesting!