“For this feeling of wonder shows that you are a philosopher, since wonder is the only beginning of philosophy.”
― Plato, Theaetetus
Philosophy today is irrelevant as far as being a practical pursuit for the individual. True philosophy exists only outside of universities which have sterilized the quest for truth through over-dependance on thought and intellectual reasoning. The livable, and experienceable aspect of philosophy has been lost. Philosophy has given up on answering the fundamental questions of existence and instead has entertained itself with abstractions.
The End of Philosophy
The death and rebirth of philosophy – it’s evolution and metamorphosis
The Inherent Limitation of Philosophy
It is just as well philosophy largely ignores the fundamental questions as it is wholly inadequate to approach them. Philosophy, in neglecting the testimony of internal, subjective experience has killed itself.
What is this faculty? Intuition, direct perception, knowing by being.
But how can you explain this to them without being laughed off? You are speaking a different language, live in a different world, a different paradigm (hopefully you don’t have a paradigm).
They rely on only one tool. Therefore they are dependent on that tool and limited by that tool. Blinded by that tool.
Their intelligence and skill with thought is necessary and good in its place. But it has no place probing into the mysteries. Neither can it answer any question which depend upon a proper understanding of reality and the nature of the individual.
Self-knowledge is the prerequisite and the gateway to all other knowledge. If the nature of your own self is not thoroughly and directly known, how can you know anything outside of you?
Philosophy since its inception has avoided the subjective factor, it has attempted to approach reality objectively, an impossible task since reality is by its nature purely subjective. Philosophy has avoided self-transformation. What is needed now is a philosophy which brings about a shift in consciousness, a philosophy which turns in upon itself; ceasing to project an outward objective world and understanding the only world which can directly be known: one’s own consciousness.
Thought by its very nature is limited. It is born out of time and memory and thus can never comprehend the infinite and the eternal, the unknown. Thought can never explain the fundamental mystery of the life. This can only be experienced by the individual who transcends thought, but does not fall below it. The true philosopher recognizes that thought can only explain the surface of reality, and in order to understand things at their root one must let go of all theories, paradigms, concepts, and the dualistic mind.
The New Philosophy
Primarily it is self-transformation
The Perennial Philosophy
– Rig Veda Samhita 1.164.46