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Stop And THINK About Things

A beach where one needs ‘supervisors’ to:

a) pull you out in emergencies,

b) warn you not to swim,

c) watch out for sharks,

…is not a good beach.

It’s certainly not ‘one of the best in the world’.

Despite what ‘they’ say.

Besides the obvious, what might it be?

In some cases, and especially if the beach is popular, it’s likely to be a marketing thing.

Enjoy it if you can/you like…but don’t be deluded as well.

Truth, lies

Why Study Philosophy?

Prescription for a better life, better relationships, better business, better management, better thinking: study philosophy.

The dictionary definition of Philosophy:

phi·los·o·phy (fĭ-lŏs’ə-fē) pronunciation

n., pl. -phies.

1. Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline.

2. Investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.

3. A system of thought based on or involving such inquiry: the philosophy of Aristotle.

4. The critical analysis of fundamental assumptions or beliefs.

5. The disciplines presented in university curriculums of science and the liberal arts, except medicine, law, and theology.

6. The discipline comprising logic, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and epistemology.

7. A set of ideas or beliefs relating to a particular field or activity; an underlying theory: an original philosophy of advertising.

8. A system of values by which one lives: has an unusual philosophy of life.

My life experience has been very diverse and I have come to realise that what we think and believe is very important. As is truth – not our own opinions, but raw truth. A humble, teachable mindset is particularly valuable – even if one had a good education, such as I have. Acquiring more wisdom is the most valuable goal. Life, the world, and people, are fascinating and I have devoted much time to the study of human nature, spirituality and philosophy.

I recommend the study of philosophy for many reasons, which include:

  1. Thinking logically
  2. Thinking creatively
  3. Thinking laterally – outside the square
  4. Problem solving
  5. Objective analysis and evaluation
  6. Effective planning
  7. Succinct verbal and written expression
  8. Effective reduction
  9. Simplifying the complicated
  10. Discovering hidden relationships and assumptions
  11. Effective analysis and drawing correct conclusions
  12. Distilling, evaluating and summarising large amounts of information concisely & clearly
  13. Evaluating data quality
  14. Evaluating the usefulness of services and products
  15. Communicating a point of view utilising varied techniques and arguments
  16. Seeing the big picture
  17. Uncovering truth
  18. Growing as a person – personal development
  19. Smart thinking
  20. Taking “shortcuts” by learning from others wiser than yourself
  21. Life Coaching
  22. Executive Coaching
  23. Expanding brain power
  24. It’s interesting

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books. Chinese proverb

Love philosophy

Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Philosophy, along with psychology, neuroscience and shamanism is one of my favourite topics.

Wikipedia comments: “Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind and language. The Ancient Greek word φιλοσοφία (philosophia) was probably coined by Pythagoras and literally means “love of wisdom” or “friend of wisdom.”

We can see (well, hopefully anyway) that the study of philosophy is critically important.

Sadly, philosophy is rarely studied properly at school. Our world would be a much better place if it was taught widely and comprehensively to school-age children.

Multitudes of people are unaware of the importance of philosophy – significant numbers of those of us that are, have to ‘make-do’ with whatever we can find to increase our understanding.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a fantastic resource for learning more about philosophy. You can read more about it here: After 20 years, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy thrives on the web.


And remember – it is important to put what you learn into practice. Be a ‘doer’ of wisdom, not just a ‘consumer’.

Other useful resources:

Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it. Epictetus.

“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” Epictetus.



Truth – Quotes and Commentary

Respect for those who tell truth

Do you? Really? Honestly?

I love truth.

In part, I love truth because it is reality.

My opinion, your opinion are just that – opinions.

Truth rocks. So much so it can often hurt.

Our minds are so full of error; much of it deeply engrained into our subconscious minds.

To the extent that we don’t clear our subconscious, we will have truth issues, many of which we will be unaware of.

Learn to love truth.

Truth is a beautiful, clear and even ‘worshipful’ thing. But you have to know and experience this personally.

“I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth; and truth rewarded me. Sylvia Ashton Warner

“Reality, if rightly interpreted, is grander than fiction.” Thomas Carlyle

“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Our lives improve only when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” Walter Anderson

“There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul.”  Arnold Bennett

“Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Just as surely as distress must follow self-deceit, healing must follow self-honesty.” Vernon Howard

“We tell ourselves so many lies and half-truths … We listen and are duly impressed by these inner voices that turn into unseen judges that nag at us. We give each of these judges a seat of honor in our minds, all the while hating their guts and their never-ending supply of judgements … We give the judges permission to accompany us on each journey of life, never daring to realize that we can park them, at least momentarily.” Eloise Ristad

“Relative to the level of awareness that is possible for us, our ordinary state of consciousness is as far from a direct experience of reality as sleep is from waking consciousness.” Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” Katherine Mansfield

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” Janis Joplin

“You must speak straight so that your words may go as sunlight to our hearts.” Cochise

“You cannot fake a relationship and feel right with yourself or anyone else. Changing yourself to fit what you think other people want doesn’t work. Pretending to be someone other than yourself only broadens the distance between the person you are and the one with whom you’re trying to establish closeness.” Mary Manin Morrissey

“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.” Augustine of Hippo

“What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are.”  Epicetus

“The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain’t so.” Mark Twain

“The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.” Charles Caleb Colton

“I love it when people show me where I’m wrong, partly because I can grow.” Alex Rowan

“Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.” Georg C. Lichtenberg

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