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Philosophy

Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental questions about the meaning of life and the best way to live it. It examines existence, reality, knowledge, values, reason, mind, language and what happens upon death.

In the 21st century, philosophy has been taken to new heights and is now daily consumption for the youth of the 'Western World' and thanks to social media channels and the constant political debates on the television, it has become part of their everyday lives. Philosophy should not be taught to the young as Socrates, the famous Greek philosopher, found out to his cost - the Greeks made him drink poison.

I am no Socrates but there is only one lesson worth paying heed to when you are starting out in life - a man or woman are as nothing if they abandon their integrity, fortitude and morality to deceit, avarice and decadence.

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Meditation

Relax in a Comfortable Chair in a Quiet Room - Clear Your Mind - Headphones On - Listen

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Thoughts on Philosophy
 

Socrates was born in Circa 470 BC and he wrote, "there is only one good -- knowledge; and only one evil -- ignorance."

Thomas Gray was an English poet, letter-writer, classical scholar, and a professor at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was born in 1716 and this is a piece from his famous poem - "To each his sufferings: all are men, condemned alike to groan, the tender for another's pain, the unfeeling for his own. Yet ah! why should they know their fate? Since sorrow never comes too late and happiness too swiftly flies. Thought would destroy their paradise. No more; where ignorance is bliss; it is folly to be wise.

Who is the wisest, Socrates the philosopher or Thomas Gray, the poet who combined philosophy in his poem?

Socrates stated, "an unexamined life is not worth living." It is important to note that he only began to examine his life when he reached old age. Put in simple terms - philosophy is living life and learning from it. Do not confuse loneliness with the loss of purpose and compound it with philosophy, especially if there is much regret in your life. One must be careful, you can become lost in your philosophy and forget how to live.

Man is an animal in clothing, he eats, drinks, sleeps and copulates to reproduce but in the scheme of things, he is no more important than an ant. Is not the ant more content because it embraces nature and lives alongside it; the ant seeks no more, no less.

If you commune with nature, the feeling of contentment is incredible. To stare up at the stars and a full moon on a cold clear night delivers wonderment and the realisation of how small you are in the scheme of things. Perhaps it is wise to abandon those constructs of mankind that impact on your mind and soul; politics, religion and now in the 21st century, Facebook, Twitter or any other form of social media conversation on the Internet?

Famous Quotes -

It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination
- Henry David Thoreau

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter - Rachel Carson

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty -
Albert Einstein

 

Photography is a hobby that gets you out and about and is a great way to interact with wildlife and people. If we allow politics and religion and the loss of morality in the minority of society to make us insular, then we are truly lost.

The little guy above was not photographed in Africa, he resides at Edinburgh Zoo.

This image was captured in Istanbul which was founded and first named Constantinople in AD 330 by the Roman Emperor, Constantine I. The city was renamed after it was captured by the Ottoman Empire, in 1453.