Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Way Of The Knife

Today, most people find philosophy confusing and meaningless.

What professional philosophers teach in our universities is, indeed, distant from our everyday issues: how to make ethical choices, dealing with suffering and loss, and accepting death.

Academics largely believe these dilemmas belong to the domain of religion rather than philosophy. Rather than offer guidelines for living, philosophers argue and analyse current living designs.

And so, priests create the ideas which our philosophers dissect.

But separating religion—more specifically, metaphysics—from philosophy is a mistake.

Because we are living in an unexplained universe, we always have to support our actions with rickety beliefs. Whether we are deciding if we ought to eat meat, if tattoos are bad, or if it’s our duty to care for the poor—all our choices come out of a baseless bedrock, our opinion.

We’re all believers and metaphysicians, yet philosophers act as if they’re not—they behave as if they’re messengers of the cosmos. Using their meticulous mind, philosophers cut into concepts and tear pseudo-science to shreds, thinking that if they carve deep enough, they’ll find the truth.

But such academics are blind to the most basic truth of all, namely that we’re living in a universe which is messy.

For example, it’d be great if there was an exact number of weeks in a year. But there aren’t. A year is composed of 52 and a bit of weeks. Likewise, the earth doesn’t revolve around the sun in a tidy 360 days, but in 365 and a bit.

Everything is a little fuzzy.

Instead of hacking the fuzz away in search of cold hard facts, philosophers are better off learning how to accept facts that are warm and mushy.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach