Is Philosophy Worth It?

I have been a basketball player for the majority of my life. I enjoy basketball and most sports to this day. However, I no longer play. In the 11th grade I began reading seriously, as in, actually enjoying it. Previously, reading to me was what it would have been to any other jock that grew up on sports, irrelevant. Now, I read, think and try my best at writing. I’m still learning, as we all are.

My transition from basketballs to books arose out of pure curiosity. I’m glad for that. I was never forced to read, write or question the way I thought about life. Had I been forced, who knows how much I would resent the topics of Philosophy, Psychology, Computer Science, Literature and History.


I enjoy writing. I prefer reading. But I love philosophy. I don’t know why. There is something constantly drawing me in, further and further down the rabbit hole. Whether it be Reality, Art, Beauty, Love, Thinking, Consciousness, Ethics, Logic, I am enthralled each and every day by the concepts of philosophical inquiry.

I receive a lot of judgement — and support — from my parents when it comes to learning. I’ve realized that much of what I have learned over the course of my life has been dictated by the best intentions of others. Though this may seem justifiable on the surface, it has ultimately led me nowhere from an educational perspective.

“I would’ve loved to learn this when I was your age, you should learn it.”

“You know, Philosophy won’t help you one bit in today’s modern economy, how about Physics?”

“How could you possibly waste money on a Philosophy degree? At least take English instead.”

There are thousands more examples of this semi-condescending, parental, I-am-more-educated-than-you approach that others take when discussing the general education of someone else.

Stop it. Right now, Today. Do not tell me what anyone should/can/ought to learn. Frankly, I don’t believe anyone has a better opinion than you do when it comes to your own individual learning.

Am I going to War? Is there something so pressing that I must immediately prepare for the upcoming battle lying ahead of me after University called Life? Well, yes. However, just because life is going to hit me smack-dab in the face after University does not mean I should spend time resenting my educational pursuits. And who is anyone but yourself to tell you how to prepare for that thing called Life? People are not that well off, no one is that educated. There is no Oracle telling you where to focus your brainpower at this very moment for a life of endless pleasure and comfort after University. Spoiler Alert: neither the Oracle or the perfect life exist. Follow your interests and make them useful to you.

Philosophy has taught me how to learn, how to love the life that I live, how to lead a life worth living, and most of all, how to live, in practice, not just in my head. But also in my head.

According to my father, Steve Martin says it best:

“[With] philosophy you remember just enough to screw you up for the rest of your life.” -Steve Martin

Though what Steve Martin says rings true, I don’t see this as something to avoid. Even if (hypothetically) Philosophy does screw me up for the rest of my life, I’d be much worse off if I simply gave up learning altogether.

CamLam

Learning and Living

As I take a step back in preparation for my first year in University, I’ve come to notice some patterns that I use to approach learning, particularly when it comes to new subjects. In order to develop some context I’d like to give you an example of what my previous approach looked like throughout grade school and high school until grade 12: Continue reading “Learning and Living”

Careers and Complaints

I often feel as though I am not qualified enough to discuss certain topics, write certain words, draw certain drawings, read certain books, go certain places, reach out to certain people; every area of life contains people more “qualified” than I. Thinking about why I feel this way, I’ve come to realize that it’s incredibly self destructive and it needs to stop. It is the only way for me to grow and increase my knowledge, discover new areas of life. The worst thing that I, or anyone, could possibly do is hesitate to seize an opportunity because of the fear of their credentials. They mean absolutely nothing. Continue reading “Careers and Complaints”

If This Isn’t Life, What Is?

There is a reminiscent feeling attached to high school. Especially the school where I have attended the past 3 years, from grades 10 to 12. So much happened and seemingly affected the course of my life forever. But in retrospect, the past four years make up less than a quarter of my life. Every day that passes will make high school a smaller portion of the life I have lived. I don’t know whether that is good or bad. Here are some of my realizations and reflections. Continue reading “If This Isn’t Life, What Is?”

“Education”

As I push my textbooks aside and begin typing the words being typed right now, I feel compelled to write about what is happening right now because it occurred to me that this is wrong. I have come to realize the unnecessary burden thrust upon me. This goes beyond the fact that school has taught me to hate school. Continue reading ““Education””

Thank You, Rebecca Chambers.

Something that used to frustrate me a lot was the fact that I could never learn what I wanted to learn in school. Sitting in class taking notes, doing quizzes, solving problems, writing essays, making powerpoints. All of these things left me feeling accomplished in the end but only to a certain extent. I’ve felt that there has been something missing in my education for a long time. Continue reading “Thank You, Rebecca Chambers.”

My thoughts on: Superintelligence

Originally this post was to be named Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction. However, after struggling to write this post for the past 2 months I’ve realised it is a lot more than that.  Even then, 2 months is nowhere near the amount of time I would allocate to a post like this because the information is always changing and innovation is around every corner. Although procrastination has come to an end and I’ve got to start somewhere. So here we go. Continue reading “My thoughts on: Superintelligence”

Learning to Learn

From the moment we start school, we are taught to play. There is certainly a lot of benefit to play. Although, the older we become the less we do it, we lose connection with our own interests and become distracted by material factors such as money or a new promotion. Our minds and bodies become less of a priority while we focus on larger goals for the well-being of others.

Continue reading “Learning to Learn”