Thursday, November 14, 2013

THE BURDEN OF PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY-- Jersey Flight


As it seems to me there is a cry abroad... not something illegitimate but something contextual: what is the point of philosophy?

...a way of answering this question without answering it: we speak of the subject of "practical philosophy."

If we assert that philosophy must be practical, then what is the most practical subject of philosophy? Surely it is that which pertains to life? But there is no such thing as a solitary existence; every existence is contingent, hence, the most practical subject of philosophy is that of community---- how to organize and structure a stable society. [But how strange that those who cry out for the need of practical philosophy are so quick to abandon the line of political thought.] Every major system flies in our face: capitalism, communism, socialism---- but which system is best?

I submit that a human being has two options; to become conscious of political systems or to become the victim of political systems. Every patron of life... the philosopher... the artist... the doctor, all operate within the structure of an ideology... and this ideology [economic, social] determines the nature of life. Hence, the artist who struggles may never learn the source of his struggle because he may never become conscious of his system---- something implicit, and at times a given, though undetected, force. Men who were born in the desert may never question the conditions of the desert. [I submit to you there may be a better system under which we might thrive.] But if we never learn to evaluate our condition, which means the nature of the precepts that control our condition, then we may never transcend our condition, or in the best case, learn that we should fight to retain our condition. One will merely suffer under the environment and conditions of the desert, when in fact, there may be better environments with better conditions.

Politics can only be thrown aside by the man who doesn't care whether or not he becomes a slave!