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A Philosophical Journey [Pt1]

My final paper in our Philosophy class.

“Philosophy begins in wonder,” thus said Plato.

For the last five months, I’ve been always in awe when it comes to philosophical discussions. When we’re having classes, I always wonder, “How in the world did that question arise?” I was literally stunned whenever participants raise questions give and their sides about an issue; it seemed like we’re real philosophers. Having each philosophical discussion was like looking things in another perspective – rethinking and reshaping our knowledge.

The discussions we had during the course were very mind-opening. It took me to another dimension where I can see every detail on an object. It’s like having a stroll into a land where your opinions are always considered and not criticized. One of my expectations I had for this course was to express my ideas freely – and it was met. I said this because I experienced unbiased discussions; no other things to worry about, no hindrances – just pure ideas coming out from our minds.

I also expected that most of the discussions could change how we view issues around us. I can also say that this was met because the topics discussed were very engaging and we had a lot of real-life examples. With those real-life examples, I could vividly understand and concretize most of the questions on the discussion. Fun and excitement were also my expectations on this course. It was not that met because some of the topics in the discussions were not that appealing to talk about. However, most of the discussions were very fun because we could really relate ourselves in the topic and just think abstractly.

The discussions were memorable in their own ways; some because of the topic, maybe because of the flow of the discussion, or they just like how everything went. I had the best mood during the last day, where Prof. Mendoza tackled the issue on beauty. At one part of the topic, where equality between men and women was debated, I was very eager in giving out my views and opinions. I, for one, want equality among everyone, and that was the reason why I had a very hot view on the topic.

“Is being a girl degrading?” This was the question I raised during the said discussion – and I was very eager in listening to everyone’s answers. As the discussion went on, diverse views and opinions on how men treat women arose. Some say that men are “gentle” because they want to show how they care about women, and some say that they’re just subliminally saying that women are weak and deserved to be treated lightly. These answers were truly helpful to me; it made me to a (temporary) conclusion that this “gentleman” thing is a case-to-case basis. It depends on the man’s intention and how they treat women, but how can we know their intentions? This question strikes me until now, and I’m still searching for answers. That’s the beauty of philosophy!

Speaking of philosophy, what is philosophy? When I was on high school and didn’t know how the world might turn out to be, I recognize the term philosophy as a lulu. I don’t really know the meaning; I recall some of my classmates saying that philosophy was being a “pilosopo”, in which I hardly disagree. I could just laugh by my classmate’s statement, but the question lingered in my mind.

I view philosophy as an aspect in life. We may not know it, but it flows in every human mind. Just by looking at the sky, you can philosophize so many things. Philosophy is rationalizing things; but doing it will raise many questions, and these questions will guide us on how we will view the issue or topic presented. Many say that it makes simple things complicated, but I believe that philosophy is a divide-and-conquer process – we have to look at each and every problem. By doing this, chances are we can reach to a very solid conclusion or result an open-ended question.

Having an open-ended discussion is not a sign that philosophical discussions are pointless. They’re just giving us a hint that there are far more possibilities that an issue could arrive. It gives us an overview on how other things are connected to an issue. For example, a discussion about marriage (which I, Klarizze and Criselda had the chance to facilitate on) could sprout more topics like LGBT marriage, divorce, annulment, just to mention a few. Although our discussion didn’t ended with all questions answered, it gave everyone an overview on how they will address these questions. Philosophizing would not just be around the four corners of the classroom, they would engage to other people and ask their opinion, or they would come up with their own conclusions. Ending up a discussion openly merely opens another door to tackle on new questions and topics.

During the discourse of this subject, I learned a lot along the way. One was being able to think not just for you, but placing yourself to their minds. Instead of being close-minded, I opened myself to other possibilities. I became more open to opinions and criticisms. It made me think that there are more things to come rather than just sitting with one conclusion. The philosophical discussions we also taught me how to build myself up. Because of the facilitation we had, I became more confident in handling participants in discussions. Although it was hard at first because I had to do various tasks in one snap, it eventually became easier and found it very exciting.

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