Why should philosophers be poor?

Few have the time to indulge in philosophy, but it can reap rewards.

I love philosophy, but I recognise the search for truth requires time, space and calm, to observe, question and arrive at conclusions.  In a noisy, busy and crisis ridden modern world, it is hard to find the opportunity to develop a personal philosophy.

Often I note the philosopher sacrifices prosperity to indulge in the contemplative life that philosophy sometimes demands.  Often a philosopher asks questions, or arrives at conclusions, that those in authority dislike and thus are put to death like Socrates, or are forced to flee, as did Aristotle.  Greece had so many philosophers because whilst slaves did the work, the intellectuals freed from labour indulged in philosophy.  Those leading a monkish or spartan life likewise have the opportunity to indulge the life of the philosopher, as does the lucky rich.

Though the lives of philosophers attracted few riches, and much strife, their legacy, and thus their name influenced the minds of huge populations of humanity for thousands of years, be that of the philosopher Aristotle, Prophet Mohammed or Confucius.

To develop my philosophy I have sacrificed certain, in my opinion pointless activities, including slavery to mindless socialisation, watching television, and a reluctance to interfere in other people’s problems.  My business also allows me the time, space and calm needed to develop my philosophy.

The resources I put into my personal philosophy is rewarded by me seeing many of the time traps that people fall into, and thus avoid them.  The philosophy is also helping me to build better products and services to my clients, which in time will convert into personal wealth.  Philosophy can be a tool to riches, just as it can be a ticket to poverty.

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