Philosophy is a way of life of discovering and putting to use knowledge in a practical way.
I was saddened to read an individual declare on their WordPress blog that they had given up their spiritual quest, saying there was more important things to focus on. Reading their bio I noted this blogger was a “spiritual butterfly”, those types who flutter from one philosophy to another, living in their heads, seemingly unable to take from each philosophy a practical element to include into their own lives.
Philosophy, the spiritual quest, is a lifelong way of life. Philosophy means a love of wisdom, and wisdom to me is practical wisdom, that is something that you can use in a practical positive way in life. Philosophy can be hard work, it is a constant journey up the mountain, it involves questioning, change and a desire to improve like an artist improves in their craft. Philosophy is about finding the truth as relative to that individual, and discarding error and falsehood.
Philosophy should be as natural and necessary to life as breathing, knowledge converted into practical expressions of “doing” in life. The person who gave up on their spiritual quest lived in their head, treated their approach to philosophy as an abstracted intellectual exercise, rather than a living breathing practical approach to their life.