What to do when your parents don't approve of liking philosophy?

 August Shah (@augdog97) 7 years, 10 months ago

I am a teen, but I have recently been turned on to the subject of having an OBE (out of body experience) and thinking deeper than our selves. I told my parents excited because its my life obsession right now, but instead of them acting happy they totally shot me down and said that it all wasnt real.

December 3, 2013 at 5:58 pm
YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@augdog97, Well just don’t talk about it to them.

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August Shah (3) (@augdog97) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@spaceghost, the thing is that I want to talk about it with them because sense I have found this new way of life it has been simpler and more peaceful

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KevinSG (105) (@flyingrhino) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@augdog97, Parents are some of the hardest cases to get through to – many times they are too deep in their own mythos. If they shot you down that hard, they most likely will never get it. I never bring up reincarnation with mine as they are christian and believe it is nonsense. My advice: if they ask, tell, but don’t try to make them talk about it. It could damage your relationship, or their view/opinion of you.

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August Shah (3) (@augdog97) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@flyingrhino, thanks man that makes a lot of sense but i just hate how people like me and you as a community have to keep our mouths shut because people dont agree with our opinions i know that its a lot more to it then that, but i think well why do religious people get to speak out and shut every one down?

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hello (113) (@smortlur51) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@augdog97, What is there to do? You don’t have to talk to them about it, it seems like they are very against it, and the worst thing you can do is try to force it upon them. What will help is them seeing how it improves your life, so maybe then they’ll ask about it and be more open-minded. If you need to talk about it with somebody, then try some of your other friends, or hell just post some shit on here, that’s exactly what this website is for

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August Shah (3) (@augdog97) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@smortlur51, this website is what made me interested in the first place i dont know i feel like everyone here is part of a community and we are all strong together that might just be me

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Austin Roney (2) (@arrone11) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

I’m always careful about trying to change the opinions of those who are older and have held them for so long. Most of our parents and grandparents grew up in a time when social conformity was valued higher than the idea of “being your authentic self” we have today. I agree with Kevin, accept it as a generational difference, love them for who they are, and relate with them about what you can. Another thing to consider is the possibility that they are fearful of you getting involved in drugs and other higher risk activities as many people who are fascinated by consciousness do. They may just be trying to shelter you.

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Matheus Pinheiro (44) (@Mattgood) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

Their perception of the world is different, they only think you are going to survive nowadays if you have a huge quantity of money. And philosophy is not the easiest way to get there. But maybe you change and forget this idea or if it continues in your heart, follow it. You only can be really good at something you like.

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hello (113) (@smortlur51) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@augdog97, I suppose you could say we are all strong together, or a community in that most people on here don’t necessarily think as other people do, or at least question things a lot more and think about things on different levels. So what are you trying to get at with that?

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August Shah (3) (@augdog97) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@mattgood, I want to become a therapist for adolescent kids and i thought that philosophy and psychology kind of go together

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August Shah (3) (@augdog97) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@smortlur51, all I was trying to get at is that people here some what think the same here we dont have to keep our opinions to our selves which makes sense because this website is made for openness.

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inna (95) (@paintedbeings) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@augdog97, your parents aren’t always going to approve of your choices, and they don’t have to. When in doubt, weigh in their reasoning and try to understand where they are coming from, but don’t forget that its your life and that it is you that’s ultimately living and working in the world a few decades from now.

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josephm (772) (@josephm) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

it is hard for people to approve or disprove of anything they have not experienced in their life time, but fear is lodged in our minds, and haunts the conscious mind from deep within the subliminal. the more my parents got hyphy with me, the more my subconscious guided me away from them.

~Keep dream-state knowledge to your self. Learn the lesson. Apply lesson ( dont explain how you learned it because it Wont work. )

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Brett (39) (@brett) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

It’s your life and as far as you know your only one. Philosophy is the study of knowledge. If they can’t support your interest in expanding your mind, expand your mind without them. It’s a shame they aren’t open to the new experiences you’ve been having. Run even faster toward what interests you.

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