Where do you find a philosopher?

ofeliac (@ofeliac) 9 years, 5 months ago

Where do you find the ones who question? I feel like I’m completely surrounded by materialistic drones that don’t care about complexity. I the only place to find a philosopher online?

August 28, 2012 at 11:50 am
Anonymous (512) (@) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@ofeliac, We all question, do we not? We are all philosophers. Some of us, however, are unaware of our practice.

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Hitomi (67) (@kidvisions) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@ofeliac, Oh dear! I am in the exact same situation as you! I actually feel that I have become quiet materialistic myself because of that and I somehow lost the sense of life.
I think we can mostly find them in books, or in great movies and great music.
We need to surround ourselves with great stuff, and transcend this materialistic world, and thrive!
Maybe we can start something here? Some kind of a philosophy group?

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ofeliac (2) (@ofeliac) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@optimystic, But where are the ones that you can talk to? Is it just me who can’t have a conversation with someone about something interesting? Everyone either doesn’t care or has no idea what I’m talking about

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icymore (11) (@icymore) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

in the mirror.

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Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

@ofeliac, The point is to have no idea what you’re talking about and still enjoy it. Find those people and mind that they’re usually the ones who waste their time the most.

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Fictitious_Z (21) (@ziggy) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

Yeah,what @icymore said.

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Darthmittens (12) (@darthmittens) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

In the mirror…. On mushrooms

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Strathy (5) (@strathy) 9 years, 5 months ago ago

Yoga class, library or anyone you know who tried LSD or Shrooms. The last one is the certain one. :)

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Deepak (37) (@deepak87) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

Yea, they are quite rare. Luckily we have the online space to share our thoughts. In my experience the frequency is like (1 or 2)/100 people.

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Sean D Stevens (155) (@thelaughingfool) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@ofeliac, Maybe this will help.
http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/sheeple.png
I consider myself a philosopher. I also take into account the fact that everyone wants to be a philosopher. I take into account that everyone, regardless of what they’ll say to their ignorance, feels that their philosophy is the correct one. No one would do something they feel is wrong.
So before you condemn the “materialistic drones that don’t care about complexity”, just remember that they are probably saying the same thing about you. So if you’re looking for a fellow philosopher, turn to the person next to you and ask them something philosophical.

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Hitomi (67) (@kidvisions) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@thelaughingfool, Waw! That’s a change in perspective!

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BirdFlyingHigh (152) (@birdflyinghigh) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@ofeliac, What philosophy would you like to discuss?

You will find the naturalists in nature. Look in public parks. Look for the ones who care for the wildlife of the area.

Librarians are also sometimes a good bet – but they can be pedantic.

You should be able to spot philosophers, eventually. They are the ones who have the curious quality of what they say aligning with how they look.

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Kayla (28) (@tangerinesky624) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

I feel the same way, but I know that everyone has a little bit of philosopher in them, they just need some one to help them break it out sometimes.

I just started a new semester at my school so I’ve been meeting a lot of new people, and all we can seem to talk about is where we live, what our major is, etc. What I’m looking for is if anyone has any suggestions of some deeper questions you can ask to a stranger? Something not as shallow as the general questions but something that will help me get a better judge of who they really are. Any suggestions?

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Anonymous (512) (@) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@ofeliac,

The ones you “can talk to” are everywhere dude! They really are. Everyone is capable of at least attempting an intellectual conversation; however, you will not know unless you first inquire. (For the record, I completely understand where you’re coming from, as I am in a similar predicament.)

“Everyone either doesn’t care or has no idea what I’m talking about.”

It’s hardly ever a good idea to generalize this broadly. You can’t speak for everyone, (and neither can I, nor can anyone), so don’t waste your efforts in any attempt to. You’d be surprise to see just how many similarities you possess in harmony with others. Again though, you won’t be able to discover the truth of this unless you figure it out for yourself. People aren’t going to open up unless inspired or motivated to do so. You seem to be in possession of the necessary motivation, so speak up if you haven’t already; and louder if you have, but to no avail. Inspire others to speak, and if they won’t go to the next person…it’s really that simple.

Best wishes in any and all of your attempts to find others similar to yourself.

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Anonymous (512) (@) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@tangerinesky624, I, too, recently began a new semester of schooling (classes started today in fact). I’ve as well struggled with this topic you’ve brought up. First and foremost, make sure you are expressing yourself in the particular manner in which you’d like to be seen. (Most people do this subconsciously, but at times, I’ll find myself caving in to laziness. As a result, I may be giving off an image I’m not myself proud of…an image surely noticed by those around me [this I remind myself with, whether or not it is always true.])

“We are believed to be that which we choose to reveal.”

OK, so once you’ve identified your demeanor and tampered with it enough to be content, look for ways/places to surround yourself with those most similar to yourself. For example, if you’ve a penchant for helping others, perhaps look to join volunteer organizations, or, if you like to party, well, you know what to do lol ;) An easier way to be around those at least (somewhat) similar to yourself is to pick courses delicately enough so to be with pupils mirroring each other’s life/educational aspirations. I myself am a sophomore, and since I’ve gotten the majority of gen ed’s out of the way, I am free to take more specific, and more relevant classes. Through these classes, I am able to be around those whom align more closely with my own educational goals. You can use these instances to your advantage, so long as you recognize them. Let your surroundings and setting dictate the topic of conversation. Ease into conversation, and do not attempt to rush into profound topics. If you’re in class you’re exceptionally fond of, participate earnestly, and others will notice your particular intrigue in the course. Notice others who eagerly participate. Seek these people out (if it be your will to). Build upon conversation procreated through the classroom, do so especially AFTER and OUTSIDE the classroom. Such interactions will almost always be remembered, appreciated, and most importantly, fun.

Okay, so this probably did not suffice as an adequate response to your inquiry, but I felt compelled to help out in a way I could do so. Moral of the story, manipulate your circumstances so that you are around those whom share interests with you. Identify those whom speak words that stimulate your heart and or mind. Seek these people out, and build upon conversations you’ve both experienced.

You’ve my best wishes, Kayla. =)

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Anyone. Just ask them a bunch of questions.

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ofeliac (2) (@ofeliac) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@thelaughingfool, Wow, so true. I guess I never really take the time to look into it, actually start a conversation, I just assume… and of course, you know how the saying goes.

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ofeliac (2) (@ofeliac) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@birdflyinghigh, Well, I’m moving to a big city in a few days, maybe I’ll have more luck :)

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ofeliac (2) (@ofeliac) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@optimystic, “everyone” definitely was too big a generalization

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Bobby (190) (@bobbylloydxd) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@ofeliac, If you just keep talking to people you will meet people that areinterested in what you have to say and may have their own opinions. It is important not to judge ones character by their appearance, you might be surprised who the intellectuals are. Keep talking

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Anonymous (481) (@) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

Engine sputters ghosts outta gasoline steam
Man sends the ray of the electric light
Sends the impulse
Through the air
Down to home
And you can stand
On the arms
Of the Williamsburg Bridge
Crying
Hey man, well this is Babylon
And you can fire out on a bus
To the outside world
Down to Louisiana
You can take her with you
I’ve seen the
Rains of the real world
Come forward on the plain
I’ve seen the Kansas of your sweet little myth
You’ve never seen it, no,
I’m half sick on the drinks you mixed
Half sick on the babble you transmit.

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Faithflower (27) (@peacelove) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

@ofeliac, you just have to find the philosophers side in a person, most people have it somewhere…:o

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Marie (2,051) (@ARCANUS) 9 years, 4 months ago ago

I guess everyone with a consciousness asks questions…

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