The Value of Philosophy – Bertrand Russell

„The value of philosophy is, in fact, to be sought largely in its very uncertainty. The man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from the habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from convictions which have grown up in his mind without the co-operation or consent of his deliberate reason. To such a man the world tends to become definite, finite, obvious; common objects rouse no questions, and unfamiliar possibilities are contemptuously rejected. 

As soon as we begin to philosophize, on the contrary, we find, […] that even the most everyday things lead to problems to which only very incomplete answers can be given. Philosophy, though unable to tell us with certainty what is the true answer to the doubts which it raises, is able to suggest many possibilities which enlarge our thoughts and free them from the tyranny of custom.“

Ass daat dann näischt?

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De Brevitate Vitae – Seneca

„Mortels vous vivez comme si vous deviez toujours vivre. Il ne vous souvient jamais de la fragilité de votre existence; vous ne remarquez pas combien de temps a dejà passé; et vous le perdez comme s’il coulait d’une source intarissable, tandis que ce jour, que vous donnez à un tiers ou à quelque affaire, est peut-etre le dernier de vos jours. Vos craintes sont celles de mortels: à vos désirs on vous dirait immortels.

Let’s think about that….

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