“No one should hold back from thinking about philosophy when young, nor in old age grow weary of the search for wisdom. It is never too soon or too late to secure the well-being of one’s mind, and to say that the reason for studying philosophy has not yet come, or is already gone, is like saying that the reason for happiness is not yet come or is no more”.
The author mentioned the “reason for happiness” which is a abstract concept and thoughts-provoking point.
“Life is desirable.”
“Of necessary desires, some are necessary for happiness, others for the comfort of the body, other s for lift itself.”
That’s interesting. We live in an information-overwhehiming society. Surrounded by social media, and millions of informative program via different channels, we even can’t breathe. But, back to our life, what’s suppose to our origin desire or happiness reason? We ask ourselves, and can’t find idea or answer immediately.
“Live with an eye to consequences”
“pleasure is the guide in all we choose”
“blessedness is a pain-free body and a tranquil mind”
Thinking Like a Mountain By Aldo Leopold
“very living thing (and perhaps many a dead one as well) pays heed to that call.”. We need to respect to nature as respect to human being and ourselves, because you even don’t how many alive creature in your surrounding.
“We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness. The deer strives with his supple legs, the cowman with trap and poison, the statesman with pen, the most of us with machines, votes, and dollars, but it all comes to the same thing: peace in our time. A measure of success in this is all well enough, and perhaps is a requisite to objective thinking, but too much safety seems to yield only danger in the long run.”
I think the author said a kind of life’s philosophy that is make our life simply, make our environment and think naturally, make our mind peaceful. It sounds easy and simply, but in contemporary society, it would be very hard to make it.
Some of these sentences from those reading materials remind me of George Orwell’s famous Animal Farm. It make a metaphor of human being.
The end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world full stop. Together, we will find the hope beyond hope, the paths which lead to the unknown world ahead of us.