Before you can get wisdom, you first have to love wisdom. To love something means that you want it, you desire it, and most importantly you pursue it. The degree to which you pursue the object is an indication of how much you love the object. In this way, philosophy as the love of wisdom is synonymous with the pursuit of wisdom.
The key to wisdom is contained in the background wallpaper of this web page, but you must not assume that wisdom is easily revealed -- it requires a long pursuit involving translation, interpretation, understanding, and appropriation. Given this qualification, some of you may think the pursuit of wisdom and meaning a waste of time (or not worth the effort), in which case you probably believe one of the following:
(a) you already have wisdom (or at least enough of it) and know enough of what is real to get by in life, hence no pursuit of it is necessary.Philosophy, as the pursuit of wisdom, is not likely to appeal to anyone committed to (a), (b), or (c) since such a person would believe they already have the "wisdom" of position (a), (b), or (c), and there is little that a philosopher or a web page could say that would alter their belief.
For those of you who identify with position (d) however, there is the following thought experiment that you can try to help you decide whether you think the pursuit of wisdom worthwhile or not. This experiment comes to us from G.E. Lessing and Soren Kierkegaard.
Suppose God offers you the following two choices (with
the condition that you can choose one or the other but not both):
WHICH OF GOD'S HANDS
If you choose God's Right Hand, then you very likely
lean toward position (a), (b), or (c) above and do not intrinsically value
the pursuit of wisdom. If you choose God's Left Hand (and have read
this far on the web page), then you appear to have the desire to PURSUE
questions, answers, and wisdom, which I invite you to continue in a philosophy
course at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Dr. Erik Nordenhaug...
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