Posted By Thomas Perez. March 31, 2009 at 6:57pm. Copyright 2009.
Everything that had a conception has been born. Everything that has been born has had a beginning. All things that had a beginning of existence, necessarily tends toward some end to its original nature, and when it has attained this end, it is completed and consummated. Conception is the beginning of life. The course of that which is conceptualized and been born toward an end, is called its growth and progress. The arrival at this end is called its ‘consummation’. Hence, also the axiom: “Everything that has a beginning necessarily has an end.” The end toward everything which everything tends that had a beginning of existence through birth is also called its purpose. Metaphorically, we can compare the purpose of life with that of a marksman or bowman. The marksman or bowman points at a target which is considered his aim, goal or purpose, thereby achieving his end of purpose toward the point at which he aimed. However, the purpose and end of a life form may not be the only reason for its beginning, growth, progress, completion, and consummation, but also its usefulness to other beings. Thus, the end of a tree is the bearing of its fruit because as soon as it germinates, the tree grows and tends toward its goal. The goal being the usefulness of the fruit for the nourishment of animals. Even in the animal kingdom there is a conception, birth, growth, progress, and consummation as the aggressive, on occasion, over powers the docile, thus insuring its survival. Yet, even in this growth process, the more docile creatures are not left totally defenseless, as they are given defense mechanisms in their particular growth process.
Therefore, in distinguishing between the end completion of that which had a beginning, a life, a usefulness of purpose, and its ultimate consummation from the purpose of its usefulness, we seek answers to the meaning of life and the beginnings of all things, such is the study of philosophy. Philosophy is within itself also the end of things that are germinated/born and are consummated. Philosophy is the thought of reason within the actual growth process, as we already know from what precedes such reason (a realization of thought or reason). Since the end and purpose to which philosophy tends is analogous to its original birth and nature, we must look to its conception and ideologies in order to know and understand its purpose. First then, let us consider the purpose of the consummation toward which philosophy tends.
The principle goal of philosophy is not the conclusion or Pentium of all knowledge within the boundaries of observable conscious reason, but the method whereby all beliefs, doubts, data, and self consciousness can be approached without prejudices and provincialism. When one approach’s the study of philosophy without any preconceived ideas or connotations, one can begin to think critically, clearly, collectively, and comprehensively about the world in which we live in. Philosophy studies the most fundamental questions at hand. It studies the questions man has asked since the dawn of his appearance. It can entail questions of individuality, society, ethic/morals, truth/error, reason/logic, knowledge, science, and religious belief. Every aforementioned subject is subject to one another in some form or fashion as we will learn. However, within the traditional sub fields of philosophy there are vast differences of opinions, beliefs, thoughts, and conclusions. Philosophy is the by-product that is hatched by an individual’s ability to think and therefore reason as a collective “I” as the French Philosopher Rene Decartes concluded in his dialogue entitled ‘Meditations,’ in his ‘Sum Res Cogitans,’ (“I am a thing that thinks”).
The philosopher continues to examine life. The philosopher continues to ask the ultimate question of who, what, where, when, how, and why. Philosophy gives us the ability to pose these questions, yet at the same time does not claim to have a satisfactory answer for none of them as lord Bertrand Russell concluded some twenty five hundred years after Socrates. Perhaps the most important and fundamental question of the six is our contemplation of the word ‘why.’ Why do we exist? Is there a reason for our existence, or are we like circles in the water; do just float away in the lost? These are difficult questions to answer. However, the ability to ask such questions prove that there are plausible truths pertaining to them and such truths can only stem from one ultimate source truth. It is as simple as asking the child like question of which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Immanuel Kant cited a similar statement when he said that “God is a non mental reality, then it follows that God can not be known by pure reason.” Yet, if God can not be known by mental realities; how then is faith established in someone that selects to believe in a being that is considered a non mental improbability? When asking such a question, we must consider the word ‘choice’ in conjunction with the word select. Can free will (choice), reason of mental reality/knowledge and predestination truly co-exist as a single entity, or are they separate? Such questions will be discussed
However, I must admit; the study of philosophy can also become a catalyst for confusion as to whom or what is right and truthful. The concept of not having answers to such questions can be a bit disconcerting at best. Yet, at the same time the study of philosophy should not hinder our goal to discover what is true. Whether it is studied in a speculative manner or within the frame work of an analytical approach, the study of philosophy can become a beneficial proponent to our overall outlook on life. However, pertaining to myself; it was the sub topic study pertaining to the various philosophies of religion and the ultimate belief in an eternal being that gave my the ability to achieve an overall outlook on where we fit in the scheme of this germinization of life, its growth, and ultimate consummation.
This outlook on life has given me the ability to accept the things I can not change and the ability to change the things I can. When I fall and make a mistake, I can get up with confidence, fully knowing that in the process; I am made perfect through acknowledgment of my faults and tribulations. Although, we all have our own individual faults, problems, solutions, and aspirations of perfection; I have come to view them all as looking in a mirror dimly as cited by The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Church at Corinth over two thousand years ago. Furthermore, the Apostle Paul also cited that he “knew in part and thus thought in part” (I Cor 13:9,12). Philosophy takes a similar stance when it is approached properly.
To be a good philosopher, one must understand the pros and cons that co-exist within this field of study. We must ask; can it edify me? Can it broaden my sense of reasoning, logic, or viewpoint into a grandeur scale, thus producing practicality in one’s self? All these questions must be answered within the fabric of one’s self identity. It is therefore the purpose of this book to bring out to the reader engaged therein a system of interpretation based on belief. While the average individual can not discuss all the theories of philosophy and at the same time have confidence in one theoretical interpretation; those who have a belief system can, based on their overall conscious and inner convictions.