Let’s face it. When most people here the word, “philosophy” their eyes glaze over and they check out, or they run screaming in the other direction. Kudos to you for even reading this far!
BUT, when some people hear the word, their eyes light up, the sit up straighter and they are armed to the hilt with Nietzsche quotes and jokes about Schrodinger’s cat.
Poor kitty 😦
It really feels like people are in one camp or the other.
Camp 1: Philosophy is useless and annoying and really just allows for more college graduates to be poor and homeless.
Camp 2: Philosophy makes me superior to you. All hail me!
I can honestly see where the person in the Camp 1 is coming from. Even the word sounds pretentious. Philosphy. It’s so full of itself I can hardly stand it.
Don’t you agree? Alright, so let’s enable each other to discuss philosophy without cringing every time it’s written/read. Instead, let’s rename philosphy….Not Phil. Still too close…. How’s about Fred? Fred. Great.
I would like to propose to you that Fred is not as useless as he appears, but he is actually the buddy you’ve always wanted. So, I’ve made a list. Here is my list of why you and I should all love Fred, hang out with Fred and STOP using Fred as an excuse to be a jerk to others.
1. Fred understands.
One of my favorite things about Fred is that he looks across the aisle and doesn’t see an idiot, he sees a person, doing what makes sense to them. Fred’s whole job is to understand why what one person does makes sense to them. There’s no judgment. There’s no name calling. Just Fred, trying to understand. Thanks Fred.
2. Fred is not a tool.
Even though a person might turn into one when they hang out with Fred. Fred, himself, is not a tool. I think it’s easy to get annoyed here, because Fred will sometimes confuse us, but that happens to everyone he hangs out with! He may ask a lot of questions and want to make you think and talk forever, but, as mentioned before, he is really just trying to understand you and maybe help you find others like you.
3. Fred is funny.
I think one of the biggest misconceptions about Fred is that he’s too serious. I mean who really likes talking about existence, death, meaning, reality and such? Well, maybe some people don’t like to think about those things, but everyone does! The least you can do is have fun with it. Fred will tell you stories that will make you laugh out loud. Schrodinger’s cat (especially if you dislike cats), typewritters and monkey’s, just to name a couple, all while helping you connect the dots on life’s big questions. Which leads me to…
4. Fred is helpful.
Trying to make a big decision about your job? Where you live? What to wear?? Fred can help. In some ways he knows you better than you know yourself and can help you “know-thyself” better.
5. Fred is honest.
Save the best for last, of course. Like any good friend, Fred won’t let you get away with dishonesty. You can choose a perspective or value system that you like, but you have to be true to it’s end. He’s not going to let you say one thing and then act like you believe something else. He’ll call you out on it. He will let you know. Don’t worry. Fred isn’t ever offended by your ideas. He just wants you to be honest about them. What’s a friend worth if he won’t be honest with you?
Hopefully, you agree with me now that Fred is really a great ally and a person you’d like to get to know. I like to think that Fred reminds me that people are people with brains in there head. “They are living out ideas that make sense to them. Find out what they are. Learn. Grow.” That’s what Fred will tell you, and if you happen upon someone who wants to use Fred as a weapon or a pump to their ego, don’t blame Fred.