A philosopher who takes note of the psychological and neurological influences knowledge has over the inherent nature, he or she can draw conclusions on how the evolution of humaneness rises from benefits to studying philosophy. The philosopher can draw the conclusion that it is mostly philosophical studies that stand between the savage and the civilized. Why?
The rise of ethics can be considered as one of the most important forms of human development. We are taught by our parents how to behave, and the society, in general, enforces some range of values. What they do is that they shape the inherent nature. They form ethical forms of behavior. Ethics becomes neurologically a part of our life as if forming a great region to the brains. Remove ethics from the equation, and all you have left is biological altruism, which can take our humaneness only so far. To create an inquisition was certainly not a part of Christs program of liberating humans into the freedom of sin and enforcing forgiveness. To be a racist is not a part of the latest forms of development in the ethical behavior.
Philosophy considers in one area the nature of our actions. Remove from any holy scripture the elements of divination and all that remains are considerations of the nature of human actions. They refine our efforts. They bring substance and content to our actions, beyond the mere innate nature. Why is something wrong to do is a philosophical question. And so you see, we do philosophical considerations daily.
In ethics, we find the relevance of philosophy in our everyday life even when we are making a decision on should we be selfish or take the needs of someone else into account. How many days have you lived when you had not met an ethical decision?
Philosophy contains another, a somewhat rarer form of knowledge. Our sense of reality is representational. So, what we know of the reality, such qualities are given to it by our subconscious mind. The reality is as if painted with the colors of the known conditions. This is also what substantiates the nature of experience. It creates the foundations to the reality as it is experienced. And its depth and character can be altered with philosophies such as existentialism. The general rules of life become shallow. They can be freely created by the individual. Fundamentally there is none who can claim that “because I experience this-this way. Therefore you must too.” Because of mortality, and because all are born unknowing to this realm, who is, therefore, to force someone to believe in such and such values. It would be against freedom to oppress others into one’s beliefs. And as the values we believe in now will not be the same in twenty thousand years from this point of time, why must an individual think how this decade feels.
When we now see in detail the effects philosophy has over the human nature and the substance we can draw into our lives from philosophy, let us now add the perspective of a cultural continuum. When our innate nature is adjusted with values and as we consider the values that guide our actions natural, what will happen if we continue to develop philosophy? If we change and adjust the values that now dominate this world, we alter the nature of this realm at a fundamental level. Why? Before the rise of feminism, women were considered to be inferior to men. What feminism did was that they changed the values that posed women as inferior. And as they did so, humanity began to behave differently.
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