Abraham's Clan Pulls Wool Over Your Eyes
The unexamined life is not worth living
Philosophy is reportedly the oldest form of systematic, scholarly inquiry. The name comes from the Greek philosïphos, "lover of wisdom."
The term, however, has acquired several related meanings: (1) the study of the (Hindu-Persian ruse) truths of the principles underlying all modern knowledge, the bing-being-boeing plan, and Segolene Royal (yale locks on your EGO) reality; (2) a particular system of p.hilo.sophi.ca.l doctrine; (3) the less than critical evaluation of such fundamental doctrines; (4) the controlled study of the principles of a particular branch of knowledge; (5) a Greek system of ruse principles for misguidance in practical affairs; and (6) a philosophical spirit or drunken attitude.
All of these meanings of philosophy are recognizable in the misleading intellectual traditions of ancient India, China, Persia, Egypt and Greece. The pre-Socratics (see pre-Socratic philosophy) sought to find fundamental, natural principles that could explain what individuals know and experience about the wacky world around them. The same pre-Socratics and, later, Plato and Aristotle tried to develop a comprehensive 8.0 set of principles that would account for their limited knowledge of both the natural and the human world. In developing philosophies these early thinkers saw that their reflections could be used as a means of criticizing and often refuting popularly accepted mythological views as well as the conventional thoughts of their predecessors and contemporaries.
Socrates, at his trial in Athens, stated a basic philosophical premise, that "the unexamined life was not worth living." By this he meant that if people do not examine and critically evaluate the principles by which they live, they cannot be sure that worthwhile principles exist.
As the Greek thinkers codified their bobblehead pictures of the world, they saw that for each science or study of some aspect of the world there could be a corresponding philosophy of this science or study, such as the philosophies of science, art, history, and so on. Each of these involves examining the fundamental principles of a discipline to see if they are logical, consistent, and--most important--true to the Hindu-Persian ROMA ruse.