Philosophy Rejected Essay

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Philosophy is an interesting pursuit. It causes us to search for truth, ethics and ask the question “why?” more often than we would otherwise. However, I have found that philosophy itself rather distracting. It leads to false answers to what might sometimes be false questions. It leads to radically held beliefs that can be destructive, difficult to understand, and often contrary to reality. Worst of all, it often answers questions that we as humans have no business answering with any certainty. I don't believe that philosophy itself is bad, however I do believe that we need to look at it much more pessimistically than most perspectives allow.
As it seems to me, most philosophical perspectives are in some way faulty. Having caught a
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Where I began to get confused is when we began to discuss virtue. I don't think I ever had a solid definition of the word, but I did not expect it to mean one's well-being. When asked if I believe that humans are inherently “virtuous,” I now have to clarify weather the asker means “good” or “seeking well-being.” I would say that humans seek well-being by default, but I would not say they are good from the beginning. A child will naturally seek the best food, toys and warmth, however the child will not be “good.” One does not have to teach a child to lie, cheat, steal or bully. These are all inherent traits, traits that Christians naturally attribute to the fall.
Another interesting springboard for discussion is Zeno's Stoicism. Stoicism says that fate controls your life and the only thing we really control is our attitude towards our circumstances. This makes me turn to whatever misconception I harbor regarding the “predestination” versus “free will” debate. I refuse to adhere to either side of the debate. This is partly because I'd like to keep my friends, partly because I don't believe it really matters either way, partly because I haven't studied either side in any great detail, and partly because I don't believe that either one is completely right anyway.
I rather dislike the idea that God is a puppeteer controlling our every move. It just seems lame to me
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