Philosophy arms you to make wise, practical decisions in a complex world.

Perhaps you’ve always thought that philosophy isn’t your cup of tea. Think again. Philosophy is not only about asking big questions like, “What is the meaning of life?” It’s about asking the right questions, big and small.

Philosophy is as concerned with “How much should I tip the waiter?” as it is with “Does God exist?” It’s about looking at the world around you and being able to make wise decisions throughout your everyday life.

In fact, the original Greek word “philosophia” literally means “love of wisdom.” Wisdom is the skill of assessing a complicated world and making sound judgments through reflection, i.e. asking the right questions in different situations.

Making wise decisions in your everyday life is philosophy.

A wise example in the real world: it would be wise to consider where, how and when your spinach was grown. Was it grown in a country that has had a recent salmonella outbreak? Were loads of fertilizer and pesticides used? When was it picked? How much longer will it be healthy to eat? These are questions a wise person asks to make a practical decision in the supermarket.

However, wisdom should not be confused with cleverness. Cleverness is primarily concerned with triumphing over one’s opponent in an argument. Sure, you may have won an argument with your partner, but would it have been wiser to walk away in the first place? Are you happier with winning or living peacefully?

Ultimately, you will be happier with philosophy in your life. Ask yourself the big questions sometimes, but ask the small questions always. Love wisdom. Practice reflection. Live philosophy.

Philosophy arms you to make wise, practical decisions in a complex world.