I divide human into two complete different categories: "commoner" and "philosopher." Why philosopher retains the highest social status? And not commoner? Why some commoners never want to be philosophers? This article would serve as an introduction to philosophical studies.There is only one element that makes anyone a philosopher or a commoner. This element is that "the commoner never wants to reach the goal", but "philosopher's vision is the goal.
".Why commoner never wants to reach the goal? Imagine you are eating very delicious food in a posh restaurant. The goal of eating is to be full, but you never want to reach this goal, right? As you eat, you always want to retain your appetite and be hungrier, so you can carry on eating and enjoying yourself in that restaurant.The second example is "sexual intercourse." As you are having sex, you never want to reach the goal. I know that this example seems disgusting to some of you, but to make you deeply understand, I have to pick a very practical example.
According to the above-addressed two examples, commoner values daily funds: eating, having sex, comfort and other worldly cares and always want to remain the status quo. But they do not know or want to reach the goals of those worldly cares. "Indulging with daily, worldly cares make us commoner." Philosopher does walk on a very different path: reaching the goal as the result from what they are devoting for.Philosopher always wants to reach the goal. Martin Luther King strives for equal opportunities and civil rights for Black Americans was not daily comforts or worldly cares for him.
What he desires for is not to keep on doing this everyday, but he just wants to reach the goal: equal rights and opportunities for Black Americans.Second example is that reading Law is not the goal or that a Law student wants to keep on reading, but successfully defense dissertation and consequently eligible for Doctoral degree is the only goal. To say the truth, Law student never wants to read, but the commoner always want to be hungry for food or sex and never wants to reach the goal which is to be full and the last stage of having sex. For philosopher, having attained the truth and Doctoral degree is the gold.To wrap up, philosopher and commoner are the two different kinds of people.
The commoner always want to do the worldly cares (eating, drinking, sleeping, and having sex) and never want to reach the goals of these worldly cares. Philosopher, on the other hands, never enjoy worldly cares (reading, research or dissertation-defense), but what he/she desires for the most is "the goal.".So decide what category you want to stand to; philosopher or commoner? Take philosophical approaches if you want to be a philosopher and take commoner's approach if you want to be a commoner..
Lay Vicheka is a translator for the most celebrated translation agency in the Kingdom of Cambodia, Pyramid Translation Co.Ltd. He is now hoding other two professions: freelance writer for Search Newspaper; focusing on social issues and students' issues and Media Liaison Officer for Asia's first free on-line IELTS consultation website. Lay Vicheka is the expert author for ezine and prolific article contributor to other websites around the world such as articlecity, 365articles, spiderden, talesofasia, etc (Just google him).
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By: Vicheka Lay