Who's your favorite philosopher?
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@cj420weeks, Myself of course. I mean, yeah, I am influenced by the likes of Plato, Aristotle, and Einstein(though he was nota philosopher but he had his own revolutionary ideas which to me are philosophies) but I do not take full control or action into them, I am passionate in these ideals but I go with the vague idea and expand it all in to one collected idea and form my own.
Through all the truths in the world and proven mysteries it is only YOU that can unfold your inner truth in the depths of the soul. We also come to realize that we all share something in common with the greats; we were once related in forms of ancestory and the Tree of life. Be your own philospher=)
I’m well aware he does was not known to be regarded by such a title (he was known for spending 14 years of his life writing a 1 and a quarter million word novel while in a narrow bed), but MARCEL PROUST definitely wins it for me. i have read about almost all of the philosophers spoken of here (besides for some divine misfortune Nietsche) and Proust is definitely someone who has made done quite a lot for me in terms of philosophical reasoning. i would elaborate, but i would just prefer to suggest a book ‘how Proust can change your life’ by Alain De Botton, which i have read almost three times now! i seriously recommend it. Alain is also a brilliant writer.
if anyone would like me to chuck up summary then holla!
At this time, I believe the most insightful philosopher/spiritual teacher I have come across is Mr. Eckhart Tolle. His words have freed me from the shackles of the illusion of time. I was a slave to it. Rarely being in the present moment is a very destructive way to live. Incessant thoughts of the “past” and the “future” rarely do us good. Past and future do not exist- only in our thoughts. Our mind is a tool that likes to look for problems, simply to keep itself busy. Identifying ourselves with every single thought form we have, however, is extremely destructive to ourselves and mankind as a whole.
Dwelling on your past, fantasizing your future, and living through these thoughts that give you a false sense of self and identity are simply ways that we humans comfort ourselves from our fears. We are not our thoughts. We have an essence and level of consciousness much deeper and much more intelligent than the intelligence at the level of thought. It exists within us, and the only way to get in touch with that higher consciousness, is to free yourself from the destructive and incessant thinking that most humans suffer from.
Almost everyone is a compulsive thinker. Watch your thoughts, or as Eckhart Tolle says, “Watch the thinker.” Don’t become identified with your thoughts. Observe them as a separate entity from your true self. Observe your reactions to them, but don’t elicit the reactions. That’s the first step to elevating your consciousness and attaining the enlightened state. Even if you’re only doing it for brief moments, you’re still on your way. Our mind and the concept of “time” are inseparable. But at this very moment. RIGHT NOW. Do you have a problem? Not five minutes from now, or tomorrow, or next month. But right now. There are no problems. Being present in the moment and free from your thoughts leads to a more peaceful and happy life.
Past and future are illusions. Now is all we ever experience. Now is all there is. And when we can become conscious of that, we can harness much deeper powers within us that we have lost touch with over the years of human existence. Being present and free from incessant thoughts is the key to true peace, love, joy, and fulfillment. The mind is a tool for solving problems when it’s practical. Do not identify yourself with it. It is not who you are. Eckhart Tolle made me realize this through his powerful, insightful, and simple words. For so long I was a slave to time, always dwelling in pain from my past and craving salvation in the future. The salvation does not lie in the future. It lies in the now. I highly recommend reading “The Power of Now” by Mr. Tolle. It has drastically changed my life for better, and it could very well do the same for you.