Philosophically Speaking

Such a  big word. Philosophically. One dictionary definition is…………

Concerned with deep questions of life. Concerned with or given to thinking about the larger issues and deeper meanings in life and events
Encarta ® World English Dictionary

I think the above definition might be a bit high-brow for me, but we all get the basic concept.

The point of today’s title is, it can be revealing as to who we are when we spend some time probing and investigating the things we normally let go without much thought. The specific subjects can be anything from why are our likes and dislikes are what they are, to sports, politics (yuck) to how we get along with other people.

Isn’t it funny, how when we are children, we think life is so much sweeter when we are “the same” as those around us?  We try not to be different. We want to belong more than anything. When we are adults we hopefully realize, the only road to success, or at least to be special in the world around us, is to be different. To be unlike the crowd. 

As a child I at times felt sad, because it seemed as though I just could not be like those around me.  As an adult however, I embraced and celebrated my differences. While I found people around me who I liked and admired, I made no efforts to be or even emulate them. I wanted to be me.

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One of the world’s most quotable human beings was Abraham Lincoln. Not perfect, but wise beyond comprehension and certainly a philosopher as well as a practitioner. 

Abraham Lincoln quotes
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“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation, will be the philosophy of government in the next.”

The above quote is profound, and has a valid current meaning.

“The people  are the rightful masters of both congresses, and courts — not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.”

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is not democracy.”

“The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.”

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A quote from William Shakespeare

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” 

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From legendary pilot, Amelia Earhart, as she inspired women to go where they had not gone before.

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity.”

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A quote from Jane Goodall.

“Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.”

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Other notable quotes.

Benjamin Franklin

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

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Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

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Photographs are not in and of themselves philosophical. They are representative of something literal. That does not mean that you cannot philosophize as you seek and create images. They can become metaphorical in their nature. You can, either before or after you click the shutter, bring forward your own personal vision of any subject or scene, and by doing so create a philosophical bent so to speak.

Sometimes life in the bird (and human) world is a show, so “do a little dance“ and smile. 

Increased age doesn’t need to mean being weakened. Sometimes, it’s the “weathered ones” that stand the tallest and are the strongest.

There’s always another storm to weather. Maybe it pays to appreciate the power and beauty of that storm when it arrives. There’s something to be gained from every experience we endure.

The world can be cold, but everyday is new, and there is hope on the horizon.

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Let us finish with some more quotes.

The most quotable book of all time is the Holy Bible Not from mere man but from some chosen humans, writing directly from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God

Philippians 4:7

7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

2 Corinthians 5:17

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

May God Bless,
Wayne

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