philo – “loving”
sophia – “wisdom”
I love knowledge, learning and wisdom, so according to the definition, that makes me a philosopher. As much as I enjoy endless metaphysical speculation on the Great, unanswerable questions (who are we? how did we get here? WTF?), I consider philosophy to be not abstract, but inherently practical – the great ideas and words are meaningless unless they can be put to work.
I believe in a living philosophy, a plan for life, a way of approaching both the mysterious and the everyday with the light of wisdom to guide my path and inspire my journey.
I have studied many of the world’s great thinkers, from the ancient Greeks such as Pythagoras and Heraclitus, to the Philosopher from Pasadena, David Lee Roth. Learning can come from any source, which is way a true seeker must always remain open to the voice of Sophia, wherever she may present herself, and listen to the sages on the street, for everyone has something valuable to share.
One Philosopher I listen to frequently is Manly P. Hall (1901-1990), the enigmatic master of mysteries who gave over 7000 live lectures over a 70 year career. There are hundreds of his lectures on YouTube, some of the best can be found here: Manly Hall Society