Seeking Wisdom

Recently I have been exploring many avenues seeking wisdom.

I have studied (with a small group of other interested folks) Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche (not in any great depth, I might add!)

From there I spent some time in October studying the Stoics – Seneca again, Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus. Following on from there we leapt a few centuries to consider Karl Marx and Mary Wollstonecraft. We finished up with a quick look at Bertrand Russell and Australian philosopher, Peter Singer.

Now it would probably be useful for me to tell you all about them but I am probably too lazy to do that, to be honest. Anyway, if you are interested they are only a google search away.

While doing the above I also joined an online course with The School of Practical Philosophy. A small group of us met online on Monday evenings for an hour and considered a range of texts and some thoughtful discussion.

The thing that impacted me the most was the well known words used in the the song below. It was one of those ‘aha’ moments! Realising that the cycles of life keep turning and sometimes we are observers and sometimes participants. Sometimes things go the way that is pleasing to us sometimes they don’t!

Where does this leave me? Not sure! The journey continues …

7 thoughts on “Seeking Wisdom

    • Thanks Vossey. I love the song you sent in the link. It was only the second time I have heard it – the first time was in a U3A workshop earlier this year! Lovely words in it and so true!

      • I’ve had Harry Chapin records for many years… the live show “All My Life’s a Circle” is great! You’ll enjoy the other songs too, he’s a true wordsmith!
        OK… onto philosophy and the likes… I’ve “discovered” Jordan Peterson and others lately… intense stuff, so I watch in bits… they debate/ discuss plenty… I don’t agree with everything but it’s great food for thought, that’s for sure!

  1. Thanks for the video Vossey. Very interesting. One of the things I enjoyed most (in the 35 minutes I watched) was the respect they had for each other even though they often differed in their views.

  2. “Sometimes things go the way we want, and sometimes don’t.” That’s a quote from a poem based on the wisdom of Elsie, my granddaughter,when she was about five years old. (In my book, Tactics.)

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