Kuan Yin, goddess of compassion. Kuan means Earth and Yin is the female life force. She is a completely enlightened Buddha who made a promise in the distant past that after reaching complete enlightenment she would always appear in female form for the benefit of all beings. By iconographic category and hierarchy she is a meditational deity and her appearance is that of a peaceful deity. Kuan Yin has strength which is embraced by softness.” 



Today Hank begins to teach you about Philosophy by discussing the historical origins of philosophy in ancient Greece, and its three main divisions: metaphysics, epistemology, and value theory. He will also introduce logic, and how you’re going to use it to understand and critically evaluate a whole host of different worldviews throughout this course. And also, hopefully, the rest of your life.

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I have no philosophy, I have senses… If I speak of Nature it’s not because I know what it is but because I love it, and for that very reason. Because those who love never know what they love or why they love, or what love is.
To love is eternal innocence,
And the only innocence is not to think…
—  Fernando Pessoa

They teach us “Don’t stare at the sun” before they teach us the inconceivable notion that this three letter word is referring to a big ball of fire that’s chemically composed to most closely resemble a hot air balloon, that it’s suspended in an endless expanse of Hollywood conspiracy theories and dreams. That the next Oregon trail better lead us to space. They tell us to put on sun screen before they explain that an invisible force responsible for all life on the planet eats at our skin like maybe were not supposed to be here and the only defense mechanism we’ve created is cream.
  They teach us how to pull weeds out of the ground before explaining the rate at which they flourish in an environment that presents them with no challenges is detrimental to flowers. They don’t show us that unhindered success makes the world bland and that we must pull weeds in order to right our own wrongs. If we learned about capitalism and greed alongside photosynthesis then maybe we’d grow less weeds for children and third world countries wouldn’t be attempting to rip American roots out of their soil.
  They teach us not to run with scissors before they teach us that the human skin can withstand deadly diseases, powerful UV radiation, racism and ridicule. If we learned that our skin is reparable but there are parts of us that aren’t. That we can find hope in geckos that grow back tails and starfish that grow back limbs. Hope that we’re all made of the same things so someday maybe, we’ll grow back something we’re missing too.
   They teach us a lot of things but never how to wonder, they look at us and say “the sky is blue” as if thats all there is to it. So that’s how we learn it. We don’t learn that we see only a fraction of what really is, so little that color fits neatly on a spectrum and that the sky may not even be blue.
  Instead they insist on teaching us how not to die before they teach us how to live, they teach us answers before we’ve even begun to ask questions. Too often we think of our brains as computers, we don’t need to store mindless information. We need to do what computers can’t: the passionate, the curious, the philosophically creative. So I’m here today to teach you something new.

Did you know the sky may not even be blue?