I had never taken a philosophy course in any degree in my life time. I was in a science-based curriculum, thus for the entire B.S. degree I took one course namely, Civilizations offered by the Faculty of Arts....
That's about it.
When I grew up and read more about science, humanity and so on, I noticed that many of those articles always cited or mentioned highly reputable philosophers, Nobel Prize winners, dead statemen, great kings and epic writers.
To "exhume" those people's remarks up, was there any specific objectives to do so?
Wasn't that because the authors of those would like their articles to look better with the undead JFK's statement?
Since I had to watch many cartoons with my children everyday.... I noticed that many of these cartoons also had good philosophy incorporated within their funny, laughable contents. For example, SpongeBob and, his best friend, Patrick Star, they were lively sea creatures living in a maritime place named Bikini Bottom....
Well, although they were silly and childish... But, was there anything wrong with that? They didn't fight or make wars or be offensive.... Essentially, they were nice "people".... Why could not we learn philosophical thoughts from them? Why did not we quote their remarks? Were they too shallow?
My little baby, TJ, loved to watch his DVD Cars, the latest animation film by Pixar. After several hundred times of watching this movie during the past six months, I learned something about life from these animated talking cars that taking one wrong turn might give me a better insight in lives and how to live happily in it.
Could we learn philosophy from this kind of light, child-like stuffs?
For me, philosophy and thoughtfulness are the same thing.... Just putting more thought into anything, I could see and learn beautiful meanings underneath. Insight among humanity doesn't depend upon who talked about the issue, but it's about who practices it.
================================= Note: My life has been intertwined with works and many others. New responsibility has emerged, resulting less and less time for my ordinary life. Although, a love to write is still intact... But having less time is related to having less imagination.... Therefore, I could not come up with new writings for quite some times.
It might be a good time for me to leave this forum for moment.... Please take it as Mr. A.T. is having a sabbactatical leave or something like that....
As noted above, my love to write is still the same... and will not be changed. Sometimes somehow, I hope I could come back and give some thoughts in this blog once more.
Cheers, Mr. A.T. June 6th, 2008
My pen-name in Pantip is amatuer translator. Actually, I'm a lousy translator with lame translation. My pen-name is somewhat misleading, I have no background in linguistics what-so-ever. Anyway I love to read, write and communicate with people...
Reading is my most favorite hobby. I read everything from shopping bags to articles in theoretical physics. I do research and teaching for my living. So, reading, writing, thinking and doing research works are my everyday routine.
I would like to define myself as a person who is accepting new ideas and adopting those into my way of life.
I believe in power of knowledge/education. I think every society can be a better society with knowledge. Ignorance can be dispelled by it. Humanity can live sustainably and harmoniously with each other along with its biosphere with understandings in the nature surrounding it.
Apart from my philosophical thoughts reflecting who I am, I can tell you something I like or love in particular;
I love dogs.... Particularly, labradore retrievers.... One day, I would like to spend my time and life with them as a big part of my family.
Zhuge Liang is my hero. With his wisdom and faithfulness, he led a tiny army to a mighty and formidable kingdom. He left his humble residence with a hope to come back. But, sadly, he had never returned and died far far away from home in a horse carriage in a battle field. If I could choose where I would, I would say where-ever my lovely wife was nearby.
I value happiness and my family as my first priority. My profession and my philosophy come in the second. Pursuit in wealth has never been in my desire.
I'm glad to be your friend, and look forward to seeing you around krub.