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Sober Thoughts

It is a fact that philosophy began when humans’ curiosity and wonder caused him to ask questions “What are things really like?” and “How can we explain the process of change in things? ” What prompted these questions was the gradual recognition that things are not exactly what they seem to be, that “appearance” often differs from “reality.” In the time of Socrates, he seeks facts and truth asking people, leaving no written documents of those revelations at all. This Socratic method continually evolved and developed by those who are in search of truth, the other generations of Sophists. This is basically to go beyond the limits of discovery and finally, knowledge. And with these facts, the research phenomena began.

What is research? In recent years the word has filtered out of the ivory tower and spread like an epidemic in the market place. Loose popular usage has worn the sharp edges from its meaning and threatened to deface its value. It is definitely factual that to many people, research refers loosely to the act of looking up or checking up on anything, anywhere, in any way. Political polls, television ratings, the detection of factual errors in unpublished magazine articles, traffic counts at intersections, questionnaires on consumer habits, comparison shopping to price silk stockings-all are called research.

Research works, undeniably give us the power to go beyond the indefinite and boundless realm of discovery and knowledge, eliminating the unknown. To philosophize, according to Parmenides and Zeno, one must not look at the world but must also think about it in order to understand it that is why there is this so called “research.” Just imagine living without any single idea of our existence just because Charles Darwin did not research about those flinches in Galapagos Island or if no scientific research done by some scientists, Armstrong would not have the chance to land on the moon and right now, there is a slim impossibility we are still living in the dark tunnel of the unknown. And so, generation-to-generation, they would feed our system with knowledge and we would continually crave for more. Our hunger of discovering more about things enabled us to do research and learn.

In the academic side of research, the intellectuals including the students do research so for the learning process of these individuals to be effective. Nowadays there are actually many different types of research in the field of science, sociology, literature, etc. And it is evidently clear that as the world revolves, we are definitely still halfway on the verge of satisfaction.

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Cloning Plato

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If Plato failed and produced cruel tyrants (who then eventually became cruel rulers of his time as opposed to his dream to produce great leaders) in his academy, then blame his students and not intellect.

If there was anyone to blame why tyrants exist, your great grandfather’s great grandfather might blame Plato. If you hate Cynics, your grandfather might blame Plato. When people from North Korea are brainwashed and they are unconscious of their suffering (in fact they are living without books, internet, and proper education), the old spiritual leaders might blame Plato and not their president Kim Il-sung. When Saddam Hussein enslaved Iraq for power, they might have mentioned Plato. And when Hitler killed the Jews (and did other worst cruel things in the history), other spiritual leaders might blame Plato and his quest for intellectual and radical atmosphere. Clone Plato and let him defend himself from spiritual groups blaming him for promoting rationality. But is it always logical to believe that rational minds are always the possible tyrants in the future?

Plato was a rational philosopher. His obsession to the idea of producing intellectual and spiritual leaders motivated him to establish the Platonic Academy, teaching mathematics, science and other philosophies. The thing is, we are all like Plato- we have a certain thirst for knowledge and understanding our habitat.

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Conservative minds argue that to be radical is to be evil. I say to be radical is to understand your world, to live your world and to be the world. It would be unfair to make intellect synonymous with evil. Just because other scientists claim they are atheists doesn’t prove any stupid mind’s point that to be radical is to forget being spiritual, to forget believing to the Supreme Being.

Humans have addiction towards certain things and to want more out of such things. Knowledge is just one of them. That’s why you go to school, you learn, you keep buying books, you go to school again, you master your specialization and you keep learning. Because man is a rational animal (as stated by Aristotle), we find ways to explain unexplained things. That is the reason why we find schools to somehow give judgment to Aristotle’s statement. (To know more about your field of specialization and Master’ Degree programs, visit mba online

Plato is an epitome of man’s desire to seek knowledge and somehow, to be radical without being a tyrant (as opposed to the common notion that rationality totally negates human emotions and that tyrants are pure radicals).