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I will express my bias here that good philosophy. Well done is not just philosophy . It can’t be because they’re not boundaries to what we know , and they’re not down trees were questions if a philosopher comes up to a question and suddenly has to understand chemistry here she can’t say one not to ask that question you gotta ask what’s in front of you and this is very interdisciplinary because another way to put it as our lives are hinted at disciplinary we use all of these different things . Every day , so have we not analyze our lives without all these tools .
Is there a philosophical interest in the role of religion in dealing with life’s challenges like a midlife crisis or end of life.
He doesn’t talk about that too much in the sense that when he talks about death and has a whole chapter on death , death is more problematic if you believe nothing follows. If you believe absolutely in an afterlife and you think death is just a continuation of the next thing you don’t have that exist that people have for nothingness and and the fear of losing all of your friends and and and not seeing your children and and and and your achievements all disappeared but at the same time he talks about what it means to live in the moment and to enjoy activities that aren’t necessarily goal oriented , but rather that you love doing and religion plays a role in that religion plays a role in the communities religion plays a role in how we describe the problem , but I think that the questions he asks are universal enough that they apply equally to folks who identify themselves as very religious and people who identify themselves as secular because it’s still the human question but still . Why do I do this . Why do I do that every religious person has had some question about why not just why things happen to them . We all us that too , but . But what does this mean to me and what comes from this and so religion in a certain sense a secondary because it’s just another piece of information , it’s not the question itself .
Research will in applicable to lead us to a better understanding of individual lifespans , I mean it and philosophically. Let me ask this question if it birth were assigned in the expected termination date . You know , not including accidents or epidemics midlife life for some people could be 20 years , it could be 50 years for others . How would a philosopher deal with knowing that mid-life really is midlife .
You know if you maybe a science fiction movie writer Doug because because that that question is the kind of question that fosters pose and that science fiction puts us and I don’t know the answer to that other than a lot of philosophers have written about how important it is to not know when you’re gonna die. I mean , think about it from you know just let’s take the question seriously and ask what would we do differently if I knew I was going to die tomorrow but I have been saving up for retirement . What I have tried to get that promotion than I wanted , would I have remained faithful . What I have . Who knows what I would have done what I’ve taken my family , my wife , my daughter and just gone around the world for 2 years if I know that I’m gonna live to 100 and you know I’m gonna die February 13th what every year that is then maybe I’m gonna put off going to the doctor . Maybe I’m not gonna care about myself in the same way , maybe 3 times as many Buffalo wings , which would be hard , but but the thing about having a termination date an expiration date . Is that how we deal with staff and how we deal with , when we think that this coming is informative of what we choose to do . And so part of the reason why many of us try to live healthy lives is not just to feel better , but to forestall the inevitable to get an extra 5 years . An extra 10 years and if you’re not gonna get that much harder to get on that treadmill for 45 minutes .
Jack Russell Weinstein is UN philosophy professor and host of why philosophical discussions about everyday life. This Sunday , the program’s topic is a philosophical look at the midlife crisis . They’ll be interviewing Kiran said here , author of midlife a philosophical guide you can hear it as a parade public presents this Sunday at 5 Central . Thanks for joining us . Jack .
Thanks to go see a next month when we’re both older still.
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You’re listening to Main Street on Perry public I’m Doug Hamilton self care coach Randy Kaye blogs in talks about taking better care of ourselves. Sometimes that could mean taking time for yourself to consider your well being and she means really taking time by turning off the mobile device you carry with you everywhere Randi Kaye offers an intriguing challenge for the 21st century consider taking a break from .
To help calm some of the chaos in my mind and my life , I decided to do a little experiment for the whole month of December. I took a break fromno Facebook no Instagram no Twitter nothin sometimes we get so caught up in our external worlds that we forget to check into our internal world whenever we have a spare moment we reach far fallen or some other destruction to fill that empty space .
But I’ve come to love that empty space as I’m writing this a fresh layer of snow now is flourishing it’s way down and settling onto the landscape up here in the great plains snowfall creates a wide open plane flight across the land. For some , this is uncomfortable and not her glamorous it’s cold boring and Darren but I’ve come to find comfort in it because to me it represents the beauty of nothingness that after the snowstorm we get to just be encouraged space from something you know and see the next step to come our way . The simple wisdom of empty space is why I decided to take a break from Sydney aspects of it , but I’d like to share my 3 major takeaways from the experiment with you with the hopes that they could bring some balance here relationship with it or even let you know that if you’re getting the nod to disconnect yourself trust that it will all be okay so take away . Number one , the struggle is real . I knew that addiction was a thing but I didn’t realize just how habitual they had become in my life . Within the first few days I couldn’t believe how frequently I reach for my phone for no reason at all and I couldn’t believe how I reach for my phone and open Instagram without even thinking about it all the said and I was scrolling and I didn’t know how I got there and it was kind of freaky actually , but this was an opportunity to not be upset or discussed in myself but to recognize that our habits make us who we are , over time I programed myself to do that , so do too that habit and the fact that perhaps hire psychologists to help them make things addicting look at I really expect the good news about bad habits is that they can be transformed into good habits we can use the habitual make up of the brain for our benefit . It just takes being intentional about it once you recognize your bad habits be gentle with yourself forgive it and start to change . Number 2 , you in disguise . After the first few days of no . I started to notice a level of clarity in my mind that wasn’t there , before all of the information and photos and reactions became the norm . And I didn’t realize that they could be a different way to feel it was like a cloud being lifted . It’s hard to describe because it’s so subtle , but it felt really nice I could actually feel the space in my awareness being made . I notice that I didn’t care as much about what everyone else was doing I didn’t have although or fear of missing out hardly all and I had more ideas pop into my head and I got more clarity about some things that have been on my mind , I felt so much more present I started living in a world where I did things just for my enjoyment and I enjoyed things without thinking about how to share it and mean that sometimes sharing moments on can take away from the actual experience that the social sharing part can add clutter and distraction until 5 small ads .for a month , the habit of checking my phone every spare second was making its way and more and more , and I started to notice that my creative and intuitive channels were getting a bit clocked especially with all the holiday stuff coming about it was a surprisingly hard decision to choose to disconnect for that long , but having happily survived the challenge . I’m so glad that I did it doing a detox is not some revolutionary idea and maybe it’s not a need for you right now . is an evil . In fact I quite like
I didn’t document my experiences as much , but I found that when I was moved to take a photo or video it was for my own private enjoyment my own corner of the world and it felt kind of mischievous and exciting and freeing to have all of this fun reserved just for those that were there. Number 3 , but a doula Instagram . On the flip side , even with all of the negative aspects of.