Philosophy is a tough subject, not because there are so many ‘ism’ that we do not understand, or there are so many abstract terms which make no sense to us, or philosophers purposefully make themselves as hard to understand as possible by writing in their unique, difficult to comprehend writing-style; If that was the case then it would have been much easier to make philosophy easy. We have some very good encyclopedias which define all the ‘isms’ and explain all the abstract terms and complex ideas of great philosophers in plain English. But that does not make philosophy easy because it means much more than just understanding a few ‘isms’ or abstract terms. It’s about realizing the great truths discovered by these great men. What’s the point in reading the works of great philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, or Nietzsche, if you have not experienced their truths in real life? A few simple truths realized have much more value than learning all the ideas of great philosophers by heart and not realizing or experiencing any of them. Once we have realized a truth or experienced it, we can explain it to others better, because we know what we are talking about.
In one of his aphorisms Nietzsche says that—
No one can draw more out of things, books included, than he already knows. A man has no ears for that to which experience has given him no access.
Here he makes it clear that we understand better what we already know, and if we are reading something about which we have no knowledge then it becomes very difficult and sometimes impossible to understand it.
This simple truth applies to philosophy too. If you do not understand something, then either you take help of somebody, who will explain it to you through his experience, or wait until you learn it by your own experience.
This is exactly what makes philosophy difficult. No one can read all the books on philosophy and truly understand everything in it. For true knowledge comes only with time and experience. One has to wait, sometimes for years, before some fortunate circumstances or events in one’s personal life illuminates the truth; something one has been trying to understand for so long.
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