This Is What You Should Tell Them

The word "philosophy" comes from the Greek φιλοσοφία (philosophia) which means "love of wisdom"; and I want to break that down for you even further: philo= love/lover from the nature of love "philia" well named and known by the ancient Greeks (yes, it's easy to imagine that the Greeks would make the best lovers, as their everyday words can come deeply rooted in any of their forms of love) sophia= Greek word for wisdom (yes, if your name is Sophia, it literally translates to "Wisdom" in Greek!) So for one to say that he/she is a "philosopher" one is actually saying that he/she is a "lover of wisdom." Therefore, if you are a lover of wisdom and pursue wisdom actively on a daily basis, making it not just a thought in the random distance but an actual way of life, then you, my friend, are a philosopher (there is no need to go to school for this, and in fact, I think that there may be a conspiracy responsible for changing the way philosophy is taught in school; I have listened to philosophers debate and sat and thought "What utter, useless, nonsensical waste of time!") Your active participation in this way of life is called "philosophizing"and the fruit of that active participation in your lifestyle of wisdom is called philosophizing. I often hear people say "This is my philosophy" or "These are my philosophies" just because they like a quote, but it is ignorant to say this, because, had they been more well-informed they would realize that when you say "This is my philosophy" you should be pertaining to a school of thought invoked by many, or by some. Generally when we think of these schools of thought, our imaginations turn to the philosophy of stoicism, the philosophy of hedonism, platonism, and etc. These are great bodies of thought, schools of thought, that the ancients subscribed to on a daily basis. Today, we just have religion, but yesterday (thousands of years ago) they had philosophy. Philosophy was their way of life that they abided by, while the gods and God were always there, up and above and beyond and down here and with us. Religion wasn't the dictating power in the life of the ancient; but it was the philosophy of the ancient that influenced his/her choices on a daily basis.

If you ask me what my philosophy is, I would tell you that "my philosophy" and the philosophies that I subscribe to, are different things. Because when I say "my philosophy" I am in fact referring to the philosophy (the entire school of thought) that I believe in not because I subscribe to it from reading or from research or from going to church; but because this is innate of me. This is what I have produced of myself, this is what I believe in without the influence of outside entities. On the other hand, when I say "the philosophies that I subscribe to/ the philosophies that I invoke) I am talking about the philosophies that already exist, that I agree with and believe in. I do invoke stoicism, with Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius being my adored philosophers. However, there are points in stoicism that I don't agree with (I don't agree that one needs to distance himself from material things and passions because material things can create evil in a man), notwithstanding, I don't feel that Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus were actually ever saying that it's wrong to feel joy and passion. I think that it's just the interpretations of idiots which have made it sound that way in commentaries and on Wikipedia. And now we come to hedonism (which sounds like a very bad thing to the modern ear); I do believe in hedonism, however I don't believe that everything is corporeal (physical), and that there is nothing incorporeal (spiritual) and that the only focus of man should be to delve in corporeal pleasures. I would say that my own spirit resounds the most with just the basics of Plato and Aristotle, nevertheless, unlike Aristotle and Plato, I do believe in hedonism being a part of the human as a whole and that we cannot separate the incorporeal and the corporeal. Furthermore, I would have to say that on a daily basis, I invoke stoicism as my philosophy and equanimity as my chosen disposition.

Which brings us now to my own philosophy. What is the philosophy of C. JoyBell C.? I want you to be able to answer that question if you are asked by anyone what the philosophy of your admired philosopher is (given that you do admire me and subscribe to my philosophy and encounter someone who questions you on this.) First of all, I want to say that the "quotes" you read from me; the things that I say and write that people all over the world are beginning to devour– this is my "philosophizing." When it comes to the school of thought that I produce form within me, I will tell you, that it cannot be entirely likened to stoicism (thought you will see the principle of stoicism in my philosophy, as well); it cannot be completely likened to hedonism (though you will notice that I appreciate hedonism as an essential part of being human), and it cannot be entirely likened to platonism or Aristotelianism (because I don't put emphasis on the separation of physical and spiritual in order to attain enlightenment). But you will come to see and understand that my philosophy is a balance of all philosophies. I believe that it is not needful to go straight in any one direction, given entirely to it; it is not needful to throw oneself off of any one cliff! There is a perfect balance. At this point in my writing, I do want to point out, that I believe the great philosophers Plato, Marcus Aurelius, and etc., did have a greater balance in their beliefs than interpreted and depicted by modern-day commentaries. I think that the people writing the commentaries lack insight, and therefor interpret the beliefs of the greats as far less balanced that what they in fact were. Now, with that been said, let's move on...

You may have already read my Theory of "All Apples" wherein I described my philosophy that we are not beings born into a world filled with many powerful things; but we are powerful beings born into a world filled with many things. This is my philosophy. I believe that all things are neutral, all things are neither evil nor good; but that it is the human soul by which either evil or good is borne of! It is YOU who possesses the virtue of either evil or good! It is YOU who has the power to corrupt a thing, it is not the thing which has the power to corrupt you! I simplify this down for the image in the mind that All things are just apples. An apple is neither good nor bad! An apple possesses neither the virtue of good nor of evil, but the apple in your hand will either be put to good use or it will rot and go to waste and even become corrupted! If you have the virtue of goodness, you will put that apple to good use by cutting it up while it is fresh and ripe and juicy and eat it, thus allowing it to make you happy and give you nutrition and feed you; but if you have the virtue of evil, in your hands that apple will rot because you will not be able to see what good things to do with it! And that apple will not only rot, but it will probably become corrupted with worms and flies! And so this is the heart, the core, of my philosophy. And all other of my branches from this thought that I speak of, do in fact stem from this core!  And you will see the connection to stoicism here: in that I will not allow a thing to turn and move my soul, but I have the power to turn and move the thing!

I also speak of not separating the corporeal (the physical body) from the incorporeal (the spiritual body). Because, I argue, that our spirits came to earth on this journey for a purpose; we each had and have a purpose why we're here, why we CHOSE to be here, now, how can we fulfill these destinies on earth, without a physical body? A soul without a body is a soul without an earthly destiny and if you are going to attempt to glorify only the spirit/only the soul, then in this act you are utterly forsaking the destiny that you descended here to fulfill! You are in denial, you are ascribing to a beautiful spiritual life which you once knew, while denying your physical life and purpose here; hence you are living with your hands and fingers closely covering your eyes! Moreover, a physical body without a soul is just plain dead. When a person dies, the soul leaves! It is my firm belief, that our bodies are needful of our spirits and our spirits are equally needful of our bodies, here, as humans on earth. Now, the modern-day man and woman has come to know the nature of "Eros" as simply a lust, a shallow, disgusting form that attacks our existence during our lives on earth, and if we're lucky we will be able to find "Agape" and rid ourselves of Eros. I think this is entirely erroneous and that err is what causes countless individuals to fall from their elated ideals, because it is simply unnatural. When we look at the understanding the ancient Greeks had for the natures of love, we will see, that all natures of love were seen as honorable and beneficial to both the corporeal and the incorporeal! None of the loves were shunned! Which makes me think that perhaps, the shunned Eros has, in this modern day and age, taken revenge out on mankind for the treatment of him! See all the broken relationships!

Yes, I do believe I am an ancient thing. Against all odds, I have become me and I believe and see the things that I believe and see. Nobody encourages me to do so, nobody is praising me and cheering me on (aside from my readers), and I did not go to school or university for any of the things I believe and write and see. Marcus Aurelius said this: “Blame and praise have no true effects. Is an emerald less lovely, if it is not praised? Or is gold less lovely, or ivory, or the color purple?... "I am committed to be an emerald, and keep the color that is mine.”

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