Ive just started reading this book, “THE SECRET TEACHINGS OF ALL
AGES” by Manly P. Hall, thus I cant recommend it yet, but came across part that I find interesting and cause I like sharing what I find interesting or like here it is:
“PHILOSOPHY is the science of estimating values. The superiority of any state or substance over
another is determined by philosophy. By assigning a position of primary importance to what
remains when all that is secondary has been removed, philosophy thus becomes the true index of
priority or emphasis in the realm of speculative thought. The mission of philosophy a priori is to
establish the relation of manifested things to their invisible ultimate cause or nature.
“Philosophy,” writes Sir William Hamilton, “has been defined [as]: The science of things divine
and human, and of the causes in which they are contained [Cicero]; The science of effects by their
causes [Hobbes]; The science of sufficient reasons [Leibnitz]; The science of things possible,
inasmuch as they are possible [Wolf]; The science of things evidently deduced from first
principles [Descartes]; The science of truths, sensible and abstract [de Condillac]; The application
of reason to its legitimate objects [Tennemann]; The science of the relations of all knowledge to
the necessary ends of human reason [Kant];The science of the original form of the ego or mental
self [Krug]; The science of sciences [Fichte]; The science of the absolute [von Schelling]; The
science of the absolute indifference of the ideal and real [von Schelling]–or, The identity of
identity and non-identity [Hegel].” (See Lectures on Metaphysics and Logic.)
The six headings under which the disciplines of philosophy are commonly classified are:
- metaphysics, which deals with such abstract subjects as cosmology, theology, and the nature of being;
- logic, which deals with the laws governing rational thinking, or, as it has been called, “thedoctrine of fallacies”;
- ethics, which is the science of morality, individual responsibility, and character–concerned chiefly with an effort to determine the nature of good;
- psychology, which is devoted to investigation and classification of those forms of phenomena referable to a mental origin;
- epistemology, which is the science concerned primarily with the nature of knowledge itself and the question of whether it may exist in an absolute form;
- and æsthetics, which is the science of the nature of and the reactions awakened by the beautiful, the harmonious, the elegant, and the noble
An ancient philosopher once said:
“He who has not even a knowledge of common things is a brute among men.
He who has an accurate knowledge of human concerns alone is a man among brutes.
But he who knows all that can be known by intellectual energy, is a God among men.”
Man’s status in the natural world is determined, therefore, by the quality of his thinking.
He whose mind is enslaved to his bestial instincts is philosophically not superior to the brute-, he
whose rational faculties ponder human affairs is a man; and he whose intellect is elevated to the
consideration of divine realities is already a demigod, for his being partakes of the luminosity
with which his reason has brought him into proximity. In his encomium of “the science of
sciences” Cicero is led to exclaim: “O philosophy, life’s guide! O searcher–out of virtue and
expeller of vices! What could we and every age of men have been without thee? Thou hast
produced cities; thou hast called men scattered about into the social enjoyment of life.”
Ok, they say, “Man’s status in the natural world is determined, therefore, by the quality of his thinking.“, sounds true. Now Im wondering, who is going to determine quality of my or anyone thinking?
When I look at myself i think for myself that my thinking is quality one. When you look at yourself you think the same – your thinking is quality one. We all think like this for ourselves. Is that why they invented some professions of which professionals in that profession have that specific task to determine quality of my thinking and accordingly file me in some status in the natural world?! Then again, as we all know, person changes, evolves, evolves its way of thinking and way of looking at life. Thus that mean we need to go to those professionals for testing again every few weeks or months – which further makes me wonder, who will determine when we are suppose to go do that test – how frequent?!
And again, all leads too what I like to say or ask myself:
WHO PROCLAIMED THEM A GOD?!