Personal Freedom

Personal Freedom! “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Gal. 5:23) The other day I was noticing the similarities between cigarette smoking and philosophy. When one is addicted to smoking, his ten preceding smokes didn’t seem to relieve the need for the eleventh, nor did the eleventh replace the need for the twentieth. The tenth cigarette did seem to give an immediate pleasure, but left the participant immaculately unchanged in satiating his craving for the eleventh. Having never been addicted to cigarettes, I understand that it is an esoteric experience that from a distance looks odd. Philosophy is like that tenth cigarette. For a moment it sets one on a throne and allows him to look down on others and give opinions, but it leaves the participant unchanged and merely waiting for another observation to make. There is a sick, morbid satisfaction that comes from analyzing the flaws in others’ ideologies and the shortcomings in others’ logic. It feeds pride and somehow justifies lazy living. That one will do nothing to help fix the problem; instead he will move on to what he considers another inferior human reasoning, maintaining his lofty position. Philosophy is an addiction just like smoking! In both cases the participants die through not doing anything with what they know.

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