January 17, 2016 (Kampala):
Last night while Amber worked on the girls’ hair, I read an article by a Peter Eastman in London called “The Perpetual Emptiness of Academic Philosophy” (2014). He warns that anyone looking for answers to life’s questions will be sorely disappointed if they turn to the academic discipline of philosophy. He argues that ‘philosophy’ should be demystified and shown for what it is: the ‘art and science of critical thinking’. Then it should be clearly distinguished from other so-called philosophical disciplines like epistemology, ontology, and metaphysics – all of which traditionally fall under ‘philosophy’, both in the academy and in popular understanding, giving the whole thing a mystical quality, as if ‘philosophers’ have some kind of esoteric knowledge of ultimate things…which Eastman claims they absolutely do not.
Good to know.
He goes on to say that in thousands of years of Western philosophy, no one has been a specialist in what calls “ultimate human fulfillment.” How true. Oceans of ink have been spilled in ‘self-serving obfuscation and bluster’, while the real questions like “Who am I?”, “Why do I exist?”, “Why does the world exist?”, “Where is this all going?”, etc. are left largely unanswered.
When I read and understood Eastman’s critique, something stirred in me.
I want to be that guy.
I want to be a TRUE PHILOSOPHER, a lover of wisdom, one who seeks answers to ultimate questions and living out their answers in real life.
I want to be a true metaphysician, one who seeks the first principles of the cosmos.
I want to be someone through whom God can breathe new life into humanity’s desperate search for personal and collective meaning and value.
I want to be a mouthpiece for God, a translator of his Word.