Originally posted by LesMisanthrope
Is there no room in the religion section for our topics about God, reincarnation and mystical experiences?
First of all, though I understand your objection, I want to point out that this section is called "Philosophy and Metaphysics". In my mind, anyway,
that means metaphysical/spiritual type of topics go here too.
Secondly, I am not sure I agree with you. Many distinguished philosophers delved into the nature of reality and went into some very woo-woo type of
theories. Especially if we begin talking about subjective reality and perception.
On one hand, I know the frustration one can feel when faced with accusations fro other scientific fields that philosophy is at best a soft-science
(said with a sarcastic snear) and at worst a ridiculous waste of time and energy.
Keeping it academic and separate from any doubtful or sketchy areas is an understandable desire in those cases.
But on the other hand....
The gift of studying philosophical thought is learning how to structure and construct theory.
It is learning how to step out of ones own perception, do a tour of another's, and be able to return right back to your own.
It develops a strong and flexible mind, which is essential in daily life and particularly in creation of self.
Our self/ego is a philosophy. It is the way we have framed and structured our conceptions of reality, ourselves, and our relation to others/exterior.
Many psychological problems arise from not being able to do this yourself, or having concepts that are contradicting.
In this modern age, all information has exploded and been made availble to everyone, so you are finding a lot of "poor mans science" everywhere-
everyone is a brilliant scientist in their own mind. It's getting mixed up, and some fo it is nonsense. On the other hand, people are getting better
and better at this, and I simply think it is time we start looking to integrate the different school together anyway. That is the current theme.
Your proposition is that people separate and compartementalize their experienes that are beyond the mundane.
They let it sit in a corner of their mind as the part of them that is rejected, invalid, evil, wrong, or otherwise just not acceptable. Not to be
acknowledged, incorporated into who they are and the experiences that have made them who they are.
I think that has various negative effects upon the psyche and mental health in general. My own atypical experiences I wove into my own personal
philosophy- I foudn ways I can fit it in to my perception of reality.
Becaus emy mind is flexible I also do not take my personal view as the universal static truth- it is, quite simply, my theory on reality, and it
embraces all the known aspects of reality... it just fills in the unknowns with some possible propostiions that are logical and reasoned.
I think that is just fine. But then I am not basing my self esteem on my being viewed as a academic and respected philosopher- I can see why so many
thinking for themselves might seem threatening to someone who does.
Editted to add;
I also find the suggestion that more metaphysical type of thought should be put in the "Religion" section absurd!
"Religion" is an institution which has it's own perception, rituals, morals, ethics, and theory on the nature of reality and members are discouraged
to explore their own or learn to use critical thought to form their own.
I have never posted in that forum and do not see why people doing this "personalized philo" would! They are completely opposed!
12-3-2013 by Bluesma because: (no reason given)