Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Section 10 Group 1 (The PhilOliphers?) 09/09
Today our conversation was greatly inspired by some of the great DQ's Dr. Oliver showed as examples which brought us to many different topics. First we talked about what true happiness really means. We came to some admission that happiness comes from many different factors including satisfaction of will, virtues and morals, and sense of accomplishment. We also addressed the question of whether or not children can experience true happiness, to which we unanimously agreed that children may have the capacity to experience an equal amount of happiness as an adult can, they just might be happy for different reasons.
In response to the will of community vs. the individual someone in the group (sorry I forget your name at the moment, please remind me) beautifully summed up the answer as "we are all one soul, and each of us is a part of it". Somewhat branching from that we lightly touched on what goal does the human race work toward and how that factors into our sense of world citizenship. From there we kind of got off topic and talked about subjects from education to competition and the benevolence/malevolence of God. All in all we had a very productive discussion that left me thinking for a while.
On a side note, the newest episode of Radiolab just came out and is packed with philosophy, mostly nihilism, and it is really entertaining.
Also, when and if we get to talking about nihilism I will be imagining this scene every time.