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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Team Ball is Lyfe (Group 2) #12

What do we think "wisdom" means?

We had many different opinions on what wisdom means.

Some of those include learning things throughout daily life and being able to actually apply them. We had varying thoughts on whether age or experience is the ingredient for wisdom, or whether it is a combination of the two. In addition, we discussed how wisdom has changed over time due to more discoveries and advancements in technology.

Lastly, we decided wisdom has more to do than with just intelligence; it is about being able to put yourself in different perspectives of people who have gone through situations we can all learn from.


  1. Post your comments, FQs, DQs, & links here, 12/2.

  2. Fariz Ali11:03 AM CST

    So I guess I will start.
    I have never been a Peripatetic but now I know what is and I realized I know a peripatetic, my grandpa. He used to go every evening in the garden and strolled till sunset just thinking. When I was a kid I was told to never make a sound around him because he was meditating. At the time I had no clue as to what they mean't but I didn't listen to their advice and I talked to him once about why he walked. My mom was around in the garden and remembers what he said, "Because the most successful thinkers did, I am merely a follower of the successful." Now that sounds like a big quote from a 70ish year old man, and I was so perplexed that he literally scared me and I ran to my mom. When I heard this quote now, I understood completely to what he mean't. He was talking about the peripatetics!
    So my FQ is whether my grandpa's and my favorite philosopher Rene Descartes was ever a peripatetic?
    My DQ is: If you are a peripatetic, and you go out to wander and think, for what reason would you stop and say it is time to go home?
    My links are:
    My favorite essay is by Muhammad Ali (the boxer) when I read in high school it was very inspirational. http://thisibelieve.org/essay/62638/
    My second link is to an essay about why should be cool to the pizza dude, I found this very entertaining and also a lesson we should all read about. http://thisibelieve.org/essay/23/

  3. Spring Garner4:36 PM CST

    Does anyone know where our reading assignments are posted? I can't find where it tells us what pages we're supposed to read out of our books. And, in this case, are our FQs and DQs supposed to come from our reading or from our philosophy on peripatetics? I'm really confused. Thanks for any help in advance!

  4. http://thisibelieve.org/essay/23878/
    This essay struck me because it reminded my of my Mammaw and how they both share the importance of sending thank you notes and cards. My grandmother sends hundreds of birthday cards, graduation cards, get-well-soons, and cards for any other occasion each month. It is a small act of her love that she enjoys doing daily.

    This essay was a great reminder to me to live each day like it will be your last and to never take a single moment for granted. Life is such a special thing and we all get too caught up in our own small problems and forget to actually open our eyes to the world.

    My FQ: What is the book, "This I Believe" made up of?
    My DQ: Why do you think that walking causes the mind to think deeper thoughts?

  5. Spring Garner2:49 PM CST

    I'm not COMPLETELY sure on how to approach this assignment, because I'm a little confused as to what we were supposed to do, but I'm going to post what I did catch in class.

    I enjoyed our discussion on wisdom and was introduced to philosophies I hadn't been exposed to. I agree with wisdom correlating with age and experience and I DO believe everyone has experiences of merit and we can all learn something from one another. I believe the more we empathize for each other, the more knowledge and experience, thus wisdom, we gain.

    I've never heard of peripatetics until the first day in CoPhilosophy. I do believe that's how learning was intended to be- getting up and moving rather than sitting in a desk all day. I don't think I'm a peripatetic, but most of my meaningful thinking in high school was at practice during distance runs for the cross country team. It was when I could clear my head in a way. Although not entirely the same concept, I think a 21st century way of being a peripatetic is driving! When I'm driving (mainly by myself at night) I start thinking. Is there ever a time you've driven somewhere and don't remember driving all the roads that you took to get where you are? You know them, but driving them went by quickly because you were thinking. That's sort of the way peripateticism (if that's a word) is relevant to our society today.

    FQ: Before and after what did Erasmus recommend walking?
    DQ: Do you think we have a higher percentage or peripatetics in today's society or in Athens? Why?

    I don't have a link, but one excerpt I remembered liking from "This I Believe" was from Elizabeth Deutsch. I agreed with what she said, so I wrote it down on a note. She wrote, "The one rule that could serve anyone in almost any situation is, 'to see what must be done and not do it is a crime'." This was from the 1950s series of "This I Believe" and I think she was in her teenage years when she wrote it. This essay was followed by her modern day philosophy and she said she hadn't always lived up to her quote. It reminded me how although many of us want to do the "right" thing, we're all human we don't always live up to our own expectations.

  6. 12

    Answer to questions:
    1.) My definition of philosophy is the code by which one lives through life. We all have a reason for the choices we make in life and stand behind our reason. In doing so, we accept the consequences, good or bad, from our choices.
    2.) I don't have a favorite philosopher at this time. I'm not familiar enough with any philosophers to choose a favorite.
    3.) My personal philosophy would coincide with my definition of philosophy. The choices I make in my life, whether it be thinking of what to say next in a conversation or eating breakfast, have consequences that I'm willing to face since I made that particular choice. This is how I somewhat happily live my life.

    FQ: Which philosopher walked an estimated 250,000 miles in their life?
    DQ: Do you believe being a peripatetic is an important aspect to have in life now being exposed to it?

    This I Believe links:

  7. our discussions last class I felt went very well. I think our topics on wisdom helped us gain some great insight on each members ideas on wisdom.

    As for the "This I Believe" essay I chose this one http://thisibelieve.org/essay/989//.
    It is titled "A act of Faith in America." It was written by Michael Seifert about he his small community in Brownsville, Texas used the democratic method of voting to bring positive change to his neighborhood. Why I liked this essay so much was that is detailed how important voting actually is even when the majority of the United States take advantage of its power, or by not using its power.

    FQ: Is there a particular "This I Believe" essay that you really enjoyed, Dr. Oliver?
    DQ: Do you think that in the modern day world being a peripatetic person is still a viable option for philosophy?

  8. Anonymous12:07 AM CST

    Section 12
    Sarah Hoilman

    I enjoyed our class discussions about wisdom, because it not only helped me get to know my classmates better but also opened me up to different ideas when it comes to defining wisdom.

    As for the article about Peripatetics, I completely agree with it. I have noticed while I'm doing homework or just sitting at home that my brain becomes very lazy and fuzzy, and I have found out that moving around gives my brain a kick start or "fresh air" as I like to say. I have never even heard of this before this class and I've been doing it my whole life really. I always have at least a 30 minute walk outside, even in the winter, because it's healthy to get the body in motion. I also really loved the notion that Erasmus had about walking a little bit before supper and than walk again after supper.

    As for my favorite essay, I would have to pick http://thisibelieve.org/essay/7698/. The title is "The Guts To Keep Going" , and it made me think of my daughters great great aunt Peggy. (on her fathers side) She lived in the era where men would do everything for the woman and the woman would do the house work. When her husband died I remember her calling me up asking me how to change a light build, and of course I went straight over to help, but once I explained how to do it she made me just hold the ladder still for her. Peggy was 68 at this time and all I could do after a hour of arguing was hold her legs and pray I could catch her if she fell. She did it though and everyday since then she she just had the guts to keep going.. I have a twin sister and now a daughter so I believe I have never truely been alone in my life. I have always had someone there and I just have great pride for men and women whose love ones have died and how they still make it through this world having to start a new live after being with someone for so long.

    FQ: Which philosopher planted 1.5 acre strip of land just to walk along in the mornings?
    DQ: Do you believe that the percentage of people who are peripatetic have gone down in the past decade? If yes why?

  9. I enjoyed our class discussion about wisdom; I feel as if this exposed many different perspectives than before. I would definitely have to agree with the article from the reading over peripatetics. This article more or less explains that, if you are to begin to not feel as focused, it is best to move around and reenergize your mind. I would have to agree with that particular article, probably more so than the others from the readings. On Thursday, when we moved around and discussed different topics pertaining to philosophy, I feel like that definitely helped keep my mind focused on the task at hand.