THERE’S A PHYSICAL EXPLANATION TO ALMOST EVERYTHING
My teacher once told my parents that I ask too much or I ask questions that are too deep – like why fishes have gills while mammals don’t.
Though it seems pretty easy for adults who know a little more than a puny kid who only knew of cats and dogs and plus and minus, it’s quite deep. It’s also hard for a child to wrap around the idea of evolution most especially when the culture is less scientifically inclined.
Being a student in a school built by a religious constitution, it is inevitable to choose sides especially when you’re just a kid whose wisdom is based to that of Son Goku and Professor Utonium or Ragnarok Online characters.
I remember asking why it rains and older people would just answer me with “because God is sad” for most of the time (as if deflecting me from information overload). If only they just explained the Water Cycle or atmospheric conditions that bring rain earlier, I wouldn’t be so darn annoying back then.
I asked why birds don’t die even though they sit on bare transmission lines and nobody had answers to offer. I couldn’t figure out myself because, apparently, electric circuits were far too complicated for a grade schooler.
10 years later, on one of my college subjects, it made sense after learning about circuits and electrons.
In retrospect, that annoying inquisitive boy who just couldn’t take the idea of fishes being designed by God separately to mammals is not happy with just ‘that’.
I still believe there’s a God but as I am just a human, I can only rely on what a human can do and that is to know things as human as possible.
THE MIND IS A WONDERFUL PLACE
My father is a graduate of Philosophy.
So you can only imagine how it is to make my point when I argue with him. It’s hard. That’s all you need to know.
I found it very frustrating to present my case and end up having to throw them away because it’s illogical and/or irrational.
By the time I got into high school, I seldom talked or engaged with Dad because my arguments just fly off somewhere and enjoy a sip of Pina Colada.
Although arguing with a Philosopher was tough, it was actually a blessing in disguise.
It is a basic thing for Philosophers to form logical expressions using arguments which mean that when premises are consistently true, the conclusion is also true therefore the argument is valid.
What others fail to see is that, although we think our arguments are all true, they are not necessarily rational.
Just by hints, I learned that logic is taught in texts and in school, but ‘reason’ is taught through guidance and experience.
In other words, I learned to love Philosophy because I was around it all the time – since birth, to be honest.
I now enjoy arguing with my Dad so often that we use it as quality family time. No fish hooks or worms for us. Instead, we catch additional information for knowledge.
Every day, we see and know new things that add to our bank of knowledge so we become wiser as time passes. Through these, we survive and we live.
We seldom dismiss science and philosophy (religion is also based on philosophy, by the way) because we are too busy with our daily lives making money.
We just have to look back from time to time and realize that we are here now because we are guided by what we know and what we still don’t know.