ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Philosophy - 2013

Updated on November 13, 2012

people and politics

In preparing to write this, when I entered the word "philosophy" a number of different hubs appeared with regards to different aspects of philosophy. But what is philosophy really? Philosophy is a means of discovering the truth so the direction in which the exploration goes determines what truth we find.whether that is one religion or another, atheism or or even whether the world is flat in the case of those first sailors who sailed beyond the sight of land.
The United States was founded in part by those philosophers such as Thomas Jefferson who searched for the best form of government for the new republic although we think of him more as a leader of the new nation than a philosopher.

All of this comes to mind because we can apply or not apply Philosophy to our own lives and that in many cases determines who we are and what we can become. In this latest election for president, for example, we could have had a philosophy of believing all that we read or a philosophy of doing our own research and finding the man or men behind those things we read and how much truth there is in what we are seeing, courtesy of the internet.

The internet is great for playing games or keeping in touch with others but it is also great for research for those with that philosopher's search for truth. I recently was condemned on another site for the statement that President Lincoln was a racist and a tyrant who abolished Habeas Corpus during the civil war, because that was what this other person believed. Using the internet and searching for the truth, I was able to find the proclamation from Lincoln abolishing Habeas Corpus, information from Lincoln where he stated that the black man was inferior to the white man and could never be his equal, documentation that Lincoln arrested the mayor and sheriff of Baltimore and imposed martial law because they did not agree with the war he was waging against the south, and much more that showed Lincoln to be a man who sacrificed individual liberties for the sake of maintaining a Union and basically a tyrant rather than a savior.

My point here is that we need to develop our own philosophy in a search for truth or allow ourselves to be guided and led by those who tell the most believable lies. We maintain our freedoms only with the truth though and it is our philosophy which determines whether we accept what we hear as truth and repeat it to others until everyone believes the lie, or find the truth and repeat that instead. Perhaps we can not always find time to search for the truth about what we hear so we need to find time to search for those whom we can trust to tell the truth. We may not have time to search for each bill in congress or the senate but we can go to, to name just one site, to find out just who is abusing the power we trusted them with and who is spending our money in ways that we would never approve of.

There is a very old saying, "the truth will make you free" but we will never be totally free unless the truth becomes our means of communication with each other.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Al Bacon profile imageAUTHOR

      Al Bacon 

      6 years ago from Fraser, Michigan

      Thank you, Paperlake. I think our educational system is to blame as well because teachers are able to teach what they have learned and once there is distortion of truth it passes from generation to generation, as in the case of Lincoln.

    • paperlake profile image


      6 years ago from atop a unicorn, vanquishing evildoers

      Great Hub; critical thinking is something everyone everywhere needs to be reminded of, since the media is the present opiate of the masses. Voted up, and voted "useful".


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)