Philosophy Club for Longevityboomers

Maybe you’re a book club refugee looking for a more philosophical forum? It’s true that many longevityboomers are feeling an urge to examine their lives more deeply. Why do we make choices we make?  This question forms the basis of personal ethics.

How do we make our lives more meaningful?  Maybe it’s the contribution we make towards making the world a better place.  Ideas worth contemplating.

The video, An Examined Life, may wake you up, shake you up, annoy you or maybe just bore you silly.  For those who give it the tick, why not consider sharing it with friends of like mind?  Some of the viewers’ comments are really worth discussing too.

You will have enough material for many weekly meetings of your “philosophy club”.

Here are a dozen philosophy club topics inspired by the video to get your started:

  • “It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of our own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on the battlefield” (William Butler Yeats)
  • Truth as a way of life
  • Why we crave “meaning”
  • Observation of the present moment
  • “Living the question” and tolerating contradiction
  • The avoidance of conscience
  • What is justice?  (This one led to the demise of Socrates.)
  • Taking care of “the other” and honouring the mystery of the other (“Do unto others…..)
  • The morality of economic inequity; how to spend your excess wealth
  • Human hubris is destroying the planet
  • Who would you be stripped of your inherited advantages?
  • “To philosophise is to learn how to die” (Michel de Montaigne, who was in fact more hedonist than pessimist.)

Note for those who prefer to keep their depth analysis more superficial:

The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything may still be #42  (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)


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