One of the Four Horsemen of New Atheism talks about philosophy today.
“A great deal of philosophy doesn’t really deserve much of a place of the world,” he says. “Philosophy in some quarters has become self-indulgent, clever play in a vacuum that’s not dealing of problems of any intrinsic interest.” (Daniel Dennett).
With a calm mind and open heart, you should walk small into the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. Your humility shall be rewarded, as thou art that (Tat Tvam Asi) is revealed to you.
Tat Tvam Asi: “The Self – in its original, pure, primordial state – is wholly or partially identifiable or identical with the Ultimate Reality that is the ground and origin of all phenomena.” (Wikipedia)
You are made of stardust. You are a manifestation of the universe itself. Not an isolated individual self, contained within the universe. You are a wave, a ripple of consciousness undulating along an ocean of expansive uniformity. Everything is connected. Separation is an illusion.
Compassion is the only logical response to such a realization.
“Philosophy tends to be arid, more related to mathematics or dispatches from the courtroom than art, but some philosophy exhibits playfulness or poetic sensibility in relation to language or narrative form and some has even been speculative in a literary or imaginative sense. Jean Baudrillard, for one, coined the term “theory fiction” and speculated on scenarios for future real worlds that were more wild and improbable than science fiction. In his case, it was part of a quest to exacerbate the groundlessness of signs and meaning.”
“Philosophy itself often arrives as a mind-altering experience, a new mode of perception unto our cosmos, at times so radical as to be hazardous. Thus can philosophy be seen as a psychoactive substance—yet the place of psychoactive substances in philosophy is not apparent. In this mildly chronological overview we shall shed light upon the history of the notable western philosophers who took psychedelic chemicals and how this may have influenced their thought—how psychedelics influenced philosophy.”