I just got a bit emotional after reading a story about schools taking away their Philosophy programs. It happened to us a decade ago when San Beda removed our its Philosophy department.
Philosophy helps men realize the art of thinking. I fell in love with it back in 2001 during our stay in the seminary. After leaving the seminary in 2004, I transferred to San Beda College and took up Philosophy and Human Resource Development. I stopped schooling and work for a year and a half after experiencing financial difficulties. When I was already prepared to go back to school, I found out that the department has already shutdown. That sad story led me to UP Diliman and took BA Philosophy.
Today, only a handful schools are offering Philosophy in college.
The art of thinking which I learned from taking up Philosophy has taken me where I am today. From being a school instructor, a marketing consultant, to strategic communication operator. Did not took any formal trainings on these things. It is just that Philosophy has helped me figured out how to do it, and the art of thinking helped do it better.
Philosophy helped me realize that there is nothing wrong in being kind while living in a practically selfish and cruel reality.
It helped me accept that there are just some things which are inevitable. Things change, and people do. What it is now is already different after a while. There are some things that change for an instant, and at times, for no reason at all.
Philosophy made me a better man by helping me understand this reality. It helped cope up with anything that comes my way. It made me love the world for what it is.
Schools should again realize the value of Philosophy, and though the present time is asking for more practical ways of living, the art of thinking would always be a great help in finding better ways instead of just being practical.