A New and Wiser Way of Living

The philosophers of Ancient Greece and India did not regard philosophy as just an intellectual or academic subject.

To them it was about how people lived and the quality of their lives.

Pierre Hadot (1922-2010) wrote extensively about Ancient Greek philosophy. He said:
“Philosophy was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practised at each instant, and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual's life ...Philosophy was a way of life, both in its exercise and effort to achieve wisdom, and in its goal, wisdom itself. For real wisdom does not merely cause us to know: it makes us "be" in a different way ... Such is the lesson of ancient philosophy: an invitation to each human being to transform him or herself. Philosophy is a conversion, a transformation of one's way of being and living, and a
quest for wisdom.”
Pierre Hadot, Philosophy as a Way of Life, ch. 11

In modern times, a common idea is that philosophy is an intellectual, theoretical pursuit.
Hadot is re-establishing philosophy in its original form.

Is philosophy relevant to how we live today in the modern world?
Is there any point in seeking wisdom? And if not wisdom, what would be a truly worthy goal to be universally enjoyed?

The author Marcel Proust wrote:
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past 5/2

What does it mean to have new eyes?
How can philosophy help me to have new eyes?
How might new eyes change what is seen and experienced?
To live with fresh senses. Where every experience were as though for the first time?
Where nothing is ever stale. Every experience, every relationship, every idea as if truly fresh.

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