I am currently a college student, a senior, majoring in Philosophy, and last week I took my senior comprehensive exam needed in order to graduate. It was a grueling four hour exam, but I felt rather accomplished afterward and so relieved and happy when I found out that I had passed two days later. Reflecting back on my time studying philosophy, in light of the exam, I am reminded of how happy I am that I chose the philosophical path as opposed to any other area of study.
Philosophy saves my soul. It truly does. And this is why I decided to study philosophy. There is something about the possibility of acquiring ultimate truths about the world that makes one feel complete and accomplished. As I study various philosophers with differing viewpoints, I have to sift through them and decide which ones I seem to agree with, for the time being anyway, as they can always change, as I believe life is a constant evolution of new ideas and perspectives based on experiences. But once I find one, or a few that I like, I follow them and they become a way of life for me. That’s what I think is so great about philosophy – it can guide you and become a way of life that you embody, and, as philosophy’s goal is to attain ultimate truths about things and find true happiness, that way of life is very rewarding and, in my opinion, far superior to a life unexamined. This is how philosophy saves my soul, and I am so thankful everyday that I did indeed go down the philosophical path of inquiry and self-fulfilment.