0.3 Conclusions: Opening to the Richness of Life

Consider two friends who plan to attend the symphony together.  One of these friends has studied music thoughtfully and learned the intricacies of harmony, melody, and rhythms. She has studied the various instruments used in the orchestra and even attempted to learn one or two of them herself.  The other friend has had no formal education in music, nor has he read much about it. Still, he likes music and listens to it a lot, even some classical music.

Now both of these friends will enjoy the symphony.  But which friend will enjoy it the most?

Life is a symphony as well, and philosophy is the study of life’s intricate harmonies, its subtle tones, the surprise of counterpoint, and the depth of inspiration.  To study philosophy is to appreciate more deeply what it means to be alive.  One can still enjoy life’s simple pleasures–friendship, celebration, entertainment, family– just like non-philosophers, but in addition to these, you will develop the deeper joys of contemplation, understanding, and personal commitment.


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