The ‘Unknown School’

A school of philosophy which is unknown even to its students and teachers. (Part 1)

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A photograph of a wandering group by Chamara Kahawewitharana at Gawarawila, Sri Lanka.

Philosophy is the love of wisdom. It is love because one may never reach infinity by any finite means but can only perpetually falling into the sensation of getting somewhere better, stable, and proper. If someone wishes to make the world an absolutely good place,” ey¹ may experience the ghastly horror to find out “what is wrong.” That is to say, the sensation of overcoming the error can be neither sustain nor retain without a subsequent terror. Success and failure are the offspring of a single seed; when ey harvests the fruit of one, ey plants the possibility of both. Thus the agreement and the disagreement are the two legs from which one dances around the pole of wisdom’s eternal light.

Philosophy, in general, is associated with a school of thought. By this, I mean, there is a way in which philosophy as a process ‘takes place.’ It is not merely the basic assumptions, presuppositions, or standpoints of intellectual abstractions but also how the philosophy is being done. This is to say, it depends on through which kind of a medium the ideas have been emerged, discussed, shared, and agreed. This medium may also represent the socio, cultural, intellectual dimensions and the nature of hierarchies and authorities. The sense of authority is the key element here. It is the essence of a school of philosophy.

“Sense of authority” is a modern or contemporary way to utter the concept of faith. Faith is the ground where one sits and relaxes after doubting the doubt, doubting the doubting of doubt, and doubting the doubting of doubting the doubt. Well, how do we know what is right? The truth is separated from being a mere experience (a sensation, conception, and perception) from the ‘sense of authority.’ And as it should be, the nature of existence always reveals itself through paradoxes; the ‘sense of authority’ is another experience after all.

Whether one stands where “Even though I know what I know might be all wrong, the fact that I know that does not make me right. If I am wrong, I am right. If I am right, I am wrong,” or beneath a statue of a God, the doubt has been released from the hold as a thing not to be clung to. For it is the wisdom apart from faith does not exist. If wisdom is the light, faith is the eye that perceives it, thus evokes the ‘sensation of meaning.’ The point is this, if someone asks, “how do you know what is the truth?” what we should ask in return is what do ey means by truth. I can say, “I eat with my right hand, and I brush my teeth with my left.” But how do I know what is right and what is left? The truth is a convention. Same as there is no absolute left nor right, neither an ultimate truth. It is what we prefer and thus agreed to.

Photo by Tommaso Prinetti on Unsplash

Notes:

  1. “ey”, I use as an omnigender second person pronoun.

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