Define the “type of philosophy”
A friend recently asked if I could explain the types of philosophy that I am attempting to extend.
At first I felt alone, following my little experience with some degree of enlightenment, I could not find anything that spoke of the experiences I had had.
After not having found anything, I felt that it was my responsibility to communicate the details of the experience that intelligent and scientific people could appreciate it. I began writing, but soon after this an influential author called Sam Harris released a book called ‘Waking Up’ which detailed very similar experiences and was written much better than I could achieve. I was relieved that this book already existed.
In addition, I continued the search for more completed work before turning to the wild world that is religion. Many poets had covered much of the experience in an artistic way, but my philosophical mind found this pleasurable, but not satisfying.
Eventually I came across the closest philosophy I could find in the Ancient Greek school of the Cynic. As with most words, the meaning of the modern word ‘cynic’ is different from its origin. See the wiki exert below:
For the Cynics, the purpose of life was to live in virtue, in agreement with nature. As reasoning creatures, people could gain happiness by rigorous training and by living in a way which was natural for themselves, rejecting all conventional desires for wealth, power, sex and fame. Instead, they were to lead a simple life free from all possessions.
The word “cynic” was derogatory term with a little translation of “the dog”. The reason for this is because the motivations associated with general social order are questioned and rejected in Cynicism.
This is the foundation of part of my reasoning. I have now also extended into some of Buddhism, Zen, Taoism, and mostly Eastern religions. As a side note here, I recently learned that the old old philosophy / religion in the East largely considered time to be circular, with all events repeating, rather than the belief of it being linear that we have in the west. This is probably the cause of all the reincarnation and karma concepts embedded in these religions. But I digress.
More recently I have generated new philosophical views that I am yet to find any others having discussed, and this is receiving most of my attention currently.