The End of Knowledge: A Discourse on the Unification of Philosophy

The End of Knowledge: A Discourse on the Unification of Philosophy

The End of Knowledge: A Discourse on the Unification of Philosophy

The End of Knowledge: A Discourse on the Unification of Philosophy

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For seven intense years, I have attempted to learn what it means to lead a moral life, and in so doing, find happiness. It is a journey, as I have oft noted, which has brought to me realizations and experiences unthinkable prior to its onset, ones defined as much by the revealing extremes of human frailty as by our limitless capacity for endurance, survival and flourishing. My views have metamorphosed throughout the duration of this philosophical voyage, as much as the patterns within a kaleidoscope. But certain beliefs have remained and withstood the grinding tests of cynicism and base reality. They are few in number, but unchallengeable in import—that there exists the eternal opportunity to craft a meaningful and durable purpose to life, that it entails the pursuit of virtue, and that subsequently, the summum bonum that is deserved happiness may be savored by each of us.

Not for a moment have I ever been deluded into the belief that most people are inherently decent, or gravitate toward the good by virtue of some intrinsic self-guiding mechanism. Rather, for the unreflective mass, morality is a necessary procedure— . . .

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