I’ve been reading/watching documentaries on the great thinkers of yesteryear– men who transformed the world in which they lived through the power of their writing and spoken word. As I studied, I noticed one thing that many of them had in common…
Many of them were a part of philosophical clubs that met in a home or a library or a pub where people met face to face and talked about philosophy, society, and the pressing problems of the day.
These clubs became so important because they fostered intellectual reasoning, social philanthropy, and conceptual awareness. As people bounced ideas off of each other, these great thinks took away conclusions that allowed them to shape their overall worldview and change the world for the better (sometimes the worse).
Anyway what I’m saying is we need to bring back the philosophical club. There are clubs that exist today but for the most part they’re being phased out. And let’s be clear– I’m not talking about social gatherings. Of course we still socialize, but it’s usually around a distracting activity like a sports event, a video game, or a concert– all of which have their place of course. However the focus is on the activity and not the cultivation of higher thought. Obviously it’s important to partake in mutual social experiences that lift our spirits and allow us to bond as a community. But could we not bond and then use that unified strength as a force to positively impact society?
One of the most prominent issues in our world today is that we fail to communicate with one another. In fact, in my life experience I’ve noticed that about 70-85% of all problems that arise at home, in the workplace, or in social circles is the lack of communication. A phrase gets taken out of context, expecations are not made clear, and a proper understanding of circumstances evidence is many times ignored.
Let’s face it. We suck at communicating.
This problem has been worsened as people become less social and more attached to distracting media, pop culture, and pride. When everyone’s in it for themselves then no one is in it for each other. As selfishness runs rampant the gap in communication and understanding will widen– and I believe we’ve seen a great deal of that today.
But if we brought back the club–a social gathering with a concentrated purpose, I believe that we could facilitate more free thought and solutions for some of the most problematic issues that come up in our communities and society at large. A major step in solving social issues is to be sociable and clubs are a great outlet for thought, dictum, and philosophical growth.