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My Interpretation of the contemporary philosophy
I viewed philosophy as an increasingly relevant subject in helping students broaden their perceptions of the tiny details in social interaction. Highly popular I was, among students for offering friendly suggestions; on how to carry a conversation at a first date! Students regarded me as a friend, philosopher (quite literally), and a guide.
Those students often praised my selfless dedication in enriching the lives of others without demanding return favors. When asked on this; I replied that one does buy true respect without personal integrity.
From despair to hope
I remember walking into the counseling center over three decades ago at the University Of Southern Ms. Telling them I was feeling “down” a lot and was certain I had depression. So were they. Hence I did.
After about six or so meetings, I realized nothing was getting better, and decided nothing was wrong except that I was suffering the same pressures and apprehension that everyone else did in life. But it was not to be. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
Then I moved to a big city and got a good high paying job. That’s what my other peers did to “beat the blues”. Work hard, forget about one’s troubles. The trouble was, it didn’t work. I was back in therapy. This time with a myriad of pills, more frequent therapy, etc. Nothing was helping, but I kept being applauded for “such improvement”. Also, I told them I was not improving but getting worse, not something they seemed to want to hear. But it was the truth. I was barely able to get out of bed, and some days could not.
An amazing mentor
My deep philosophical knowledge enabled me to have a complete understanding of the subliminal interplay of thoughts in the human mind. I was gentle in untangling the confusions that misguided individuals into personal distress. When need be, I could be the strict teacher driving my ideas home with a strong choice of vocabulary.
I was a no-nonsense type of guy who was always ready to smite the negative elements with heavy determination. It was not unusual for the wrong people to be afraid of facing me. However, I was extremely gentle and kind with my friends, family, and dear students.
Life as an example
I continued setting an inspiring life example for others. Pulling an all-nighter to complete a pending work instead of postponing it to tomorrow. Students often found me working alone at the computer in the University library, with a pile of odd books on the table. Believing that the depth of philosophy is virtually unending in its logical interpretation of thought.
From Aristotle to Nietzsche, I was equally spontaneous in understanding. My interests veered to mysticism, psychology, social sciences, and the study of arts. I explained that every minute detail of expression derives from a philosophical core.
Taking a deep interest in the various elements of contemporary culture. As a social observer; Being meticulously noting the reigning social trends to find a solution for many of the eternal unsolved questions. Rarely, one many note a vague strain of despair in my voice when I spoke on the moral bankruptcy of many in yester’s generation. However, I soon asserted with hope that the vacuum of the present is nothing new or isolated. In my view, I saw the degradation as a continuous process of many thousand years. Hoping someday humanity as a whole would rise to its most positive evolutionary state.
In hope, I continued to work behind the scenes in clarifying the confusions of young men and women. As a liaison student and a Campus student, I held the heavy responsibilities of mentorship. I loved most to go for classes with my dear students. Being greatly popular among my colleagues. I was a wonderful family person. The students loved to attend my classes.
A usual myth on philosophy
This is related as an obsolete discipline. However, nothing can be farther from the truth than this. In fact, I was also a Campus Director and a Liaison Officer at the University. I would testify that the brightest minds from all over the Caribbean enroll at UVI; keen on interpreting contemporary life in the light of philosophical traditions. I had been a wonderful mentor and an unofficial life coach throughout my long professional spell.