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Blog: Be the change you want to see in the world

4 August 2022

Are you someone who longs for a kinder, more compassionate society, but feels disillusioned at the ability of our politicians and leaders to bring about real change?

Maybe you’re inspired by the example of young people worldwide, taking to the streets to protest against climate change…but, deep down, not fully convinced anything is really going to change.  

The consistent advice of the sages and philosophers over millennia is echoed in the words above, often attributed (mistakenly, as it turns out) to Gandhi: to effect change around us, we first have to look within and work on ourselves.

And so begins the journey of philosophy. 

To face the big questions of life, most important of which is "who am I?"

You can take an intellectual, academic approach to questions like this, thinking deeply, applying logic and reason and debating with others. This is the path followed by most philosophers in the west in the last 300 years.

Or you can take a more practical approach, based on your own direct personal experience, observation and practice. The work starts on oneself – learning to live more mindfully, being more connected in the present and with those around us, less time lost in idle thoughts.

Then, as we discover insights from great philosophers of the past and test out their ideas in practice as we go about our daily life, our wisdom and understanding can really grow. We call this second approach practical philosophy.

Why not join us for our next Practical Philosophy introductory course? Details are on our Events page.
Supported by simple, practical exercises to develop things like presence, stillness, attention and awareness, the weekly class provides an opportunity for sharing experiences as well as learning new philosophical concepts. 

Our aim is to provide all the support you need to get you started with arguably the most important work known to mankind: the work of knowing yourself.