First, philosophy is natural and universal, only the western version of
it seems to be more prominent. An ancient Nation like China has strongly
adhered to its own eastern strain of philosophy that holds together all
their moral-institutional life.
Man was created to grow by learning, and Philosophy provides the major ventage for contemplative thought. Every human being philosophizes as they attain a sense of jugment and self awareness. When my point of view makes sense to me , I will desire to compare it with what others think. What happens is that we begin to exercise interrogative thinking and then comes the process of reductionisim where ideas turn into ideals.
Secondly, philosophy is an art of pleasurable thinking, that is why philosophers never stress out easily for their problems are turned into the world of contemplation. All you have to do is to turn your thought into a mental rhythm.
Thirdly, as to the origin of what we call classical philosophy, you may want to find out more about plato, Aristotle, and Socrates who were prominent greek Philosophers. There are more others like Descartes, Archimedes Etc. It is originally greek. Contemporary Philosophy is heavely influenced by such classical thinkers but not necessarily dominated by their ideals. For in the present world, technology and science is making the art of thought a shadowy aspect of human necessities, and inductive thought(what you go to school for) is more preffered. Each discipline of life has its own brand of philosophy, or what we may call reasonable ideals. However, much of philososophy is a bottomles pit, if it is merely "thought for thought sake", unless one is serious about facing problems realistically and being productive in life. I nevertheless, leave you with a maxim :"True philosophy is the rhythmic oracle of a proven principle". D. Ogutu
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