If you philosophize well enough and long enough, you will come to see that what you really wanted from philosophy—the complete clarification of everything that matters—is impossible to achieve. Wonderful as the philosophically trained intellect is, the cosmos, life, consciousness, and even our own culture are far greater. You will also see that poetry, art and music can illuminate vistas inaccessible to philosophy. This, however, is no reason not to devote your life to philosophy, for only that life can let you stand in awe of how much there is that lies beyond.
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August 9, 2005