Kapiti Observer : May 26th 2011
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Situated in a quiet safe cul-de-sac. RV $395,000. To view call Paulane or Gary. PAULANE MCLEAN 0800 SELL 94 (0274) 439-641 GARY HUTCHINGS 0800 744-279 027 779-9049 VIEW SUNDAY AT 1.00PM Time to ponder the mysteries of life Seat of thinking: Between 350 and 500 students ponder deeper questions of the meaning of life at The School of Philosophy in Wellington every year. COME ALONG A 10-week course in Practical Philosophy starting next month -- evening, morning and weekend options -- will cover: Life's big questions Wisdom and self-knowledge Living in the present Realising one's potential. The cost is $150, or $75 for full- time non-earning students. Get more information by phoning 801 9823 or at the website philosophy.org.nz/31 In the hurly burly of modern life, with instantaneous media updates on the latest crisis, fad or disaster, it's easy to feel like you're being drowned in the rat race and by information overload. Kicked aside are fundamental questions like: Who am I? What is this universe? What is my relationship to it? For anyone wanting to explore what underpins societies, and even what can make us happier as individuals, the School of Philos- ophy in Wellington may be a good starting point. Helen Gear, who has been involved with the Aro Valley- based institution for the last eight years, says as a result of exploring the thinking of some of the greatest philosophers down the ages, and discussing with classmates what it all means in today's world she is much more at ease'' in her skin. The School of Philosophy was incorporated in 1956 and is a registered educational charity. It is run by its senior students and no-one receives any financial benefit. Based in the elegant former Sal- vation Army building at 33 Aro St, it was the second such school to be founded in a network that now has outposts in Britain, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Greece, South Africa, Australia, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Trinidad and in New Zealand in Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Palmer- ston North and Masterton. The origins of the school go back to London in 1936 when a group of men and women came together to study economics in an endeavour to better understand the underly- ing factors of the economic depression then causing wide- spread misery. They sought to rediscover natu- ral laws which, if followed by society, might prevent such suffering, and allow peace, pros- perity, happiness and justice to prevail. After a time, it became evident to them that a deeper understand- ing of the nature of society could only come through a study of Man himself, and thus the enquiry led naturally to the study of philosophy. Teaching material for the local school's courses still comes from Britain. Ms Gear says a common approach is for one of the tutors, all of whom volunteer their time, to present a series of quotes or passages from a wide range of philosophers or philosophies -- Socrates to Plato, Confucius to Chomsky, and even Shakespeare. The group then teases out the issues that are raised''. The topic might be trust'. How does that relate to what we know about truth? Is there such a thing as real truth' or does it depend on an individual's perspective? You might go on to discuss how we could attempt to be more truthful in our own lives, and what effect that might have on other people.'' As the school's website notes: Philosophy is not a lofty aca- demic study, but is rather an immediate, relevant and practical discovery of ourselves and the world in which we live.'' The school is not a religious organisation. There are no quizzes, tests or anything of that sort. The classes are open discussions based on readings and observations. Most of the course participants tend to be in their 30s, 40s and older -- I guess because that's when we start asking ourselves these kind of questions.'' Ms Gear's experience of delving into the world of philosophy is that it put her life into perspective. It's made me more relaxed and encouraged me to find the time for the things that are most import- ant.'' The school also offers space -- and tuition -- for meditation. Subjects such as drama, music, art, economics, mathematics, San- skrit, the education of children, the Renaissance and dance are explored in greater depth in study groups.
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