Solomon Maimon and the Villainy of Philosophy

Solomon Maimon and the Villainy of Philosophy

Let us be honest; few are the people who like party poopers, and it is arguable that philosophers, due to their motives of inquisition and doubt in their quest for truth, were, are and probably will be the most dominant party poopers in existence, ruining the immersion of individuals and communities alike by logically proving their beliefs to be questionable. This often led philosophers to become outcasts and even be persecuted, simply for trying to form a different opinion or to bring a more controversial suggestion to a discussion.

One of these undesired philosophers was the Jewish writer Solomon Maimon, a 18th century intellectual who suffered a lot from the External World for his eccentric opinions. Born in Poland (now Belarus), he had a keen interest in studying philosophy and the Kabbalah. However, due to the ideas he formed based on his studies, like the notion that the Kabbalah was a product of philosophy, he was basically condemned by the locals to be a heretic for the rest of his life, to the point of being buried outside of his hometown's cemetery upon his death at the age of 48; something which at the time was a sign of either shame or condemnation.

Condemned by his own religious people, Maimon attempted to be converted to Christianity. However, the pastor whom he attended, eventually refused to convert him, claiming that he was too much of a philosopher to be a good christian. It is also worth mentioning that he was expelled from both Berlin and Amsterdam, the latter which occured while escaping from an angry mob.

Even though we are arguably in a world where the values of democracy and the freedom of expression are in their finest, it's arguably still uneasy for people to fully express their opinions in public, whether physical or virtual. You still can make a less-than-popular opinion, and find yourself being condemned and shamed by countless others across the globe, as if we were still at the medieval times, being put to shame in the town square.

I believe that we would be more accepting to each other if we had the mental strength to resist the temptation to bring somebody or their content down just because we are triggered by their beliefs. However, since we are arguably more emotional than logical beings, the path to an even wider accaptence of the more eccentric and controversial, is still longer than some of us might be ready to admit.

Because of the tyrrany of the norms, as long as we will be too much afraid to oppose them and their negative influence on democracy and the freedom of speech, people like philosophers may still, at least to an extant, be regarded by some as villains by the mainstream narration of the norms.

If you are not convinced about the same phenomenon happening today, let me remind you that this site has been banned by Facebook because they found it to contain "hate speech" even though this is far from the case. Whatever the reason, perhaps mainstream websites such as Facebook might dislike philosophy websites, theoratically at least.


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