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The Horror of Rumination -- A Critique of Philosophizing

Updated: Feb 9



(For more on my critique of philosophy, for bias reduction, click here).


This time -- a shorter-than-usual article. Enjoy!

To stay clear of unnecessary bias, my readers, we must consider seeing the bigger picture. This includes criticizing the very things we like and adore. How can we expect to understand the bigger reality, if we only focus on one side of the coin?


And as such, I will critique philosophizing itself, or the act of producing philosophical content, through rumination. Rumination is essentially deep thought, what I usually call "contemplations" in my writings.


Rumination, while a good way to find insights from within, can also be harmful to our mental health. I can testify to this myself!

When your mind is cluttered with deep thought, you might find yourself stressed, impatient, and even struggling to sleep, even when you're tired. The mind must relax, too, sometimes. I now understand the functionality of the more superficial activities of life.


The consumption of so much shallow content seems to relieve the mind. Is that correct? Less depth means fewer things to ruminate about; fewer sources of rumination mean fewer mental energies required to be consumed by the human brain.


In general, philosophy is seen by some as unnecessary. After all, we have discussed and contemplated the same questions for thousands of years! To find a definitive answer to a classic philosophical question is quite impossible, or so it appears, at the very least.


Nevertheless, it's obvious that I do not agree completely with the premise. Otherwise, I wouldn't have been a philosopher, and I would not have created a philosophy blog, enforced by a plan of succession! Am I correct?


So! Please remember this: Philosophers are humans, too, and that means that we do not have unlimited energies. The mind must rest sometimes, in order to avoid unnecessary tension and sleeping difficulties.


Sleeping difficulties... are one of the reasons I use a cane whenever I'm not sitting or lying down. If I improve my energy-management skills, I would decrease the risks of falling down, just like I did... yesterday.


If I rearrange my nasal septum via laser (the nose's internal structure), I will have even more energies, necessary for rumination; that means, I will be able to serve you all better!


Wish me luck! It's fine to ruminate on everything that moves -- but not all the time. That's my mistake.


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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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