Natural Beginnings

Coming into philosophy has been realized through different ways by men.  However, the coming into philosophy definitely has the most appropriate way and this is through natural beginnings. Natural beginnings are the initial knowledge and information that comes through careful reasoning concerning the subject at hand. These natural beginnings therefore come through our desire as well as through our knowledge. People have always had a desire to really know about certain things.  A natural desire that is common is wonder.  Wonder expresses the keenness to know something either partly of fully. It is the innate desire to establish the cause and make known the things that apparently do not have a substantial reason for their existence. So, wonder seeks to establish what a thing is and at the same time establish the reason why a thing appears the way it is. Therefore these two questions are answered through the knowledge of causes. Wonder is a craving to establish the cause through why and what questions. It is indeed the start of all philosophy.

1.1 Why these Natural beginnings
Coming into philosophy through the natural beginnings is very essential as it helps us realize that not every other wonder could be taken as the beginning of a philosophical idea. Wondering how a match for instance will end does not give rise to philosophy. Natural beginnings entail wonder that is universal and not that which is singular like in wondering the end result of an anticipated event.  This wonder or desire should mainly be about what a particular thing is or the reason that thing is the way it is therefore these natural beginnings will be very useful in such a scenario. Natural beginnings are an important and useful tool in establishing the cause which is responsible for the reason a particular thing is the way it is or rather what that thing is.

Therefore, if it was that simple to establish the truth as well as avoid mistakes, the desire to establish the reality and the aversion for errors would suffice.  However, it is hard to establish the truth while at the same time it is hard to avoid mistakes, natural beginnings offers the opportunity for a philosopher in overcoming the difficulties which could be realized in trying to figure out the truth concerning a particular thing. This is because the desire is built on nothing else other than the thing itself balancing hope together with fear. This balance is needed because where there is hope without fear the philosopher might assume many things and get wrong impression.  On the other hand, fear without hope may lead to desperation. Gathering other information apart from the natural beginnings would render the process difficult.

2.0 Reason and its use
Reason is a very, important tool for each and every man who is found to wonder in his way. Because wonder apparently is the desire to establish a truth through asking the questions of what together with why, reason is what crowns this all. Through reasoning, we are able to learn the interrelation that exists between why and what with cause as well as with each other together with both demonstration and definition. Therefore, the hope of realizing or rather finding out the truth is through reasoning with it, we establish the unknown using the known. Moreover, reason teaches us the way we make mistakes as we think. Therefore, fearing to make mistakes will direct us to learn reason and thus avoiding mistakes.

2.1 Coming into Philosophy through Reason
Coming into philosophy aims at inquiring into the way things are and the cause responsible to the form or nature of that thing. It is therefore expected that the philosopher will present logical argument that is drawn from various knowledge. The process of coming into philosophy will require an individual to use reason in what they are wondering about. Wondering is not just enough to bring out the idea and truth about something. Reason builds on the foundation of wonder that has already been laid. Reason promotes philosophy through providing a connection of the questions of what and why to be answered in the process. Reason helps in giving definition to the unknown phenomenon through the known.  


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