As a canadian, I do not have a particular philosophical school of thought.
But I seem to have some kind of original thought that reflects canadian thought, in a philosophical way.
IR, or international relations, is one of my sources, that lead me to Realism here in Canada and around the world.
Realism is a theory from IR that states that a place like Canada or any country is only interested in Power.
Some say that Power is found through economics.
I think we are distracted from the emerging realism of our time. Some say re-emerging, because it is based on the number of powerful states that are expressing their power through economics, war, etc.
I think we are confused by government, our own needs vs. the country’s (Canada).
We worry about our pay cheque, our family and friends, survival, and whatever we think is important.
To me, I am concerned about my well being, but I am confused by identity politics and people who threaten me with violence.
I get distracted by functional medicine and individual medicine.
But I believe in doing no harm and my best each day, which amounts to a personal philosophy and a source of my purpose and motive to move forward each day.
To me as a Canadian and a person, I am grounded by Nature, intuition, civil disobedience, philosophy and moving and physical work/exercise, people, engagement, curiosity, mental and emotional challenges, reading, writing and research, and the day to day importance of being here.
I may not care about who or what you are, but this has to be a decision and practice and ritual, or habit that protects me from violence and harmful people/places and things.
Right now, I am doing my best, doing no harm, waxing about the here and now because we are in a new world: Russia, China, U.S.A. There is identity politics, culture wars, cyber wars, and these countries are engaging us with all of it. As a person, I do my best to stay aware of it and take it with a grain of salt. Of course it is serious stuff, and I never seem to learn enough about what is happening right now.
I am busy with my life, as you are, and we are living here, weather we live our separate ways or not, because we relate more and more through limited real estate, and other resources.
I am extremely limited by what I can do about here and now.
I stick with what works for me and practice the best lifestyle I can afford.
I am grateful to the people that keep the city running with all these basics I use each day.
I may not like my job or family at times but I think the struggle is of personal value.
So, common speech may appear limiting to some, but it is a practice. I use it to help keep the focus on the here and now.
Even my language is a canadian philosophical tool….
Happy New Year, 2023!