The abyss

YOU want answers. We don't have any.
     Philosophy was only ever about the deepest questions. The unanswerable questions. The abyss. You have to learn to look into the abyss. You have to learn to overcome your fear.
     Right now, you're afraid. Not so much of the abyss (in which you only half-believe — we'll put that right) but of your own inadequacy.
     However great you may be at other activities, mental or otherwise, you are rubbish as a philosopher. No-one is born able to philosophize. It's not something that comes naturally after you've lived a while. You have to learn, and the learning is hard.
     Are you willing to learn? Are you ready to knuckle down?
     We are not teachers. We gave up that boastful title long ago. We are guides and performance trainers.
     We will guide you towards the abyss. Hold your hand, if you need it, say a few soothing words to calm your nerves. The rest is up to you.
     You will learn from the works of philosophers, the great and also the not so great. Because even they, the not-so great, have something to contribute.
     What about you? You will never be a 'great' philosopher. So don't even dare to imagine that you could be.
     How do we know, when we don't even know who you are? Based on the laws of probability, we are sure of that fact, and we have the right to be sure. (One can question whether that counts strictly as 'knowledge' but there is no need to be pedantic.)
     There have only been so many great philosophers in the history of the human race. That's a fact few would dispute. You can count the number of great philosophers on your hands. (As with so many things, there will be disputes, but no-one would argue over, say, Aristotle or Kant.)
     — Get rid of your ego, because it is the single biggest obstacle in your way.

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