Help a literal nobody.

I am 32 years old and I've never read anything in my life.

I was always playing video games and smoking weed my whole life.

For the past few months I don't want to play any more video games, I don't want to smoke any more weed.

I want to expand my thinking, I want to understand all those fancy terms like "Subjectivism" e.t.c. I want to understand what philosophy is and why it exists and why each branch exists.

Where should one begin? Pick up ancient Greek philosophers first?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Start with any of these
    Look at the descriptions and see which one you think you'd enjoy

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Read Plato's Dialogues. All of them.

      >all fiction
      Anon, how is that going to help him?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >The entire story is told in diary form, switching between the entries of a 55-year-old university professor and his 10 years younger wife Ikuko. Both claim that they want to keep their notes secret from another, and complain about the difficulties in their sex life: she about her husband's inability to satisfy her, he about her insatiability, mixed with her oldfashioned attitude and rejection of his erotic preferences. At the same time he is convinced that, would she allow him to act out his wishes, he would be able to fulfil her desires.

      >The couple has chosen teacher Kimura as a possible marriage prospect for their daughter Toshiko, but Toshiko shows no interest in him. Instead, the husband believes to sense a mutual interest between Kimura and Ikuko, and realises that his jealousy stimulates him. He provokes situations in which Kimura can see Ikuko naked, starting with making her drunk which leads to her repeated collapsing and need to be looked after. Also, he has sex with his wife while she is unconscious, during which she utters the name of Kimura. At Kimura's offer, the professor borrows his polaroid camera, which he uses to make nude photographs of Ikuko. Later, he switches to negative film, making sure that Kimura sees the pictures. At the same time, he has his doctor inject him hormones to improve his potency, which result in dangerously high blood pressure and memory defects.

      >Toshiko moves out of her parents' house, while Ikuko starts meeting Kimura on a regular basis. The professor suffers a stroke due to his blood pressure; although he first seems to recover, he dies after a second stroke. In her last entries, Ikuko reveals that both she and her husband wrote their diaries in full knowledge that the other side reads them, that her states of unconsciousness were at times faked, and that Toshiko possibly made arrangements so that her mother and Kimura could meet. Ikuko speculates that Toshiko will eventually marry Kimura as a pretence so her mother and he can continue their affair.

      >The novel's title refers to the key to the compartment in which the professor keeps his diary.

      "the novel is missing typical Tanizaki themes like the longing for a mother or worshipping of a cruel woman"

      What a rabbit hole, wtf.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Seconding this. Classic fiction is the way to go to initially expand his mind.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    How to Read a Book -> Complete Works of Plato

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    for philosophy it is important to know that those people usually do not try to be easily understood at all.

    most arguments between philosophers run into the problem where they say the other side does not even understand their argument instead of disagreeing on something meaningful.

    so it is best to read so called secondary literatur for hard to understand authors. that means read a boon like "german philosophers for dummies" or something along those lines.

    besides that start with the basics, so an introduction for college students might be best. should cover basic logic for example. and then learn about socrates, platon, aristoteles.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This, especially starting with Edith Hamilton's mythology will be a good way to just get into the process of reading.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Reality's subjective nature is the only true fact which exists, you can never know the ultimate truth, and even if there is some kind of ultimate truth then it's probably a realization of your awareness which can not be described using words.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    There’s no such thing as subjectivity. It can’t be proven.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Head over to your local Barnes and Nobles, go to the classic fiction section and pick the first thing off the shelf whose title and cover catch your interest. Buy it, sit down on a nice bench outside or in a nice cafe, preferably somewhere quiet, and read. Only check your phone to look up words. Its going to be hard to stay focused because that's just what reading is when you haven't read your whole life-- your brain will have to work really hard to get the same dopamine it could get so easy from video games and weed-- but stay strong and keep going. Don't put too much pressure on yourself, just try to dedicate a good amount of time everyday to reading, and if your book is any good, you'll be wanting to read it whenever you get the chance. Also try to minimize things that are bad for your attention span, a poor attention span is a really tough hurdle when you're trying to read harder fiction and philosophy. good luck Anon!

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Ignore philosophy and start journaling and psychoanalysis, it will hard and you will most likely not know what you're doing in the beginning. Protip: You are not your thoughts and words which you were taught, you are the observer of them, the neutral observer of them, I wish you the best.

      however this is good advice; though, i wouldn't get fixated on the classics. find something that interests you.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Ignore philosophy and start journaling and psychoanalysis, it will hard and you will most likely not know what you're doing in the beginning. Protip: You are not your thoughts and words which you were taught, you are the observer of them, the neutral observer of them, I wish you the best.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Theres no such thing as neutral you psych dummy,definitely dont listen to this guy OP.
      Definitely pick up a bible since its the best thing to read in short burst and its probably what you will do coming off weed and video games.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    philosophy? you've never read and you think this is your salvation?
    keep playing videogames.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Why? Video games are just escapism. Philosophy tries to understand the nature of reality and makes people think deeper about it, no?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        philosophy and literature are both escapism as well bro

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    what the graphgay said + H.P. Lovecraft or Robert E. Howard's stories because they are pulpy and easy to read in one setting. For nonfiction start with a hero with a thousand faces, if you played good games this should enlighten you to a lot you already inherently know, if you want to read philosophy skip the Greeks and read Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, after blackpilling yourself read Albert Camus starting with Myth of Sisyphus. Greeks are only important if you are studying the evolution of Philosophy not the end of it. There is a book called Basic Writings of Existentialism by Modern Library Classics, pick this up for a primer on what most philosophers actually believe today.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Read No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai just unless your are suicidal

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      From the mouth of a prophet

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      OP here.
      I actually want to become suicidal.
      I've heard of people who became suicidal/depressed after diving deep into philosophy.
      It may sound crazy but that is the 2nd reason I want to read philosophy for: In order to face those demons.
      (The 1st reason is because I want to expand my thinking ability).

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Read Myth of Sisyphus the opening line is about suicide.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        If you want to expand your thinking read the Gita and the Gospels, also read the Book of Ecclesiastes which itself is the oldest Existential text alongside Job.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >hey bro just read some nonsensical stuff full of metaphors bro and you will expand your consciousness n shiet bro just believe me bro

          Avoid these things OP.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Do not avoid them, they are the foundation of civilizations were read by every great in the world.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You need to read shit that brings you peace not shit that'll destroy your mind and soul brother

          This OP.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        wow i shouldnt even try to give advice,you are actually braindead.
        i have been suicidal my whole life and its such a torn in my side,maybe you will become suicidal enough to actually have a nice day but at least dont be the even stupider suicidal people who drag other people down with them.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Why you say that? As I said my whole life was me being a braindead smoking weed, browsing the internet, watching porn and playing video games, literally nothing more.
          Becoming suicidal means that there is a strong force which pushes you towards doing it, I want to have such a huge force in my life, I am tired of being a lazy brainless piece of crap, I want to realize the meaningless of this world and become suicidal and many people say that reading lots of philosophy does that.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            You need to read shit that brings you peace not shit that'll destroy your mind and soul brother

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russel is a classic primer. The socratic dialogues are fun, presocratics are kind of fun too.
    When you get to a field you find compelling, dig into it.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You are starting the car in the 5th gear. As an illiterate, you should start by reading fictional best sellers, and once you are a best seller reader, jump into high literature and such.
    In regards to philosophy and all that, start with YouTube channels that will deliver knowledge to you in a more easy to digest way than the sources. Academy of Ideas is a very good YouTube channel.

    Don't start the car in the 5th gear.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Red Pine's translation of the Taoteching.

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