With the age of social media, I become easily frustrated by philosophical theories being explained as absolute fact in bite size portions. Most often I find this with theories of our body-world, mind-world, or body-mind-world connection such as adverbial theory of sensations or simulation theory. The key word, always, is theory.
Lately I’ve noticed fellow young people with large platforms announcing these theories like they’re educating the masses on what’s true, they’ll say ‘did you know?’ or ‘everything you know is a lie’ without giving the context that this is all philosophy. We think, we ponder, we explore, but the point of philosophical debate and discussion is no one knows. All relies on who can best explain their theory and take apart someone else’s.
With a limited audience, I feel comfortable writing from my own beliefs and philosophies. One point I always make though, is that all realities are true, a belief in itself but one that allows all to have their own theories, experiences, and beliefs. I’m also young. Though dedication to life long interests has me confident, I’m naive and will never claim to know any absolute truth. Between the ages of eight and twelve I was adamant that I knew the truth and would argue ineloquently with any who wished to dispel my beliefs that time was a construct, and I’ve long since learnt my lesson.
The issue with influencers and people with larger social media platforms giving halfcocked intros to complex philosophical issues is that their impressionable followers will likely question their own beliefs and knowledge without realize theirs is as valid as that of the voices they listen to.