Ever since I joined my school’s debate team, I’ve found a love for creativity and expression. While my peers and I held countless differences, philosophy seemed to be the unifying force that fortified a safe environment for us all. I have come to realize that Philosophy isn’t necessarily about always agreeing and disagreeing. Rather it is about appreciating the discussion about reality that will never stop. I became thrilled at experience the philosophy of Sophie Bosede Oluwole to Edward Said. However, I recognized that not many knew of these names, even if they were familiar with critical theory.
I created Philosophy Phorum to elevate these voices in philosophy while also elucidating philosophy’s practical side that is often overlooked by students. By teaching the patterns of thinking that foster better decision-making skills and more thoughtful reactions, we may be inspired to take action and bring change to the world around us, especially guided by the voices of minorities.
Philosophy can be deeply transformative but perhaps also elusive and intimidating given the broad range and scope of philosophical principles and almost ethereal nature. It is currently mostly kept until the college years and graduate programs, but I allege that early involvement leads to may be able to lessen this intimidation. Our resources should support free and creative thinking, as well as exchange of ideas that also show the application of philosophy to everyday life. Most importantly, these should be accessible to youth of all ages and background. This should be a forum for them to learn from each other and cultivate their personal and civic selves.
Please join me in this effort!