Philosophers demonstrate their mastery and understanding of life by a detached calm; the ideal attitude seems to be that little, if anything, could really matter once one has found the “truth.”
The purpose of philosophy is not to quench passion, but to enhance it. Life is full of surprises, sudden change, hope, and disappointment. Philosophy provides a perspective, and serves as a path and a guide, so that one never loses sight of the goals, even if the insanity of the times causes temporary despair.
Most young people are filled with hopes and dreams. As they encounter obstacles, unfairness, and irrationality, they usually give up or compromise their dreams; daily life becomes grinding, dull, and routine. A sound philosophy should help restore and nurture the spirit of youth as they fight the battles of adulthood.
More than anything else, the purpose of philosophy is to remind you that you are in control of your own life. You can choose your own goals and the rules you use to guide your life. You are accountable only to yourself.
Yesterday is past; now is the time to develop and live by your own philosophy.