What is Philosophy?

    Philosophy might seem aloof, detached from real life or the real affairs of human activity.  But quite the opposite, philosophy has everything to do with our real lives.  Philosophy is the questioning and probing of the essential human life questions:  Who am I?  Where am I going?  What really matters?  Our answers to these questions, whether they come through our faith or through other means, determine our most important life choices.  As John Paul II writes:

    “In different parts of the world, with their different cultures, there arise at the same time the fundamental questions which pervade human life: Who am I?  Where have I come from and where am I going?  Why is there evil?  What is there after this life?  . . . These are the questions which have their common source in the quest for meaning which has always compelled the human  heart.  In fact, the answer given to these questions decides the direction which people seek to give to their lives.”
     (John Paul II, Fides et Ratio, para.1)