I was recently discussing the idea of beauty with one of my colleagues and how beauty should be defined. He brought up the fact that nowadays many beauty standards are set by the media, which suppresses diversity and makes people unhappy about themselves. He concluded that that way of setting beauty standards is wrong and therefore we should fight it.
If I have had this same discussion a year ago, I would have jumped to his same conclusion and we would have started fighting somehow what we considered wrong. Except that now I am philosophizing. What I call philosophizing is the act of pausing one's process of thought, asking why, and challenging one's assumptions. So instead of jumping to the conclusion "standards set by the media are wrong and we should fight them", one would ask why is that wrong? by what ethical framework? and how does one chooses a framework over another? Which takes us to an infinite discussion about ethics, sociology, logic and might leave these questions unanswered.
This got me wondering why should one philosophize at all. I feel that if someone wants to base his actions on a rational ground, philosophy somehow refrains him from acting, because one can never stop asking questions and take clear position regarding some issue. What made me question more the "philosophizing" position, is that I am sure that history was written by people who chose to act because they believed that what they did is the right thing to do, and not those who raised a million questions about their actions.
- Is philosophizing incompatible with acting?
- If so, why should one philosophize and what dictates the "should"? Should one abandon philosophy :) ?
- Have any philosophers addressed this question?