Isn’t philosophy about weird abstract concepts? How can philosophy help my real life?
Philosophy isn’t just a history of bearded lunatics writing about unfathomable things that gave everyone huge headaches. Let’s be honest, philosophy is also about that. But philosophy is first of all love of knowledge: since Socrates, philosophical knowledge is existential. This means that if you believe a philosophical idea rather than another one, it will have a major impact on your life. Understanding that the Earth is round and not flat has limited effects on your everyday life, in most cases. Au contraire, if you adhere for instance to a philosophy stating that what is Good depends on your intentions, or to one determining what is Good from its consequences, this will change dramatically your thoughts and your actions. Philosophy helps us live better, by a better understanding of our own (and others’) thoughts and actions.