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Philosophy is knowledge that makes us critical, creative and careful. If I had to explain what philosophy is to a child, I wouldn't. What I would do instead is ask them some questions. For example, I might ask: "What's your name?" Then, I would ask if they think their name is important to who they are, if it makes them unique. From there, I would ask them to think about what else makes them unique. If we had to retell the world what philosophy is, we would say that it is the knowledge to allow us to ask ourselves questions about things, to make sense of things and to act. Action must follow comprehension. Philosophy shouldn't just be theoretical thinking that remains in the ether floating around forever. It should be used as a basis on which to act in order to address the world's numerous and very important injustices.
Philosophy helps us to identify the prejudices and stereotypes that we have, which are preconceived ideas that we take with us, in our backpack, on our backs. This is very important, as it enables us to understand what our prejudices are. Secondly, I believe that philosophy also gives character. Because the type of philosophy I advocate doesn't involve a child thinking and reflecting on things in a vacuum. It involves communicating with others, such as family members, but mostly other children in class, as this introduces a child to the diversity and variety of ideas out there, and to the fact that anyone can teach you something new. People have different opinions, some of which are more substantiated than others. This is what helps to build character. Thirdly, I believe that a child or a young person who practices philosophy realizes that we need to change things that are unjust and do not work. Ultimately, this makes us better citizens.
There are many instruments in careful thinking, aren't there? curiosity, empathy, trust, dreams and the strength to overcome adversity. It's about being curious about other people and wanting to understand them, to be able to put yourself in their shoes and to focus on justice.