I am not a big reader. I go to sleep reading books. I took a philosophy class two semesters ago and never knew it would change my entire life. This was also my first philosophy class. The course was called “meaning of life.” To take a class that ask the questions I do every day was insane. I have always wondered about what the reality of life is. Why do we think the way we do? What is the point of life? Why are we blind to the reality? This philosophy classed focused on those topics. We were assigned this reading, and the book is over 500 pages. I was not interest, but I started reading the book and couldn’t put it down. I finished it in two days. I couldn’t stop reading it. I felt like I was Sophie, and I was watching everything happen.
If you are a person who doubts everything about life, this is your book. The book is about a young girl named Sophie who gets letters from a stranger and then ends up learning about the reality of life. The stranger turns out to be a philosophy teacher that she can’t see. Sounds creepy when you think about it, but there are many twists and turns. My favorite part of the book is when Sophie is taught the lesson about the bunny in the magic hat. When I tell you this is the most eye-opening passage, I am not lying. I am going to leave it below as a spoiler, because it is amazing.
A white rabbit is pulled out of a top hat. Because it-Sophies World
is an extremely large rabbit, the trick takes many billions of years. All mortals
are born at the very tip of the rabbit’s fine hairs, where they are in a position to
wonder at the impossibility of the trick. But as they grow older they work
themselves ever deeper into the fur. And there they stay. They become so
comfortable they never risk crawling back up the fragile hairs again. Only
philosophers embark on this perilous expedition to the outermost reaches of
language and existence. Some of them fall off, but others cling on desperately
and yell at the people nestling deep in the snug softness, stuffing themselves
with delicious food and drink
I absolutely love that passage. It makes you think. I have many quotes from this book that I read over constantly. This book made me fall in love with philosophy. I never under philosophy until I took this course. I believe everyone should take a class about the meaning of life. This is a natural feeling that every human should feel. If you don’t ask yourself “why are we here” once in your life, then something is wrong. We are human, and we get so distracted by our everyday lives, we miss the true meaning of everything. Just like the rabbit’s fine fur.