A philosopher is not just someone who seeks wisdom, but they also search within to innerstand themselves, and also understand the universe, humanity, reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.
They seek to evolve their immortal souls through knowledge of THYSELF, and THYWORLD. To rise to the light of the heavens in illumination above the darkness of the masses in the seas of humanity below. Kings in their own right for they have conquered themselves.
33rd degree Freemasonic Philosopher, Manly P. Hall had written in his most famous book, The Secret Teachings of all Ages;
“Pythagoras went to Phlius, and made a great display of his learning before Leo the prince of the Phliasians. The prince, charmed with his discourse, asked him what art he professed? He answered that he knew no art, but was a Philosopher. Leo, surprised at tins new name, asked, what are Philosophers and wherein do they differ from others? Pythagoras answered, that human life is like the Olympic Games, some attend for glory, some for profit, and some to observe curiously what is there performed.
These despise both glory and profit, and employ themselves studiously to enquire into the causes of all things. These are inquirers after Wisdom, or Philosophers.” (Cicero Tuscul. quaest. 5.) Valerius Maximus relates also, that when Pythagoras founded his school, he was asked what was the name of his System? and answered, I am not Sophos, wise; but Philo-sophos, a lover of wisdom; and my followers shall be called Philosophers.”
A true philosopher seeks to be wise in almost all the arts they can during their multiple lifetimes. Manly Hall further stated; “Philosophers are nor born nor do they die; for once having achieved the realization of immortality, they are immortal. The fool lives but for today; the philosopher lives forever.” This fundamental fact of life is immortalized in the 14th degree of the Scottish Rite as it is said in Latin, “Virtus Junxit Mors Non Separabit,” which means in English, “Whom virtue unites, death cannot separate.”
This is why many of the world’s most famous philosophers are always remembered as beings of wisdom, who carry the torch of light to help enlighten human kind with their wisdom teachings that stand the test of time. Immortal philosopher’s who are not kings of the material realm, but kings of wisdom whose teachings seem to never die. People such as Pythagoras, Confucius, Plato, Socrates, Plutarch, Voltaire, Gandhi, and Manly Hall just to name a few.
Plato was a lover of wisdom who once said, “Until philosophers are kings, cities will never cease from ill, nor the human race.”
I will close this article with another great quote from Masonic philosopher Manly P. Hall who had written in Magic: A Treatise on Esoteric Ethics;
“The control which knowledge gives over ignorance on the spiritual planes of nature is very much like the control that wealth gives over poverty in the physical world. Wealth may be a blessing or a curse; so may knowledge, which is mental wealth.
The wise man will always be master of the fool, for he has a mentality which is capable of demanding respect, and the fool must bow down to that thing which he cannot comprehend.
In every age, a few have come into the realization of nature’s tremendous powers, and in one way or another, legitimate or otherwise, have become temporary wielders of the serpent scepter. As a man can steal money and remain wealthy until the law dispossesses him, so may a black magician steal a certain amount of divine power and manipulate it to the gratification of his own ends until at last his misuse of power destroys him.”