Philosophy, somewhat like religion, has been interested in understanding the nature of the universe and humanities’ place within it. In its early inception, it had many overlapping areas of investigation and discourse with that of religious inquiry. Eventually, philosophy started to focus more on ontology, metaphysics and other scientific issues and left morality primarily with the church to deal with.
Philosophy, in attempting to promote new ideas and theories, often became a mechanism of indoctrination and coercive tactics that led to different degrees of elitism, prejudice, colonialism, nationalism and even the motives for many wars and conflict with other cultures. Philosophy was also destined to elevate humanity to a superior status and to demote nature and its animal offspring to a subservient role on the planet.
Having read a variety of philosophical works over the years, I have concluded that the majority of philosophers were sincere and ethical in their inquiries and proclamations, despite that some of their ideas caused disastrous ideological shifts in perception that led to significant negative outcomes as I have described in the section on philosophy. Also, many of their ideas were expediently re-interpreted for the justification of self-interests that were often directed at the acquisition of power and wealth.
Any discipline that concerns itself with beliefs, attitudes and values is bound to have a plethora of ideas and opinions that take time to get sorted out as to which are viable as opposed to which are not. During this process of evaluation and trial and error, many true and false interpretations are likely to emerge that can lead to problems in the execution of its new premises. This becomes either a blessing or a curse depending on the eventual outcomes.
I think that philosophy is a very important aspect of inquiry into the affairs of humankind and should continue to be employed for the betterment of society; however, caution should be taken in introducing new concepts such that they are well explained so that anyone can understand their premises and conclusions. Philosophical linguistics can be very user unfriendly, especially for those not accustomed to the jargon and rigorous mental energy needed to engage in many of these types of dialogues. Personal responsibility should also be taken when teaching or implementing philosophical ideas so the outcomes are productive and ethical. Also, philosophy, having taken on such an important role in furthering the plight of humanity, should make every effort to adhere to the highest ethical standards in its discipline and practice.