American Ethicist, Media Critic, Political Analyst, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Humanities Department at Indian River State College, President of the Institute of Critical Thinking
There is something morally repugnant about claiming to support a war that involves the destruction of thousands of human lives unless you are truly committed to the cause this war advances. One test to see how committed you really are, is whether you would sacrifice your own life for it or the lives of others whom you love. If not, then you have no business underwriting others sacrificing their lives for the same cause. Those who fail this test are clearly hypocrites. Unfortunately, in America, there are a substantial number of such pseudo-patriots. Sitting behind the wheel, these bumper-sticker patriots take it slow, but play fast and furious with the lives of others. Safety first, at least for themselves -- unfortunately not for the service men and women who dodge land mines and the fire of automatic weapons in the hellish war that these "safe" drivers support.
I became aware that the utility of philosophy for ordinary life was in the rigors of its rational, commonsense approach.
Philosophical thinking is logical thinking, and psychological problems are often rooted in the inability of people to think logically about problems of living.