I came across this forum and found it helpfull to me.I am a Chinese and live in China.I read and think of philosophy a lot.Though I intend to do mathematics research as my occupation,I think the real thing worth doing is philosophy. I am telling you what you may find nonsense.I wright it in the purpose of find some one to communicate.(In China,people just laugh at you if you talk about philosophy with them.) I think philosophy is "seeking freedom" only,with nothing to do with knowledge.Or knowledge is worth seeking only in the sense of that it helps seeking liberty of the mind.It is the knowledge of a freeman,not a slave.I think that,for some unknown reason,we do have some knowledge of practice which has been making it easier to survive on the earth.But mind(or soul) is still a mystery.What is freedom ?You may ask.The satisfaction you my find in math problem solving or new math theory discovery is not a experience of freedom,but slavery.And I can not tell what is that freedom now.For the mysery of mind is for beyoud words can tell.You may get it at the end of my words. I always feel tow of me,one alway intend to act in accordence of custom and my own habit and find itself content doing study better than orthers,the other always feel everything meaningless and a waist of time saying to itself "What are you doing?All these are only making you a slave and blinding you from the light of truth.Others are slaves as well ,so leave them and find a quiet place to think of what is the real thing to do-there must be a far better way that you do not know yet to live your life."And that leave me with no peace.The only demon that disturb my peace is the sense of "a better way of acting and thinking that do exist but not known to me yet".And I call the tempt to drive away that demon and get real peace "philosophy",and I call that peace that has not come to me yet "freedom". Written in careless thinking.Reply will be welcome.