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  1. Absolutely no need. The famous philosophical schools of antiquity were open to candidates over 35 years of age. The boys were taught to write, read, speak in public and play musical instruments, as well as sports. Then they trained in military affairs and served in the army. And after serving, they could marry and go to study with philosophers, if they wanted. In the Jewish Kabbalistic tradition, family adults from 35-40 years of age are also accepted for training from ancient times to the present day.�

    Schoolchildren and young people in general do not need to study philosophy or even read it. Up to 30-35 years old, they know everything better than anyone else. And all the incomprehensible things are considered radical nonsense. This generally applies to any sciences, in principle. The development of civilization and technological progress forced people to train their young animals earlier, so that they were included in the working life – the life span was simply short, and the qualifications needed were increasingly high.�

    But now this is no longer necessary and not necessary. And each next generation grows up later than the previous one. Now is the time to start admitting students back to school in their 20s and universities in their 30s. All the same, they know everything better than anyone else before the age of 30, and by the age of 30 they are just ready to learn.

  2. So don't read it. Is someone forcing you? What's the point of wasting your time on something that seems either delusional or banal to you? There will be no sense from such reading, it is better to spend time reading what something is learned from. Or at least entertains. Read books on materials science or notes on Sherlock Holmes.

    And in philosophy-look at another time with a different baggage and experience, maybe you will see something interesting. If not, just leave it altogether. I don't suffer from the fact that I don't understand anything about ballet. 🙂

  3. What seems to us to be “radical nonsense” is not always true. It's just that there are many things we may not understand,and it's always easier to say it's “nonsense” than to try to understand them,especially in things like philosophy.
    Nothing personal,but your comment about :”Everything is either nonsense,or I already know it myself” sounds like youthful maximalism.

    The point of philosophy is that it gives you raw material, and you either accept the author's point of view,or you don't accept it and work out your own . This is like a good exercise for the brain, plus it develops your horizons. It's a sin to refuse such a thing.
    Another thing is that many philosophers express their thoughts in a very “specific” way, and it is not always possible to understand them and learn anything from them for yourself, especially given the fact that they are translated into your language from the original.

  4. You need to study philosophy in order not to run into the same rake that smart people have already passed. In order not to wrinkle the convolutions in trying to find answers to questions that have already been solved for a long time.

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