My name is Tsholofelo Pooe and welcome to my blog. I am a husband to one amazing wife. A father of one. A disciple of Jesus Christ who is convinced by faith and reason that He is who He claimed to be. An aspiring amateur polymath with a curiosity limited only by time and resources. With one degree in chemical engineering and one in philosophy, politics and economics – engineering is how I make my living, philosophy is how I make it worth living.
Boammaaruri is a word that means truth in Setswana, one of South Africa’s languages. Human beings are unique in that we are rational animals as Aristotle put it; or as the bible eloquently describes us we are made in the image of God. We have the capacity for knowledge and truth; the capacity for self-consciousness to stand back and judge our actions and ends. Our true vocation as human beings can only lie in knowing the truth about reality. Where are we from? Does God exist? How should we live? What is the good life? What is our ultimate destiny? We cannot help but live in a way that reflects our answers to these questions. “The human condition”, philosopher Dallas Willard once said, “is to find an adequate basis for human action and knowledge”. To live and act is thrust upon us the moment we are conceived, however, how we will order our actions and lives is an open question which we can answer thoughtfully and intentionally or superficially.
Socrates famously said, “the unexamined life is not worth living”. It is easy to divert our attention from thinking hard, truthfully and with integrity about things that matter. I reached a point where I was suddenly shaken from my slumber and realized I was in a cave. Like the people in Plato’s allegory of the cave where they had been chained to a wall and spent their whole lives watching shadows and thinking they were seeing reality; I realized I had not examined the presuppositions that governed my worldview.
This blog is an intellectual travel diary of sorts documenting my pursuit and exploration of the truth – truth simply as knowledge of how things really are whether in philosophy, theology, science, politics and society.