Why does philosophy matter? And in what sense does it matter?
Philosophy at the macro level matters because it’s empirical. It builds upon itself and provides a framework for how we can approach critical thinking. It’s a meta-discipline that informs many (if not all other) disciplines.
Philosophy at the personal level arguably matters more because it informs our worldview and gives us the opportunity to turn our vision inward. It grants us the ability to really check-in with ourselves and get a better sense of whether or not what we perceive and what we think are at all grounded in reality.
What’s discussed far less often among people engaged in this process is how to work through the conflict that arises as a result. Contrasting one’s worldview with reality is where much of the initial rewarding work occurs. “The magic” happens in the spaces where new insight and deliberate action collide.