Friendly Philosophies: Behind the Thoughts

I guess some of you might be wondering, why did you randomly decide to write a book? Well, there are many factors but a good friend once told me that I have a lot of weird ideas and I should write them down sometime. This offhand comment stuck with me and after thinking it over for years, I finally decided that I should do something about it. I was finishing up university for the summer and suddenly had a lot of time on my hands so I started making a list of productive things I could do over the summer, as you do… or at least as you do when you are a bit odd and can’t quite stand the thought of not doing anything. One of my list items was to write about one random subject a day, no research, no prompts, just write whatever thoughts came to mind and see how they developed.

I was discussing this project with my friend and he seemed really into it so I asked him if perhaps he wanted to participate as well and, hence, the concept of Friendly Philosophies was born. We started getting each other excited about how fun it would be to revisit these topics in 10 years to see how our ideas have evolved. We joked about handing the compilation of ideas over to someone we were dating as a way of helping them get to know us. All of a sudden, it didn’t seem that crazy anymore, having a collection of writings that let people in to our deepest of thoughts, whether they were brilliant or embarrassing. We decided, f- it, let’s publish a book! And so we set to work.

Each day over the summer we wrote one page on a different subject randomly selected from a list of topics we had chosen. We didn’t read each other’s writing in order to try to stay as “neutral” as possible, not influencing each other’s thoughts. It was cathartic, it was fun, it was something I looked forward to doing each day. I would get so excited about all of the ideas that came flowing out when I sat down to write that I could barely contain myself when meeting up with friends. I had an urge to discuss the topics I had been writing about, hear their opinions, and we always came to new ideas, sometimes exploring questions I had never thought of before. I didn’t change my writing afterwards as this would stray from my original vision but, rather, I took it as “proof of concept” – discussing my crazy outlook on life with people, discussing this book, created intellectually stimulating and rewarding conversations. It made me excited for the book’s release and optimistic about the potential of creating meaningful discourse between people.