In ancient Greece and China, philosophy wasn't a matter of theory. It was a matter of daily practice. It was a matter of how a life could be best lived. Through logic, it tried to convince you how you can behave, how you can view life itself. Over the centuries, however, philosophy has gradually gone away from what is relevant in life -- much less using it to live life -- and has seemingly moved toward a discourse on discourses.
Philosophy in modern times has, in essence, made language more important than the life topics language was supposed to support and serve.
We at Sonshi.com believe philosophy goes hand in hand with living life. To boil it all down, philosophy is about answering the two questions: "What do I want to do in my life?" and "What can I do in my life right now?"
Bringing the above questions back to Sun Tzu's The Art of War, the first question asks the heaven. The second question asks the ground. The first can be far away; the second is right in front of you. The first can be an uncontrollable; the second is always a controllable.
The goal is to continually take action to bridge the two answers so that what you want is what you can do in life. There are many ways of doing so. Religions have been formed around these ways. For example, you can reduce your wants and thus be able to bridge the two rather quickly. Or you can leave your wants alone but practice and gain more ability.
Speaking of practice, being a philosopher isn't necessarily the same as being a master of wisdom. It is more about being a student of wisdom. It is about having a love and strong interest in wisdom. A person might fall down, but that person also wants to get back up. That person practices philosophy in everyday life -- laughing, crying, struggling, making mistakes, succeeding -- not only on a podium expounding wisdom learned from others but from the knowledge and experience earned through not shying away from living and learning.
A philosopher lives not perfectly but one who sincerely seeks to live perfectly. Sometimes he or she fails. But always this philosopher succeeds if he or she only controls the controllable. This controllable is invariable controlling yourself.
Therefore, why not take the lead and be a force for happiness all around you today? Why not set the tone and be a source of kindness and strength for those who need both today? Why not build that bridge and have it completed today?