When I was young, ‘philosophy’ was one of those many long and difficult words that I didn’t understand – only old funny-duddies used it. Now, I am a doctor of philosophy and the word has become my friend. So what changed?

I realised I liked learning.

This is the essence of philosophy. To some extent, we are all philosophers. As young children, we learn to shout, cry and scream to get a response from parents. We quickly find out what kind of noise gets the desired response. This is a type of wisdom: using new knowledge to reach a sensible goal. You see, you really don’t have to be an old funny-duddy to show a capacity for philosophy and wisdom!

In the toy world of Lufianblid, the animals learn to listen. They learn to think. They start asking questions.

In the human world of Felacynn, the humans assume they have all the answers. They want to use their knowledge – and not always for the well-being of the world.

Which world do you think has the greater philosophers?

As you read the story, you’ll find yourself saying, “But why do they want to do that?”, and “Why don’t they just …?”

I won’t give you all the answers, because I want you to find them out for yourself. I’m sure if you read the book, you’ll be able to discuss possible answers with family and friends – and perhaps find more info on the Net.

So, have fun with philosophy: learn to love to learn!

I do hope you enjoy the story,

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P.S. Have a look at some of the quizzes. Ask your friends about them.

There's more than one way to see the world

It’s difficult to see this map and not be provoked into asking questions and making observations. The obvious question is “Why is the world upside down?” Well, it isn’t. You are simply making the assumption that this map should be printed like nearly all other maps – with north at the top. But why? Some people may make comparisons with what they know about the world: “India can’t be that small!”, or “Wow, look at the size of Russia!”. In the world of Lufianblid, the toys will make the humans of Felacynn (and perhaps you, too) question their assumptions.

If you go to this website, you’ll learn more about the map and why north is normally at the top of modern maps. These enquiry skills you can also enjoy while reading Lufianblid: Which of the statements on global warming are true? Who might have said them? Are the proposals put forward by the Lufians feasible? What would you do in this situation? Have fun with these thoughts and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a philosopher!
McArthur’s 1979 map: How the north ended up on top of the map. (n.d.). Retrieved December 3, 2016, from http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/2/maps-cartographycolonialismnortheurocentricglobe.html
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