Just thinking is not going to help; it is a luxury. You can rest and you can think and you can spin theories and you can make castles in Spain and you can dream beautiful dreams. These are all childish.
But if you can be logical, if you can be consistent with words, if you have a certain capacity and skill with words you can feel very much satisfied. You can start feeling that you have the key, that you know.
The pet shop delivery boy was not exactly the brightest lad in the world. One day he was asked to deliver a pet rabbit to Mrs Jones, Route 2, Box 4.
“You had better write that down in case I forget it,” said the boy.
Slipping the address into his pocket he started off on his errand. Every few minutes he glanced at the address and said, “I know where I’m going: Mrs Jones, Route 2, Box 4.”
Everything went smoothly until he hit a crater in the road. The truck he was driving landed in a ditch and the rabbit began to run for its life across an open field.
The boy stood there laughing uproariously. When asked by a passer-by what was so funny he said, “Did you see that crazy rabbit running across that field? He doesn’t know where he’s going because I’ve got the address in my pocket.”
All philosophy is like that. It is not concerned with reality. Philosophers think they know the address of God. They don’t know, all they know is rubbish. It is all their own fantasy. To know God one has to become religious.
There are only two ways to know the reality: if you are interested in the objective reality, become a scientist; if you are interested in the subjective reality, become religious. That’s why philosophy is disappearing by and by. In the future there is a possibility that there may be no philosophy at all, or it may only be in the madhouses.
Science has taken the bigger part of it. Many questions that used to be thought philosophical are philosophical no longer. Science has taken them over, they don’t have any philosophy about them anymore. Science knows the exact answer. Philosophy can exist only in the twilight when the exact answer is not known. So the major part, the objective part, has been taken over by science. And the other part, the other half, has always been taken by the mystics – the Sufis, the Hasids, the Zen people.
Philosophy is dying. Now it has nothing to think about. The mystic knows what subjective reality is and the scientist knows what objective reality is – what is left for the philosopher? There is nothing much left. Philosophy has no future. It had a glorious past, but it has no future. Out of philosophy, two systems have arisen which are more relevant: science and religion.