Philosophy goes where hard science can't, or won't. Philosophers have a license to speculate about everything from metaphysics to morality, and this means they can shed light on some of the basic questions of existence.
Manipulation is generally a bad skill to use to get what you want, but sometimes it's justifiable when you have a noble cause. Perhaps you're trying to get someone to live a healthier lifestyle or enjoy an activity with you.
Over the years I've learned dozens of little tricks and insights for making life more fulfilling. They've added up to a significant improvement in the ease and quality of my day-to-day life. But the major breakthroughs have come from a
Philosophy is no more or less than the search for wisdom. It deals with all manner of problems which everyone faces in their lives and by thought and logic attempts to solve them. Since we live in a terrifically complex universe lots of philosophy is...
"Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot."
"I don't have a solution but I admire the problem."
"Once I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken."
"If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done."