I have been focused all my life on living what I consider to be a moral life. Up until recently, I thought this to be the most important thing to focus your mental energy on, and perhaps ultimately it is. That is, once you have enough money to make a living. What does it mean to live morally? Does it mean you walk around quoting Descartes and Plato in an attempt to prove to others how moral you are. Of course not. It means you live your life according to what YOU think it means to be a moral person. Ancient philosophers can help guide you to what they believe to be a moral life, which can be helpful, but ancient philosophers are just that, ancient.
What you must remember when reading philosophy is that all philosophers are a product of the times that they live in. For example, if a man lives during a period of anarchy and chaos, he will most likely describe the human condition as such, as opposed to the man who lives in the 20th century and can clearly see the outline of the societies in which we live.
So read, but remain mindful of where that person comes from, and possible biases that may affect their view on this world. If you want to read some interesting new philosophy which focuses on the expansion of the mind through the depletion of the ego, check out "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle. It is an eye opening book to say the least...
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