In a world of practical considerations, things which cannot be quantified are often ignored. But, following Aristotle, many think that the value of thinking abstractly has the benefit of character formation. If so, it is at our peril, including in terms of practical benefits, that we ignore ideas and philosophies which are not immediately relevant to daily life.
"Plato said the unexamined life isn't worth living," Kurt Vonnegut once quipped, "But what if the examined life turns out to be kind of a clunker as well?"
In his closing post on Big Think's Why Philosophize?, bestselling philosophical author Thomas Cathcart raises some good reasons why not to philosophize, but he and we must find them ultimately unconvincing, for they ignore the fact that the very act of questioning and thinking reasonably improves our characters, which fact has been intuitively obvious to nearly every great mind for this or any other time.