The word comes from two Greek words. The first if philios or the love that is regarded as brotherly love. The second is sophia, which means wisdom. Everyone has their own version of wisdom even if it is foolish.
I came across this in Pascal’s Pensées,
“To make light of philosophy is to be a true philosopher.”In a sense I think Pascal is saying that the guy sitting out on the porch talking about what is wrong with the world is more of a philosopher than the guy with a Ph.D. who uses big words and convoluted arguments to say the same thing. One is trying to communicate. The other might also be trying but often is more concerned with impressing other people with Ph.D.’s.
You are a philosopher and, according to Pascal, you might be a better one than the guy at the university.
Pascal's Pensées, a download from Project Gutenberg, Kindle location 300-301.
homo unius libri