I have a passion for philosophy and I am thinking of ways to turn that into a career. I thought about becoming a suicide counselor, someone who talks depressed people out of killing themselves. The reason I'm considering this path is because I'm an existential philosopher like Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Camus. And as such I hold strong beliefs about the meaning of life, and what makes life worth living. My ultimate goal would be to try and convince these poor folks that whatever is bothering them isn't worth their lives, and there are other more effective ways to deal with it. But how useful of a tool can philosophy be for this purpose? I know I was depressed and suicidal before studying philosophy. But thats me. Not everyone sees things the way I do and people who are depressed enough to want to end their lives are probably not in a good mental state for reasoning with. What motivates me when I'm feeling down is eudaimonia and virtue ethics, wanting to live a good life and being the best person I can possibly be. But these concepts seem too abstract to explain to someone not too familiar with philosophy. I have a problem solving kind of mind and everyone has a different strategy for attacking a bad situation, but how can I be sure mine is the right one?

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