Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Personally, Philosophy opened up my mind to the world around me, made me more socially aware of the ways society is impacting on me and the interpretive ways I negotiate my roles in society. Everyone should have the opportunity to delve into it a little- even if it's just to make them aware of where society is now with regard to Weberianism and other conflict/consensus theories. I'd much rather be educated and aware of my society and all its good and bad points- rather than walking around in some false conscious stupor.
Studying Philosophy changes your worldview immensely. The world becomes penetrable by insight. Meaning becomes an abstract structural thing and not a fuel for your life. Whatever comes up, you imagine the great causal chains wich supports, but also holds back, people. An analytical mind can be a burden, but also a liberator. When you see the chains you can start freeing yourself from them. I can't detach myself from the problems I see because of how deeply I identify with Kantian philosophy. When I do, it is not for very long. I feel like I'm doing an injustice to both myself and society to just ignore all these things.
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Advice for students:
In my opinion, the only way to work with the feelings that this course can bring up is to make appropriate boundaries for what you can and cannot do and that you only have responsibility for what you can reasonably handle. I.E. it's not up to you to end all of the world's poverty but if it's an issue that disturbs you, work in a context that you can help without losing yourself.