I occurs to me that some encouragement for new philosophers is in order. It’s easy to think everything has been said and/or tried. It hasn’t. Most of the best thinkers of the last 2000 years were just people who pondered life. Most latched on to some insight they found from previous centuries and run with it without thinking it through. Ayn Rand was different. She did read all the previous stuff. Most of it can give you a headache. Miss Rand herself had to go all the way back to Aristotle to find anything worth building on. That’s almost 2400 years ago. She identified his flaws. Agreed with the questions he himself was unable to answer and built from there.
So what does a philosopher think about? Global warming? LOL! :). More likely, a philosopher tries to figure out what to do about the hoax. Or how about world peace? We are armed to the teeth and we can’t even protect women from rapists. If any dumb-assed think-tank wants to theorize a solution to something, try that. How are we going to dismantle the bulk of government without anarchy? Any ideas? These are the kind of questions new philosophers will have to tackle.