Wikipedia and Philosophy

The vast majority of Wikipedia paths lead to philosophy.

It turns out that if one searches almost anything on Wikipedia, and then clicks on the first link in the definition that is not in the parentheses, one is eventually led to the Wikipedia entry on philosophy. Here are a few examples:

pizza → oven → HVAC → mechanical engineering → engineering → science → knowledge → fact → proven → sufficient → logic → reason → consciousness → quality → property → modern philosophy → philosophy

dance → art → human behavior → behavior → organism → biology → natural science → science → knowledge → fact → proven → sufficient → logic → reason → consciousness → quality → property → modern philosophy → philosophy

love → affection → disposition → habit → unconscious mind → mind → cognitive → science → knowledge → fact → proven → sufficient → logic → reason → consciousness → quality → property → modern philosophy → philosophy

What does this interesting finding say about philosophy? The reason why I am currently pondering about this is because I will start teaching philosophy to undergraduates next semester, and I thought that it would be fun and fruitful to share this fact with my future students. In the process of trying to guess what my students would say, I realized that I was not even sure if there was an answer that I was looking for. What would my answer be if I were in their shoes?

It says that philosophy is the abstraction of all things.

It says that philosophy is the study of the understanding of the nature of anything and everything.

It says that philosophy is the beginning of all knowledge.

I am not satisfied with any of these answers, and perhaps there is no right one. Nonetheless, I hope that it sparks a flame of curiosity in my future students.