Why are here? What is the meaning of our lives? Are they futile? Such questions have been pondered upon ever since people were capable of intelligent thinking. Many schools of philosophical thought have tried to answer them, each in their own ways. Most of these philosophy sects have tried to explain, from their perspective, what the point of existence is. The Atzecs said that the ultimate meaning in life was to live a perfectly balanced life between nature and humans, and to allow ‘energy’ to flow from generation to generation. On the other hand, the Tibetans have said that the goal of existence is to end all suffering. In Station Eleven, by Emily Rand, characters struggle to find a common ground on why they are living. While for some, living is simply survival, for others, such as Kirsten, living needs to be more. In the post-apocalyptic wasteland presented in Station Eleven, and in general, I think that the very point of life is to find that common ground between you and others.
His first is that there is doubt when it comes to anything being bad for a person unless is causes some sort of displeasure to that person. Someone needs to mind the deprivation of life in order for it to be evil. Nagel’s second problem is that when somebody dies, how is there a misfortune? There is no longer a person left so they are unable to experience it so who would experience the misfortune from it? Lastly he presents a third problem which is that if the period of our nonexistence before our birth was not bad, then our nonexistence with death should not be bad either. He then offers a response to each of these problems. For the first, he states that good or bad things that happen to people do not always occur in their present state and therefore just because they do not directly experience it, it can still affect the person. He then objects to the second problem by saying that even though the person that died did not survive, they can still experience misfortune because if they did not die they would have continued to enjoy their life before their death. Lastly, he objects the third problem and explains that the period of nonexistence before birth does not deprive us of anything as death deprives us of the time we could have been living. He clearly shows that there is a difference between these two periods of nonexistence. Nagel goes on to examine that if we live a full life to 100 years, is it really a misfortune? We all know we are going to die so could it really be a misfortune? He also gives the example that people often go through a time of pain before dying and know that death is going to happen soon and he argues that if this is the case, we could still fear
Have you ever wondered why life was created and what your purpose is? Well, you probably have, you just don’t remember it. We ask ourselves a variety of questions every day. It might be a simple or hard question you are facing throughout the day, but the answer is the main thing you need to remember. The meaning of life is more than just a simple question like the others we ask ourselves. If you have read the book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass then you would know not everyone has the same answer to that question. Everyone has different thoughts and answers, but Daniel Fink’s answer is the best solution to the problem. His answer is unique and very creative. He embraces his life and lives it to the fullest. Daniel Fink’s
The Sylvia Plath effect is the phenomenon that poets are more susceptible to mental illness than other creative writers. The term was coined in 2001 by psychologist James C. Kaufman. Although many studies (e.g., Andreasen, 1987; Jamison, 1989; Ludwig, 1995) have demonstrated that creative writers are prone to suffer from mental illness, this relationship has not been examined in depth. This early finding has been dubbed "the Sylvia Plath effect", and implications and possibilities for future research are discussed. Kaufman 's work further demonstrated that female poets were more likely to suffer from mental illness than any other class of writers. In addition, female poets were more likely to be mentally ill than other
Life 's meaning is a personal journey: Atheist around the world find consolation in these words, as it is more important to live the life you know, instead of worrying about the one that is not guaranteed. Dr. Ronnegard, the author of this article has found out at the age of 37 that he has stage 4 lung cancer, causing him to look back at his life and wonder, what will he leave behind? The paper explains why living an irrational life is more painful and unnecessary, and claims that the best way live is through the Humanist approach and looking at life subjectively.
The definition of what is worthwhile to a person is inherently unquantifiable, as it relies on a return on investment that is difficult to tease out as directly related to an input. Questioning whether life's choices have meaning allows for the deeper question of if life itself is worthwhile, as life is lived through our choices. In order for life to be worthwhile, one's life must not be self-contained. This would be demonstrated by a tangible effect present after one's life. The conclusion made by society has shifted over time, but ultimately favored life as meaningful. The strongest proponent of this position is the societal institution of religion. It argues that not only is life meaningful, but god-given, and thus must not be questioned. Life's choices, however, are based in one's belief about their own life, and thus one must analyze if their investments in life give equal, and thus worthwhile, returns.
Victor Frankl, a holocaust survivor, wrote the book, Man’s Search for Meaning, which tells the story of his life in multiple concentration camps during World War II. Frankl uses his book to teach his audience how to find meaning through suffering and how to learn from it. In his book, Frankl states, “Man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life…This meaning is unique and specific in that it must be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance which will satisfy his own will to meaning” (Frankl, p. 99). Through the book, Man’s Search for Meaning, we can better understand and compare Meno’s search for the definition of virtue in Plato’s Meno dialogue. In this essay, we will first look at Frankl’s
Judaism and Hinduism have many things in common. Both ancient religions believe in a higher power and both began as being specific to a certain region before later expanding in the late 19th century, with Judaism originating in Egypt and Hinduism taking its roots in India. With that being said, there are also several differences between the two religions. Hindus believe that we are reborn from a previous life until we achieve “oneness”, which is the unity of all beings with the Divine. Jews, on the other hand, believe that we are created in God’s image with the capacity to either be good or evil. Both religions have a rich background and beautiful cultures. It would be impossible to understand the contrast between Judaism and Hinduism without
Existentialism is a cultural movement that flourished in Europe in the 1940s and 1950s. It may be defined as the philosophical theory which holds that a further set of categories, governed by the norm of authenticity, is necessary to grasp human existence. To approach existentialism in this categorical way may seem to conceal what is often taken to be its “heart” (Kaufmann, 1968), namely, its character as a gesture of protest against academic philosophy, its anti-system sensibility, its flight from the “iron cage” of reason (Crowell, 2004). Existentialism has many different themes, one of which is Freedom and Choice.
What is the meaning of life? The majority of people have once asked this question. However, the inquiry of life is only a central idea that branches out to an infinite amount of questions. Without answering all the questions life derives, one can never understand what it means to live. Therefore, people are sometimes puzzled about the meaning of life because they don’t have answers to all the questions. In order to find reasons in living, some people confront a different question that directly reflects how they live their life. What is death – the afterlife or the absence of life? This question is much easier to answer than the question of life because nobody clearly knows what death is. It’s one of the questions derived from life yet it mirrors the question of life. Thus, People start to give explanations to death, and their perception of death dictates how they live. The method of pursuing an
Thomas Nagel’s conclusion is that death is not an evil for the person who has deceased, but rather for others. He begins his argument by attempting to establish whether death is to be considered as an “evil”, how great this “evil” may be, and of what kind it may possess. If the permanent end to our existence is death, would it be considered a bad thing? That is the fundamental question that Nagel asks and thus explores by formulating two distinct hypotheses. The first of these hypotheses is that death robs us of life, which is all that we have, therefore is the worst possible fate and makes death a certain evil. Loss of life is to be considered an evil because it is the end of our sensations; being alive and having cognizant experiences is a positive state
Life is a very precious thing to have. Every person begins his or her life new, innocent, and curious. As people grow up, they gain a lot of experiences and knowledge, which may or may not be useful to them when they reach early adulthood and start living in the “real world.” Whether it be good or bad, these experiences help tell the story, more specifically the life, of an individual. At one point in every person’s life, there comes a time for reminiscence of these experiences, but why do we have these experiences in the first place? Why do we exist? Does it have any meaning or purpose? The movie Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life attempts to answer these questions and express these meanings and purposes of life by touching mainly on two
I remember when I was little girl and I would always ask myself what the meaning of life is and is they’re really a god. But I was never able to answer my own questions until now. I was born and raised in a Christian household and we was taught never to ask questions of that of nature or doubt our faith. The world is the way it is because that is how god made it. I’m quite religious, so I tend to find meaning in life through service and allegiance to god. We all have our personal thoughts and view of philosophy of life.
I believe people over think this question too much, I mean I get it, the question itself is vague and arises other questions. Even the word "meaning ", makes you think. But if we mean "the purpose of life. Then to me it 's not complex at all. The meaning of life is whatever we choose it to be. We are in control of given our life meaning, it 's all a matter of perspective. If you decided you want to live your life a certain way and that way makes you happy, then you 're given your life meaning. The meaning of life to me is just to live a healthy, happy, honest lifestyle. A life I can look back at and feel proud of. I love being someone people can look up to, so I work really hard to make myself and others happy. I take much pride in being a good daughter, sister, and friend. I do things that I know deep down inside gives my life purpose, and a few of those things are caring for people, inspiring, learning and helping animals. The meaning of life is complex and a touchy subject for many but to me the simple answer is simply this: the meaning of life is