Discoveries within an individual’s life involve a notion of duality, presenting challenging obstacles, however acting as a catalyst to the maturing of one’s perspective. Both, Ang Lee’s film The Life of Pi and poet, Robert Frost’s Road Not Taken, explore this concept as Lee portrays the astray protagonist, Pi Patel, as he experiences a development in his personal identity as well as a spiritual internal conflict, whereas, Frost conveys the indecisiveness of human nature and creates a notion of choices having consequences. In nuanced way, the two texts underpin that undergoing the challenges are necessary to enlighten an individual’s mindset. Firstly, Lee suggests a physical challenge the astray protagonist faces as he is cast into the barren
He believes that to be living you must die at some point, so they cannot continue to rotate on the wheel of life. However, he wants to be on the wheel and change and grow old like everything else. Everyone is growing and changing, but they are staying the same, forever! These examples show that when you live for eternity, you will be stuck and longing to change. Miles is an example of a loss of friends and family.
Billy Pilgrim was an ex-soldier who had experienced very harsh events which caused him to get stuck in time and revisit them. Revisiting time can cause one to ignore and find the mishaps and the happiness of life meaningless. Tralfamadorians’s ideas of this phrase was that even though one can die, events in that person’s life can be visited many times only through the invention of time travel. Being unstuck in time, Billy can visit the many events in his life including his death. Due to being unstuck in time makes Billy careless about the importance of life, death, and time.
How does the question relate to existential themes such as the significance and individuation of pain and suffering, the notion of authenticity and the absurd search for meaning in a finite world? • From an existential point of view, the Eternal Recurrence is a that everything inside the universe is reccuring. It measures the authenticity of our lives and makes us aware of it. Authenticity makes us ask the question “what really matters”, which relates in a way to the main question of the Eternal Recurrence, which
The first objection being, anything that causes dissatisfaction can be an evil yet how can the end of life be evil if no one is dissatisfied. Second, once someone is dead there is nothing left, so who is there to suffer? Third, if the time before we were born wasn’t horrible how can the period after death be? His replies to these objections are as follows. The experiences of a person whether they are bad or good can depend on their history, not just the current state there in.
The Phaedo states that the best for humanity is foremost to have never been born, and secondly if you are alive, the second best is to “dies, as quickly as possible.” This phenomena has Socratic irony in the sense that that what is best for current humanity is not achievable since we are mortal and currently living. Our mortality is our greatest limit. This poises the question that, since there is no way of achieving this divine wisdom and being alive, then are we trapped by this limitation? Furthermore are we trapped by
Today i think we treat our elderly completely different. Today we try to keep everyone alive for as long as we can. We give them medicine or even get special help for the elders of today. Even though we all know that everyone is going to die it seems as though we try to forget that. I even think that even if it may be someone 's time to go we just won 't let them go.
Steve Jobs’ assertion, “ Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart,” is valid because by remembering that in the end, we will all die. We should not contain our way of thinking and how we want to live life. By remembering that life is short, our minds will begin to think differently and perceive life differently.
There is a phrase that describes the predominant swirl of philosophies that surround a thinking being: the philosophical environment. In like manner, Joseph Campbell stated in “The Hero’s Journey” that “Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be” (Campbell). Campbell elucidates the key to understanding meaning in life: the meaning we bring to life is shaped by our
In chapter 5, “The Problem of Personal Identity” from Problems of Philosophy, authors James and Stuart Rachels discuss the everlasting wonders of what makes you, you. Rachels speaks about the question, of who we are and how we define our identity. The chapter discusses theories that philosophers have come up with to help us get a better understanding of what defines us and gives us an identity. The authors described the theories like The Bundle-Theory, The Same-Body Theory, and The Memory Theory and examined the argument and counter argument.