Immortality is being able to live on forever. Gilgamesh wanted immortality because he was afraid to die. It wasn’t uncommon for Mesopotamians to want immortality. It also wasn’t uncommon for kings such as Gilgamesh to also want immortality. To get immortality a person can be granted by the gods to get it or go on a journey to find something that will give them eternal life.
As Campbell said, “When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.” It is revealed to me that the whole quest of Gilgamesh for immortality is not pointless because he became successful in obtaining everlasting life in a sense that his legacy continues to live on. The kingship that the gods bestowed upon him is fulfilled as the people today still remembers and looks up to his unexampled
Topic 2: Socrates and Religious Beliefs Introduction In Phaedo, Socrates asserts a number of claims regarding the existence and nature of the afterlife and the immortality and reincarnation of the soul. I will be contrasting and comparing Socrates beliefs with those of the Jewish faith. Socrates gives four arguments for the immortality of the soul and recounts a myth of the afterlife. Those of the Jewish faith also believe in the immortality and reincarnation of the soul. They believe that the righteous go to the Olam Ba-Ha in the afterlife, a place of spiritual perfection, while the wicked are punished and excluded from the Olam Ba-Ha.
Christian beliefs on immortality are focused on Heaven and God rather than personal exploits. Hrothgar teaches Christian philosophy by saying that wealth given from god should be shared not use to yourselves. "But the Wielder of Men granted me that I should see hanging on the wall a fair, ancient great-sword" (Heaney, 20-21)
The people of Thebe’s really love what she did for her brother and for the city. They show that they love her and her brace actions by giving her the highest honor they could give her. They said, “But when you die, you will be great, you will be equal in memory to the gods, by the glory of your life and death (Line 836-838).” Earlier in the book, we saw how Antigone viewed herself almost as immortal because she didn’t believe anyone could harm her dream. Now, we see that the people of Thebes believe the same thing. They view her as immortal and equal to the gods because of her bravery to do the right thing and her harsh punishment the king sentenced her
Lands with no such natural protection, such as Mesopotamia, were conquered repeatedly by other cultures, absorbing to a degree the social, cultural, and political practices of their conquerors. Comparison of the Sumerian Penitential Prayer,” “...The offence, which I have committed, I know not. The transgression I have done, I know not ...”, to the Egyptian Negative Confession, “… I have wronged none, I have done no evil.” illustrates the vast difference in the religions of Mesopotamia and Egypt. One based on fear, the other on admiration. The Egyptians, far from fearing their gods, worshipped out of gratitude for their blessings.
For example, in a pre-axial civilisation, like ancient Egyptian and ancient Mesopotamia, the land of the God/s was always considered ‘pure’ whilst the land of the living was considered ‘polluted’. This distinction was highly symbolic because it established the boundaries between the two realms. Furthermore, this distinction reinforced the spiritual order as the dominant order because it was portrayed as an ideal image which a pre-axial civilisation
Instead of dealing with that pain, they cultivated a seemingly perfect facade and a seemingly perfect society. The problem with this is, nobody is flawless, even the protagonist of the novel. To make this society perfect, the weight of every struggle in the history of mankind was put on Jonas’s shoulders. But, the only thing that resulted from this was anarchy. From this I learned that although perfection is desirable, it is not attainable.
Because they believed the sun and moon were such holy objects, they held festivals called the New Moon festival in which they remembered all the duties of the moon and sun and how faithful they were to them in their time of need. Along with these beliefs, the Cherokee tribes also believed in an afterlife. They firmly believed in seven heavens, and a person would one day be placed in the level they deserved based on how they lived their life on earth. The levels went from one being the best, where the supreme being was, to seven being the worst where one would live a life of eternal suffering. They looked at life as a gift and knew it was something to treasure.
If you are anything like me that sounded pretty good, and if not, I truthfully don 't know what to tell you, because this is exactly the type of place I would go back to, given the choice. The thought of living with the purpose just to survive, and for your survival to be completely reliant on your ability to provide for yourself is truly fascinating to me. If I could live for one year in any period of time I would most want to live in the Stone Ages. During the Stone Ages there was no religion and no war, and if I am being entirely truthful, that is so liberating from what we have today. I feel as though during the Stone Ages they embraced the fact that all humans’ DNA is 99.9%, even though they were unaware of that science during that time.
The Code of Hammurabi was laws made up by the King of Babylon whose name was, in fact, Hammurabi. His reign started in 1792 BCE and ended in 1750 BCE. He believed that by enacting his 282 laws, life on Earth would become increasingly better for his people. This is because the god of righteousness, which rules over the people of earth, would be pleased, and life on Earth would coincide with the afterlife in Heaven. Ultimately, uniting all of southern Mesopotamia under a centralized government.