Faith is the root of many actions and thereby reactions in our society, and world today. These religious practices must go through many trials and questionings from the always cynical, ever searching individuals. Due to the questioning of God’s existence, St. Thomas Aquinas and Anselm devised three arguments as was of explanation for His existence. Ontological, cosmological and teleological arguments are put forth to hopefully one day prove God’s existence. We are a people who crave for simplicity, there is nothing simple about the devout in their faith, we will look to find simpler explanations, or Ockham’s razor, for the three arguments put forth by Aquinas and Anselm.
Life is the most simple and the most complicated thing throughout the whole universe. Every single day people are looking for meaning in their lives. However, not many people are able to find out what the meaning of their life really is. Some believe that there are multiple meanings for each person’s life. In the following books, each of the main characters are looking for the meaning in their own lives: The Catcher in the Rye, Into the Wild, In Cold Blood, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Dana Cheng Mrs. Williams English 1 2/25/2017 Have you ever wonder about your future as kids? When I was little, I imagine the life of being a photographer who travel to remarkable places to take stunning pictures, a successful artist who paint astonishing images and living a lavish lifestyle or an astrophysicist who get to experienced the vastness of the universe. Many of us don't achieve or give up our dreams due to the environment or change in personal interest. Based on the research, there's only 23 percent of people ends up with their dream job and Paul Kalanithi is one of them. Paul Kalanithi is both the protagonist and the author of When Breath Becomes Air.
In Lara Buchak’s essay, Can It Be Rational to Have Faith? , she asserts that everyday faith statements and religious faith statements share the same attributes. She later states that in order to truly have faith, a person ceases to search for more evidence for their claim, and that having faith can be rational. Although she makes compelling arguments in favor of faith in God, this essay is more hearsay and assumption than actual fact. In this paper, you will see that looking for further evidence would constitute not having faith, but that having faith, at least in the religious sense, is irrational.
In Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, there are scenes that trick the audience into thinking that it will give them the movie’s view on the meaning of life. The film, however, never actually gives the audience a real, serious answer to the questions that relate to life’s meaning; by doing this, the people who created the film probably wanted the audience to make up their own views and answers to life’s meanings and purposes (a loosely defined meaning of existentialism). In existentialism, existentialists reject proposed systems that have a definitive answer to the questions involving the meaning and purpose of life; they freely choose standards of values on the human condition, which asks questions, like “Why am I here,” “What does it mean to be human,” or “How should I live my life?” According to Mitchell’s Roots of Wisdom, the idea of existentialism “emphasizes the uniqueness and freedom of the human person as an individual (what makes each life a unique, personal experience) as opposed to the essence of a human being (what makes all of us alive).”
During the struggle of having a meaningful life, an individual must be able to define what is meaningful and how to obtain it. In the story excerpt “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert, the protagonist, Alma, explores the part of her childhood where she breaks away from routine and makes the decision to make the most of the moment. To contrast, the poem “Atrophy” by Julia Copus explores the outcome of people who do not make the most of their lives and are stuck thinking of their wasted potential. An individual must routinely reconcile their past and present to obtain the power to make autonomous choices in order to create a meaningful life before the opportunity to grasp this power reaches its expiration date.
Content The concept of life and death cannot exist without one another. This topic is widely discussed throughout the book When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. This memoir explores Paul’s indeterminate definition of death as he passes through distinct stages of his life. As Paul progresses through each stage, he views death differently as he transforms from a student to a neurosurgeon, neurosurgeon to a patient, and eventually becoming a father, where he needed to take full responsibilities. The most important thing in life to him is illustrated the clearest as the book comes to an end, where Kalanithi explains how human knowledge is dependent on our roles and status in our society.
Seung Woo Lee Ms.Aubrey World Literature September 11, 2014 World Literature Paper To many, the meaning of of life is a constant cycle of searching and failing. Many have attempted to ascertain the true value and meaning of life. People repeatedly question the purpose of life.
First, the writer assumes that the narratives he presents to his reader connects him on a personal level with them. Instead, they make his argument unreliable. Also, although the use of voice in one’s writing is commendable, the author’s writing reads as too comfortable, leading to unprofessionalism. Adding on, when he presents solutions to end the national drug problem, he fails to give explanation to the reader, completely invalidating his
Life, the longest trial of mortality any human will experience. Many people spend their entire lives trying to differentiate themselves. Most people do not understand the following: love, life, and death. Whether we are trying to cure a disease or break a world record, we will find a way. However, I would like to pose a question.
The reader can acknowledge how Singer believes that the primary source of living a meaningful life, is love. Within his novel, the Pursuit of Love, Irving Singer discusses how love is the central definition of what meaning is, as well as further analyzes how love is not a desire to be loved. Nonetheless, Irving Singer would claim that life is not meaningless because humans search for meaning within all aspects of our existence. By solely being alive, individuals find the things that matter to them; therefore, whatever we as individuals believe “matters,” is a prerequisite for our life because it will bring happiness. Irving Singer’s optimistic theories make him an ideal philosopher because he offers an immense amount of insight by discussing how we can add meaning to our lives.