The travesty of Genocide has tragically claimed both his innocence and childhood prematurely. When the young child is hung for all the Jews to see he no longer tries to conjure or repeal god, Elie simply thinks to himself, “He [God] is hanging here in the gallows” (Wiesel 65).Elie
Elie Wiesel illustrates the difficulty in having faith when there is no sun shining through darkness of living. When something as horrific as The Holocaust is occurring, it is only a matter of time until the sufferers question their protectors. For Elie Wiesel this idea comes into fruition as he approaches a fire to be cremated and just before he is murdered, the Germans forced Elie and the Jews who followed him into barracks (Wiesel 33-34). After he has experienced being faced with death, he writes, “Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself.
Death is an inevitable topic that at some point in time everyone will experience. Some people spend their lifetime worrying about death and dying, and others rely on their faith and relish in the thought that after fulfilling their life on Earth, they will live eternally in Heaven. Neither Epicurus nor Feldman believe in life after death, but this is where their similarities end, as Epicurus regards that even without an afterlife, death is not something we should worry about, whereas Feldman is concerned with the harm death brings upon us. Epicurus’s argument is that my death is not a harm to me.
He was still alive when I passed in front of him. His tongue was still red, his eyes were not yet glazed. Behind me, I heard the same man ask: ‘Where is god now?’”(Wiesel 42) Elie realized that God was hanging on a gallows, that he was no longer with them, that he had abandoned them.
Author and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, in his powerful speech, “The Perils of Indifference,” suggests that choosing to be indifferent to the suffering of others only make matters worst. He develops his message through the use of pathos which grasps readers with emotions and personal descriptions of the torment he and other prisoners went through during the Holocaust. “Abandoned” and “Forgotten” were how the author and the other prisoners felt (Wiesel). Further, Wiesel uses repetition to emphasize the meaning of “indifference.” Wiesel delivers the meaning of indifference in many ways to help the audience understand the true meaning.
For the last couple of decades, there was a topic that was always touched upon and argued about. It was about if God existed or not. There always has been ongoing argument if god existed which formed many people into an atheists and theists who are people who believe in a god or multiple gods. The main reason I thought about this topic is when Nietzsche said that “God is dead, and we killed him” (pg. 463). This topic made me inspire to write if God existed or not.
Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall, How Does Odysseus Compare To Us All? (A Reflective Essay) “The journey of life is more important than the destination,” can be heard from the mouths of many across America and Europe; a platitude that encourages many to live their lives in the moment, It is; however, in a sense, a very “Western” way of thinking. Now, not western in the sense of gunslinging cowboys and the wide plains of the American west, but more a style of thinking, the way people in Europe, North America, etc. perceive themselves and their histories.
In my opinion when Nietzsche speaks of God being dead, he is stating that the people of his time could no longer believe in a supernatural creator who judges the world. We would use this figure of God to decide our lives for us and that to Nietzsche would be the opposite of living a life of authenticity. Instead we must abandon the idea of a God morality and come up with a human morality, that enable us to be capable of making ethical choices. This God figure had always been the basis for humanity’s ethical beliefs but with a cultural shift into rationalism and science, people have abandoned the idea that a God is the only way for them to determine right from wrong. Nietzsche wanted people of his time to move past the image of an all-knowing
from Cambridge University, an M.A. from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a published author of twelve books and several articles that reflect his philosophical interests. Young wrote this book in order to provide a comprehensive biography of Friedrich Nietzsche and demonstrate how certain events in his life may have affected his philosophy and ideology. Young’s book also examines evident themes in Nietzsche’s works and even connects how a certain idea or concept relates to a certain event or period in Nietzsche’s life. Friedrich Nietzsche:
Nietzsche elaborated upon an inherent meaninglessness of life and embraced the concept of nihilism. Later, French thinker Jean-Paul Sartre returned to the question of essence and pondered if humans are born without any hard-wired purpose and thus, it’s up to us to figure out our own essences. This is the fundamental concept of existentialism: “existence precedes essence”. There is no predetermined path that we must follow, no rules given by God, and we must write our own essence. This notion was considered a radical idea at the time of its conception because it refuted the age-old belief of a God-chosen
In the following parts of my essay, I will mainly talk about the topics of “death” and “knowledge”
The different viewpoints of the “death” of God can be explored by traveling the same road as the philosophical debate of absolute truth versus relative truth. Modernist thinking generally adheres to an absolute truth, while postmodern thinking favors relative truth. Nietzsche, exhibiting an extremely anti-modernist mindset, meant for the death of God to be
Justine Paulo H. Tapil BSEd English TFR;9:00-10:30 Beyond rhetoric A reaction paper about the film God’s not dead God’s not dead. I was born and raised in a family whom I don’t consider religious (I’m talking about my own definition of the word (religious) like someone, maybe a group of people who entirely spend their life kneeling in front of an altar, reciting verses, going out on roads and picking people whom they can share thoughts about Christ and preaching in churches every Sunday.) but still we pray whole-heartedly, go church casually and we believe and worship the supreme ruler, a divine being, The Almighty, God.