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RE: What is the Philosophy of Life?

saqqi01
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1/6/2015 1:51:54 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
In response to the Question just come across a beautiful article written by written by Rebecca Linton , Leicester.

A problem with this question is that it is not clear what sort of answer is being looked for. One common rephrasing is "What is it that makes life worth living?". There are any number of subjective answers to this question. Think of all the reasons why you are glad you are alive (assuming you are), and there is the meaning of your life. Some have attempted to answer this question in a more objective way: that is to have an idea of what constitutes the good life. It seems reasonable to say that some ways of living are not conducive to human flourishing. However, I am not convinced that there is one right way to live. To suggest that there is demonstrates not so much arrogance as a lack of imagination.

Another way of rephrasing the question is "What is the purpose of life?" Again we all have our own subjective purposes but some would like to think there is a higher purpose provided for us, perhaps by a creator. It is a matter of debate whether this would make life a thing of greater value or turn us into the equivalent of rats in a laboratory experiment. Gloster"s statement in King Lear comes to mind: "As flies to wanton boys we are to the gods " they kill us for their sport." But why does there have to be a purpose to life separate from those purposes generated within it? The idea that life needs no external justification has been described movingly by Richard Taylor. Our efforts may ultimately come to nothing but "the day was sufficient to itself, and so was the life." (Good and Evil, 1970) In the "why are we here?" sense of the question there is no answer. It would be wrong, however, to conclude that life is meaningless. Life is meaningful to humans, therefore it has meaning.
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1/9/2015 8:04:26 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
Life is will; and life is purpose; and we can see that best in times of grief when it takes all we have to pull through.

No one wants to go through Grief. No one even wants to witness it from a distance. Like the messengers in Job, saying: And only I alone survived to tell you; and these were the messengers to Job of his own loneliness against the world. And there are times when people would dispute with God on the justice of his actions, and then, I suppose to really believe in God is a blessing. To not curse God and Die, to not curse anyone, to not curse life or the pain it makes you all too conscious of because everything altogether reminds you of the lost love you would not soon forget is a triumph.

And we forget what a triumph is life. We can look at every living thing on this planet and see in that life the triumph of a single life, the life we all share, flowing from a single distant source, and for all we know; this may be the only life in the entire Cosmos.

Life is not all pain, nor grief, nor want, nor wasting. Beauty and Joy can fill the soul and if only for an instant for which we must pay for life with death eternal, is it not grand? Can you imagine a world more perfect with love for every desire, wealth for every avarice, danger for every adventure, answers for every question, and mystery for every mind? If only I have survived to tell you, life is wonder, glory, fulfillment, and love.

Life is the meaning of all meanings, and if sometimes life swims like a fish already dead, perhaps it is in the expectation that something will knit all the loose ends together in perfect sense. And some times this sense is beyond our understanding.