Paper 03 (Human Condition)[1]

Paper 03 (Human Condition)[1] - Throughout the world,...

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Throughout the world, humans have had the universal tendency to search for their “meaning of life”. However, one must dedicate his life to acquiring this knowledge. One can discover his purpose through a three-step process that begins with making the conscious decision to say “yes” to life; secondly, he must accept his fate regardless of the amount of suffering he must endure; and, lastly, he must find something beyond himself for which to live, be it love for another person or a sense of dedication to one’s neighbors. From Plato’s allegory of the cave to the life of Mother Theresa, many philosophers throughout history have expressed this path to personal truth In Man’s Search for Meaning , Frankl illustrates the idea of saying “yes” to life. As “[one] who ha[s] lost faith in the future – his future – [is] doomed … he [will] let himself decline and be[come] subject to mental and physical decay” ( Frankl 95). One cannot simply live but he must decide to do so and, if he does not choose to live, he will simply waste away to nothing. Although it may seem as if death came in the form of a physical ailment, many have died as a result of their inability to continue to say “yes” to their lives. Even further back in history, Plato’s allegory of the Cave also alluded to the idea that one must consciously accept life, as “in the presence of the sun [the prisoner was] pained and irritated” the prisoner then “[came] out of the sun to be replaced in his old situation [and] his eyes [were] full of darkness (Brown 158). Plato dedicated his life to the discovery of ultimate truth and the Allegory of the Cave illustrated his belief that “[truth] must be wrested from a base and stubborn hiding [and] one’s movement out of the cave into the … light of day is a life-and-death struggle” (Heidegger) . Generally, one will react much like the prisoner in this story who does not accept the light of truth,
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symbolized by the sun, and plunges himself back into the darkness of the cave, away from his truth. Thus, one must constantly battle his human tendency to hide from this struggle which would incapacitate his ability to find his ultimate purpose; conversely, he
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course PHIL 201 taught by Professor Bowman during the Spring '08 term at Gonzaga.

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