Humanities Final Paper - What does it mean to live a...

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What does it mean to live a meaningful life? To live a meaningful life you have to achieve happiness. Happiness can me many things in life. To me my happiness in life is my family and friends. When you celebrate good times in your life your family and friends are always there. When you have rough patches in your life your family and friends are also there to pick you up and remind of the good times. The purpose of a meaningful life is having someone to share it with. For example like getting married having kids and watching them grow sharing memories and growing old with the one you love. This is how I view a meaningful life. Meaning—A Question and a Commitment starts by asking, “What is the meaning of life?” When this question is asked people automatically presume that there is, or even could be, an answer to it. The two central roles, which I will discuss in my search for the meaning of life, are philosophy and religion they play a huge role in the search for a meaningful human life. The method I identify with is the hero. I am also partial to the saint but I feel as if I am drawn to the hero. Now lets talk about the hero’s reward. Plato’s Republic—The Hero’s Reward This address is viewed as the founding constitution of Western political theory. Is virtue its own reward for the person who lives heroically, regardless of any possible advantageous or harmful consequence? I believe it is there is always a consequence to your actions. Then we move on to face the responsibility that the Republic imposes on each of its readers. To judge for oneself whether the figure of the philosopher-ruler, the icon in the theory of Socrates’ identity as citizen-hero, captures and sustains an authentic hope for a meaningful life. This address raises some questions on too different views of a meaningful life and starts an exploration process.
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Jesus as Saintly Innovator—Forgiving Love This examines the transformations that Jesus gave to scriptural religion as a path for seeking meaning in human existence. Jesus is presented as announcing the promise of a new covenant between the Jewish people and their God. The bonds of this covenant are maintained through a love, which conveys a message of forgiveness of sin. The promise of this new covenant is revealed as the Resurrection of Jesus. This develops an interpretation of Christianity’s understanding of “post-Resurrection” faith as a specific instance of the human search for meaning focused by the question Jesus posed not only to his own followers but to all who would invoke his name: Who do you say that I am? This is all about forgiveness, which is an important role in any aspect of a meaningful life. Saint Francis and Dante—Saintly Troubadours Augustine and Mohammed were innovators of the dream of conversion. This focuses on a third evolutionary adaptation of the way of the hero to parallel the path of the saint.
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