Charlie Chaplin called it "a tragedy in close-up"; Bob Dylan said it was a joke. Through the centuries, many eminent figures have opined on the meaning of life. Based on a recent study of the subject, this book offers 365 astute observations—from Muhammad Ali and Maya Angelou to Oscar Wilde and Tennessee Williams. Richard Kinnier, psychology professor at Arizona State University, has analyzed quotations from hundreds of eminent figures to determine their thoughts on this eternal question. Ten themes emerged from this study of life's meaning: Life is to be enjoyed; We are here to help others; The meaning of life is a mystery; Life is meaningless; We are here to serve God; Life is a struggle; We are here to contribute to society; We are here to seek wisdom and self-actualization; We must create meaning for ourselves; Life is absurd. Using the study as its basis, this compendium offers up an eclectic selection of quotations from "the Great and the Good." Some are profound, others are witty—all of them are true.
According to the Great and the Good
Author: Richard Kinnier,Jerry Kernes,Nancy Tribbensee,Tina Van Puymbroeck
Publisher: Palazzo Editions Limited
This book is aimed at the reader who is serious about confronting the big issues in life but is turned off by books which deal with them through religion, spirituality or 'psycho-babble'. It is for people who want an honest, intelligent discussion which doesn't hide from the difficulties or make undeliverable promises. It aims to help the reader to understand the overlooked issues behind the obvious questions and shows how philosophy does not so much answer them as help provide us with the resources to answer them for ourselves.
Philosophy And The Meaning Of Life
Author: Julian Baggini
Publisher: Granta Books
The rapid cultural changes which are so characteristic for our time, have had a far reaching effect not only on the universal human research for happiness, well-being and a meaningful existence in our world, but also on the way in which these concepts are understood and misunderstood in contemporary culture. For religious believers their faith determines the ideals of happiness, well-being and meaningfulness which they strive to attain in their lives. But are these ideals timelessly the same for all time and for all people or are they too subject to historical change and cultural variation? Social scientists examine the way in which these ideals are culturally pluriform and subject to empirical change in religious and cultural communities and traditions. But what do these concepts mean for social scientist? Do they use them in the same way as religious believers and theologians do? In December 1992, the Center for Theological Exploration Inc. sponsored its fourth (and final) Consultation on Science and Religion at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. For that occasion a distinguished international group of theologians and social scientists were invited to discuss these issues. Most of the contributors to this volume were originally presented as papers at that consultation.
A Dialogue of Social Science and Religion
Author: Vincent Brümmer,Marcel Sarot
Publisher: Peeters Publishers
questions, answers, and analysis
Author: Steven Sanders,David R. Cheney
Publisher: Prentice Hall
"This leads to my definition of life. In many ways, it is quite simple: It is using your talents to, in some small way, make a difference in this world. Whether it's working with the environment, or our educational system, or those with physical or mental challenges, or those in the dawn or twilight of their lives, meaning is achieved by working towards and leaving behind something of value to the next generation. It matters little whether your aspiration or dream was realized: we'll never have world peace, or feed the hungry, or avoid catastrophic diseases or illnesses. What matters is that you tried, that you worked to make the world a better place. What matters is that, when you look back over your life, you can say that you fought the good fight, that you did what was right, and that you made a difference in this world. " In "The Meaning of Life," author Dean Gualco tackles an assortment of questions that many of us have asked at one point or other: Why are we here? What is our purpose? How does one lead a decent and honorable life? Divided into five sections, "The Meaning of Life" seeks to provide the answers. With discussions that include determining what you stand for, doing the best with what you have, and living life with the knowledge that it goes by in a blink, Gualco provides a thought-provoking study of an issue that has perplexed man for centuries.
Author: Dean Gualco
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
The long tradition of pessimism in philosophy and poetry notoriously laments suffering caused by vulnerabilities of the human body. The most familiar and contemporary version is antinatalism, the view that it is wrong to bring sentient life into existence because birth inevitably produces suffering. Technotopianism, which stems from a similarly negative view of embodied limitations, claims that we should escape sickness and death through radical human-enhancement technologies. In Embodiment and the Meaning of Life Jeff Noonan presents pessimism and technotopianism as two sides of the same coin, as both begin from the premise that the limitations of embodied life are inherently negative. He argues that rather than rendering life pointless, the tragic failures that mark life are fundamental to the good of human existence. The necessary limitations of embodied being are challenges for each person to live well, not only for their own sake, but for the sake of the future of the human project. Meaning is not a given, Noonan suggests, but rather the product of labour upon ourselves, others, and the world. Meaningful labour is threatened equally by unjust social systems and runaway technological development that aims to replace human action, rather than liberate it. Calling on us to draw conceptual connections between finitude, embodiment, and the meaning of life, this book shows that seeking the common good is our most viable and materially realistic source of optimism about the future.
Author: Jeff Noonan
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Why is life worth living? What makes actions right or wrong? What is reality and how do we know it? The Brain and the Meaning of Life draws on research in philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience to answer some of the most pressing questions about life's nature and value. Paul Thagard argues that evidence requires the abandonment of many traditional ideas about the soul, free will, and immortality, and shows how brain science matters for fundamental issues about reality, morality, and the meaning of life. The ongoing Brain Revolution reveals how love, work, and play provide good reasons for living. Defending the superiority of evidence-based reasoning over religious faith and philosophical thought experiments, Thagard argues that minds are brains and that reality is what science can discover. Brains come to know reality through a combination of perception and reasoning. Just as important, our brains evaluate aspects of reality through emotions that can produce both good and bad decisions. Our cognitive and emotional abilities allow us to understand reality, decide effectively, act morally, and pursue the vital needs of love, work, and play. Wisdom consists of knowing what matters, why it matters, and how to achieve it. The Brain and the Meaning of Life shows how brain science helps to answer questions about the nature of mind and reality, while alleviating anxiety about the difficulty of life in a vast universe. The book integrates decades of multidisciplinary research, but its clear explanations and humor make it accessible to the general reader.
Author: Paul Thagard
Publisher: Princeton University Press
After a long, frightening journey, a Seeker of Truth reaches the top of a mountain and finds the cave of the Wise One. He says, O, Wise One, I have come many miles and suffered many hardships, to ask you one question. Ask, says the Wise One. What is the meaning of life?, says the pilgrim. The Wise One pauses, smiles slightly, and replies, You have come far and seem to me worthy, so I shall give you what you seek--the truth. The answer is in your question and this journey is your life. Go back down the mountain. When you arrive, you will know how much time you have wasted, and you will have no more time left. So, give me your watch. Why is life so mysterious and why is its purpose so elusive to us? It may be that we have looked for the meaning of life in the wrong places, as though in a nightmarish scavenger hunt arranged by the Prince of Darkness himself. From one moment to another, we thought it was money or power or fame or honor or comfort or some other pleasure of the flesh, only to see them, finally, as false clues leading to a mountain we shouldnt have climbed. This book records an inquiry that found the meaning of life by discovering the meaning of death. This is reflected in the words and behavior of those who decide to die--the suicides. These poor souls have much to teach us, for they have measured out for us the value of death, from which we can calculate the value of life, its reciprocal. So a study of suicide leads to the truth about life, yours and mine. This book guides you to that revelation. The surprise of the book is that you will discover that you knew it all along. The promise of the book is that you will know that you know.
A Practical Guide to Staying Alive
Author: Louis Everstine
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
The question "What is the meaning of life?W is one of the most fascinating, oldest and most difficult questions human beings have ever posed themselves. In this work, John Cottingham assesses some of the most influential attempts to explain it.
Author: Professor of Philosophy John Cottingham,John Cottingham
Publisher: Psychology Press
One of the greatest spiritual teachers of the twentieth century shares his philosophy on self-discovery, free will, and the search for a place and purpose in life. “I myself am a question. I know not who I am. What to do? Where to go?”—Osho Destiny, Freedom, and the Soul: What Is the Meaning of Life? explores deeply human questions, such as: Is there really such a thing as “soul,” and if so, what is it? Where does the concept of karma fit in? Does my life have a special meaning or purpose? Featuring an original talk by Osho on DVD, you’ll experience his thoughts and principles straight from the source. Osho challenges readers to examine and break free of the conditioned belief systems and prejudices that limit their capacity to enjoy life in all its richness. He has been described by the Sunday Times of London as one of the “1000 Makers of the 20th Century” and by Sunday Mid-Day (India) as one of the ten people—along with Gandhi, Nehru, and Buddha—who have changed the destiny of India. Since his death in 1990, the influence of his teachings continues to expand, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world.
What Is the Meaning of Life?
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
This book will show you God’s plan for the meaning of life. It will show strength and support for each other. Wisdom, faith and understanding of God’s plan will help us know the meaning of life. It gives me great joy and pleasure to share these thoughts and unspoken words with you so that you can appreciate God’s plan. Our Father in heaven lets us make our own decisions in life. One can see His plan unfold in this book ‘What is the Meaning of Life’. Although we have differences in life we can all come to know Gods love and the confidence one needs to face the world day after day. Knowing the real reason of ‘What is the Meaning of Life’ one will know ones purpose in life and Gods love for them.
Author: William L. Sharrar
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Who among us has not at some point asked, what is the meaning of life?' In this extraordinary book, an eminent social scientist looks at the big picture and explores what empirical studies from diverse fields tell us about the human condition. MEANINGS OF LIFE draws together evidence from psychology, history, anthropology, and sociology, integrating copious research findings into a clear and conclusive discussion of how people attempt to make sense of their lives. In a lively and accessible style, emphasizing facts over theories, Baumeister explores why people desire meaning in their lives, how these meanings function, what forms they take, and what happens when life loses meaning. It is the most comprehensive examination of the topic to date.
Author: Roy F. Baumeister
Publisher: Guilford Press
The book aims to present the wisdom of sages, great thinkers, renowned writers, and philosophers, of many countries and time periods, in their own words, regarding life. The book also aims to place the numerous quotations from these sources in a structured organization, with introductory and explanatory comments and comparisons. Main Topics or Fields - See Organization or Principal Parts.
Insights of the World's Great Thinkers
Author: William Gerber
This book is about the consistency of mindset and how one idea will always produce another idea of the same nature. This is also a book about provision. Provision guarantees that all things, whether event or idea, can be reinterpreted as to not leave us without a way out. As the principal of reinterpretation begins to take form it will expose the hypocrisy in mind set and illustrate through this that opposites cannot be truly achieved but only imagined. We live in a world of fallacy and opposites called hypocrisy. It is through hypocrisy that the whole world in which we see contains enemies and opposition as we deem them. But more so it is the very nature of hypocrisy that we do not see that all words and phrases are only exchanged. This book is about the total agreement of all mankind though it is not seen as such, which again is the very nature of hypocrisy itself. This book will give you a glimpse into the truth of utter oneness in all things and why hypocrisy although experienced cannot be truly achieved. For example, have you ever noticed that we all really do and say the same things? All that is really happening is that words and phrases are being exchanged by all. But for what purpose ? What entered our mindset that we cannot see past ourselves? Many people acknowledge their ego but still experience its weight, why? Because they give it strength, but why? There is a common thread that keeps us bound. This book identifies what that thread is and it is something which does not even exist. This thread is so utterly believed by all the world that it will seem impossible to escape it, and by yourself you can not. The whole world is built upon it. It is everywhere you go and every thing you see. It is where ever your foot hits the floor. Why does everyone want to know what you believe? Does this not give belief itself its very stronghold. When something becomes of value is it not then fought over? And when it is fought over, in that very moment, isnOt it that both agree that it has value? Such is hypocrisy, all fighting over the exact same thing, the fear of loss. When I was shown the utter magnitude of this it was not without the provision for its utter escape. This book is about such a provision.
Author: D. J. Pedi
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Why does the universe exist and what are you supposed to do in it? This question has been addressed by religions since time immemorial, but popular answers often fail to account for obvious aspects of reality. Indeed, if God knows everything, why do we need to learn through pain and suffering? If God is omnipotent, why are we needed to do good? If the universe is fundamentally good, why are wars, crime, and injustice all around us? In modern society, orthodox science takes the rational high-ground and tackles these contradictions by denying the very need for, and the existence of, meaning. Indeed, many of us implicitly accept the notion that rationality somehow contradicts spirituality. That is a modern human tragedy, not only for its insidiousness, but for the fact that it is simply not true. In this book, the author constructs a coherent and logical argument for the meaning of existence, informed by science itself. A framework is laid out wherein all aspects of human existence have a logical, coh
An Exploration of the Meaning of Life and Existence Informed by Logic and Science
Author: Bernardo Kastrup
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Feast on this twisted Word Play in Five Acts by a psycho linguist ‘wordo’ who offers you a corny-copia of off the wall humor, featuring cartoons, gags, puns and other word play. It’s a fey mix of dumb to sophisticated silliness and provocative satire (environmental, political, social and religious) for thoughtful but twist-loving readers. The acts encompass different styles of word play, each with a special twist or formula, mostly organized dictionary-like within each chapter. Styles of humor include daffynitions, confusions say, newords, sounds alike fun, spoonerisms, name droppings, anagrams, palindromes, word ladders, rebuses, book titles, light verse, neo-truisms, idiom abuse, half-asked questions, jokes and one-liners.
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Featuring nine new articles chosen by coeditor Steven M. Cahn, the third edition of E. D. Klemke's The Meaning of Life offers twenty-two insightful selections that explore this fascinating topic. The essays are primarily by philosophers but also include materials from literary figures and religious thinkers. As in previous editions, the readings are organized around three themes. In Part I the articles defend the view that without faith in God, life has no meaning or purpose. In Part II the selections oppose this claim, defending instead a nontheistic, humanistic alternative--that life can have meaning even in the absence of theistic commitment. In Part III the contributors ask whether the question of the meaning of life is itself meaningful. The third edition adds substantial essays by Moritz Schlick, Joel Feinberg, and John Kekes as well as selections from the writings of Louis P. Pojman, Emil L. Fackenheim, Robert Nozick, Susan Wolf, and Steven M. Cahn. The only anthology of its kind, The Meaning of Life: A Reader, Third Edition, is ideal for courses in introduction to philosophy, human nature, and the meaning of life. It also offers general readers an accessible and stimulating introduction to the subject.
Author: Elmer Daniel Klemke,Steven M. Cahn
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA