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The meaning of life

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I knew it all along (but did have to convince my adult self that it was so).

Happiness disengaged from selfishness and allied to the Greek love for humanity (agape) passes muster, at times almost lyrically so.

The meaning of life is thus not “what you make of it”. It is not a passing pleasure, which humans share with animals. Indeed it is not even an answer to a question, but rather “a matter of living life in a certain way”. It is an ethical construct and involves treating others as you want them to treat you, caring for those close to you, helping strangers, thinking long term.

The meaning of life to Eagleton is like a jazz band, individuals engaged on a collective endeavour in pursuit of happiness through the mutuality of love.

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Written by Curt

March 12, 2007 at 8:50 pm

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  1. Read Ayn Rand and get back to me on that.


    March 13, 2007 at 9:53 am

  2. I have read Rand. I’ve got four of her books on shelf right now. She impressed me for a short time, and then I found bigger and better things.


    March 13, 2007 at 2:07 pm

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