Purpose in Life

On having a purpose or goal in life Cheshire Puss,' she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. 'Come, it's pleased so far,' thought Alice, and she went on. 'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?' 'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,'…

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Introduction to Essays

Introduction to Essays on How to Live These essays have a theme – how to live. They were written to help me live better by exploring topics affecting how I understand my world and then act. It is self-indulgent. But it is possible (and my hope) that my exploration may help a few others. More has been written on how to live a good life than could be read in…

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Essays – How to Live

Essays on How to Live Most of us ask ourselves at some point in life the basic question: How should I live my life. We think about the meaning of life, what goals we should pursue in life, and what is most important. Often we do this when we are young and least prepared to answer the questions yet most in need of the answers. One of the many ironies…

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How to be good

what does it take to be a good person? Being good should be our purpose Our primary purpose should be to be best person possible - to be good. The purpose of life has been debated for as long as we have been human. There is no certain answer and many perspectives. Those debates can be held elsewhere. My premise for learning how to live is that the goal or…

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Is controlling desires a key to happiness?

Is Controlling Our desires a Key to Happiness? john stuart mill and desire John Stuart Mill said “I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than seeking to satisfy them.”This seemed odd for Mill to say this. Mill was perhaps the most influential 19th century philosopher. His best known works are “On Liberty” and “Utilitarianism.” He was a strong proponent of individual liberty. Individual speech and actions should be…

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Reconciling Secular and Religious Perspectives on Moral Codes

Reconciling Secular and Religious Perspectives on Moral Codes “Have you heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market place, and cried incessantly, "I seek God! I seek God!" As many of those who do not believe in God were standing around just then, he provoked much laughter... "Whither is God," he cried. "I shall tell you. We have killed him -…

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The Moral Animal – A Brief Review

The Moral Animal - a Book on Evolutionary Psychology by Robert Wright What is Evolutionary psychology Reading Robert Wright's book on evolutionary psychology is sobering. It is a readable, interesting, and provocative explanation of this new field of science and its implications. More than once I put the book down mid-page to let the significance of what he said sink in. One cannot read this book without looking at human…

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Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne Brief summary from Wikipedia: Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Lord of Montaigne (/mɒnˈteɪn/ mon-TAYN,[4] French: [miʃɛl ekɛm də mɔ̃tɛɲ]; 28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592)[5] was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. His work is noted for its merging of casual anecdotes[6] and autobiography with intellectual insight. His massive volume Essais contains some of the most…

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Virtue and Character

Virtue and Character A world with eroding standards of conduct Are virtue and character antidotes to the chaos and discord we see every day?Events in the newspapers, social media, and on television leave me feeling the world simply doesn’t make sense. Highly polarized groups can’t have rational discussions. Actions such as the Brexit vote are at odds with people’s best interests. Middle class “normal” kids join terrorist groups, cut off heads,…

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The Times They are A-changin’

Evolving perspectives on Change The times they are a-changin' Bob Dylan's song, "The Times They are a-Changin' " was the anthem for many of my generation. It captured my feelings at the time and the desire many felt to make the world a better place and to do it now. Civil rights, the Vietnam War, the environment, women's liberation -- so much needed drastic change was needed. We were confident…

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