Essay On Meaning And Meaning Of Life

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“The whole point of knowledge is to produce both meaning and purpose in our personal lives. To what extend do you agree with this statement?” To effectively answer that question, we must first differentiate between meaning and purpose in life and define knowledge. Firstly, knowledge is justified true belief (Organization, 2013). The meaning of life can be defined as the reason for the creation of one’s life, whereas the purpose of life can be defined as an individual’s mission during their life. One’s purpose and meaning in life may be mainly based on personal knowledge, the gained knowledge through experience and personal involvement (Organization, 2013). By examining the human sciences and religious knowledge systems, knowledge might…show more content…
The knowledge and belief that there is no immortality frees us from the fear of death, frees us from the fear of eternal punishment in places such as Hell or the Underworld and lets us live for the physical and emotional pleasures in life. For example, Epicureanism denies the existence of eternal life and states that the soul lives only as long as the physical body (Russell, 1946). Therefore, since there is no life after death, there is no need to fear death. Epicureans have a “carpe diem” approach to life since they do not believe in the afterlife and must live in the moment. Although they only believe there is no afterlife and do not know if it exists or not, they are still able to create meaning and purpose in their lives despite their lack of certainty of the existence of the afterlife, which is one way meaning and purpose in life can be determined but is not limited to it. Their purpose and meaning in life is to seize the day because they will not have the chance after death. This example shows that when we believe that something does not exist, but do not know whether or not it does or does not actually exist we can still have meaning and purpose in our personal lives. In the case of Epicureanism, it is more the lack of knowledge of the existence of the afterlife that motivates them to live in the moment, giving them purpose and meaning in their
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