Camus explains that life isn’t about what is not envisioned, but it’s about what is evident. Meursault’s feeling of apathy is directly related to his conviction that life lacks necessary order and meaning, “As if that blind rage had washed me clean, rid me of hope…I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world,” as he awaits his impending death, he finally recognizes that life is the most complex entity in the universe and one only has one life to live, so live it wisely (122). In the end, Meursault changed spiritually because he didn’t concentrate as much on the physical world because while he was in prison, he thought about life’s gifts and (although still atheist) realizes that faith in yourself and life is very important. There is also some irony here; he finally realizes the meaning of live just as he awaits his death.
As he tries to find his purpose in a world where there is not one, he realizes he must stray from the group. Through the development of Meursault, Camus demonstrates the philosophy of absurdism to show how true faith allows people to find purpose. When a loved one dies, a normal reaction is to cry and grieve. Meursault gave off the perception of having no feelings about the
Throughout his journey, Siddhartha goes to find wisdom and realizes that it cannot be taught, it must be discovered. Hesse suggests that knowledge is communicable, but wisdom must be gained from experience and conveys this message through figurative language and symbolism. Hesse’s theme in regards that true wisdom can only be attained from trial and error is evident in the eloquent figurative language. Even though all Siddhartha had really known is the life as a Brahman, it does not stop him from being curious. He wonders about his father, who has all the worldly possessions and knowledge, if “...even he, who was possessed of such knowledge, did he dwell in bliss, did he know peace?” (Hesse 7).
As a Samana, he tries to destroy himself in may ways. He feels if he kills himself, with its passions and emotions, he will find the great secret. Siddhartha doesn't spend much time as Buddha, although he has an important revelation. He discovers he can't find peace by learning from a master. He finds the only way to have peace with the world is by finding it for himself.
Dimmesdale is very hypocritical in how he handles the subject of his sin. For example, he says "Be not silent from any mistaken pity or tenderness for him; for, believe me, Hester, though he were to step down from a high place, and stand there beside thee, on thy pedestal of shame, yet better were it so, than to hide a guilty he... ... middle of paper ... ...glimpse of human affection and sympathy, a new life, and a true one, in exchange for the heavy doom which he was now expiating." (pg. 184). Hester's offer to him for a new shot at life could not lift the guilt.
7, p.152). His two wills tore at him until he fully abandoned his earthly lust for the spiritual Godly desires; supporting his conclusion that free will in favor of the lesser goods causes evil. Therefore, free will is the ultimate source of evil. Through narration of his own life, Augustine successfully proved that evil is not an inherent human quality rather it is caused by free will and therefore the fault of humans.
The Buddha realized there was suffering but did not find the answer to suffering until he deprived himself of worldly possessions and meditated. The first truth recognizes the existence of suffering. The second looks to find the cause of suffering. It has been said that suffering occurs through desire and ignorance. Mankind tends to desire what it can’t have.
Descartes makes the Evil Demon argument to neither prove the existence of such a demon or construct a better understanding of this source of deceit. But rather to destroy the foundations in which he has built all his bias on and rebuild his knowledge from scratch. It works to make us speculate everything while doubting the beliefs and senses we hold so true. This never-ending doubt gives rise to a new question, how do I know that I even
If Oedipus had stopped searching and overcame his pride all would be well, but Trilling disproves of this point, ‘A Oedipus who prudently gave up his search would be an object of condescension, even of contempt: the Oedipus who presses on to the conclusion that destroys him compels our awed respect” (Trilling 6). It is through his search that earns him the qualitie... ... middle of paper ... ...n my way/ To a land where I should never see the evil” (Sophocles 42). Oedipus ran away from his family and a place where he was considered royalty in order that he would spare those he cared about of grief from such a terrible prophecy. Oedipus was not seeking to benefit himself, but instead those around him, and instead of speaking to his parents about this prophecy he decides to take it into his own hands. The merchant runs into death because of his selfish intentions while Oedipus runs into his tragedy by attempting to protect those he cares for.
And this is my thought, O Sublime One: No one will ever attain redemption through doctrine! Never, O Venerable One, will you be able to convey in words and show and ... ... middle of paper ... ... While it seems as if Siddhartha’s early stages of following the teachings of others and immersing himself in material goods did not help Siddhartha on his quest, Siddhartha views these stages in a positive way. “I experienced by observing my own body and my own soul that I sorely needed sin, sorely needed concupiscence, needed greed, vanity… and to love it and be happy to belong to it.” (120). Siddhartha states how he needed sin, vanity, and all of these feelings to realize how corrupt his view of enlightenment was.