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Quick-Write. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? What is my purpose here? Where am I going? Is life logical and ordered or just random? Is there life after death?. True Story….

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Quick write
Quick-Write

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE?

What is my purpose here?

Where am I going?

Is life logical and ordered or just random?

Is there life after death?


True story
True Story…

It’s January 4, 1960. A passenger (one of four) sits in a car being driven by a friend. Going at a relatively high rate of speed, the car (for no apparent reason) veers off the road and hits a tree.


True story continued
True Story (continued)…

The passenger dies instantly; the other 3 walk away. This man was 46. He should have had decades of work, thought, experiences ahead of him.


True story continued1
True Story (continued)…

A railroad ticket found in his pocket indicated his being in the car that day was a last minute change of plans.







Prezi on philosophy
Prezi on Philosophy

  • http://prezi.com/8ex379eyprft/modern-novel-the-stranger/


1 central conflict
1. CENTRAL CONFLICT

Humans long for immortality but know death is inevitable.

Is it hard to imagine yourself dead?


2 mechanical existence
2. MECHANICAL EXISTENCE

  • Humans’ reaction: a mechanical life in denial

  • Obsessed by the future; miss the present (all they really have)

  • “Go through motions” as if they will live forever

  • In reality, life is very short


3 illogical randomness of existence
3. ILLOGICAL RANDOMNESS OF EXISTENCE

  • The world is not logical and ordered; much of life is random.

  • Humans seek answers where there are none.

  • Much of life cannot be explained, so humans become frustrated because they expect things to make sense.


4 humans are alienated
4. HUMANS ARE ALIENATED

Self

Others

Nature

God


5 solution only hope freedom
5. Solution: Only Hope?...Freedom

  • Since there is no ultimate victory over death, one has great freedom to act.

  • Social codes are irrelevant—one must feel what one feels,

  • Live in the present in solidarity with other humans who share your fate.

  • Life is worth living because it is finite.


Absurdity 20 th century philosophy

ABSURDITY—20TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY


Why would this be popular
Why would this be popular?

  • World deprived of illusions (atomic bomb, world wars, holocaust, etc,)

  • No certainty or hope—all morals collapse—one experience is as good as another

  • All that counts is the present, the sensual, the concrete (no God)

  • Life has value if lived to the fullest accepting your fate (death)


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