Welcome to the philosophy of life paper!. Do now: freewrite . What are your thoughts about…?. Fate Soul mates Destiny Free will Individual Choice The afterlife Reincarnation Lack of an afterlife. Should we CARPE DIEM and YOLO or PLAN AHEAD for our futures?
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My goal in life is like Spock’s from Star Trek. I want to “live long and prosper” (Star Trek). The purpose of life is to make a positive impact on the world and society. Humans are given a couple of decades in order to experience life. It is our responsibility during that time to do good works, build loving relationships, and commit acts of kindness.
There are requirements for making a positive impact on the world. According to Plato, “a good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers” (source). This means that it is not enough just to do something because it will make money or it will make a lot of people happy, but because I know it is the right thing to do. Socrates explained that a good society is one in which “a society in which […] the basic needs of all members are satisfied” (Bramann). This means that what is right would be for the good and right of everyone involved and not in the individual interests of a few people or groups.
One of the ways that people can improve themselves and therefore improve the world is through education. Thomas Aquinas wrote that it is “better to illuminate than merely to shine” (source). This means that it is good to not just know something but to help others know that thing too.
It is not enough to simply teach people about mathematics or science, however. Education must also teach the world how to be better people; “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil” (Lewis)….
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Make a list of the important moments from your life.