“Life in Quotes" Created for Student Support Services participants Troy University; Troy, AL 36082 Interpreting and discussing quotes about life and developing your own life philosophy Objectives To encourage students to think purposely and critically about life
Created for Student Support Services participants
Troy University; Troy, AL 36082
Interpreting and discussing quotes about life and developing your own life philosophy
The Thinker Statue – a man struggling internally with intellectual concepts and surveying his doctrinal beliefs. Such trepidation -- intellectual, ethical, and passionate preoccupation -- characterizes the life of persons involved in the process of critical thought. Picture Source: yahoo.com
Can you think of some other words or ways to define “life”?
To help you develop your personal philosophy or value system so that you can consistently make ethical choices for yourself and understand the purpose for your life.
So, what is “philosophy”
and what is “ethics” ?
Definitions of philosophy:
“Philosophy is a Greek word, taken from phileîn, which means “to love," and sophía, "wisdom"
Philosophical study is the search for a Wise, Logical Truth Upon Which to Base Ethical Practices. Arguments and Disagreements are to be expected as people will not agree on one Truth. Image: Yahoo.com
Sources: http: ethicscoreboard.com and http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF&rlz=1T4GGIC_enUS225US225&q=define%3aethics
Virtually every field of study, discipline or institution has its own formal set of ethics. Most individuals have their own set of ethics or values, though those values may be influenced by other humans.
“Life is like a what?!?”
“My mama always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you’re gonna’ get.’”
Image: Forest Gump. 8 October 2008 <www.yahoo.com>
Try writing your own analogy
1. Life is as secure as ....
2. Life is about as funny as a...
3. Life is as good as ...
4. Human Life is as important to the earth as . . .
uncovered eyes in a bat cave.
an initiated knock-knock joke with no one to ask “who’s there?”
a piece of cake is to a colony of hungry ants.
healthy marrow is to the a bone.
Visions and Possibilities for Life . . .
Important thinkers . . .
and their thoughts about “Life”
Optimists or Pessimists?
Male or Female?
Religious or Non-Religious?
Socrates is described as the “first great moral philosopher of Western Civilization” (3).
Note about Socrate’s behavior:
Plato described Socrates as “calm and reflective, even as Socrates stayed in prison awaiting execution.
(Slave Trade; Holocaust; American Revolution; Politics)
Therefore, this famous Socratic
quote should not surprise anyone.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Why do you think Socrates chose to die?
Possibly he preferred death over living life with others telling him how to think.
Question:Can you think of ways that some people have behaved when they heard a new philosophy or ethical theory that challenged their existing thoughts or the status quo?
Ideally, revolution yields profound change.
“These are the times that try men's souls.”
“The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”
Quote: “I know not the course others may take, but give me liberty or give me death.”-
Patrick Henry (March 1775)
“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master.”
Abraham Lincoln, 16th U. S. president, assassinated April 15, 1865.
“I have a dream today.” Martin Luther King (August 1963)
American Civil Rights icon, assassinated April 4, 1968
Nation of Islam leader, Icon, and black nationalist, assassinated in a mosque meeting February 21, 1965
Jesus Christ, whose ethnicity remains a mystery to many, crucified 26 to 36 B.C. after being betrayed by one of his disciples.
Gandhi became a leader in a complex struggle known as the Indian Campaign for Home Rule. He launched his movement of non-violent resistance to Great Britain.A demonstration against the Rowlatt Acts resulted in a massacre of Indians at Amritsar by British soldiers.
In 1920, when the British government failed to make amends, Gandhi proclaimed an organized campaign of non-cooperation. Indians in public office resigned, government agencies such as courts of law were boycotted, and Indian children were withdrawn from government schools. Throughout India, streets were blocked by squatting Indians who refused to rise even when beaten by police. Gandhi was arrested, but the British were soon forced to release him.
Gandhi’s teachings of passive resistance and civil disobedience inspired the world and leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Gandhi was shot to death in a public forum.
“You should be the change you wish to see in the world.”
“Speak softly and carry a big stick.”
A proverb advising the tactic of caution and non-aggression, backed up by the ability to do violence if required. Senator John McCain alluded to this quote during a recent, televised presidential debate.
Activism – working to make change occur
Alice Walker, author of the acclaimed novel, The Color Purpose
“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Mother Teresa established the Missionaries of Charity- which was to be the centre of all her activities with its branches spread in many parts of the country . . . Mother Teresa's efforts and her dedication were recognized all over the world and she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
“If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.”
Senator Barack Obama
“We cannot forever hide the truth about ourselves, from ourselves.”
Senator John McCain
“Can't We All Just Get Along?” -- Rodney King, 1991