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To fear death is to love life.To fear death is to love life.
For death is but the last glance behind
At the faded childhood shed.
To fear that glance is to realize
How much we long to hold on
To linger, to dwell,
In that which we love,
That which is in the name of life.
To fear death is to love life.
For life is but the lovely summer's night
Where we woo, making love to the delicacy of her essence
And be worried,
That she would be lost in the morning's mist
And that our love would too be lost
In the mist which we fear,
The wallowing mist of death.
To fear death is to love life.
For why fear if we weren't so attached,
If it weren't so sublime?
Meaning of Life IVMeaning of Life: Is pleasure meaningful?
Going back to the meaning of life topic, I want to look at it from a different perspective this time. The concept of contemplation and action should ring a bell if anyone's studied virtue ethics or something similar. Today I want to look at this from a sort of a hedonist point of view.
Hedonism, for those of you who's just about to reach for a dictionary, is the view rooted in the ancient Greeks stating that pleasure is the good. Our project here is a little bit different from the classic hedonist project in the sense that we're not here to think about whether or not pleasure really is the good, but rather, whether or not pleasure is in anyway meaningful to our lives.
And surely it is! I would say, and I reckon that you would too. Recall Renatus, he's is the kind of guy that does everything that pleases him at the moment. (Read about the life of Renatus in detail here.) Last t
Meaning of Life IIIMeaning of Life: Is contemplation sufficient?
Before I go on to talk about pleasure, I just want to end the topic on contemplation. The question is this: is contemplation sufficient in making life meaningful? Well, I suppose that you can argue that since I'm about to talk about the meaningfulness of pleasure, I'm implying the non-sufficiency of contemplation. And in fact, I am inclined to reject the sufficiency of contemplation. By "contemplation is sufficient for making life meaningful", it means that having only contemplation is enough for your life to be meaningful; meaning, you don't need anything else. But that's absurd! Here's an example.
Suppose that Renatus has a sister named Rena. Unlike Renatus who goes about living life without contemplation of meaning, Rena does nothing else but contemplate about the meaning behind everything. In fact, Rena spends so much time contemplating about the meaning of life, she ends up not doing anything else. Now, if I ask you whether or n
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