Philosophy of Life 02

TOPIC

My views on the meaning of life

Essay

◆ Pros
 I believe that one has three primary things to do while one is alive and they are the meaning of life.
 The first thing is that one is to love people and build good human relations. People feel the greatest happiness when they love their parents and partners and children and friends. Mother Teresa said “We have been created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved” and “Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home.”
 The second thing is that one is to do what one loves because meaning is something important and one thinks that what one loves is important.
 The third thing is that one is to achieve something in life and leave something to the world. Something left as a result of someone’s existence can be said to be the meaning of the person’s life. Mahatma Gandhi achieved the independence of India and Walt Disney left Disneyland and these things can be said to be their meaning of life.
 In conclusion, I believe that the meaning of life is to love people and build good human relations, and to do what one loves, and to achieve something in life and leave something to the world.
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◆ Cons
 Although some people say that there is the meaning of life, I do not think so.
 Firstly, the concept of “meaning” is just a subjective opinion which only exists in human world. The definition of the word “meaning” is “importance” and what one finds important totally depends on the person. It cannot to be said “there is” unless it is a fact. As I mentioned, “meaning” is just an opinion and an opinion is not a fact. Therefore, it cannot to be said that there is the meaning of life.
 However, I do not think that this is a bad thing because things that people define as meaningless are the ones that they find pleasure in. Moreover, even though there is not meaning of life, I think that it is a good thing to believe that something is one’s meaning of life because it helps one to contribute to society with it. There is no law that people cannot believe things unless they are fact. Human rights ensure the freedom of belief.
 In conclusion, I do not think there is the meaning of life. However, it is not a bad thing. Moreover, I believe that it is a good thing to believe that something is one’s meaning of life even though it is not a fact.
(218 Words)

Date:June 30, 2012

メモ

◆ トピック:生きる意味についての私的見解

今回は、賛成派と反対派というより、「意味がある派」「意味がない派」に分けて書きました。

意味がある派では、
「人を愛して、良い人間関係を築く事」
「自分の好きな事をやる事」
「何かを成し遂げて、何かを世界に残す事」
の3つを、キーアイディアに書いてみました。

反論としては、
「愛が必ずしも正解とは限らないのではないか?」
「好きな事が、人に害になる場合はどうなのか?」
「戦争や虐殺を成し遂げた人、差別や偏見を残した人などは、どうなのか?」
などが考えられます。

意味はない派では、
「意味と言う概念は人間界にだけ存在する主観的意見にすぎない」
と言ってから、
「でも、意味なんか無いからこそ面白し、事実ではなくても、意見として、何かを自分の生きる意味だと信じるのは素晴らしい事」
と言う風に、本論を進めてみました。

反論としては、
「意見が存在するという表現が出来る以上、意見である意味も、存在すると言えるのではないか?」
などが考えられますね。

今回は、時間がかかってしまいました。
どういう視点から見るかによって、大きく変わってくるトピックだと思います。