Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Complete Life [blog post 1]
It seems obvious that defining the complete life is subjective to the person who lives his or her own life. Yet, there are many laws that govern when life begins and when life starts, suggesting that there is some objective definition to what life is. Some of these laws govern abortion and euthanasia. Abortion is a law based on the definition of when life begins, and euthanasia laws indirectly imply whether death, the end of life, is a good or bad thing. The definition of life compels people to lead their lives in many different ways. Some may live on the edge, daring to risk everything in skydiving events or mountain climbing or travel the world. Others may define a complete life not in experiences but in accomplishments. They may want to write a book, achieve fame, or have a well-paying job. And then others may choose to live a simpler and quieter life, enjoying the company of being surrounded by family and reveling in the experiences shared among loved ones. The following blog posts will explore the different definitions of a complete life according to some major philosophers. The philosophers observed will be Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus, and Siddhartha Gautama.
The following blog posts will look into Aristotle’s theory of the Golden Mean and his Nicomachean Ethics, Epircurus’ theory Hedonism, Epictetus’s theory of Stoicism, and Siddhartha Gautama’s teachings of Buddhism and the two major versions: Mahayana and Theravada. Then, I will describe the ways people follow these theories and which way I believe is the way to define life.