As humans have developed an additional faculty of rationality and logic, we may have an additional purpose than those of the animals. As this faculty may make us challenge our purpose of simply procreating and following happiness. It may want us to find an existential purpose, in the way of humanism. It may ask us to bypass our own happiness for the happiness of others. And it may ask us to not procreate to slow the overpopulating of the earth.
Thus while the purpose of animals was to simply procreate and find short term and long term happiness, the human mind has evolved to need other needs as well. These needs may even overwhelm the underlying urges.
It is here that existentialism, humanism, religion, and others thrive and secularism breaks down. But I will do my best to bring a secular evidence and philosophy based approach to this aspect of purpose and meaning of life. As it is here that the work needs to begin.
I hold a bachelors in Psychology (honors), and a masters degree in Bioethics. I have been interested in finding a meaningful, valuable, purposeful, and truthful life for some time.
I had studied in the top Rabbinical Colleges in the world. When I was 1 test away from being a Rabbi I found philosophy, and after doing research into the foundational beliefs of Judaism I became an atheist.
I have been looking for a solid set of principles and perspectives to utilize in living my life to the fullest. I do this with criticism and openness. Which means that I am open to truth from wherever it comes. And I give all knowledge the same level of critique.
As I believe there are others out there who may be interested in my journey and process of sorting through questions and ideas I have created this blog. Please feel free to contact me by email at email@example.com
In Nazi Germany there was a phrase “life unworthy of life “Lebensunwertes Leben.” This designation was used to label people who were not productive or did not seem to live worthwhile lives.
While the Nazi’s are no more this concept remains. Whether in the testing of fetus’s, killing of dogs in the pound, ethical questions of killing children with anencephaly, etc.
However the question of what a worthy life means is actually not quite as simple as we may think. Teenage children sit for many hours in front of TV’s and video games being unproductive. People spend hours reading books of fantasy, sci/do adventure, and reading about others lives instead of living their own. We spend most of our lives, and the best hours of the day working. Thus, it is important that we look further into this concept of living a valuable life.
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