PART A Please respond to the following: 1. Consider Tolstoy’s view that believing in God makes our lives richer and happier. Respond to these questions: Is that a good enough reason for believing in God? Is it proof of God’s presence in the world? Provide reasons and examples to support your view. 2. Compare Russell’s view of the meaning of life with Tolstoy’s. With which do you most agree, Russell or Tolstoy? Provide reasons and examples to support your view.
PLEASE RESPOND TO CLASSMATE DISCUSSION WHETHER YOU AGREE OR NOT & A DETAILED WHY: I don’t think it should be your only reason for believing in God but it is a pretty good start. Anything that uplifts the soul and makes a human strive to be a better person everyday can’t be a bad thing. I do think it gives people purpose and an ability to reconcile with lots of unanswered questions in their lives such as Why am I here, what is my purpose and what happens when my loved one passes and or when I pass away. I think it is a giant leap to take something that makes your life richer and happier to believing that that thing exists. Take an emotion like Love, it makes a person happier and richer but we also know that they can detect what happens to our body’s chemistry when we feel love…. Scientifically proven. God or any other higher being is about faith, faith in believing it exists without any evidence.
I am more drawn to Tolstoy than I am with Russell because I do believe that faith is kind of irrational and plays a huge role in the meaning of life. Faith in a higher being, faith in a higher purpose for your life, faith in love and unselfishness. Having faith in things gives us a purpose in life and makes us more connected to each other.
PART B “The meaning of Life” Please respond to the following: 1. Explain Nagel’s objection to a religious approach to the question of the meaning of life. How might Tolstoy answer Nagel? With which do you most agree? Provide reasons and examples to support your view. 2. Consider Solomon’s philosophical view: “Gratitude … is not only the best answer to the tragedies of life. It is the best approach to life itself.” What does he mean? To whom or what should one have gratitude? Discuss your response to his view. Provide reasons and examples to support your view.
PLEASE RESPOND TO CLASSMATE DISCUSSION WHETHER YOU AGREE OR NOT & A DETAILED WHY: Nagel’s objection to a religious approach is based on what has been scientifically proven and I think its a good base line to believe in. He believed that religion is just about to give people something to believe in. Nagel believed that life is meaningless and absurd, I actually agree with him that science has proven that creation is not based on a ultimate being but I do think that the religious community has become commercialized and financially driven. I think having something to believe in that is bigger than yourself can be a powerful force and a grounding in a lot of peoples lives. Its a inspiration, a guidance, a meaning to life and death THAT is the age old question that we all seek.
Gratitude is important and being grateful for the things you have in your life tends to put your life and the world into perspective. I agree with Solomon’s philosophy that gratitude demands trust, trusting in your own vulnerabilities. The old saying that it takes a village to raise a child applies here because it takes many people in your life to support, motivate, inspire and encourage us all on our paths to your personal success.