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A purpose to living
by Lee K Freeman   

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Publisher:  i-proclaimbookstore ISBN-10:  9781445738
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84

Copyright:  March 27, 2010 ISBN-13:  9781445738024

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A metaphysics thesis examining the meaning of life and why we are here. Lee navigates us through world religions, philosophy and cosmogeny leading us to his conclusions and theory relating to the meaning of life.

A metaphysics thesis examining the meaning of life and why we are here. Lee navigates us through world religions, philosophy and cosmogeny leading us to his conclusions and theory relating to the meaning of life.

Thesis, metaphysics, meaning of life, spirituality, religions, cosmogeny, philosophy, cosmology

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Ever since the dawn of mankind, we have asked, ‘Where do we come from?’ ‘Why are we here?’ and, ‘What is it all about?’ These are some daunting questions which arise from time to time, normally whilst in deep thought after a few drinks, or a spiritual encounter. Man has also looked to the religious for the answers, in the hope of gaining greater understanding, meaning and purpose. However, what exactly are we asking? Are we looking to find the cause of our existence or the purpose? This thesis, in part, is about finding the cause of our existence but essentially it explores the purpose of our existence, and not just ours, but the existence of everything. Your author suggests this answer, that all things reciprocate and that potentially, one cannot exist without the other.
The concept of universal reciprocation suggests that we all interact for each others wellbeing. This goes beyond mere interpersonal relationships, extending to the reciprocation between universe and solar system, God and man, mankind and our planet.
It is a bold statement that one cannot exist without the other, but one that is to be explored throughout this book. I expect you are also wondering why broach this subject when there are so many ways of answering the ultimate question. But what exactly is the question we are asking? Are we asking, how we came into being? Are we asking, what is the point to all this? Or are we asking about our purpose? One wonders if existence is like a broken pencil or if it indeed has a reason. What is our reason for living?
There are a lot of questions here on this first page and inasmuch as I would like to try and answer them, I would be going along various tangents that would do not necessarily tie in with what my problem statement explores. So the exploration we shall undertake is whether or not there is universal reciprocation taking place and is this the meaning, or purpose, of life.
Firstly, we need to look at what life is. Moreover, what establishes something as living or ‘unalive’? There is the issue of sentience, where we are conscious and have feeling. We as humans are alive for we have senses, are conscious and are self aware. This is what distinguishes us from animals. Some philosophers, chiefly of the Cartesian school, believed that animals were as ‘machines’ and devoid of feeling pain . However, I would disagree with this because of witnessing animals when they are distressed. Therefore, if animals feel pain, then they must feel. But does having senses/feelings and being conscious determine existence? As humans we have human knowledge and perceive as such. Are we limited, because of this perspective, to realise other types of existence? For instance, if you believe in God then what form does he take? Are there other entities and forms of life in this solar system or universe? We may say, ‘Nothing can exist there!’ but do we really know? As humans, have we become too proud to realise other types of life other than forms that are similar to ours?
In the Old Testament of the Bible, there is a phrase that suggests that our wisdom is foolish and that another wisdom, that of a supernatural genesis, is greater than our own and in some ways I can see that there is a type of anthropic arrogance to our behaviours and thoughts. As humans we can only grasp the idea of things in a human sense and not have an objective stand point.
There is also the issue of being. What is a being? We can look to Aristotle for an explanation of what he would call the ‘being qua being,’ and use his tools to find the cause and purpose of this. We can also look at Heidegger’s idea of ‘dasein’ which has an existential twist in the meaning of being. Both of these explanations of being per se attempt to qualify us as having the only type of mind that is superior enough to answer such riddles as the meaning of life.
So as we begin to explore these aspects of life, we will begin to unravel the arguments for and against universal reciprocation. But what of our motivation? Can we comfortably sit back and drink our tea and say, ‘Oh well, we know now,’ safe in the knowledge that the only answer left to find is the cause of our existence? My motivation is that when I have read books and articles about the meaning of life, no one really has a definitive answer. Everyone asks the right questions but shirks from actually answering them. Even great theologians and spiritual leaders have not answered the question. The Christian faith comes somewhere close to answering these questions, but nowhere in the Bible do we find Moses saying to God, ‘Why are we here?’ only for God to answer, ‘Well, it’s to do with teleology…’ or John asking Christ,’ So why, Lord, do we exist?’ and then Jesus answers, ‘Well, it was an accidental causality of a creation…’ In fact if the Bible did explicitly state a reason for being, then it would outrank any other book in print! And it does!
‘So what then? What does it matter? Why bother asking the question? I mean it’s not as if it is going to change anything, is it?’ This is another point of motivation, that there is an answer out there somewhere. If this author has come to a conclusion about one possible answer, then maybe it will help people find the cause of existence and inspire others to do something about the state of the world, society, etc. If the answer I suggest is correct, then it will change things and bring us forward to a greater understanding of who we are and our place in the cosmos.
I will look at the ultimate question through various lenses; creationist, naturalist, existentialist, nihilist, etc. This is because whether or not there is an intelligent designer/God, or we are just an incident in the timeline of the universe, both provide differing perspectives and allow me to argue the point in hand.
Along the way, we will look at different religions and their take on the purpose of life and how it affects a believers’ life. We shall also look at other statements which I shall suggest to you and explore some ideas about time and creation. One additional item I proffer to you now is this; could our beginning actually be our end? Hopefully I will get you motivated to think and ask questions along the way and I am sure that people will be stimulated to argue and discuss this work that I present to you now.



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Curious thesis
At first, Freeman's work seems to be objective, but I believe that he is a deeply spiritual man and the outside influneces seem to permeate through into his writing. The subject matter is intriguing and his ideas are at once profound yet not unique, for his theory of 'meaning to life' is merely a reinvention of deeply religious ideas, here related to the universe and all life at large.


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