Welcome to A Thought for Every Thursday.
Every Thursday we’ll pose a question (or several) regarding a specific current event, a modern moral issue, or a philosophical conundrum. Instead of answering it ourselves, we look to you for the resolution.
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This week, we’re tossing romance to the side and moving on to deeper, darker topics.
That means no more romance. Or love. At least not for a while.
It’s a relief, as I’m pretty much the least romantic person to ever live.
Today’s two questions are centered on individual (your) worldviews, and whether or not people can exist without them:
From the following, choose which one(s) you associate with your personal philosophy of life:
Cynicism – The purpose of life is to live with virtue and in harmony with nature (not what you thought it meant, is it?)
Agnosticism – Humanity knows nothing beyond that which it can touch
Pragmatism – The most valuable things are tangible and practical
Hedonism – Life’s purpose is to pursue pleasure
Capitalism – Life’s purpose is accumulate wealth for the benefit of yourself and your family
Theocentrism – God is a central fact of our existence
Nihilism – Life is without objective meaning, purpose, or value
Existentialism – The universe is unknowable, yet humans still have individual purpose and responsibility
Is it possible for a human being to live without believing anything?
Meaning this person would have:
No claims to knowledge without hard physical evidence
No philosophy beyond the material world
If someone could pull this off, would it be admirable?
Or is this an impossible state of mind for a human to achieve?
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Past Thought for Every Thursday entries are right here.
If you like these kinds of questions, try these on for size.
If you prefer something gentler, go here.
See you next week!