Krunal Desai
Mrs. DiVietro
English II Honors
14 January 2015
Philosophy Paper
When asked with what the "true" meaning of life is, human beings know of life as an intangible thing that incorporates in our souls. Although ambiguous, life can be viewed as a symbolic perception of actuality and existence. Life can be sewn together with conceptions of religious aspects, as well as individual beliefs. It is something that would be categorized as being metaphysical, due to the fact that metaphysics attempts to elucidate things such as our purpose here on the planet. Since this is metaphysical, defining life will be subjected to a plethora of opinions. If this question was directed to all beings, it may involve conceptions of sociality, contentment, and the morals and values of all beings. Life is a symbolic meaning of ethics, morals, and above all, the utmost gift of expressing personal choices, or the free will of the human mind. If this question was directed to a single being, the purpose of life can be narrowed down to them specifically. If a single being was to answer this question, many responses may be that the purpose of life is the "pursuit of happiness". To pursue our goals and our ultimate reality can be seen as one of the many objectives of life. The pursuit to reach what one desires can be seen as the more important part of the "pursuit of happiness". By pursuing one\'s true reality, they can see how all of their strenuous work fulfilled their ultimate goals. The "truest" objective in life should be to find one\'s utmost goal in life, and the purpose of life may correlate to the vision of their desired reality. "I did not wish to live what was not life" (Thoreau 383). When Thoreau says this line in Walden, he portrays his idea of passionate living. "I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life" (Thoreau 383). Both of these quotes stress the idea that all beings should live life to their fullest extant. Thoreau further explains how he wanted to receive the greatest experience that life can offer, as coming from the second quote. He speaks of how he wanted to find the true meaning of life after experiencing the highest extant of it. He has passion for understanding the intent of what life could teach to all beings, and how all humans should learn to live beyond the capable extant in terms of happiness and exuberance. Now the friend of Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, also had high beliefs of how life should be interpreted. "It may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted, but God will not have his work made manifest by cowards" (Emerson 369). From this line in "Self-Reliance", Emerson explains how God will not find it acceptable that his creation of the human race becomes a failure due to the common mindset shared by men. The common mindset of men displays how many humans never fully express themselves beyond their capacity. By finding a purpose in life, Emerson stresses how all men must put their soul into their work in order to find peace. This "peace" Emerson speaks of, can be directed to one\'s purpose in his existence. To find one\'s purpose in life, they must fully express themselves so they can have some sort of a self-realization of what they believe their objective in life is. This realization shall only come to one\'s mind when he expresses himself beyond his recognizable reach.
If speaking upon what the purpose of life should be, nature can assist in fathoming the intent of life. The importance of nature to a single being shall ultimately assist in determining their purpose of life. When in nature, some feel as if nature helps them in expressing their personal choices to an extant that they never knew they could reach. As said in Walden, "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not" (Thoreau 383). By going into the forest, Thoreau feels as if nature is the utopia of living life to the fullest. He displays his idea of how nature