The Meaning of Life According to.....

Joseph Campbell, American mythologist, writer and lecturer: once said, “I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. Since the beginning of time, man has been questioning the meaning of life. What is our purpose on the earth? What gives meaning to our everyday lives? What plays a role in the development of thought, feeling, and consciousness? This intense desire for meaning is a key factor in what make a human different from an animal. A tiger doesn’t question why it hunts, it simply does. Yet, “just because” doesn’t suffice for the average human. Every religion or philosophy has its own interpretation of the meaning of life. Some give credit to a higher power or deity. Some say that our purpose calls us to rise above worldly possession in search of our higher calling. Others say that life has no meaning. This exhibit will highlight the main focus of several different religions and philosophies and how those concepts influence each individuals' view on the meaning of life. Each visual image or object will symbolize one of the key features in each philosophy and how it connect to the human beings signature trait of putting meaning into the unknown. You may choose for yourself what you want to believe.

Existentialism. The view that philosophical thinking begins with the whole human individual in an absurd world. "The Scream" represents existential angst, a negative feeling from such experiences.
Shinto. Shinto is the native religion of Japan. Shinto means "the path of the kami", or "the divine crossroad where the kami chooses his way". This signifies that all the universe is divine spirit.
Islam. Earthly life is a test where one's actions determine whether one's soul goes to Jannat (Heaven) or to Jahannam (Hell). Like a game of chess, every move effects the end result.
Christianity. Life's purpose in Christianity is to seek divine salvation through the grace of God and intercession of Christ. When one accepts Christ, they become clean and are reborn as believers.
Confucianism. Confucianism recognizes human nature through discipline and education. Like a Samurai warrior, we are shaped by our learning and our disciplines in daily life.
Nihilism. Nihilism suggests that life has no meaning. Nihilism "devalues the highest of values" and even Nietzsche described it as an emptying of the world of its meaning, purpose, truth, and value.
Panpsychism. Panpsychism says that mind or soul is a part of all things, and the origin from which all others are derived. The panpsychist sees themself as a mind in a world of minds.
Stoicism. The meaning of life is "freedom from suffering" through being objective and having "clear judgement", not indifference. Stoicism breaks the chains that hold the individual to the negatives.
Zoroastrianism. By using free will, people must take an active role in the universal conflict, with good thoughts, good words and good deeds to ensure happiness and to keep chaos at bay.
Cyrenaicism. Bodily pleasure is more intense than mental stimulation. Cyrenaics prefer immediate gratification to temperance and long term effect. Abstinence is unhappiness. Seen as a hedonistic view.
Mohism. Mohism focuses on the meaning of life being an unbiased, unconditional love and care for others. Like a nurse tirelessly working for those they don't know, Mohism focuses on impartial love.
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