My meaning of life - final (maybe)
by, 16th-October-2007 at 09:44 AM (4935 Views)
So what is the Eudaimonia that I am searching for? What will create the ‘flourishing of the heart’ so described by Aristotle? A euphoric happiness that makes life wonderful?
First and foremost to me, it is achieving quality of existence. That means an understanding, appreciation and respect of all nature. Watching a brilliant butterfly dance under a tropical jungle canopy, or diving on a colourful reef teeming with thousands of tropical fish, provide a sense of awe. This appreciation for all of nature fills me with contented wonder, and happiness in its own right. The complexity of how the earth exists as an incredible tapestry of interdependent organisms, created through evolution is inspiring.
Appreciation of nature makes me recognise my place in it and guides me in how I should act in my environment to be a positive influence in it. Not just a passive spectator, but a contributor to its beauty. This is about being the best person that I can be. It is about trying to uphold the virtues that I feel so important in maintaining my relationships within my environment and culture. Some of these include: honesty, respect, integrity, calmness, rationality, objectivity, responsibility, and mateship. It is about developing my knowledge and understanding of the world around me, including its people, to the highest level possible. It is about always searching for the truth, and not being blinded by the negative primal instincts of the survival animal such as selfishness, or deceit.
I do not pretend to have achieved my perfect eudaimonic existence because I understand the animal in me is a very difficult beast to tame. It is not tamed, and never will be.
I doubt I will ever be able to achieve what I might call a perfect state of contented eudaimonic happiness because of this, but it’s a battle I’m determined to fight.
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