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100 Lessons on The Meaning of Life in 100 Words or Less

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Jul 29, 2011


THE MEANING OF LIFE: Each lesson approaches this fascinating but slippery subject from different perspectives: religious, scientific, philosophical, medical, artistic. The result is a summary of mankind’s reflections on the ultimate question. Covering Biology to Buddhism, Cynicism to Existentialism, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and even HRH Prince Philip! It doesn’t offer any answers (how could it? The whole point is no one knows); instead readers are invited to draw their own conclusions based on the work of history’s finest minds. The result will appeal to anyone with even a hint of curiosity about why we’re here and what it’s all about, even you?

We all know that we don't read enough—but don't beat yourself up—read a little, you can still learn a lot. Read between sets at the gym, on your way to work, while queuing at the bank, or even wind down with a few lessons at bedtime. Dip in, dip out, learn something new along the way. Try it–you might just like it.

Jul 29, 2011

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  • Therefore we’re responsible for everything we do—or as he put it, “We are left alone, without excuse.” All this meant that for Sartre, “The meaning of life is nothing other than the sense you choose.” Stark stuff.

  • Friedrich Nietzsche approvingly described it as “emptying existence of meaning,” so for nihilists the meaning of life is meaningless—God is dead and nothing matters.

  • Zoroastrianism is basically monotheistic, it believes humanity possesses free will, and that we’re locked in a titanic struggle between good and evil.

  • So for secular humanists, one way to resolve the meaning of life is simply to live it.

  • God can be thought of as the universe itself, a view shared by Pantheism.

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100 Lessons on The Meaning of Life in 100 Words or Less - Roger Horberry

100 Lessons on the Meaning of Life

in 100 Words or Less

by Roger Horberry

Copyright 2011 Visual Aid Publishing Limited

Published by Visual Aid Publishing Limited at Smashwords

Table of Contents

1. Existentialism

2. Christianity

3. Epicureanism

4. Zoroastrianism

5. Nihilism

6. Pragmatism

7. Judaism

8. Hinduism

9. Shinto

10. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

11. Platonism

12. Cynicism

13. Kantianism

14. Secular Humanism

15. Sikhism

16. Absurdism

17. Postmodernism

18. Logical Positivism

19. Confucianism

20. Islam

21. Aristotelianism

22. Bahá’í

23. Biology

24. Neuroscience

25. Buddhism

26. Classical Liberalism

27. Sigmund Freud

28. Dalai Lama

29. Utilitarianism

30. Jainism

31. Carl Jung

32. Taoism

33. Stoicism

34. William Shakespeare

35. Transhumanism

36. Søren Kierkegaard

37. Materialism

38. Monty Python

39. Mormonism

40. Biophysics

41. Scientific Pantheism

42. Tenrikyo

43. Instinctivism

44. Dialectical Materialism

45. Evolution theory

46. Jean-Paul Sartre

47. Franz Kafka

48. Positive psychology

49. Cargo cults

50. Quantum mind

51. Authenticity

52. Arthur Schopenhauer

53. Science

54. Cao Đài

55. Leo Tolstoy

56. Viktor Frankl

57. Seicho-no-Ie

58. John Locke

59. Stanley Kubrick

60. Cheondo

61. Death

62. Richard Dawkins

63. The Purpose Driven Life

64. Objectivism

65. Happiness

66. HRH Prince Philip

67. The Cyrenaics

68. Carpe Diem

69. Bertrand Russell

70. Daniel Dennett

71. God

72. Afterlife

73. Responsibility

74. Spinoza

75. Belief

76. Success

77. Altruism

78. Life itself

79. Love

80. Transcendence

81. Quentin Crisp

82. Blaise Pascal

83. Terror Management Theory

84. Deism

85. Zen

86. Hare Krishna

87. Aldous Huxley

88. Ayn Rand

89. Michel de Montaigne

90. Mohandas Gandhi

91. Johann Goethe

92. Hermann Hesse

93. Kabbalah

94. George Bernard Shaw

95. Henry David Thoreau

96. Christopher Hitchens

97. Matthew Arnold

98. Oscar Wilde

99. Albert Einstein

100. Jean Baudrillard


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Existentialism established itself in the wake of WWII and suggests the meaning of life is to make our own meaning. Life, existentialist thinkers like Sartre pronounced through a haze of Gauloises smoke, is about self-determination—God can’t help; only you can decide how to live. That’s a distinctly mixed blessing; freedom is scary stuff, and ultimately means each of us is alone in an empty universe. For existentialists it’s not about the meaning of life, but the meaninglessness of life. It’s easy to see how this caught the mood post-1945 and inspired a thousand art house movies.


According to the Gospel of St. John, the meaning of life is simple: to seek divine salvation through the grace of God and intercession of Christ. We were created as perfect beings, but after that unfortunate incident with the apple and the serpent, things went downhill. But not to worry, when we accept Jesus we remove the barrier sin creates between man and God, and in effect get a second chance at salvation (hence the whole he died that we might live thing). So for Christians the meaning of life is clear: Believe, be reborn in Christ, and be saved.


For Epicurus, an ancient Greek philosopher who died in 270 BC, the meaning of life was to attain tranquillity through the pursuit of simple pleasures. Unfortunately, poor Epicurus was slandered from day one. He was accused of advocating indulgence when all he was really interested in was reducing pain. For Epicurus, good

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