Moments of Life Essay

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Moments of Life

Moments of Life

How does it seem to be that a natural man who has devoted his life to philosophy should be
cheerful in the face of death? It seems that he is confident of finding the greatest
blessing in the next world when his life is finished. Philosophy and religion have many
differences pertaining to how you live your life and what happens to your soul when you
die. Their ideas are so different, yet so alike.

Living a philosophical life is to find the truth, to search for wisdom. The love and
pursuit of wisdom is religious in a way. It is essential for the nurturing and growth of
the soul as well as for the health and welfare of the state. "The unexamined life is not
worth living" (Apology 38a). Socrates would rather die than give up philosophy.

Philosophy is the practice for death and dying because it is the performance for
separation from the body, in which a philosopher is trying to achieve the whole time,
trying to separate your soul from the worldly desires. There is not a point in partaking
of these worldly desires because they are never perfect. No matter how beautiful something
is, it is never perfect, there is always something that could be changed to make it
better. The separation of the body and soul is a philosopher's wish being granted.

The art of practicing philosophy can be devoted into one group: the progression and
knowledge of the soul. Socrates was put in Athens in order to push people, to have them
challenge their own souls knowledge. Socrates says that philosophy is the only thing that
should be practiced during your life because you are being righteous while doing so. If
you practice anything else, it means that you have been wrongly involved and you will be
as a wolf or some other uneducated creature in the next life. Your goal is to practice the
arts in order to become an educated creature, such as an ant or a bee.

"Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all" (Augustine). Augustine thought
of the religious life is looked at to be the most virtuous life style; therefore he
strictly lived by it. Exuihilo is Greek for "God created the world out of nothing." That
is what Augustine believes and stands by. Augustine answers that no one can live a good
life, or even want to, without special help from God, which he does not always give. God's
help is a "grace". It cannot be earned or deserved, but is given without cause, and only
to "the elect", those to whom God has chosen from predestined to give it. We have the free
choice of the will, which is physical and metaphysical freedom. In God, you have to
believe in order to understand.

There are also many differences between philosophy and religion. For example, the proposal
of courage. In the religious world, someone is brave in fear of something worse. Another
example of courage in the religion would be that in effect of fear makes for ordinary
bravery, which is illogical. The religious are not courageous because they don't
understand courage, it just happens upon courageous acts in fleeing a greater evil. In the
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