Philosophy-Who needs it Essay

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Philosophy-Who needs it

1. Is there anything you would willingly die for?
In order to answer the question "is there anything I would willingly die for" I would want
some reassurance that what I was dying for would be successful. But without some type of
guarantee it would be hard to know for sure if I would be able to complete my promise. Of
course I would like to be able to say that I would die for any of my beliefs but I have to
admit that if I was forced to choose dying for my religion or declaring another I would
superficially accept the other religion to save my life. I would hope however that I could
continue to practice my religion in secret without loosing my life. I would be willing to
die for the ones I love mainly my family but in the same aspect I would want to know that
my death was not in vain.

When the question was posed to the class most students responded with an answer similar to
my own. Many of the students stated that they would be willing to die for their family and
the people they loved but when it came down to a death that did not ensure the outcome
they desired many people seemed to loose their conviction. Many people did believe that
they could donate a vital organ or give their life to save a loved one. As in my own mind
it would be more difficult to say that you could give your life on the off chance of

I do believe that it is much easier to say that one could die for something or someone but
in truth when at the final moment of decision it would be hard to knowingly give your
life. Socrates was able to give his life for his beliefs and "went willingly to his
death". The Greeks would often choose death over shame of their fellow countrymen and for
centuries death (in certain circumstances) was seen as noble and brave. It all seems to
come down to the fact that there is no clear-cut way to define what one would die for but
that it is more a matter of questioning what it is you are dying for and how your life
will change the lives of others.

4. Do you believe in God?
I believe in my God. I believe in a presence that exists. I believe in a force that guides
me and a faith that I possess which tells me that I am not alone. I believe in heaven but
I do not believe that all sinners go to hell. I do not believe that prayer is the only way
to talk to God and do not believe that you have to go to church pray. I believe in an
almighty being that accepts all people and who possesses the power to forgive sins. I do
not believe that God is prejudice or discriminatory but I do believe that God looks for
people to reach out to him. I do not believe that God can prevent all suffering because I
believe that suffering is part of being human. I believe in a greater force, a guiding
light, and I believe in hope.

I believe in God because I want to live life for a greater purpose. I want to live knowing
that I am not alone. I believe in God because I was taught to but I do not believe in the
same version of God that my parents do. I do not believe in God because the bible tells me
so but because I want to believe in a greater power. I am not forced to believe in God but
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