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What Is the Purpose of Life? Part 11

| January 25, 2016

The only thing that our soul yearns for more than anything else is to know and experience the Perfect Good. According to Aquinas, the Perfect Good of man, the thing that will give him ultimate happiness, cannot be something which was created. “It is impossible for any created good to constitute man’s happiness. For happiness […]

What Is the Purpose of Life? Part 10

| January 22, 2016

OK, we’re down to the final two candidates now. The runner-up is goods of the soul. There are two primary goods of the soul: wisdom and virtue. Wisdom is the good of the mind and virtue is the good of the will. Wisdom is knowing the best means to get to the best ends. Put another […]

What Is the Purpose of Life? Part 9

| January 20, 2016

The next candidate for happiness is pleasure. Here we re-introduce the modern concept of happiness, which is a “sense of pleasurable satisfaction.” This is what Aquinas means by pleasure. Everyone seeks pleasure. Most parents will tell you that the single most important thing they want for their children is for them to be happy. That […]

What Is the Purpose of Life? Part 8

| January 18, 2016

Bodily health seems to be a good candidate for ultimate happiness. Every person desires to be in good health. It is a passion for modern Americans to stay physically healthy and extend their lives for as long as possible. After all, you’ve heard the saying, “If you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything!” Listen to […]

What Is the Purpose of Life? Part 7

| January 15, 2016

I thought I would google the “meaning of life” and see what people thought about it. I got 16,100,000 hits. When asked the meaning of life, Conan the Barbarian had an interesting take on it. He said it was “to crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of […]

What Is the Purpose of Life? Part 6

| January 13, 2016

The next candidate Aquinas considers is power. Remember, we are working our way up from the most foolish to the most wise. Power, in this context, refers to the ability to control the actions of oneself and of others. Why do people think that power brings ultimate happiness? Well, like our other candidates for happiness, […]

What Is the Purpose of Life? Part 5

| January 11, 2016

Speaking of honor and fame, Jesus warned his followers not to confuse the finger with the moon, so to speak. He said, Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give […]

What Is the Purpose of Life? Part 4

| January 8, 2016

The next two things Aquinas considers, after wealth, are similar, so I’ve combined them. They are honor and fame. By honor, I mean high respect or public esteem given to an individual by other people. Some might call it popularity. Fame is merely the multiplication of honor to a large number of people. A person […]

What Is the Purpose of Life? Part 3

| January 6, 2016

The third argument stated that the wealthy are happier, because of all the expensive things they can buy. Money can buy cars, houses, clothes, TV’s, and vacations. Do those things bring us ultimate happiness? It turns out that the wealthiest people, in actuality, are rarely the happiest. In 1957, Americans’ per person income, expressed in […]

What Is the Purpose of Life? Part 2

| January 4, 2016

The 8th ranked answer to what brings happiness is wealth.  Aquinas argues that wealth, which is defined as money or material possessions, is at the same time the most common answer to what brings ultimate happiness and also the most foolish. So why do people believe that the possession of wealth is the purpose of their […]

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