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Chapter Nine – The Meaning of Life
The Meaning of Life
No, I don’t have a final answer for the meaning of life. I doubt I ever
will. Part of my meaning for life is evolving and improving my meaning for
life. (My self-improvement has a recursive aspect to it)
But, even if I don’t have the final answer, I do have a work in progress.
The Way of Arete: My Meaning for Life
After exploring a lot of different life philosophies, the meaning central
to my life is a fusion of two ideas, from the Stoics and Taoists.
The Stoics believed the meaning of life was derived from arete, a
word roughly describing virtue and excellence. If you lived virtuously, the
meaning of your life was fulfilled, even if you ended up as a beggar.
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