Two questions that give life meaning

What is true? How can I know it? 

What is good? How can I become it?

Those are two of the most fundamental questions human beings can ask. People who ask those questions persistently and pursue the answers no matter where the search leads are called 'philosophers.' 

Socrates, the father of Western philosophy, was famous for saying, "The unexamined life is not worth living." What he meant was, "Why go about living a life that is ultimately pointless because you are just taking everyone else's word for what is true and good? Why follow along like a lemming? Seek out truth and goodness. The search itself gives meaning to life."

As Neil Postman observed, our society has taken a path of "amusing ourselves to death." The constant availability of entertainment has fueled a culture of superficiality rather than a search for truth and goodness. 

Here's a starting point. Take Matthew, chapter 5. Do you think what Jesus taught is true and/or good? Why? Where and to whom would the search to find out take you? If Jesus is the embodiment of truth and goodness, the search will ultimately lead you to him.


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