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The Universal Question of Existence

This essay presents a discussion on the universal and perhaps the most perennial question of man on human existence. Also presented are enlightening insights about life, suffering and existence from Buddha, Confucius and Lao Tzu.

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Table of contents

Introduction 1
The Meaning of Human Life in the Ultimate Analysis 1
Grain of Wisdom from Three Oriental Philosophers 2
Observation and Comment 3
The Paradoxes of Lao Tzu 6
Synthesis 7
Final Analysis 8
References 9

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THE UNIVERSAL QUESTION OF EXISTENCE Introduction What is man's life for? What pleasure is there in it? Is it for beauty and riches? Is it for sound and color? But there comes a time when beauty and riches no longer answer the needs of the heart, and when a surfeit of sound and color becomes weariness to the eyes and a ringing in the ears. The men of old knew that life comes without warning, and as suddenly goes. They denied none of their natural inclinations, and repressed none of their bodily desires. They never felt the spur of fame. They sauntered through life gathering its pleasures as the impulse moved them. Since they cared nothing for fame after death, they were beyond the law. For name and praise, sooner or later, a long life or short one, they cared not at all. All throughout the ages every human being, at one time or another or often in his lifetime, whenever he enters into ...

... Confucian system does not answer the question "What happens after death?" Death is a universal dilemma for all mankind, and this question must be answered. What happens after death has tremendous ramifications as to how we will live here on earth. Is there a reward or punishment after life on earth? What determines the state of a person after death? Without any explanations on this, Confucianism cannot offer any real hope to those who have experienced evil or unjust suffering. Lastly, Christianity offers a comprehensive life view, for it explains the nature of God, our relationship to Him, the origin of creation, and what happens after death. Jesus offers us meaning in life and an eternal hope that death cannot overcome.
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