What is the meaning of life?... Does life have meaning in and of itself?... April 27 2019

What is the meaning of life?... Does life have meaning in and of itself?... April 27 2019

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Updated on Apr 20, 2019

What is the meaning of life?... Does life have meaning in and of itself?...

What What is the meaning of life?... Does life have meaning in and of itself?...
When Saturday, April 27, 2019
02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
By Grand Rapids Philosophical Conversation Meetup
Where Schuler Books
28th Street
Grand Rapids , MI 49501
How to find us Let's meet in the cafe area. I will be wearing a dark gray cap...
Located in GRAND RAPIDS, MI

Keep in mind, although the topics may be lofty, the discussion is intended not only to be insightful, but fun. Remember the words of Oscar Wilde, "Life is too important to be taken too seriously."

For this topic, instead of recommending "On the Nature of Things", which is an ancient, Epicurean poem by Lucretius, that is I think difficult to read (I've tried), I would suggest the book, "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern", for some good insights into the question of what is the meaning of life or does life itself have meaning. Another related shorter source on what gives life meaning are the basic principles of Epicurus, of which "by far the most important is friendship" from www.epicurus.net/en/principal.html . I would also highly recommend "The Wisdom of Insecurity" by Allen Watts and "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene Brown, and finally "Play" by Stuart Brown (no relation, except through reference). Of all these recommendations, the most classic (not counting Epicurus' words : ) ) and concise is "The Wisdom of Insecurity" of which the Brown books are unintentional, contemporary updates - not sure which of the Brown books I like best - both are excellent... but Watts' is shortest.

"The Dance of Connection" by Harriet Lerner is also excellent, but like Brene Brown's book, and to a lesser degree "Play", comes at the meaning of life more from a mental health angle, rather than a philosophical one, like Watts, without his also not getting too high-falutin'...

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