Even where life appears to be lived for happiness, it is lived by and through experience.
We see our lives as a collection of experiences: “the day I met those people at that party”; “the night I lost my virginity”; “the feeling I had as a tourist in Paris”; or “when I stood at the lake in the woods.” These snow globes and beach rocks can be held onto, compared, and appraised for quality.
Pleasure, like pain, will be unmemorable if it exists only as immediate sensation.
Neither an orgasm nor the pains of childbirth can be recalled as feeling when you’re not undergoing them.
The flaw of this philosophy, however, is that neither happiness nor pleasure can be put into reality directly.
The pursuit of happiness has to enter occurrence, and raw occurrence can’t be saved or savored.When I consider the short duration of my life, swallowed up in the eternity that lies before and after it, when I consider the little space I fill and I see, engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces of which I am unaware, I rest frightened, and astonished, for there is no reason why I should be here rather than there. By whose order and direction have this place and time have been ascribed to me?Love gives meaning to our lives - as do friendship, or art or faith in God.Orange Juice, the peaceful orangutan, fights ferociously against the hyena.Even the severely wounded zebra battles to stay alive; his slow, painful struggle vividly illustrates the sheer strength of his life force.As Martel makes clear in his novel, living creatures will often do extraordinary, unexpected, and sometimes...Disclaimer: This work has been submitted by a student.Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of UK Essays.Over centuries there have been debates among the members of the intellectual society as to the purpose of human existence. The morbid person knows he was born to die, but even the short time until the end he doesn’t know how to fill.Memory floats you back to days that will never be repeated, letting you know you didn’t appreciate them when they occurred.