Your Life on Earth: Philosophizing Purpose and Place in the 21st Century
Project Description In this project we studied "The Meaning of Life," and the different lenses people choose to see the meaning of life through. We studied existentialism to transcendentalism. My project answered the essential question, "What is the purpose of (your/human) existence?" and "How does your “intertextual” experience impact your personal philosophy?" I find myself in nature. Its when I feel pure happiness and purpose, so I took the intertextuality of transcendentalism and created a project with those words woven into my home, the mountains.
New Insights This project taught me about myself and how I view what's important to me. My priorities are reflected on my personal philosophy. I have struggled to find my place because I put others happiness above my own. I viewed emotions as weakness for most of my life so slowly transitioning has been difficult but studying transcendentalism and reading "Into the Wild," by Jon Krakauer has reminded me that it is ok to sometimes put my self first. I believe in balance to an extent and when studying Aristotle’s Eudaimonia I realized that I wasn't living a balanced life and I needed to work on prioritizing myself to a maintain healthy mind. This project helped me to recognize that my habits weren't reflecting my beliefs allowing me to grow and change.
Further Questions and Intellectual Work Left to Do 1. What are my goals in life? I want a challenge but how do I achieve this? 2. What do I want to do? 3. How do I maintain healthy relationships with my family while pursuing my goals? 4. How can I change the world?