Tolstoy On Happiness As Contemplation And Religious Faith

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Happiness as Contemplation and Religious Faith The purpose of this paper is to present comparison about what makes life worthwhile between Contemplation and Religious Faith. Leo Tolstoy argues that faith is essential to understand life and live beyond our obscurities. Also, Tolstoy believes that there is an irrational knowledge possessed by humanity and that is, faith, which leads humans to have a meaning of life. However, Aristotle argues that Contemplation is by means the highest happiness for all men to live. To live well and have a happy life, humans must contemplate happiness. For Aristotle a happiest life is one that can be practiced by good moral standards and virtues. It is important to mention the argument that Aristotle brings …show more content…
Leo Tolstoy was a famous writer in his times, had a wonderful family, and grateful friends, practically he had everything in life. Later, when he started asking questions about the meaning of life and death, he viewed his literary works as worthless and he thought of killing himself. Tolstoy believe that the pleasures of life are ruined by our inescapable death and that ineffectiveness of life ruin the bliss of life. Tolstoy argues that knowledge about the meaning of life does not exist and was not found in any rational knowledge. Therefore, the only meaning of life was found in an in an irrational knowledge and that knowledge is ‘Faith’. To understand this, Tolstoy explains that reason leads to no meaning and faith rejects reason, then reason must be irrational because nothing makes sense. Thus, faith can give a meaning of life, then irrotationality is rational. Tolstoy defines faith as the power of life and he does not refer to the wealthy live or the intellectual life, but to the poor and uneducated life. Tolstoy argues that the meaning of life is only found in a simple life by simple people. Finally, Tolstoy found the meaning of life and a life with a religious …show more content…
Then, the connection of this function leads to a contemplative life. I believe that to have a worthwhile life we must live in a religious faith. Tolstoy clearly demonstrated that even when you think that there are no solutions to life if you live a faithful life, you will find all possible solutions. In the world that we live today where there is a lot of suffering and much trouble a contemplative life is impossible. I believe that in order to live a contemplative life we must reduce suffering because in contemporary times the only importance of human beings is to achieve happiness as the end of something else and not as an end. How can we live a contemplative life if we don’t have faith? As an example, Tolstoy argue that he was contemplating suicide because he couldn’t find the meaning of his life an because of that he found life as meaningless. This is a great example of how difficult is to live a contemplative life today because we only focus on asking questions about the meaning of our lives. Therefore, we don’t think of other people that are really suffering and even though they are suffering they are finding a meaning of life. I believe this is because they have faith in God almighty. In the pass I lived in a contemplative life where I achieved happiness only be ends of something else and not for an end. As a

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