Life Is Absurd Essay

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We often worry about the meaning of life. As finite beings, we are often concerned if our lives is meaningful at all. Why worry if tomorrow we might die? We spend so much time trying to build a life and give meaning to it. Now the question is if being finite beings can prove the argument that life is absurd. The common argument supports that the brevity of life is an argument that life is absurd. This argument seems to suggest that if we lived longer instead of being finite being, life would have meaning. Nagel argues that being finite beings is not an evidence that life is absurd. In this paper, I am going to support Nagel’s view that “a life that is absurd if it lasts seventy years, be infinitely absurd if it lasted an eternity”. (Nagel p.12) I am also going to present Nagel’s counterargument and the evidences he used to support that life is absurd.
The common argument suggests that life is absurd because of the fact that it is finite. It suggests that living a limited numbers of years is an evidence that life absurd. This approach takes a significant consideration on time. Nagel’s counterargument is that “Would not a life that is absurd if it lasts seventy years be infinitely absurd if it lasted through eternity?” (Nagel, p.12). Nagel argues that the brevity of life has nothing to with life’s absurdity. He does not see a connection between life being meaningless and its length. That is a great argument that he is introducing. To help us dive into it, it is important to…

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