Living an Authentic Life Essay

1004 Words Apr 24th, 2013 5 Pages
Name: Quoc Tran
English 2403: World Literature
Section: L2
Professor: George Schroepfer
Living an Authentic life Sangamithra Gangarapu, a software engineer, once said: “add life to your days, not days to your life;” This short but meaningful message caught my attention when I was browsing through facebook sometime last week. I’m sure the question that comes to mind when any of us when we see this quote is: have I live the life I was meant to live, or what does it mean to live an authentic life? Let us examine this question through the journeys of Noah, Gilgamesh, and Ivan. In my opinion, to live an authentic life is to have an ability to connect and believe deeply in your true spirit within that eventually those thoughts are
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At this point Gilgamesh appeared in such a total contrast with the idea of living authenticity. The key concepts of the story were described at the end of the story when the king finally realized that all his negative qualities would not make a meaningful life. After the death of Enkidu, Gilgamesh’s perceptions of what are most important to his life were changed. He began another journey to search for immortality. And even though he failed the journey and did not get what he was searching for, he realized the truth meanings of life. Ones can now understand the moral of the story is that to live a fulfillment life is simply accepting wisdom from others and show appreciation for others, rather than through self- indulgence or glory. Another question in regard to how to live an authentic life is: what role does the material word play in determining what is an authentic life? And is the material world adequate for what is true living? To answer this question we should look through the journey of Ivan Ilych and how he comes about the truth meaning of living. Toystoy, author of The Death of Ivan Ilych, walks us through a story of life and death of a high-court judge in 19th century in Russia. Ivan Ilych, main character in the novel was depicted as a miserable husband, proud father and is happy with what he had accomplished as a upper middle class while living in his so-call material world. Then a minor accident

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