The Nature Of Things By Sophocles Essay

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Authority does and always has played an important role in helping humans determine their morals and ambitions. People live based on what they thought gods would do and for the purpose of possibly earning an eternal afterlife, even though they have no definitive answer to whether or not it actually exists or what it would be like. Blind patriotism leads people to follow their country, no matter how unjust the nation’s motives may be. There is an inevitable internal conflict waiting to occur in every person who knows they need to make a personal decision that goes against the teachings of their nation or deities. In Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things, as well as Antigone by Sophocles, a heavier emphasis is placed on humans and humanity rather than gods and rulers. People should live for the sake of their humanity and value their own existence rather than live for others and in fear of one’s god, family, or country. Lucretius preaches that it is irrational to live in fear of death and the afterlife, believing that it has a large effect on a human’s dread and anxiety. It is concerning how many people live based on a set of guidelines that they believe will allow them to enter eternal paradise; a place whose existence they are unsure of. In On the Nature of Things, he alludes to the fact that everything in life experiences death, saying “The four that make this universe, are all / Composed of bodies that are born and die, / We must conclude the world is born and dies” (V.…

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