REL- Unit 2
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Please use the following book for this assignment: Kushner, H. (2002). When all you’ve ever wanted isn’t enough: The search for a life that matters. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
We assume that happiness is having no commitments. Kushner argues that this:
|is what makes us truly free.|
|will allow us to do what we want when we want.|
|guarantees leisure time, which is a necessary ingredient to happiness.|
|leads to no responsibility, which means having no meaning in life; it is a recipe for no happiness.|
For the paganism of ancient Greek culture, God was manifest in the rain, the harvest, the cycles of the seasons, and in the form and the fertility of:
|the crops in the field.|
|the earth itself.|
|the beasts of the field.|
Kushner argues that religion is not a nagging parent. Instead, religion is a:
|code of moral conduct.|
|road to eternal life.|
|free ticket to heaven.|
When I protect myself against a the danger of loss (by death, divorce, or just having a close friend move away) by teaching myself not to care, not to let anyone get too close to me, I:
|will ensure that happiness is the only thing in my life.|
|will experience life in all of its fullness without the distraction of pain.|
|will know nothing but the good.|
|lose part of my soul.|
To Kushner, viewing the human body and the whole natural world with disgust is as misguided a belief as viewing them:
|with unqualified reverence.|
|in a perspective where the human body has worth, but the natural world can be discarded.|
|as God’s very body.|
|as being given to the human just to be used by the human.|
For Kushner, authentic religion is summed up:
|with living by the commandments and going to heaven.|
|not with the words “Follow me,” but with the words, “Go Forth.”|
|eating, drinking, and finding enjoyment with your work.|
|living a simple life with only what one needs.|
Kushner writes, “Ecclesiastes, grown too old and cynical for a life of pleasure, turned to philosophy in an effort to discover the meaning of life, and found himself ‘understanding’ life:
|and pondering its beauty.”|
|in order to live it with true meaning.”|
|instead of living like a fool.”|
|instead of living it.”|
Kushner argues that when the Bible says, “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom,” fear:
|does not mean being afraid of God but holding awe and respect for God.|
|means never making a wrong step before God.|
|is the motivation behind keeping the commandments, which is the only wise way to live life.|
|is what should drive one to get an education.|
Kushner claims that God:
|helps those who help themselves.|
|looks out for number one.|
|looks out for the welfare of those least able to care for themselves.|
|stays above and removed from human affairs.|
To see the goal of life as “winning” forces us to see other people as:
|competitors, threats to our happiness.|
|spectators judging our every move.|
|coaches calling all the plays for us.|
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