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This essay will present an organized material in which it will discuss the idea of the Good Life as the Egyptians Greeks and Hebrews thought of it It will give the basic definitions of each about the Good Life and illustrate with some examples In the Egyptian culture the Good Life was a life of attunement to Maat a life of obedience to the gods and conformity The ideal man was silent Time was as natures time cyclical and repetitive It was modeled after the seasons of nature Ordinary time was of no importance or significance to them Neither was the particular The ideal was the begging It was the complete opposite of linear time There was a strong emphasis on rituals and ceremonial burials The Greek outlook was taken in the whole human condition Man was god-like but still weak and ephernal he is a mortal and suffers Differing from the Judaic line of thought man didnt have the individual worth but was still human and his life was worthwhile He pondered and grasped the meaning of life He can live well by learning the rhythms which govern life The thought that man was like the gods and vice versa was expressed by Pindar 518-438 BCE Man had freedom and everything happened due to necessity or fate Homer expressed this line of thought well in the play Oedipus the King The theme was that even the great and wise must suffer Yet man isnt a puppet he can accept and live with his fate The Good Life meant enjoying the good things of life it also meant living with the sense of proportion and respect for Mans limits The goal was to strive for all-rounded excellence balancing out the virtues The Hebrew sometimes referred to as the Ancient Jews view of a good life was different from the two previous outlooks They believed that man had a meaning in life
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