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In the absence of belief in some transcendent being or ultimate for example God human life lacks meaning and is not worthwhile This is The Meaning of Life Thesis Early 20th century Russian philosopher Leo Tolstoy is partial to the thesis He believes that without a belief in a higher reality there is no sense in living On the other hand ED Klemke a late 20th century philosopher and professor demonstrates that the ideal Tolstoy believes is untrue Klemke can find alternative meaning and purpose to life without the belief in a transcendent being However without a blatant revelation of a higher being there is no way to know what to believe or how to live Through Tolstoy and Klemkes writings they express their thoughts on the matter Leo Tolstoys My Confession is an explanation of his feelings during an inner crisis and questioning about himself and the meaning of life His belief that life is not worthwhile or meaningful is derived from realizing that he has no answer to why he should do anything or actual motivation to live This is blatantly portrayed through his statement on page 11 my life is a stupid mean trick played on me by somebody To explain this point further he uses an analogy through telling a story In this story a man is running from a beast that is attacking him He jumps into a dry well to get away from the beast and as he is approaching the bottom of the well he sees a dragon with his mouth open waiting to catch him He grabs a branch that he sees in the well and he is hanging from it However there are two mice chewing at the branch and he realizes that the branch will break any minute resulting in his being shredded by the ferocious dragon While he is hanging though he sees drops of honey on the leaves of the branch In order
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