The threats of nuclear war, environmental poisoning and other possible disasters make it necessary for us to get it right.
For if Hannah Arendt was correct concerning the ‘banality of evil’ which affected so many Nazi converts and contaminated the German population by extension, we may agree with her that both Western rational philosophy and Christian teaching let the side down badly in the 20th century.
This does not necessarily imply a selfish code of conduct.
The external interpretation commonly makes the claim that there is a realm to which life leads after death.
An interesting way to contrast the internal and external views is to imagine walking through a beautiful landscape.
Your purpose in walking may be just to get somewhere else – you may think there’s a better place off in the distance.
To suggest that there is demonstrates not so much arrogance as a lack of imagination.
Another way of rephrasing the question is “What is the purpose of life?
Think of all the reasons why you are glad you are alive (assuming you are), and there is the meaning of your life.
Some have attempted to answer this question in a more objective way: that is to have an idea of what constitutes .