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When I looked up the definition of the word life in the Random House Dictionary (utilizing the well respected scholarly source dictionary.com) I found several scientifically based answers. Then, clocking in at number five on the list of definitions, I saw this gem with its attached ironic example.

5. the general or universal condition of human existence: “Too bad, but life is like that.”

In the context of this blog, I found this incredibly humorous but also a bit insightful. In this blog post I’m supposed to describe my personal definition of “the good life”. Is it not interesting that humanity as a whole can describe life as organic compounds and other scientific words and phrases, and also “too bad”? Our society is filled with people who expect the worst, demand the best, and refuse to settle for anything less than what they want, right here, right now. We have difficulty understanding this life as “good” because we refuse to accept that the world around us is good enough.

I personally, as an aspiring philosopher, think that the word good is incredibly subjective. Since this is about how I view “the good life” I’m going to use my own definitions and priorities. First and foremost, let’s consider good in regards to morality. I believe that living a morally good life is not something that humans are capable of doing without outside help – the originator of which is God, although He uses many different tools and people to help us. Although it is possible, and in fact incredibly likely, that people can do good things without God helping us, have good intentions and good impacts on the world, we cannot truly be good people without the intervention of God.
I believe that quality of life follows directly from morality of life. Living a moral life has positive impacts on personal self-worth, the people around us, and the responses those people have to us. It is easy to see how people could disagree with this idea – after all, Christians are persecuted throughout the world and throughout history, and I am talking about Christians.
However, I would argue that the Christian living in persecution is in fact living “the good life” to a fuller extent than anyone else. The joy that we can achieve through following Christ is greater than success at work, sex, drugs, money, or anything else that people value.
And that is my definition of “the good life” with original thought and creativity, between 200 and 500 words.

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