Leading an Unexamined Life
Dempsey and Makepeace
Dempsey: "Life is hard and then you die."
- The number one problem of man at the close of the twentieth
century is that he leads an unexamined life.
- We rush from task to task, but we don't call enough time-outs to
reflect on life's larger issues.
Two Life Views
There are two predominant life views in America today:
We have moved away from Judeo-Christian values toward a life view that
lets us self-select values based on whether they serve our self-
- The secular humanist believes that man is intrinsically good, he
masters his own fate, self-determines the boundaries of his achievements
and knowledge, and no moral standards constrain him apart from those he
chooses at his own discretion.
- The Christian believes an all-powerful God created the heavens and
the earth. This living, omniscient God possesses all knowledge, and He
established absolute moral standards by which man is expected to abide.
He is holy, loving and personal.
The choice between a Christian life view and a secular life view is a
choice between God's race and the rat race.
Christians in Captivity
Allan Bloom in The Closing of the American Mind states that our
society's openness is not one that pursues the truth with a dogged
determination, but an openness which presses to be "open to all kinds of
men, all kinds of lifestyles, all ideologies."
The Two Yous
The main reason we lead unexamined lives is that we do not take time to
look at our real selves, carefully looking for more and more.
- The visible you is the you that is known by others.
- The real you is the you that is known by God. We are who we are
in our minds first, before we speak or act.
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