Episode 40: What It Means to Be Alive

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
— Soren Kierkegaard
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
— George Bernard Shaw
Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
— Sholom Aleichem

A different type of discussion which touches on the broad, inexplicable and wondrous nature of Life as a whole. We do not have any particular direction in this conversation, but instead ideas and musings on human life, the life around us, and how we appreciate (or fail to) the complexity and variability of the system which arranges, organizes and defines our existence. This is not a conclusive conversation but rather an inclusive one, which invites listeners to contemplate their own values and approaches to life.

This episode is one of a pair, the next of which will discuss Death in a similar fashion. We also want to thank those who were kind and articulate enough to contribute to this episode: Emily Bulik-Sullivan, Hayden Fowler, Patrick Mershon, Will Quam, Sara Carminati and Naomi Ali. We appreciate the knowledge and insight you all shared and this episode is decidedly better for your participation. For those of our audience who would like to read what they wrote, their contributions are available below.

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