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What I Have Lived For
Transcript of What I Have Lived For
By: Bertrand Russell
longing for love
search for knowledge
unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind
" I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong."
Born: May 18, 1872.
Died: February 2, 1970
British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic and political activist.
Longing for love
1. It brings ecstasy
2. It relieves loneliness
3. It visualizes the prefiguring vision of the heaven
Search for knowledge
1. Wished to understand the hearts of men
2. Wished to know why the stars shine
Unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind
1. Pity - brought him back to the earth ( Love and Knowledge - led him toward the heaven)
Type of writing: Narrative and descriptive
Audience: Human beings
" I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy - ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for few hours of this joy."
" I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine."
" I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer."
To tell the readers that his three passions have governed his life.
" If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. Your passion will lead you right into your purpose."
We are only great when we act