In Paul Coelho’s The Alchemist, Santiago embarks on a spiritually awakening journey of fate and freewill to complete his Personal Legend. He liberates himself from the sabotaging spells that blind his society, attempts feats few are capable of doing, and encounters The Alchemist. Santiago stumbles upon situations of interest and inspiration in his adventure that reveal a soundless battle between his will and his fate. The author successfully illustrates an interesting truth about Santiago’s journey, it is predestined from the beginning; every experience and act of freewill is driven by his fate to accomplish his Personal Legend.
Santiago’s choices are [...]
Siddhartha is the son of a respected Brahmin. Handsome, intelligent, and well educated, everybody thought he was destined to become like his father, a talented priest. Yet Siddhartha was not happy of his fate. Tormented by doubt with regard to the practice of his father’s religion, he finally decided to leave everything behind and to become a Samana. Followed by his friend Govinda, Siddhartha learned how to practice self-denial.
Voluntarily retired from civilization, Samanas devoted their life to kill the sensuous self through severe bodily restriction. The killing of desire would lead to a state of expurgated self through [...]
Think:A compelling introduction to philosophy is an non-fiction philosophy book. Here is a series of quotations from the first chapter:
This book is for people who want to think about the big themes: knowledge, reason, truth, mind, freedom, destiny, identity, God, goodness and justice. … These are not the hidden preserve of specialists. they are things that men and women wonder about naturally. … The word ‘philosophy’ carries unfortunate connotations: impractical, unworldly, weird.
I have chose these quotations because the first one lists all what philosophy is about and it is significant because the third quotation tells us that [...]