EYC ponders the meaning of life

October 28, 2015

By Bryan Lucas"What was the crazy youth group up to this past month?, you ask, well let me share with you.More good discussions and more volunteer stuff!!A couple of weeks ago it was more a laid back, fun night. They divided up into two teams and played a little family feud using riddle questions and then a couple rounds of "would you rather".

Once again, some very deep, well thought out answers and lots of laughs. Here are a few questions for you to ponder!!-

  • Would you rather be stranded on an island alone or with someone you really dislike?-

  • Would you rather eat poison ivy or handful of bumblebees?-

  • Would you rather end hunger or hatred?-

  • Would your rather lose or never play?-

  • Would you rather be an unknown minor league basketball player or a famous professional badminton star?-

  • Would you rather love and not be loved back, or be loved but never love?

 

Hmmmmm.

 

This most recent meeting showcased a question of the week (selected by the group) “what is your meaning of life”, a question the ancient Greek philosophers even pondered.

 

Plato believed the meaning of life is attaining the highest form of knowledge, which is the idea (form) of the Good, from which all good and just things derive utility and value. Aristotle argued that ethical knowledge is not certain knowledge but is general knowledge. A person had to study and practice in order to become "good"; thus the person would become virtuous. This is why the good has rightly been defined as the object of all endeavors. Everything is done with a goal, and that goal is "good".So, without any of this background, the youth group gave their answers to the question. Answers ranged from not really knowing (hadn’t been asked before) to finding your own meaning, to realizing and sharing your gift, to how we are all energy and these energies flow and continue on forever.

 

It was incredibly interesting because these teens are all between 15 and 17 years old, yet have the same line of thinking as the great philosophers! Everyone kind of agreed that life is all about finding your path, making things better, being happy and continuing on. As usual, the question and answers sparked deeper questions and greater thoughts and answers. Very interesting!


So, what is YOUR meaning of life?

 

Eugene and Dominic stopped in to pitch weekend clean up and future projects to the youth. As with anyone who joins us, they each had to give their own answer to the meaning of life! The group overwhelmingly volunteered to take on the memorial garden up near the entrance and create something the church will be proud of. They have lots of skills and ideas they’d like to put into motion. So keep an eye out up there as changes happen.

 

The group has been keeping steady, anywhere from 6-10 kids each week. We still have plenty of slots each Wednesday night if you know of anyone who would like to come and participate. It is a very open and sharing group and we’re firm on the value of all input, and ideas. We maintain and backup the fact that every voice is wanted and respected and heard. We invite anyone interested in joining us to come share anything with the group. If you have something you like to teach them, share with them, ask them, you are always welcome! 

 

 

 

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