The hidden meaning of life: a villanelle

Vaughan, Michael (2012) The hidden meaning of life: a villanelle. Brisbane, QLD, Australia,

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Author Vaughan, Michael
Title The hidden meaning of life: a villanelle
Place of publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publication date 2012-07-25
Total pages 11
Language eng
Subject 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts - General
379900 Other Studies in Human Society
419900 Other Arts
420000 Language and Culture
420300 Cultural Studies
440100 Philosophy
440200 Religion and Religious Traditions
270000 Biological Sciences
270100 Biochemistry and Cell Biology
270200 Genetics
Original Creative Work - Textual work
Abstract/Summary The Poem is a speculative analysis of five of the world's major religions, as well as of existential philosophy, to find the key, though hidden, meaning and purpose of life for a man or woman living in the post-modernist 21st Century. To this end, the Poem outlines the belief systems of Theravada Buddhism; Christianity; Islam; Judaism; and Shintoism along with the philosophy of existentialism with reference to Jean Paul Sartre. The Poem is then accompanied by Notes, defining the terms "religion" and "philosophy"; along with moral codes of behaviour as set down by the five major religions; numerical strengths of three such religions; existentialist ethics; religious rewards for faithfulness and obedience to precepts; and finally the deterministic effect of biology, in the genetic power of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the "double helix" which precisely shapes every cell in every living organism. The Notes conclude with a syncretist question - combining religious belief/existential philosophy/genetical influence - asking, does God Himself drive DNA, thereby fulfilling religious belief that He is the prime mover and sole architect of the world, humankind and the Universe itself? If true, then all nature and all life is divinely ordained; if false, the sole factor shaping the entire Universe is random, non-purposeful chance - which has no intrinsic meaning.
Keyword The Buddhist "Eightfold Path"
Jesus Christ as the "Alpha" and "Omega" of Life and Spirit
Islam and the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed "Blessings and Peace be upon him)"
Jewish Belief in the Truths of the Prophets
Shinto, Cleanliness, and the Sun Goddess Amaterasu
Existentialist Argument of "moral chaos" to be met solely by personal courage
Endless Possibilities of Life
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes The Poem is written in the form of a Villanelle - consisting of five rhyming tercets and a final rhyming couplet. The rhyme scheme throughout the Poem is(a)(b)(a) ending with the couplet rhyming (c) (c). The Poet chose the Villanelle form because of its tightly disciplined three line stanza structure and rhyme scheme which provide forcefulness, insight and clarity. Pictorial illustrations are also frequently applied in the text of the Poem, to heighten its concepts. Furthermore, reliable factual prose Tables have been included in the Notes at the conclusion of the Poem. In essence, men and women have free will to choose for themselves their own beliefs and subsequent lifestyles. For religious believers, choice must be grounded upon faith in, and obedience to, divinely ordered precepts,rewarded by eternal life in celestial bliss and punished by eternal suffering. The basic teaching running through religions and existential agnostic philosophy is quite straightforward and easily grasped intellectually - "be kind to one another and have compassion for the afflicted sufferings of others."

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Created: Fri, 27 Jul 2012, 07:31:11 EST by Dr Michael Vaughan on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies