Saturday, October 8, 2016
According to Aristotle, everything has a telos, which is an inner goal it is "meant to be.". An acorn has a telos, which is an oak tree. It's what an acorn is "meant to be." Birds have one, bees have one.
Does human life have a telos? Aristotle thought so. He thought the telos of human life is happiness. St. Augustine, seven centuries later, thought the telos of life is to love God. Martin Heidegger a twentieth-century existentialist thought man's telos is to live without denial of the true human condition, particularly death.
I personally go along with St. Augustine and believe that we were designed to love and worship God. The human condition is hopeless without Jesus Christ in our lives.