Humanity’s Search for the Meaning of Life

Throughout the whole of history, people have searched for the meaning of their lives, leaving a rich accumulation of writings, philosophies, dramas, religions, paintings, sculptures, buildings and music. These creative expressions affirmed life for some people, somewhere, at some time.

Every creation around you which is made by a human being represents someone’s humanity. The chair you’re sitting in, the clothes you’re wearing, the building you’re in, or your home, even the time of day which people created, all are representative of someone’s humanity — their human-ness. In other words, everything that human beings have created can be classified as part of the humanities.

More specifically, though, the humanities usually refer to the Fine Arts, which include painting, sculpture, and music. We will be concerned here with these Fine Arts, and also with the intellectual and theological realms of literature, philosophy, and religion. As architecture is said to be the “stage-setting” for our personalities, and as architecture reflects a culture’s strivings, a short history of building design concludes this book.

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About June Stephenson

June Stephenson is the author of 20 books about women’s issues, parental responsibility, the humanities, philosophy, comparative religion, music, architecture, parenting, sexual abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, incest, crime, women’s studies, aging, tyranny, family, marriage, and divorce. The accomplished author has a degree from Stanford in economics and a Ph.D. in psychology with 25 years of teaching experience in history and English. Stephenson’s well-researched and documented approach combined with an easy-to-read style, offers readers enrichment and enjoyment. She also is an award-winning artist with many red ribbons from juried art shows throughout California. Stephenson has two daughters and two granddaughters, and lives in Palm Desert, California, with her Labradoddle named Happy.

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