The Meaning of Life - Virtual Class
What is ‘The Meaning of Life’?
The Meaning of Life is a 2.5 hour class by The School of Life which takes place regularly in our virtual classroom over Zoom. It is one of 12 classes around our 4 core themes: Love, Work, Self and Culture. Further information on how to connect to the class will be made available once you have purchased a ticket.
Why should I attend?
To wonder too openly or intensely about the meaning of life can seem a peculiar, ill-fated and faintly ridiculous pastime. It can seem like a topic on which ordinary mortals cannot make much progress. In truth, it is for all of us to wonder about, define and work towards a more meaningful existence.
This class considers a range of options for where the meaning of life is to be found, including love, family, friendship, work, self-knowledge and nature. We learn why certain things feel meaningful while others don't, and consider how we might introduce more meaning into our activities. The class amounts to a hugely thought-provoking as well as practical guide to one of the greatest questions we will ever face.
What will I learn?
The Meaning of Life teaches:
- A meaningful life draws upon, and exercises, a range of our higher capacities; those bound up with tenderness, care, connection, self-understanding, sympathy, intelligence and creativity.
- A meaningful life aims not so much at day-to-day contentment as at fulfilment. We may be leading a meaningful life and yet often find ourselves in a bad mood. Conversely, we may be having frequent surface fun while living, for the most part, meaninglessly.
- Whereas pleasure manifests itself immediately, our taste in meaning may be more elusive.
The format of this class is highly interactive and involves a combination of teaching, group discussion and individual reflection. The facilitators of the class aim to create a confidential space where all participants are welcome to contribute freely and comfortably. If you have any questions about the format of the class please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morning/Afternoon/ Evening Classes - All timings are in British Summer Time (BST).
This event is being streamed globally, please use a time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.
Dates and times are available to book below. New dates for this class are added throughout the year. Please note, you will receive the Zoom link for the class the day before the scheduled date.