After many decades, technology continues to surpass the unthinkable limits in that phones that were once tied to an outlet are now allowed to roam around with internet. Consumers take advantage of these devices in order to achieve much more than they could in the past. Technology has advanced in the entertainment field where a simulation called virtual reality allows people to enter a new dimension potentially allowing them to interact with others miles away. This simulation has transformed video games in that gamers can have a full-on experience of a virtual reality without leaving their comforts of their homes. This expands the limits of one’s ability to do whatever they please in that there are no restrictions in one’s own virtual reality. The players are able to interact freely with who and what they desire with no penalties. They are given the ability to be someone they are not and act accordingly to their will. If they choose to die in the video game, their life will be spared in reality, as they get to experience death virtually. Because death is not penalizing in real life, players can enjoy the moment without the thoughts of what may end their life, permanently. In real life, there’s no restart button, therefore people tend to live in fear and anxiety. But in virtual reality, even when everything appears to be real, people are more careless making life much more enjoyable.
This brings on a philosophical aspect in that maximum happiness can be only reached when one does not spend its time thinking about death. Philosophy is the concept of challenging different point of views on beliefs and human existence. It brings puzzling life questions that cannot be simply answered with a yes or no. It requires thinking that most cannot digest in that it raises more complex questions. Famous philosophers, such as Epicurus, has answered these questions in ways most have not heard of. He believed that true happiness could not be achieved if the mind was never at rest. Epicurus stated that most of us had focused on the wrong things in life such as money, luxury, and surviving. He says people are obsessed with obtaining wealth they are unable to enjoy with what they already have. Although some may believe that they have reached their full potential in life, they continue to grow anxious about when the end is near. Their minds become troubled and happiness becomes no longer obtainable, because death is inescapable. For this reason, Epicurus writes, “death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does, we no longer exist.” (Epicurus) This quote sums up his belief on human existence and their beliefs in what is truly important in life. This behavior can be seen throughout many players in virtual reality. Even though the simulation is close to reality, players do not experience the same emotions virtually as they do in real life. Constant fear of death causes distress in that decisions will be made according to what seems best for them. Virtual reality relieves these negative thoughts, in that human existence will not be affected by careless decisions.
The generally steps in life is to attain a well-off job. Every day, people of all ages are employed. Being hired by their dream job is one of the best feelings one could get in that they had set aside most of their assets for it. People have spent years and money to make it to their desired job. Often times, students often start their first job during college or high school and change profession as time passes. Although we have free will, we are forced to work until death. Because money hold significant value, people are tied to their jobs. These jobs often bring misery causing one to yearn for death. The purpose of human existence can be answered in many ways, however, there is never one correct answer. By understanding the belief and standards that a person holds, one can determine their idea behind human existence.