Living Life and The Struggle for Virtue

Tab McKenzie

The intent of this book is to analyze and reflect upon our humanity and what constitutes a life lived well. Everyone wants to know the meaning of life and what is the purpose of our existence. This book begins by examining the greatest sermon ever when Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.

Also, this book shares the observations and philosophy of living written during the 16th century by the famous writer from France known as Montaigne. Montaigne’s definition of philosophy is that it should provide instruction and suggestion in living a good life, and to make the writings understandable. He does both in his writings known as the “Essays.”

Montaigne was very aware of everyday life, and he encourages us to live naturally and normally. He makes our human failings and imperfections seem more bearable. He demonstrates and illustrates the nature of forgiveness and the importance of acceptance, both by God and humankind.

Montaigne gives us plenty of reasons to think that NOT chasing approval, recognition, and worldly ambitions of success is the better way to live life. He leaves us with the feeling that being CONTENT with life is more significant than over-achieving or reaching your potential (whatever that really means). Less is more if less is wealth and fame.

Montaigne felt we should be curious and amused by life, and much less disgusted by it. We should be cheerful in our demeanor and try to calmly accept about everything that happens whether good or bad.

Our purpose in living is to become virtuous, content, and accepting of our life. We can be virtuous, spiritual, and content in life, despite our weaknesses. This is the path to real happiness and eternal life. Montaigne did not think being common or ordinary meant one is incapable of greatness in our secular life—It just shouldn’t be primary.