Why are we?

So much seems to be going on around us; the run up to the American election is getting wilder, fear of terrorism is engulfing Europe and we still seem somehow to be entrapped in our little, petty things. It is within this context that I welcome you to zuntier.com.

Għaqda Studenti tat-Teoloġija (GħST) is relaunching this project with the aim of bringing together different values and different perspectives, involving both students and lecturers. We want to make the best of our university experience. But why zuntier.com? Why are we doing this?

At first glance, we humans tend to do everything we can do in order to be happy. Fair enough. From Friedrich Nietzsche to Viktor Frankl, however, the argument is that we are not after happiness, but rather, we are in search of meaning. As Nietzsche famously argued, ‘He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.’

Zuntier.com aims, therefore, to give space to contributors and to help its readers alike to ask questions about what, how and why is it that we are the way we are, whoever and whatever we are. In questioning our assumptions, we hope to come closer to living together even if we still keep to our own respective differences, because otherwise, a pervading sense of meaninglessness alienates us from ourselves.

Jean Claude graduated with an MSc in Anthropology in 2014 from the University of Aberdeen and is currently reading a Bachelor’s Degree in Sacred Theology at the University of Malta.

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