Life And The Truth Behind Of Siddhartha, Phaedrus, And Oedipus The King

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Part 1 Siddhartha, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and Oedipus the King, while seemingly being very different stories, all have similar ideas about truth and meaning, knowledge versus wisdom, and the impact of oneself internally, which all culminate into the realization of value within oneself. To find the truth it has been said that one has to look within. It is within those parameters that Siddhartha, Phaedrus, and Oedipus found what they searched so longingly for. On the topic of Siddhartha, his search for enlightenment was more of a search for the meaning of life and the truth behind it. As Thomas J. Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau put it, "The novel, which examines themes related to spirituality and personal growth,…show more content…
In Siddhartha, Siddhartha himself states that, " any truth can only be expressed and put into words when it is one-sided."(Hesse, 129). meaning that truth can only be found on your side, because the truth could be interpreted multiple different ways depending on your perspective. That point is further enforced within Zen, as Phaedrus ponders existence. " But no one is willing to give up the truth as he sees it,..."(Pirsig, 74). As for Oedipus, there is no exact quote available to support the ideas of truth and meaning, however the development of his learning throughout the story, and the moral of the story to be learned provide the evidence to support the existence of truth and meaning within the story. Oedipus learns what he desires to know about Thebes and why it was crumbling only by discovering his own history. And through that he learned why they must endure the trials and tribulations that were brought about by the gods. So while these characters developed how to come up with the truth, they still did not know how to apply it, which leads to the battle between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge, just knowing the facts, versus wisdom, having experienced the facts firsthand, are two very different ideas. Knowledge itself is able to be taught, thanks to instructors. However, wisdom is not able to be passed down, because people are unable to project experiences onto other people. It is impossible to tell the story of your experience and expect the
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