Buddha, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Plato cover very specific views of their versions of an afterlife in their essays, The Path to Enlightenment, Apollonianism and Dionysianism, and The Allegory of the Cave, respectively. These views vary greatly; however, they all share some similarities, such as moderation and wellness. Nietzsche would like to create a balance between two forces, Apollonianism and Dionysianism, in which intellect and passion work together. Dionysianism relates to passion and hysteria, and Apollonianism relates to education and art.

Buddha includes no need for the Dionysian side in his essay, he would agree with Apollonianism except art, for it deals with the sensual aspects of life which should not exist. Buddha would not agree with Dionysianism, since he instructs people to ignore sensual things, passion, or drunkenness. Balance between the two A and D does not meet the standards of Buddha, which he describes clearly in his essay. 1. "Right views - the avoidance of delusion 2.

Right aims - purposive intentions to achieve nirvana 3. Right speech - preferring the truth 4. Right conduct - being honest, true, pure in behavior 5. Right living - avoiding hurting all beings and thus preferring a Vegetarian diet 6. Self control - preferring disciplined behavior 7. Mindfulness - being aware and alert 8.

Right meditation - deep contemplation of live and the process of thought" (Buddha, 570) These guidelines govern the way the Buddhists live everyday lives. Buddha even opposes sensual, yet popular things such as Art. Nietzsche believes that one should take in all of their surroundings such as the world and life itself, yet Plato believes that the material world is an illusion, which we.