Eight Fundamental Questions of Human Existence Introduction: In the introductory pages of our course text World Mythology, Donna Rosenberg identifies the following “fundamental questions of human existence”: Who am I? What is the nature of the universe in which I live? How do I relate to that universe? How much control do I have over my own life? What must I do in order to survive? How can I lead a satisfying life? How can I balance my own desires with my responsibilities to my family and my community? How can I reconcile myself to the inevitability of death?