“And people get all fouled up because they want the world to have meaning as if it were words… As if you had a meaning, as if you were a mere word, as if you were something that could be looked up in a dictionary. You are meaning.”
— Alan Watts
We all want meaning. For some of us, it may merely be a matter of looking for something to define ourselves. They see themselves as being Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Satanist, Atheist or what have you so that they have an answer to what the world means even if it is someone else’s answer. Others seek long and hard to solve the so-called unsolvable questions about where we come from, where we are going and what it all means. They may, as I have, listen to as many different answers as possible mixing and matching until they have an answer to themselves as to the meaning of their lives. Still others may never be satisfied with any answer they have so they keep searching. Still others may have an inner connection to the truth. It might not be the full objective truth but it is their answer.
In any of these cases, it is not so much that each of these people have discovered the meaning of life as much as they have given life the meaning they need.
I do believe that there is objective truth tho I believe that while living in physical bodies we can only understand a part of the vast whole so that any meaning that we choose is at best only a partial understanding. Yet ultimately we are the meaning of our lives because it is around us and our beliefs that our lives are shaped.
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