On Meaning

I am in the process of phasing out my old blog. But before removing it completely, I backed it up and pulled a few to the side that I thought should be made over and brought out for another curtain call.

Why not leave them exactly as they were? Because I’m not exactly as I was. Here’s a short and sweet one.

What is the meaning of life, philosophers ask.

It is rather like asking, what is the meaning of the sound of the violin.

The very question of meaning seems so very meaningless unless we understand that it is only according to our individual perspectives, shaped from the changing position of our conscious minds, that anything has meaning—even our very own lives.

There are 87 different meanings found in every breath we take, in every second of every day, in every one of our thoughts and in every action we take.

We shape the world with our thoughts—and our thoughts, in their turn, shape who we are.

The sound of the violin means one thing to the conductor, another to the lovers in the restaurant, and another to the feisty old grouch who doesn’t like anything. To many others, it has no meaning, at all.

There is meaning in every-thing, and meaning in no-thing. There is a profusion of meaning in every little thing, and no single meaning in any one thing.

8 responses to “On Meaning

  1. I found profound meaning in Jesus Christ. He makes things a lot simpler. Thanks for sharing. Connie

  2. So, there’s no universal answer to this question? Each person must find their own answer?

    What a meaningful post:)

  3. Very nice, really love this post!

    For me there is no universal answer to this either (besides 42, of course 😉 ).

    Life per se might be meaningless, but everyone can fill their life with the meaning they want.
    Many people in our “Modern Western World” give their lives too much meaning. Our lives are too meaning-full [sic].
    We attach to loads of things (status, gadgets, etc.) and people, set high expectations for people and what we expect from life. This creates stress, anxiety, etc.
    IMHO we should try to let go a bit, accept life as it is, get rid of too much meaning, learn to be content with what we have and who we are. The space we create with this can be filled with things that really make us happy.
    Life is just too short to take it seriously. 😉

  4. Vishnu, a true philosopher! Looking for universals! But remember, “purpose” isn’t necessarily “meaning.”

    Foto, (can I call you Foto?), I agree, which is why I laugh heartily:)

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