A meditation on meaning.
Commenting because nobody else has to say "This is really good".
A well composed nod and validation to my new favorite book, Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age. Thanks for this!
Wonderful! Two thumbs up!
Beautifully written and something I needed to hear in my own search for "meaning". I think I was looking at it the wrong way the whole time. This was helpful to read and gives me a lot to think about. Cheers
Amazing piece. I second the Virtue Ethics approach!
Viktor Frankl in a nutshell.
tl;dr: carpe diem
what do you do all day?
Linear/non-linear distinction seems to be another take on the cart model, which I think is a simpler but more useful tool: https://mindslice.home.blog/2022/10/23/how-to-move-carts/
This was excellent. Love the idea of making explicit the 'portfolio of meaning.'
Yesterday I had a conversation of the same concepts in here. I had the concepts roughly defined but not so clearly laid out as you have done so wonderfully in this essay. I forwarded this to my friends! An example of one that really resonates - most of us are really aiming for a state, not a goal. Society wants labels, understands labels so we take pieces of these future states we haven't fully defined and drop arbitrary goals from a limited perspective. A common example. Someone may really want validation that they are highly successful so they try to express the need for success by picking a career highly coveted by their immediate social circle. And pursue that career for years or decades before they realize or admit they had no strong interest in that career.
A wonderful piece that wrestles the needs for insight and prose, while providing a rather well-needed salve for my existential angst. Cheers.
Wonderful and timely for me. THANK YOU so much for writing it!