Finding meaning is one of the most important tasks of any individual’s life. In Meaning is the search for the purpose of living life and how an individual can live life to the fullest.
The philosophical tradition of meaning is the definition of terms or the meaning of words but that isn’t the entire story. Meaning is more than understanding a word and more than the pursuit of a perfect language. Meaning is the understanding of everything. To me meaning is the pursuit of the answers an individual needs to live their life.
Meaning relates to the belief of endless possibilities; in a world where everything has more than one set meaning. I am able to see something bad as good and good as bad…which is why I also consider myself a Taoist. A Taoist sees something as nothing and nothing as something so they are able to make something bad into something good, thus the double meaning. But finding those meanings is everything to a Taoist.
Many think of meanings the same way I do though they could easily relate to it according to the philosophical tradition. But it was mainly how it was worded that determined the result of the answer. When asked for a definition they did their best to explain it more closely to the philosophical tradition. But when asked what is meaning they described meaning as more of the pursuit of than the definition. It was actually very interesting to see that come about.
Meaning helps define consciousness as I discussed in a previous post. Consciousness is how an individual perceives reality and so the meaning behind everything is crucial to understanding that reality. Without meaning the reality in which you perceive has no structure and can’t exist without it. I find that most of my ideas and philosophies as I explore each of these posts cannot exist without the others.