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  1. The fact is that all people go through certain stages of development. At each stage of development at a certain age, not only physical growth occurs, but also mental development. Self-consciousness appears (awareness of oneself as a separate person, a separate subject).

    One of the stages of growing up is adolescence. At this age, two so-called forms of self-awareness appear: the sense of adulthood and the ” I-concept “(self-image).

    The “self-concept” as a theoretical construct has several different interpretations, but in general it is a system of representations of a person about himself. The self-concept is dynamic and can change as a person develops.

    I think that the search for the meaning of life indicates a fairly high level of self-understanding, self-awareness. And this happens because in adolescence and beyond – a person separates from the parent family, becomes more independent, he interacts more with other people and sees other behaviors, he learns to understand himself, see himself objectively, strives to understand himself and others.

    The earlier the self-concept and self-awareness are formed, and the earlier a person begins to feel like an adult – or a separate person – the earlier they will be inclined to philosophical search for meaning (including the search for the meaning of life).

  2. I'll answer with a question, slightly changing yours:

    Why do many people stop their interest in fishing without ever starting it, while others consider fishing a worthy occupation?

    The difference, as in the case of the meaning of life, is in the interests of people. Some people are interested in this topic, but it leaves someone cold.

    I do not know why I am not interested in fishing, but I am interested in finding the meaning of life, and someone may say the opposite. Different people, different interests, different attitudes.

  3. I-concept-great! You get to know yourself and start to grow stronger from the inside out.

    It is also desirable to act, and in the process develop self-awareness. In the movement, you can learn a lot about yourself, including the meaning of your life.

    Through the challenge, you will grow stronger and learn what you can do. Otherwise, there is a risk of getting stuck in introspection, and not moving anywhere. I think this is the reason for stopping the search – there is no action.

  4. According to my observations, the problem of finding the meaning of life may not arise at all for people with pronounced qualities of a sanguine temperament. Their joie de vivre, mostly cheerful mood and constant need for movement, apparently, does not leave them time to ask such questions.

    And melancholics with pronounced qualities of this temperament, on the contrary, are constantly in doubt and worries about meanings. At the same time, they may be concerned not only about the meaning of their own lives, but also about global problems of the world's injustice.

  5. Do you remember the parable of the two frogs who fell into the milk crate ? So do people-sometimes they don't see the future, so they refuse to find meaning in existence, and someone wants to live an interesting and long life-and fights to the last. I know people who consider the “warm, slurping swamp” to be the highest good-as long as nothing changes-this is their fair choice. The Song of the Falcon by M. Gorky is a literary example of this.

  6. Because we are all different, I think this is the most obvious answer)

    Everyone has their own path – their own children's background, their own experience of socialization, their own unique environment, their own special mindset and character. That is why everyone has their own unique relationship with meanings, because even never thinking about the meaning of life is also a way to be with this meaning, just ignoring this topic.

  7. Not quite correct. Humans are programmed from birth. Someone with a search for meaning, someone with without it, as well as about stopping or starting this process. Something else is more interesting. We have the Freedom of Choice to start looking IN SPITE of the programs and find it, but this is done by one in millions, when, SUDDENLY, we get tired of being a squirrel in the wheel of programs, realizing them in ourselves, ourselves in them.

  8. They stop before they start because they are not mature enough for the spiritual path and their initiatives are more like glimpses of interest than a serious bid for success. Those who consider the search itself a worthy occupation are people who have sufficiently realized that there is no alternative and no matter what heights they can reach in this search, even the smallest ones, they will still give more results and joy in life than all earthly achievements, which in fact carry only temporary or false calm.

  9. I never thought about the meaning of life, but just lived. And then I realized that the part will never understand the meaning of the whole's existence. What is a “person”? A set of living cells in which some cells provide food for others, some maintain vitality, and some coordinate these efforts. And this part, having become infinitely impudent, fancied itself a person and began to believe that the world was created solely for its sake. (Doesn't this remind you of our country?) In “The Brave Soldier Schweik” there is an episode when a pig is fried in the officers ' meeting, which the officers bought for free, and all the staff scum are hanging around the kitchen, and in the kitchen itself the senior clerk Vanek is sitting and advising the cook Yuraida how to cut the pig's snout so that he, Vanek, gets a piece. So the search for the meaning of life is the attempts of an interested berk to arrange life in such a way that he, the berk, gets the main place in it.

  10. Apparently – because people do not have the habit of intelligibly determining the meaning of words. Everyone gives the word “meaning” some special meaning of their own and looks for almost something unknown to anyone, and if they do not notice something in the thoughts of other people that is identical to their own ideas, they conclude that there is no meaning and can not be…

  11. The search for the meaning of life is not carried out for three reasons.
    First, a truly happy person doesn't need it.
    Second: laziness, since such a search requires intellectual work (because of the intellectual component, some consider it a worthy occupation).
    Third: out of security. The search can shake the inflated self-esteem, and the persistent one can stumble upon the fundamental unsolvability of this question and not cope with it. However, in the process of searching, someone can still find the optimal mode of existence for themselves, which can be called “happiness”.

  12. For the reason that in the first category of people, the meaning of life has a lofty character, for example, to enter history, and therefore this takes away all of a person's moral and physical resources.

    For the second category of people, everything is much easier, since they know how to live without high expectations and ambitions, thus they do not need to spend themselves searching for their vocation.

  13. it's time to get to the bottom of the words ..

    they stop searching for the meaning of life without ever starting it

    and how can you stop something that didn't start? apparently, we are still talking about ABANDONING the search.

    they consider the search itself a worthy activity

    “occupation” comes from the word “have”, and “search (search)” has the meaning of “desire” .. translated into Russian, it turns out – and others have only a desire.

    • why do many people refuse to seek the meaning of life, while others are content to dream about it?
  14. The question (due to the ambiguity of the concept of LIFE) is divided into 2 parts::

    1. Only God knows the MEANING of LIFE in the universe. And it is pointless for us to search for it, although “meaningless” can be interesting.

    2. THE MEANING OF a particular person's LIFE determines (or does not determine) the person himself, since there is probably no generally accepted Toria or at least hypothesis. For myself, I decided once and for all and don't bother with this question anymore.

    While philosophers argue:



    1. Just for yourself. And even at the expense of others (egoist);

    2. Both yourself and others (pragmatist);

    3. First to others, then to yourself (a very good person);

    4. Everything for others. And even at your own expense (altruist).

  15. Because many people believe that everyone has their own meaning in life, one and only. And to find such a unique rarity is very difficult, requires time and effort. In fact, the meaning of life is the same for everyone – to do good and fight evil, to develop yourself and improve the world.

  16. Apparently, this feeling should work in a person, like the flag of a Soviet switch! Or humility with what is, and the search for pleasant additions, as is now fashionable to say bonuses! Or the boring feeling of a certain lack, The sun is shining! And for what reason? The neighbor is angry! For what? The water was turned off… what's up!? These are for what? And press the button to the on position 😊 👍 Understanding your own structure! Not otherwise, achieved the title of master of the shop, what else is it? Premium, respect, and a sense of satisfaction! In other words, the state of Mind that prevails in this issue! Sincerely yours!

  17. Fedorovsky vapros and why look for it. We must live and rejoice and not think why chew. And what is my purpose in life? Gisin will answer your questions herself.

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