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  1. Not at all insisting on being right:

    Terry Eagleton once wrote in a book of the same name that life may be similar to how early jazz ensembles functioned – in the sense that the whole is born out of group improvisation. In this case, I am required to listen to others and figure out where I can fit in. No man is an island – the meaning of life is born together, in the process. Life is music that is not played in order to quickly finish playing to the end.

  2. More than a day has passed, and two substantive responses have been made, so I think I can afford to comment on this topic as well. Maybe this will inspire someone else to answer.

    The search for the meaning of life as the meaning of life is an increasingly popular position today, one can say fashionable. Why is this happening against the backdrop of unprecedented freedom to accept and implement already known meanings (both religious and non-religious)? I wrote a series of notes on this subject: one, two, three, four.

    Here, two options were proposed for how such a search can be practically implemented: do nothing-in the expectation that a new meaning will come by itself, or take on everything in a row – in the expectation that a new meaning will accidentally be found somewhere. Quite natural solutions in conditions of complete uncertainty. But it is obvious that both doing nothing and blind throwing are insufficient – they give only the most minimal, conditional, ephemeral chance of success.

    The search for new meanings is a whole separate enterprise. I call such activities teleonautics, and those who seek new meanings teleonauts, from the Greek τέλος (telos) – goal – and vαυτική (navtika) – the art of navigation. Because I define meaning through the ultimate goal of human life. Such an enterprise is a kind of existential adventure, an expedition into the unknown regions of the human spirit. It involves, first, understanding what goals already exist and how they work. After all, otherwise you will reinvent the wheel or look for who knows what. In addition, it may be better for someone to take one of the long-open goals for themselves. Secondly, the search for new goals involves active purposeful activity, which includes scientific research, philosophical reflections, artistic and mystical practices, experiments with consciousness and lifestyle, and so on. and so on. History shows that no meaning has ever fallen into a person's hands by itself.

  3. “The meaning of life” is a kind of philosophical herpes. Herpes begins to bother when the immune system is weakened ( cold, tired, stress). In the same way, the” meaning of life ” becomes inflamed and begins to itch not in the most prosperous times. You know they say: “happy hours do not observe”, to paraphrase-people with interest and taste living days do not think about any sense.

    I'll give you a good example. A person's life consists of days. Have you ever wondered what the meaning of a day is? What's the point of living through Tuesday last week? Are you very concerned about this issue? I don't think. At the scale of the day, we are not concerned with the “meaning of life”, we can attribute meaning to some incomprehensible actions and events in retrospect in order to create our own narrative, our own story (in this sense, I share the belief that you need to create your own meaning for your narrative). But in general, very few people engage in mental masturbation on the topic of the meaning of the past day or the meaning of tomorrow. People just live. They believe, are disappointed, set goals, adjust goals, achieve them or do not achieve them. And so her whole life consists of such separate days. Does it make sense to worry about the global meaning? Invent it, search for it? For some, it does. But it seems strange and illogical to me. If they don't come up with the meaning of the upcoming day, week, or month, but at the same time consider it important to come up with the meaning of their entire life.

    I will add to this argument that “the meaning of life” is always a religious question. This is a legacy of religious discourse. There is Someone who knows why man was created, what his highest purpose is. In this case, I recommend turning to traditional meaning-forming religious concepts: happiness (this is the meaning of pagan religions), love and salvation ( the meaning of Christianity), nirvana ( Buddhism). And act according to the tenets of these religions.

  4. I share it!

    I share it after hearing from my first confessor, Father John (Bortashchenko): – “If life ended in Death, it would have no meaning.”

    After this revelation, I began to search for the meaning of life.

    And then it happened, as predicted: -” … Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you…”!

    It turns out, indeed – “The casket just opened”! Here is what Life Itself says about the meaning of temporary life: – ” … you must be born again. … Verily I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”3:5-7), – and if I had not looked into this fountain of Wisdom, I would not have known why God gave me the gift of temporary life! I would have wasted It!

    And as for the search or creation of a new meaning, there is no meaning, except for this meaning, this life has only content – earning a living!

    And then-Death!

    If, after realizing this fact, you also come to the same conclusion that Father John told me, then we will come to an agreement – it is necessary to make an effort (Matt.11: 12) to be born again!

  5. There is no new meaning. Everything is as old as the world. The meaning of your life is to separate Good from Evil. This is beyond the reach of spirits and angels – only humans. And here's what you personally did for this in your life-this is what you should tell us! Because it is very attractive to live in someone else's mind)

  6. I found for myself the meaning of life in bringing benefits, in the sense in which I see it, to humanity with the help of my knowledge and skills. The second meaning of life for me is to create offspring.

    If these meanings lose their relevance for me, I will use the search activity in search of a new meaning for myself. Algorithms are here and here. But I will know that it is not worth dwelling on the search for meaning in life.

  7. I would like to share my opinion. Especially since I philosophize from time to time… In other words, I can't live without philosophy. In principle, yes, but I share the view that the meaning of life is acquired through existentialism – that is, understanding the human essence through intuition. Fear makes you feel the essence, to which a person experiencing other opposite feelings – will not get in any way.

    Next, I adopt the cultural paradigm of metamodernism-individualism from postmodernism, and the desire to become pious for the benefit of society from modernity – in order to be involved… To be involved in yourself, in society – to be worthy of yourself.

    Such eclecticism takes into account the advantages of previous eras, and discards the disadvantages by trial and error. And the imagination from the metamodern-makes you create a new word in the cultural paradigm-epic, large-scale, vowel, pious, meek.

  8. If we take into account that the brain is a kind of computer for creating its own reality, who is this view that justifies the need to create meanings That are the essence of reality? What steps can you take to find or create a new meaning, if not to try to build your own models of life on the air? Taking into account the fact that there are many sensory channels, such as sight, hearing, touch, and smell, you can understand that they serve as some kind of reference points in where to go and how to move in the mazes of life, And if you take into account the difference in interpretation of signals coming from these channels, you can estimate how different ways you can go through these mazes. I will answer your question as follows: It is impossible not to make attempts to search for meaning while we live, And even in the position of refusing to search.

  9. I will conduct a mini-brainstorming session (or some other way of generating ideas, preferably several to reduce the margin of error) that reveals my innate inclinations and preferences. Perhaps I would return to this lesson several times, taking a deeper look at the areas I liked at each iteration. If at the end there are still several related disciplines, I will try to combine them intelligently and start “entering”. If the remaining areas are completely incoherent, I will try to synthesize them to combine opposites, but if it doesn't work out, I will choose one of them pseudorandomly. In the end, when the meaning is found, I will rebuild my life in accordance with it. But this is a different task.

  10. I think these steps will be in the form of a search method for yourself. I almost always ask myself an “inner” question before making a decision and look at my “inner” answer in the form of good or anxiety. What causes me anxiety, I try to take apart and understand why this happens and what exactly does not agree with the logical chain. If after parsing the answer is still the same – “alarm”, it is obvious that I will drop this idea and move on to other options. As for me, this is the most favorable option for choosing meaning, since I agree with my feeling or attitude to it.

  11. The Buddha actually revealed the question of the meaning of life.

    The answer lies in the question itself.

    So what is life ? “it's all alive.

    And what is living ? “it's what it feels like.

    What does it feel like ? “it feels a pleasant feeling, it feels a painful feeling, it feels a neither-pleasant-nor-painful feeling.

    And what is a pleasant feeling ? – this is a feeling about which there is a desire for it to continue. Or, in other words, happiness.

    What is a painful feeling ? – this is a feeling about which there is a desire for it to stop. Or, in other words, misery.

    Thus, the meaning of life is in happiness and the presence of reasons for happiness, as well as in the absence of unhappiness and the causes of unhappiness.

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