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The concept of meaning

  1. mischeviousme profile image60
    mischeviousmeposted 5 years ago

    The meaning of things is a difficult subject indeed. I can have an idea of a meaning, but then it is only by perspective. I have an idea of what something does, but what is the meaning of it? Why is it there? Unless I put it there and I can use it in some way, what is the meaning of it? Life is intangible and therefor I am lost as to how to describe it, other than to myself. So the meaning of anything is conceptual and is a product of perception. In this way, all things become subjective to observation and object to perspective.

    1. CHyNCHyN profile image60
      CHyNCHyNposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      We are in search of meaning all our lives. Einstein said that one of most fascinating things is that we can put a question why in everything we see, and even more fascinating is, we would one day find an answer to it.

      To me, Living is Meaning. To live is to experience and to experience is the only meaning we have. So go experience this world.

      The perception of everyone is true and Life embodies every single perception. So all is true. None is not.

    2. couturepopcafe profile image59
      couturepopcafeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      And if an object known only to a single mind were not cognized by that mind, would it then exist?

      1. CHyNCHyN profile image60
        CHyNCHyNposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        If an object is known to a single mind, then it is recognized. For anything to exist it must be in the mind First.
        The Mental and spiritual world creates the Material objects, so Material objects cannot be here without the Mind knowing.

        1. couturepopcafe profile image59
          couturepopcafeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          So if the mind manifests something, whether mentally or physically, it is for the distinct recognition of the objective world as well as for the recognition of the nature of the seer (or mind).

  2. mischeviousme profile image60
    mischeviousmeposted 5 years ago

    To further expand on this subject... Religion, philosophy and science, are only conceptually correct by personal perspective. In this way I am saying, that life in this way can be seen as a concept. I have a concept of myself and how that concept applies to me, as an individual. Trying to find a meaning to suit everyone, is like trying to rip water or give life to a trinket.

    1. HattieMattieMae profile image68
      HattieMattieMaeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Very true Michevious, only in the eyes of the beholder does the meaning live. We have to many different definitions, and even when we are from different countries it means something else.

      1. mischeviousme profile image60
        mischeviousmeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        While one's meaning may be construde as wrong to another, it is perfectly right to the individuals perspective. Unless it may cause harm to others, who am I to argue against it?

    2. A Troubled Man profile image60
      A Troubled Manposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Dude, leave science out of that drivel. Thanks.

  3. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 5 years ago

    In the natural (non human) world meaning is inextricably tied to cause: the meaning of a tree is that another tree dropped a seed that took root and grew.  That a rock sits in a particular spot may mean that an eagle dislodged it from the cliff above and gravity caused it to roll down hill.

    In the human world meaning is indeed assigned by a human mind, usually very subjectively.  The meaning of a tree may be that their God made it grow for their enjoyment and this means that God loves them.  Or very nearly anything else the human mind can come up with.  As a result any meaning assigned is very often useless except to the person that made the assignment.

  4. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    Happy Saturday! big_smile

  5. mischeviousme profile image60
    mischeviousmeposted 5 years ago

    The meaning of material things is more of an attachment then just mere concept. If I believe there is a meaning, then it becomes a concept of the rational mind. So then, any meaning can be construed as subjective rationality. The objective thinker generally doesn't acknowledge that their own views may be seen as subjective at times.

  6. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 5 years ago

    seems like it takes individual mind to create meaning. Anyone can create any meaning for life they want.

    1. mischeviousme profile image60
      mischeviousmeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Even if we went to the same church, we would each have our own perspective.

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    SanXuaryposted 5 years ago

    I truly believe its a spiritual journey towards spiritual maturity. I believe it has nothing to do with the Earthly aspects of life but with who we are and what we do. We are challenged to get our selves right with God and serve his purpose. I do not believe that this purpose is based on the failures of others or attending a church unless that is your purpose. Everything is not a Golden highway but serves a greater purpose in Heaven and sadly we judge our self and others in this journey by default. Still we our only human and only learning.

 
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