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Visualizing the Meaning of Life: The Drip Coffee Model

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Visualizing the Meaning of Life: The Drip Coffee Model
Recently, I found a book by Israeli philosopher Iddo Landau titled How to Find Meaning in an Imperfect World. This is not a self-help book. Instead, it's full of clear ideas on how to think about the meaning of life. Let's take a look. When a judge asks a man, "Why did you beat your wife?"

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Questions about the meaning of life contain assumptions:

Questions about the meaning of life contain assumptions:
  • “What’s the meaning of life?” Assumes that there’s a single meaning.
  • “Does my life have meaning?” Assumes (or at least hints) at a “yes” or “no” answer.

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Problems of meaning=problems of insufficient value

Problems of meaning=problems of insufficient value
Those who think life is meaningless feel that there is a gap between their expectations and reality: between the degree of value that life should have and the degree of value that it actually has. - Iddo Landau

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To find meaning in life, we can either:

To find meaning in life, we can either:
  1. Add more value: identify activities that are valuable to us  or we can remove activities that reduce value.
  2. Change our thinking: Perhaps our life already has sources of value, but we just aren’t looking at things in the right way. 

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