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On the Meaning of Meaning: What Are We Really Looking For?

Terrestrial Vs Cosmic Meaning

The question of meaning can be applied both to the individual (Terrestrial) and the world (Cosmic).

  • Terrestrial meaning tries to offer an answer to the question of the meaning of one’s own life.
  • Cosmic meaning delves into life in general, with religious and spiritual dimensions, looking at the macro-view.

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1. Cause/Effect Meaning primarily involves the logical parts of our brain: You kick the ball, the ball moves.
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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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  2. Change our thinking: Perhaps our life already has sources of value, but we just aren’t looking at things in the right way.