Can You Create Meaning Out of Nothing?
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.”
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
Ecclesiastes 1:1, 9-10 (NIV)
Upon what do you base your meaning, purpose, and significance in life?
Is it possible to “create” meaning, even where none apparently exists? Explain.
High Internalization Potential (HIP) answer …
I don’t think it’s possible to enjoy a genuine sense of meaning without a belief in the transcendent (which was something Solomon [the author of Ecclesiastes] temporarily lost toward the end of his life).
I do think some people [who have no belief in the transcendent] can be successful at artificially creating a sense of meaning that helps them to function. Sartre and Camus won Noble Peace Prizes for showing these folks how to do this.
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