Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Human's Search For Meaning

Life and history, when reflected on with any sophistication, deny us the security of fixed meaning.
Kieran Egan, Professor of Education (2008)

The human qualities that differentiate us most vividly from mice and dogs and chimpanzees are wonderment and a constant search for meaning. This search for meaning is a dynamic process.

What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment.
Victor Frankl, Psychiatrist and Holocoust Survivor (1955)

Once we have the right answer to something, whether it be a question of metaphysical proportions or simply the time of day, the search ends and the answer is now potentially historic. Although a final answer may allow us to move to the next task or subject of attention with a sense of accomplishment, moving on permanently initiates crystalization of thought and terminates our growth in that area. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but the more important the question is to us, the less likely it is we will reach a final answer today, or ever. There is much beauty in the search; revel in its energy and embrace the process.

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