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Meaning, A Commentary 18 February 2005

Posted by Sasha in Philosophy & Paradox, Quotes.

“Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt.

Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of experience of humankind as it is passed on to you, out of your talent and understanding, out of the things you believe in, out of the things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something. The ingredients are there. You are the only one who can put them together into the pattern that will be your life. Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning for you. If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account.”

John Gardner
(adapted from the book, Fish!)

It’s something that I glimpsed upon in my contact’s dream world. *smiles* [Hi, Wen Dee!!] It really captured my attention. It’s somewhat like what life is, or fate. At least that’s what I think. Nothing’s definite until you’ve reached it. A thing can be something else. Am I making any sense? Perhaps to myself, I am cuz all the ideas are in my head, finding cohesion. But Mr. Gardner did raise a good point, right? And it’s inferred that the journey is what counts.

Meaning… it’s one of the things in this lifetime that we look for. Live a life of meaning and dignity. It’s pretty subjective but it gives us the freedom to express ourselves. Meaning sets us free, Dignity sets limits for us. Nevertheless, if we are fueled with hope, faith, and love, then we are unconquerable.



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