Where Does Meaning Come From?

“Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Macbeth, upon hearing of Lady Macbeth’s death  (Act V, Scene V).

Last week I asked if this life has meaning.  In reality, there are only 2 answers – yes and no.

If this life is all, then why exist?  Why does evolution care about survival?  If life came from non-life “by accident” then what meaning can life have but accidental.

Can we create our own meaning?

Many people say that we can create our own meaning in this life – philosophers, scientists, everyday people.  The question that remains is “How?”  Where does this meaning that we create ourselves come from?

How can an accident create a purpose?



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