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The Meaning Of Life

Meaning

Creating More Meaning in Your Life in 8 Simple Steps

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, July 29 2020

Instilling your life with a greater sense of meaning and purpose—it sounds like a monumental feat.  Most people think that they have to identify a "moonshot" goal like curing cancer to give their lives significance.  Usually, this process involves some personal or societal judgment as to what is meaningful to pursue.  However, meaning is subjective...

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Ikigai: A Japanese Philosophy of the Meaning of Life

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, July 8 2020

Ikigai is a term that roughly translates into "the meaning of life" due to its belief that it originates from words meaning “to live” and “the realization of what one hopes for”.  While this is a word that has many possible interpretation, in this post we're going to break down the two popular ways that people understand/define this concept and wha...

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5 Incorrect Conclusions About the Meaning of Life

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, June 3 2020

Because the meaning of life has been asked by billions of people, dozens and dozens of conclusions have been drawn about what it is for them and for society.  While meaning is personal and unique to each individual, many people have come to conclusions about what the meaning of life is for all humans or all life on Earth. The Meaning of Life: A gui...

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8 Reasons Life Can Seem Insignificant and Meaningless

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, May 20 2020

You may experience down periods in your life where you wonder what it all means.  A tragic loss, a major failure, or a brutal setback can deflate your enthusiasm and hope for your future and success.  Alternatively, you could just enter a lull period where you lose your zest for life and motivation.  Let that deflation consume you, however, and you...

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The Existence of Intrinsic Meaning in the Universe

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, May 6 2020

Many people ask about the intrinsic meaning of life and the universe.  Here, we're assuming that they mean inherent purpose or significance.  This is a difficult question since if they mean it literally (i.e., literally in the universe), then the answer is no.  If they mean ingrained in all living organisms (i.e., in all life), then the answer is y...

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The 3-Word Game with The Meaning of Life

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, April 16 2020

Someone on Quora asked me to play the three-word game with the meaning of life, so here it is—the meaning of life in as few words as possible: In one word: Growth. In three words: Growth through experience. In the minimum number required to explain all eight of the components I identified:

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The Unified Theory of Meaning

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, February 12 2020

"What if everyone is right?" As a gullible person with ASD, I often listened to whatever I was told as a child.  I've never done drugs or smoked.  I followed all the rules.  I got good grades.  I adopted the beliefs and advice of adults around me.  As a result, arguments over politics, religion, philosophy, and human behavior fascinated me because...

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