Nathanael Garrett Novosel, June 26 2024

Principles Behind The Meaning of Life Book

When anyone writes a book, the first thing to figure out is what the book should be about. The second part is to figure out how to tell the story. When it comes to non-fiction specifically, that entails understanding what information to include, how to convey the information, and what you want the reader to take away from the information. As with any attempt to inform and education (e.g., journalism, teaching), the conveyor has to establish a set of rules, principles, or ethics for how to approach their work.

In The Meaning of Life: A guide to finding your life’s purpose, my goal was to help people understand how and why someone feels a sense of meaning and purpose in their life by breaking down the idea and feeling of meaning into their eight principle drivers. This would entail explaining how and why life works the way that it does so that anyone could take that information and apply it to their lives to live a more fulfilled existence.

However, this is far from the first attempt to do this: The Bible, The Torah, The Quran, and other religious, philosophy, and self-help books perform similar functions. Therefore, I wanted to set rules for how to articulate this information that differentiated it from other attempts in important ways. Here are the principles that I followed when writing the book to give life advice that I believe is superior to most other books around finding your meaning and purpose in life:

These principles shaped the book as I wrote it—a list of eight life concepts, a detailed explanation of how they work, and then specific recommendations for how to use them in your life. The book does not tell you have to live your life, what goals to have, or what is right or wrong. It is backed by over 150 sources. It is written in plain, literal terms, and it is thorough and precise as to what is absolutely true about life and what is different for each person or depending on the situation.

So if you are looking for a book about how life works and how you can use that information to live with meaning and purpose, The Meaning of Life: A guide to finding your life’s purpose is a pretty good one to read for learning about the science of meaning instead of having a person or group impart their life philosophy onto you only for you to hope that it is right for you. It is a good option that helps you figure your life out for yourself instead of relying on someone else to know what’s best for you or telling you what worked for them. It is not a light read nor is it meant to persuade you into a way of thinking or to have a certain attitude about life; it is simply meant to explain how it works so you can succeed in your life journey.

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Nathanael Garrett Novosel


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