Meaning

Meaning

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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8 Types of People Who Don't Find Life Meaningful

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, April 1 2020

While I hope that you are living a happy, fulfilling, meaningful life, it is possible that you are not.  In either case, an effective way to ensure that you can get or stay on the right path is by looking at the most common reasons why people might not feel a sense of meaning and purpose in life.  Hopefully, learning from others struggles can make...

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Finding Meaning in Your Job or Career

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, March 18 2020

So, let me get my own personal experience out of the way first: I graduated from college a semester early because I took 18–19 credits for 7 semesters.  So, without a job lined up (I wasn’t expecting to graduate until May but crossed my credit requirements in December), I spent months applying for jobs and not really doing much else.  Out of the bl...

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How Death Affects Meaning

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, March 11 2020

Many people will ponder death and immediately wonder why we're born at all if we just are going to die. The truth is, that's a tempting but incorrect way to look at life: we are born to live, not to die. I get it—the idea that we're just going to die and it's all pointless seems profound when you first think it.  It seems like you've just seen that...

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Why There's No Grand Meaning Revealed at the End of Life

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, February 19 2020

A lot of people wonder why purpose doesn't culminate or present a "grand reveal" at the end of life.  Why, they might ask, does the end of life seem anti-climactic and devoid of meaning? Well, the answer is—other than the fact that life doesn't work like a movie—pretty straightforward.  The meaning of life is to grow, and so when your life is endin...

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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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The Core Tenets of Meaning

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, February 5 2020

Welcome to The Meaning of Life.  If you're here, you are probably wondering what the meaning of life is and how I came to understand it.  Well, after over 20 years of studying psychology and human behavior, I asked myself whether I could summarize it all into a few principles that, if followed, could lead anyone to have a sense of purpose in their...

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Why "Make Your Bed" Is Such a Powerful Message for People

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, January 29 2020

With their pithy-yet-powerful points, Admiral William H. McRaven's advice to "make your bed" and Dr. Jordan B. Peterson's recommendation to "clean your room" are resonating with millions of people.  Why is that?  Well, this return to simple, clear goals that an individual can accomplish to instill a sense of purpose is filling a major hole in the h...

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Your New Year’s Resolution: Find Meaning

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, January 8 2020

It’s that time of year again: time to think about your New Year’s resolutions. Lose weight. Change jobs. Find your soulmate. Whatever your resolution is, you have it for one reason: you think that you will be happier having attained that goal. So why do most people give up on those resolutions by February or March at the latest? Other commitments,...

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