THEE entity must be about «the enduring meaning you are giving to your life». This is a practical, subjective question, because you cannot avoid assigning meaning to your life—even a rejection of meaning is a meaning, just as refusing to make an existential choice is an existential choice. Of course, you may opt out: just be too busy to consider such things, or consign the issue to your mental «too hard» box, or block awareness of how you are living your life.as a
Theare existential and integral to the human condition. As such, they are universal: transcending both time and culture.
In regard to other thinkers, my difference (or advantage) is starting from empty cells in a given pattern within a Taxonomy. I know that each cell has to correspond to something. But what? My mind started, if not totally empty, then open.
Philosophers, psychologists and other thinkers start in a totally different place. Their minds are full: they have the history of their discipline at their fingertips, often colleagues looking over their shoulder, reputation at risk, and sometimes a fierce urge to communicate something welling up from within.
Some writers propose, in a considered and reasonable way, what should/could be «the meaning of life» for everyone. On the World Wide Web at present, it seems that this sort of passionate promotion outweighs balanced reviews of alternatives.
Philosophical debate lies outside the scope of the Taxonomy. But it is safe to say thatare definitely not about «the one meaning of life for everyone».
Warning: The formulations and propositions in this Satellite will surely have errors. If you find any, then contribute your views to help me and benefit others.
My Internet review of «purpose of life», «meaning of life» and «pursuit of happiness» generated many different suggestions. You can check out views here and here and here and elsewhere. The variety is great. No-one, to my knowledge, expects or assumes a set of Types that would fit within THEE's Root Typology.
Here is a rough-and-ready classification of what I found:
E.g. find someone, settle down and raise a family; make a good living; become a leader in your community; build a valuable business. These are the Human Condition.that entail work. The appropriate location is in the as explained elsewhere when discussing
E.g. make money, get out more, do exercise, take a holiday, spend more time with your family, find a hobby. These are offered by advisors who look skeptically at ethical or imaginative possibilities. The advice appeals because of its immediacy, necessity, enjoyment and natural feel.
E.g. organize good experiences; get deliverance from suffering (i.e. fear of life) &/or handle the fear of death; seek wisdom or truth; become a better person or a «truly good» person; stop trying so hard and be content; get more power or feel your power; happiness as a project; realize your potential (or self-actualization); Journey of the Hero; integrating archetypes.
E.g. adherence to commandments in holy texts, spiritual enlightenment, acting in accord with traditional customs, praying and turning to God, living a pious life, experiencing divine bliss.
E.g. Love, Justice, Freedom, Truth, Beauty, Peace, Devotion, Goodwill, Happiness, Meaning. Working with Values Ch.4.are eternally pursued inner experiences (or states of being) so linking them to happiness would be natural. More details: via the toggler below or see
Happiness and Meaning as Values
Although Happiness and Meaning are used as , an on its own does not take you very far. All are potentially identical, as John Keats wrote: "Beauty is truth, truth beauty". This is because they are forms of «Goodness». The issue for any is what values and purposes are chosen at lower Levels as you move about and down the : see image.
E.g. doing good, acting kindly, using your talents, working off karma, showing gratitude. These are Working with Values Ch.8. Rules are found in , and like , are primarily a context for endeavour.that underpin virtuous living. See more on in
The importance of identity is a feature of all taxonomic Frameworks, and the deep wish to maintain identity is repeatedly discovered and proclaimed in semi-academic and popular texts. Almost any identity could be selected, however, in the area of :
See a special group of relevant identities: as defined by the Interacting-for-Benefit framework. These are examined as part of a review of the .
E.g. just living, engaging in life, having experiences, coming to your own conclusions, instinctual activity especially procreation. The underlying notion varies: e.g. ●everyone is unique; ●you get what you deserve.
Such things certainly underpin respecting uniqueness often calls for a specification that enhances and liberates uniqueness by clarifying its limits and properties., but say nothing about what might result. The implication is that everyone is unique: which is true. However, the repeated finding in these investigations is that
E.g. pithy sayings, proverbs, specific beliefs, specific value systems. These are often in collections or essays. They are often inspiring or wise, but some are cynical or superior.
Confused? No wonder. Start on the inquiry now.
Originally posted: 18-May-2012