Is My Life Meaningful?
The Question of Meaning
The Issues of Meaning
There are four areas which draw us into
the depths of this question.
These are: freewill, responsibility, values
Am I free to choose?
Am I responsible for my choices?
Am I valuable & is anything else
Do any moral standards exist &,
if they do, what is their relevance?
Our everyday activities are entwined with
our beliefs in these four areas.
We observe these beliefs at the individual
level & the societal level.
Self worth & the people & things
we care about are based on our value system.
Society's monetary & economic systems
follow from agreed upon values.
The rights we assume are founded upon
our beliefs in freedom of choice.
What we see as right & wrong stem
from our beliefs in responsibility & morals.
Government systems follow from agreed
upon rights, responsibilities & morals.
Much of individual & societal life
is founded upon these four areas.
The Biblical Basis of Meaning
Freewill, responsibility, values &
morals lack a basis in an impersonal world.
in an Impersonal Universe."
In an impersonal universe, two levels
of meaning can be distinguished.
Figure: "Two Levels
Differing basis of meaning contribute
to conflicting views on the upper level.
The Polarization of Meaning
Biblical meaning has its roots in the
character of God & identity of humanity.
Let's explore how this basis supports
the greater structure of meaning in life.
Figure: "The Roots
From Philosophical to Practical
The moral standard in the tree also preserved
meaning in life.
Since the fall, meaning has become polarized
to the left & the right.
Stages of Meaning."
The polarization of meaning is found in
every corner of life.
Figure: "The Polarization
The law reestablished spiritual priority
& social stability on all levels.
into the Ten Commandments."
Along with abandoning moral standards,
guilt contributes to polarization.
The ideal solution is to uphold moral
standards & eliminate guilt without blaming.
Is my life meaningful?
In God's world, most definitely.
We are free to choose & responsible
for our choices.
As individuals, we are valuable &
God is the ultimate source of freewill,
responsibility, values & morals.
Given this foundation of meaning, a practical
decision structure may be formed.
Figure: "Four Choices
in Decision Making."
See also: "Decision
Making, A Topical Study from the Foundations Web Site"
God is the author of our personal existence,
identity & meaning.