Life is Not Meaningless

Life is not meaningless.

CS Lewis once wrote a thought provoking short story about a man who had been blind all his life, until he receives a miraculous surgery which gives him his sight for the first time.

However -although the man can see- he has no conception of what light is.

The story fascinates me. The concept of perception has fascinated me for a long time. I love the idea that there are people who see the world differently than I do, and I study to discover different ways people have of thinking.

This relates to a popular idea that floats around these days:

The idea that life has no meaning.

Have you ever stared intently at a power outlet and thought to yourself:

“Holy crud! That outlet looks like a face!”?

Really, the outlet looks nothing like a face.

Engineers have not fashioned outlets that way because they like the shape, but because it’s the best and safest way to convey electricity.

It is the tendency of the human mind to make order from chaos. The the human mind doesn’t like chaos, but it does like faces. (It’s quite narcissistic.)

Some claim that life is utterly meaningless, that if we as humans perceive any sort of order or meaning in this world of ours, that it is the product of our imaginative minds at work, filling in the gaps between chaos to make a bare semblance of meaning.

Those who believe this contend that if our perception were truly perfect, we would see that all is devoid of purpose, and the only time we can see any rhyme or reason is when we make it up ourselves.

This is a nice happy thought, but an impossible logical paradox.

For one thing, this idea is based on the idea that your perception is flawed unless you don’t see any purpose for your life. If you can’t find any purpose, then your perception works perfectly fine, thank you. Congratulations.

This sounds like a trap to me.

Secondly, this very sentiment runs head on to logical perception like a bicyclist to a brick wall.

If life were truly meaningless, we would be wholly unable to perceive it, just as a man born blind would have utterly no conception of what light is.

Our minds learn of intangible concepts based on a law of absence: we do not learn of a thing’s existence until we recognize its absence.

For instance, darkness does not truly exist: it is merely the absence of light.

Although darkness does not exist, we would not recognize light as a property until it is taken away from us.

The same can be said of any positive property and its negative value.

Heat / Cold

Good / Evil

Community / Isolation

The list can continue ad infinitum.

The bottom line is that the instant we feel that life is devoid of meaning, that it is meaningless, is the very moment we prove its existence.

It shows that although we feel meaning to be very far from us right now, we have bumped up against meaning in our own past.

If our lives were truly meaningless and without purpose, we would have no way of knowing.

Our lives are filled with a glorious purpose, friends.

And that is inescapable.

Thanks for reading, everyone. I am appreciative of every single stinkin’ one of you. -BW

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