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    Default Just a red light...?

    What causes some individuals to perceive hidden meanings behind actions, items, and events? Or any meaning, for that matter?

    I sat staring at a blinking red light switch of a power outlet, and began thinking of all the various things the light could represent. The light flickered on and off intermittently, much like my interest in people and their everyday lives. Construed as an entity all its own, it seemed to be clinging on to its very own life, in constant flux between complete nothingness and a carnal, quintessential red. My mind went off into several tangents for what that red light could represent. But despite my endeavor to attach value to the phenomena, it remained in reality a simple, blinking light. For what purpose does any interpretation other than a "blinking light" exist? Does it make the experience of life seem valuable? That we aren't just a species meant for reproduction in the balance of universal chaos?

    Does anything then, matter? Redundant as it may be, meaning is found where meaning is applied. I could very well go through life with no passions, values, morals...anything that makes "us" generically "human." As a result, I would subsequently cease to exist as a "human being" in the eyes of a third party, though literally I would still be a human being. Down and down the rabbit hole we go, assigning meaning to that which really doesn't have to have meaning at all.

    Ironic... I am searching for meaning in a thread about the search for meaning.

    Have I lost you yet?

    For what purpose do you give purpose?
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    There is no meaning.

    People just try because it's what their teachers told them to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    There is no meaning.

    People just try because it's what their teachers told them to do.
    So which came first then: the chicken or the egg?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Grand Chameleon View Post
    So which came first then: the chicken or the egg?
    Egg, duh.
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    So per your analogy, the people who did simply as their non-existent teachers taught them came first?

    If you are willing to humor an audience, what requirements must be met for you personally to attach meaning?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Grand Chameleon View Post
    So per your analogy, the people who did simply as their non-existent teachers taught them came first?

    If you are willing to humor an audience, what requirements must be met for you personally to attach meaning?
    The people who did it to sound smart came first. The teachers teach it to their students to make them sound smart, because sounding smart is important to having a good life -- or, well, it used to be.

    For me to personally attach meaning, it has to be an immediate danger.
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    the choice as a human is only happiness. everything else is nothing. it is the basis for morality discipline achievement laziness assigning meanings etc.

    egg or chicken its an infinite series of which someone starts with chicken, someone with egg. it matters not. what matters is happiness. Does thinking this make you happy or depressed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slumdogtrillionaire View Post
    egg or chicken its an infinite series of which someone starts with chicken, someone with egg. it matters not. what matters is happiness. Does thinking this make you happy or depressed?
    Chickens aren't the only ones who lay eggs, remember.
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    ^ am i missing the humour here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slumdogtrillionaire View Post
    ^ am i missing the humour here?
    Probably.
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