Meaning (labeled)
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In philosophy, meaning, a term often associated with purpose, refers to questions surrounding the design or significance of existence.

Religion | Science
The modern tension in belief systems, between the cherished religio-mythology belief systems and the newer scientific beliefs is evidenced well be the following 1999 statement by religious marriage philosopher Eric Ludy: [1]

“Some have described today’s young people as ‘the first generation to live after the death of God.’ Here we are searching from something beautiful, yet the whole source of beauty has been robbed from us. The amazing and romantic world around us is explained away as a freak of nature—our dearest friends are really only heaps of meaningless matter that evolved from a puddle of sludge. And love itself is but a chemical reaction inside our brains that takes place when our impulse to propagate the species kicks into gear. To be honest, if modern science is right and all that exists is nothing but the result of a great big bang, then I would be the first to say that you are crazy if you wait to indulge your desires. I mean, if you and the ‘love of your life’ are only heaps of meaningless matter, then hurry up and ignite the chemical reaction!”


In 1945, French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, in his “Existentialism is a Humanism” lecture, seems to have spelled out some type of “existence before meaning” atheism logic, the gist of which seems to come from the following logic: [2]

“Atheistic existentialism, which I represent, is more consistent. It states that if god does not exist, there is at least one being in whom existence precedes essence—a being whose existence comes before its essence, a being who exists before he can be defined by any concept of it. That being is man, or, as Heidegger put it, the human reality. What do we mean here by ‘existence precedes essence’? We mean that man first exists: he materializes in the world, encounters himself, and only afterward defines himself.”

This statement, to note, seems to be re-phrasing of Soren Kierkegaard’s circa 1841 query:

“Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here? What is this thing called the world? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted? And if I am compelled to take part in it, where is the director? I want to see him.”


Meaning of life
Historically, one of the greatest philosophical questions ever has been the riddle to solve the elusive "meaning of life". In the modern (post-2009) defunct theory of life framework, however, "life" has been determined to be something that does not exist, akin to other defunct theoretical conceptions, such as aether, caloric, or phlogiston.

The following are related quotes:

“If you’re not supposed to get ‘money’, ‘fame’, and ‘notoriety’, like we’re all running around trying to get, what are you supposed to do, with your 80 to 100 years on earth?”
— Mike Posner (2016), lyrics and meaning (Ѻ) behind song “I took a pill in Ibiza”, Dec 28

1. (a) Ludy, Eric and Ludy, Leslie. (1999). When God Writes Your Love Story: the Ultimate Guide to Guy/Girl Relationships (pg. 136). Random House.
(b) When God Writes Your Life Story – Wikipedia.
2. (a) Sartre, Jean-Paul. (1945). Existentialism Is a Humanism (pg. 22). Yale University Press, 2007.
(b) Meaning (existential) – Wikipedia.

External links
Meaning (disambiguation) – Wikipedia.

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