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The Distinction of Morals: Experience, Sense, Meaning

  • Oct 4, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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Let's talk about three ideas that are similar but distinct: the experience of life, the sense of life, the meaning of life.

For each, what is it?

First, is the question valid? Second, if it is, in what sense is it valid and meaningful? Third, what criteria need be answered validly before any answer to the question can be deemed valid? Is there a definitive answer? Is the answer subjective, objective, or intersubjective?

For all three, what do they have in common? Is "life" trivially the commonality? Why or why not?

The bonus question to ask, if we finish early, is, why do these three ideas keep popping up perennially? This question reminds me of two movies: Xanadu (1980) and TLOTR: The Return of the King (2003). We'll talk more about the movies' relevance after the meeting.

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  • Tom O.

    I thought our discussion of the meaning of life was most uplifting. It built up logically from our understanding of what the experience of life entails and of what a sense of life really means. Huge thanks, everyone, for sharing your feelings and personal stories in your life. Your examples clarify and enlighten THE meaning of life and explain why so few people in history have understood it. It is no exaggeration to say that taking a breath of air can confer an exalted meaning to an examined life. The idea, once clearly understood, generated too many exciting topics for one meeting.

    Camilia, you rocked this evening! I appreciate your choice to spend your time at this time with us.

    October 5, 2012

  • Camilia S.

    Great

    October 5, 2012

  • Tom O.

    Here is a song that tantalizes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDitUVMMzE0

    See you at the meeting.

    October 4, 2012

  • Tom O.

    OMG, I just saw this movie during brunch http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085959/ ! I was too young watching its premiere to understand it. Now, it's howlingly funny at the piece http://www.lyricsdepot.com/monty-python/every-sperm-is-sacred.html . "Can we have your liver then?" "Oh, all right, you talked me into it." "And finally, Monsieur, a wafer-thin mint."

    Reflective theists and New-Age spiritualists both want "radical empiricism" in their lives. That's just one contradiction of our times.

    September 30, 2012

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