October 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.