"People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive."
- Joseph Campbell
"I help myself by making a distinction between the idea that 'we make everything up' (which I don't think is accurate) and 'we give meaning to all that we consciously experience' (which I do think is accurate). . . . Each of us has to create our own frame of reference, which ultimately means only I decide if I am acceptable, if my accomplishments are adequate, and if my life matters. . . . [Some have] connected the idea that 'there is no inherent meaning' to the idea that 'it's all pointless'. Not for me. The point for me is that I have to get from here to the end of my life and how I do so matters to me. . . . So for me the question is . . . who will define meaning? If I give other people the power to define meaning for me. . . then I guess the point is to live according to the meaning they define. Or, I can exercise the power within myself to define meaning for myself. . . . But, based on what? I answer this by considering what I value. For me that's the point. What do I value? I value being a good [partner]. Now I have meaning in my life. . . . I value being smart. Now I have meaning. I value deepening my way of relating with those closest to me. Now I have meaning. . . . and so on."
- Jake Eagle
Having lost faith in Mormonism, I have been questioning what is the meaning of life if it wasn't The Plan? If there is no God, as I increasingly believe, is there a meaning to life? These quotes have given me a lot to ponder. I think that as we recognize those things that we value and then live our life in harmony with those values, we will find that rapture of being alive and joy in our existence. And I think that just might be enough.
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