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“How do I live a meaningful life?”

Is there a state of life that is identifiable as “meaningful?” What does that look like? Is the questioner imagining a person who spends their time doing charitable work, or meditating, or finally making their way through their to-read list?

But that may not count as “meaningful” for everyone. Those are generally seen as good things, but there are also a lot of other good things, some of which may be in competition with other good things.

What if we stop talking about a “meaningful life” as a state to be achieved and instead simply live a “meaning-making life?” That is, the struggle to understand, to live according to that understanding, is the meaningful life. The struggle is the goal.

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