The blog post where I try to drain Meaning of MEANING
From my first post form 2007, with some editing... Tomorrow morning I wake up for the first time as a 50 year old man. Statistically I have 25 years to live ( more or less). So what do I do with those 25 years? … And if I don't or can't, does that mean I failed? Is life about finding meaning? Is life about not failing? Must I find meaning? If not that, then what? OK. that was 14 years ago. WOW! (meaning now statistically I have 11 years to live) This is only my third post this year. Which is fine, because I now use it as a place for me to put things I want to put somewhere. And I have not felt the need to say anything to my self, or to any unlikely passerby. BUT, how would I phrase a new first blog post now? so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens The Red Wheelbarrow BY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS You can Google that poem and find all sorts of meaning. And Williams may have had some explicit “meaning” in mind, but I don’t know and don’t care. I take the poem as an a song of experience. It could have been anything, a box and not a wheel barrow, a dog and not chickens...none of that "matters". What matters is accepting the experience, the immediate experience that prompted that poem. A reminder that wherever you are, whatever you see, it ALL “depends so much” NOT what caused the wheel barrow to be there or what will happen to the chickens….PAY ATTENTION to the world NOW. So much depends because everything in front of us is NOW and we are all part of it NOW. PAY ATTENTION! What does it mean? What is the meaning of life? To diagram a moment or a life like diagraming a sentence looking to find “meaning” is to conceptualize that which cannot fit into a concept. So give thanks that we are all in this together. EVEN if we all irritate the hell out of each other...give thanks. EVEN if we have not been the best version of ourselves, give thanks for this moment we communally experience all over the world. For this moment let go of the past and let thoughts of the future float away, they are fictions that distract us from living this moment. It came over him like a fit; it was like a single spark kindled in his soul and spreading fire through him. Everything in him softened at once and the tears started into his eyes. He fell to the earth on the spot....He knelt down in the middle of the square, bowed down to the earth, and kissed that filthy earth with bliss and rapture. He got up and bowed down a second time Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky That is how I would start a new blog.