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Why our lives hold more meaning than we may think
Iddo Landau, Ph.D.
Many of us hate people of the other political "camp" more than we should. We stand a lot to lose by that.
The common notion that the world is worsening in almost every way is just a myth. We have good reasons to be hopeful.
Think the world is deteriorating? Think again. There is much that can make us proud and happy.
History books, too, often present reality as more evil than it in fact is.
The news media often represent the world as worse than it really is.
True, to achieve an end is sometimes to lose it. But this does not undermine life's meaningfulness.
Hamlet's famous question is limited, misleading, and harmful.
How a famous but problematic saying can be taken out of context and lead to harmful results.
The complex relation between morality and meaningfulness
Do we find meaning in life or create it?
Why Tolstoy's parable is an inaccurate analogue of the human condition.
Camus's claim that our lives are similar to Sisyphus's absurd life is wrong and harmful.
Some people mistakenly believe that non-unique lives must be meaningless.
Some people wrongly hold that in order to have a meaningful life, they must commit to one source of meaningfulness throughout their whole life.
Would rejecting perfectionism about the meaning of life push us to mediocrity and meaninglessness?
Some see life as meaningless because their obsession to achieve only the excellent blinds them to the great value of the good
Wrong views inhibit people from realizing meaning in their lives.
Many consider life not to be meaningful enough. But reasons they present for this view are often problematic.
Iddo Landau, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Haifa. He has written extensively on the meaning of life and is the author of Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World.