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Why our lives hold more meaning than we may think
Iddo Landau, Ph.D.
Many try to focus as much as possible on the present. But transcending the moment is often much more helpful.
Notwithstanding the oft-repeated claim, most people understand their lives to be quite meaningful.
Can sensing life as meaningless be impacted by trivial events?
The claim that intelligibility makes life meaningful is tempting, but also problematic.
Although the bad is more durable and impactful than the good, our lives can still be meaningful.
Many hold that animals' lives are important and valuable, but debate whether they are also meaningful.
According to David Banatar’s fortunati argument, we don’t notice how bad our lives are. Here’s a reply.
Here are three stories on the ways many of us diminish opportunities to live well.
There are opportunities for meaning all around. We should stop ignoring them.
Correlations between religiousness and meaningfulness seem to differ between industrialized and non-industrialized countries.
Two wrong presuppositions that lead many good people to mistakenly believe that they are worse than they really are.
In some cases, people behave more honestly the more it pays to be dishonest.
Is believing in reincarnation a reasonable way of finding meaning in life?
Many people return to feeling well a few months after losing a spouse. Is that wrong?
Many say that they fear death and hate it. But if given the Immortality Pill, would you take it?
Conclusions often drawn from the famous thought experiment appear problematic.
Some who suffer from depression and anxiety refuse therapy or medication, saying they're inauthentic. Here's a response to that argument.
Some people believe that marriage is unnecessary and represents disingenuous, empty promises. Deeper reflection reveals why the commitment is so meaningful.
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.
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.