Existentialism Philosophy

Logodrama Part 2

Meaningfulness presupposes knowledge of supra-meaning. When a person recognizes his ultimate meaning in life, or supra-meaning, then he can make things meaningful, worthwhile. Nietzsche said that anyone who knows the 'why' can endure any 'how'. A person who knows the supra-meaning of life tries to move forward to it. For example, a person who knows that the supra-meaning is to be happy and that happiness can only be achieved in heaven will try to do things to conform to God's laws. Everytime he does things which conform to God will be meaningful to him. If God's law was "Love your neighbor", a person who makes a charitable act to another will make his actions meaningful.

Will to meaning is a will to good. A person who tries to find meaning in everyday situations tries to find what they can do which makes it "worthwhile". To make something "worthwhile" is to try to make a good of the situation. Since when did a person say, "Make your suffering worthwhile" and not mean "Make something good from your suffering"? I believe that everyone tries to make their present day situations worthwhile. They will to do good at least for themselves. They try to make something better than what they have. Even a person who commits suicide believes it is the best thing for him to do so.

Supra-meaningfulness is when we attain the supra-meaning. It is when we achieve what we were all made for. Supra-meaningfulness is when we achieve the par excellence. It is when we do not will anymore for meaningfulness because we already achieved the "most" or the "best" or the "greatest".

posted by Ap at 9/18/2003 |

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