Plato already observed a few hundred years B.C. that man is a being in search of meaning. The word suggests that meaning is a “something” which we can find somewhere, somewhen. Typically we don’t want our life to feel meaningless, so we derive meaning from all kinds of things; our achievements, our job, the objects or money we possess, etc.
Somehow we interpret meaning as something that we can find, implying it is NOT here and now but located somewhere in the future. And so we search for it and keep searching…
From the common duality based perpective we actually never find it though, as the only “meaning” life ever has, any happiness you or I ever find, is only actually experienced right now, isn’t it? Could it be “That” which we are seeking for is always already present, right here and now?
Sam Harris, a well known and truly eloquent neuroscientist, has described this in his own way in this beautiful video fragment. (see the link below)
How do you feel about this? Can we live without searching for “meaning”?