Saturday, October 24, 2015

Discovery as Meaning and Purpose

People discover life's meaning and purpose in the pleasure of people and objects coupled with an anxiety about the dark void of nothing that is empty space without people or objects. All people and all life get pleasure in and yet also have anxiety about discovery. All life must discover food, drink, shelter, and community among other needs simply to survive and light the dark void and fill an otherwise empty space with people and objects. The pleasure of discovery of the world drives our meaning and purpose and yet we must temper that pleasure with an anxiety of the unknown dark void of empty space. Among the discoveries that are necessary for survival, there are also many dangers lurking.

Therefore we must also have a certain anxiety about the world that we discover in order to avoid danger and injury. No matter how pleasant a discovery might be, we also need a certain anxiety about our discoveries in order to avoid walking off of cliffs and in front of traffic. We survive and discover meaning and purpose with both the pleasure and anxiety of discovery.

There are many inexplicable questions that have no unique answers. Some of these questions are:

Why is the universe the way that it is? 
Why are we here?
Why are we right here right now?
Why is it us who is right here right now?
What is the universe origin?
What is the universe destiny?
What is the meaning and purpose of the universe?

We ask these questions as part of the pleasure of discovery but these questions all represent the unknowable parts of the universe about which we can feel but can never really know. Although the pleasure of discovery provides an innate meaning and purpose, we can never know why that is. All we can really know is that is simply the way the universe is.

It helps to have a theory of the mind in order to understand how the pleasure and anxiety of emotion are what drive the primitive mind. It is the feeling of our primitive mind by which we make the choices that we make...