Re: virus: 'Meaning of Life' Memes

Tim Rhodes (
Wed, 3 Sep 1997 09:58:38 -0700 (PDT)

On 2 Sep 1997, D.H.Rosdeitcher wrote:

> The memetic/evolutionary paradigm seems to imply that we invent our own
> "meaning of life" since we create a memetic construct called 'meaning of
> life'. Does having a view that we "make up" our own 'meaning of life'
> lead to a sense of meaninglessness? --David R.

I don't see why it should. Why would you want to make up a meaningless
existence for yourself? If it's your choice, why wouldn't you make every
moment filled with signifigance and richness?

Both the simple peasant and the learned Zen master sweep the floor every
morning. The Zen master realises that it is all pointless and without
meaning, but he does it anyway. And that *is* the point.

-Prof. Tim