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The Meaning Crisis

Part Two: Life's Purpose

written by Dr. Steven Cangiano August 12, 2020
The Meaning Crisis

Part Two of this series on the Meaning Crisis explores four fundamental questions about the meaning of life: Who am I? Where am I? Why am I here? What am I here to do?

1. Who Are You?

You have done enough corporate training and/or personal development seminars to know that you are not your name, religion, job, or social status. Who you are is the perfect creator of your life. You are a complex psycho-cybernetic organism that constantly creates and recreates your circumstances from the preset images in your mind.

You are amazing at it – there is no one better in the universe. You are an exact printout of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. This is the initial place where people try to sneak magical thinking into the equation: “God is the perfect creator of life, and so are you!” (No, that is not how it works.)

You are 100% responsible for creating and recreating your life. Understanding this process is crucial to your success and integral to your search for meaning. The creative process is at the center of what it means to be human and should be a mandatory study.

What sets humanity apart is that we have been given the gift of meta-cognition. You can observe your thoughts and choose new ones, setting your life and our world on a successively new and evolving trajectory. This is no small accomplishment; it took 13.8 billion years for the universe to become aware of itself, and it has done so through humanity. When you contemplate what we have created in the last 12,000 years, it is astounding. You are an integral part of that creative journey.

Answer: You are the perfect creator of your life. (An intensive study the creative process is recommended.)

2. Where Are You?

The prevailing scientific theory of our origin is that your atoms originated in a very small space in a state of very low entropy. Estimates range from the size of a proton to as large as a soccer ball. Either way, compared to the universe’s astronomically large size, it was incomprehensibly small.

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