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Some philosophers say that our life is meaningless because it has a prescribed end This is a strange assertion is a movie rendered meaningless because of its finiteness Some things acquire a meaning precisely because they are finite consider academic studies for instance It would seem that meaningfulness does not depend upon matters temporary We all share the belief that we derive meaning from external sources Something bigger than us - and outside us - bestows meaning upon our lives God the State a social institution an historical cause Yet this belief is misplaced and mistaken If such an external source of meaning were to depend upon us for its definition hence for its meaning - how could we derive meaning from it A cyclical argument ensues We can never derive meaning from that whose very meaning or definition is dependent on us The defined cannot define the definer To use the defined as part of its own definition by the vice of its inclusion in the definer is the very definition of a tautology the gravest of logical fallacies On the other hand if such an external source of meaning were NOT dependent on us for its definition or meaning - again it would have been of no use in our quest for meaning and definition That which is absolutely independent of us - is absolutely free of any interaction with us because such an interaction would inevitably have constituted a part of its definition or meaning And that which is devoid of any interaction with us - cannot be known to us We know about something by interacting with it The very exchange of information - through the senses - is an interaction Thus either we serve as part of the definition or the meaning of an external source - or we do not In the first case it cannot constitute a part of our own definition or meaning In the second case
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