I can say with reasonable certainty that all persons seek happiness, and you are probably no different in this regard. Happiness and unhappiness both have personal meaning to you and to almost everyone else. Therefore, in the context of our lives, the things that make people happy or unhappy do have meaning and it...
Best answer: I can say with reasonable certainty that all persons seek happiness, and you are probably no different in this regard. Happiness and unhappiness both have personal meaning to you and to almost everyone else. Therefore, in the context of our lives, the things that make people happy or unhappy do have meaning and it can be well-argued that everyone has a right to be happy. The caveat is that no one has the right to make others unhappy, Therefore, a certain mindfulness of our effect on the lives of others is not only correct and meaningful behavior, it should be a natural inclination. What goes around, comes around, as the saying goes.
Not only is our behavior meaningful for its effect on the lives of those we touch, but for the domino effect it can have on the lives they touch and even the future lives of those who are yet to be born. In other words, our actions reverberate and have meaning, whether or not we are aware of it. This is why beyond certain limits, things like fortune, pride, and popularity tend to be frivolous, because they often often have more bad effect on others than good. It's not that fortune, pride, popularity, etc are ultimately meaningless, just that their positive meaning is limited.
Now, a word on nihilism. Before you go throwing that word around in casually describing yourself, you should know what the six main branches of nihilism are and which one(s) you most identify with. Look up nihilism on Wikipedia and it will give you a pretty good basic understanding. You obviously identify most closely with existential nihilism, so in the future, say you're an existential nihilist so that those of us with a clue know exactly what you are saying about yourself.
I don't personally hold with existential nihilism because it makes an assumption about our existence that simply cannot be known for certain. We are not omniscient. Our knowledge of the universe and our place within it is limited and will probably always remain so, therefore one cannot prove beyond a doubt that life is ultimately pointless and meaningless. One cannot prove that the universe itself is without purpose. I prefer to keep an open mind about it because it is beyond my ability to prove, one way or the other, what the truth of it is. What if, for example, it is through us that the universe has contrived to become aware of itself? That would certainly be meaningful. At the very least, as already argued, our lives hold at least a limited meaning to ourselves and others.
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