How Do We Explain Meaning?

think 3H1

Man is simply a being in search of meaning.
– Plato

Deeply ensconced in the marrow of our bones is the aspiration for significance.
– R. C. Sproul

We’re a species that needs and wants to understand who we are and what life means. Sheep lice don’t share this, which is why they write so little.
– Anne Lamott

Clinics are crowded with people suffering from a new kind of neurosis, a sense of total and ultimate meaninglessness of life.
– Viktor Frankl

Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.
– Bertrand Russell

No finite point has meaning without an infinite point of reference.
– Jean-Paul Satre

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.
– C. S. Lewis

Even when we believe with all our minds that life is meaningless, we simply can’t live that way. We know better. We know God is there.
– Tim Keller

The issues of life are before me, I must vote for or against a view of life which has worth, purpose, goal. If I vote that the universe has no meaning, then I vote that my own life has none. But if my life has no meaning and hence no purpose, it will go to pieces, for psychology tells us that without a strong controlling purpose, which co-ordinates life, the personality disintegrates through its own inner clashes no purpose, no personality. But that purpose must be high enough to lift me out of myself. If my purposes end with myself, again I disintegrate. They must include God, who gives basis and lasting meaning to my purpose. If I lose God, I lose myself, my universe, everything. I see that Voltaire was right when he said, “If there is no God, we will have to invent one to keep sane.”
– E. Stanley Jones

Mysterious and Awesome


In a real sense, everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. Plato was right: “The visible is a shadow cast by the invisible.” And so God is still around. All of our knowledge, all of our developments, cannot diminish his being one iota. These new advances have banished God neither from the microcosmic compass of the atom nor from the vast, unfathomable ranges of interstellar space. The more we learn about this universe, the more mysterious and awesome it becomes. God is still here.

–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 
The Measure of a Man