Amherst, MA, USA
Sorry, I never like to post without first reading the other messages, but I don't have much time and I'm afraid this will escape me...
I think the answer depends on what you consider God. I've heard it said, although I don't personally use this definition, that God is existence, consciousness. So then that person would say that if God doesn't exist, we don't exist, thus meaning does not exist.
But I'm confusing myself now. I think, although I should probably have said this in the Does God Exist forum, that "God" is simply a definition that people use too liberally. So I'd prefer not to say "I think God is..." but rather, this is what I think about meaning... meaning is what you make of it. Meaning in your own life only comes from you. It's YOUR thought, YOUR meaning. YOU make meaning. Unless there is a God, then maybe "He" does too/instead. I admit that I don't believe either, but I would say, in answer to the forum question, that if there is no greater force judging, planning or creating, then the force must come from within. And therefore, there is only meaning if you see it.
But then, I may be messed up on what nihilism is ... I guess I really should read some more messages. But my sister needs the comp. So I'll be back!
OK, I'm back to edit
There is a great site that I almost completely agree with on this issue, although it straddles the fence a bit. But then, so do I.
I would just like to clarify a bit what I said before. If God doesn't exist, there can be meaning, truth, morality, etc. It could be, I suppose, ultilitarian, as Jim proposed above. I am more comfortable looking at it as personal: I judge myself, I define myself, I create myself, and I make the meaning of MY world. It sounds self-centered, and I suppose it is, but if it were true it would mean not only I am self-centered but that we all are. I don't know if there is another name for that, if there is I'd like to know.
[This message has been edited by 7 (edited 07-11-2000).]