inner importance: psychological or moral sense, purpose, or significance”
I recently read Ernest Becker’s The Birth and Death
of Meaning, which frankly being in the end preachy
in a 60-70’s find yourself sort of way was not as good as
his Denial of Death, but both seemed to have essentially
the same theme being that the meaning of life like
faiths in an afterlife were fantasies deliberately self delusional
at some but important level as an alternative to the insanity
that would come if honestly facing reality.
And yet this I question.
The body, ( the cells themselves), even given
a clinically dead brain, will struggle to live on so
without word it states at least what the initial
if not ultimate value is. If in nature there is this measure
isn’t there then meaning?
If using being alive as the benchmark, can a man then choose to die,
the absolute negation, without it being no more
than the consequence of folly?