How do we view the word around us? When we look at something what we see with our eyes is translated from a form into a meaning. That is we attach meaning to things we see, we touch, we hear, we taste or we smell. For the most part we share that meaning with others at some level, but at another level we are highly individualistic in how we interpret what our senses are telling us. We impart meaning into those things we sense that is all our own.

If we can assign meaning to the things we sense that also means we can unassign meaning to those things. If we see a chair we can unassign the meaning of that chair so that it doesn’t mean anything.

Why would we do such a thing? Think about a time when you were upset at something. There was something there that had a meaning and most likely it only had meaning for you. We may have been upset with the meaning that the object had … “to get angry at a chair” for example means what? If we have the ability to remove meaning from an object we also have the ability to remove that which upset us – the meaning.

Where would it have practical application? What if you got mad at someone, I know that rarely happens, but what if it did? What if you took away the meaning of that event? What would you be angry at? If it is our assignment of meaning to things, events, or our senses then we can also change what that means.

Wouldn’t it be better if we could create peace in our own lives?


5 responses to “meaning

  1. would it be fair to say that when we have given meaning to something, that we also given expectations to that thing for how we will interact and even depend on it? I think it is these unspoken and maybe even hidden expectations that cause us the problems when the ‘thing’ fails in it’s meaning to us.

    Wouldn’t taking away the meaning and leaving the expectations encourage a replacement without really understanding how we were dissapointed?

  2. I believe that this word “meaning” is the most overused and under-understood one in personal development. It would be better to use weightage in this context. How important something is to your sense of self and well being will determine furhter course of action.

  3. Meaning as an individual interpretation of the events or feelings that you experience. The events may be unique to you in terms of understanding but widely experienced. We share the experience but not the meaning of that experience.

  4. It seems to me that if meaning is removed, it can lead to apathy and apathy leads to depression and a downward spiral. To get past anger, one has to find out the root of it. Being misunderstood, hurt, or feeling like one hasn’t been heard leads to anger. People just want to know that they matter. One has to be judicious in what has meaning and what doesn’t.

  5. The self needs to understand anger. The hurt doesn’t arise from the external but from the internal self.

    The confirmation from an external source that one does matter does what? Affirmation, acknowledgment and appreciation are certainly needs of the soul. What else though?

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