The Mayo Clinic, in a little ditty in their news network section caught my eye, which was a report or a post, more accurately, on global meaning and personal meaning. It was entitled Something to Think About: Personal and global meaning.
A certain Dr. Amit Sood, a well-qualified professional as the director of research in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program on Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus in Minnesota, wrote the piece.
Being the Mayo Clinic, he knows what he’s talking about. He opens with “It is easier and more useful to make your life more meaningful than to search for the ultimate meaning of life.”
He spoke to the nature of science and the ease with which one can find, at least, some meaning without ultimate meaning. To me, it is like asking, “What can help me build some more meaning?” Rather than, “Why are we here?” Both important questions.
However, one is more doable, and the doable one seems to be the former, for anyone with the will to put in the work, which seems to be the big tip.
“Awareness of the unimaginably large size of our universe (estimated at ninety-one billion light-years) creates a sense of awe—about the vastness of it all,” Dr. Sood said. “Knowledge about the subatomic quantum world with awareness of the power of intentionality is truly fascinating. But the details of physics at both the cosmic and the quantum levels still leave the curious mind dissatisfied.”
I see what he is driving at. I assume you see the same. The driving towards how before why, and sometimes the never-found why can be the big disappointment, where the littler how can be an infinite source of daily, and moment-to-moment, curiosity.
“I…know how to align my limited mind with what I believe is my primary evolutionary responsibility—to help create a safer, happier, kinder world for our planet’s children,” Dr. Sood said.
Making piecemeal influence, working for the world at large, taking part in the individual pursuit – and responsibility – of the construction of meaning, and being that drop in the proverbial ocean.
“I believe contextual, transient meanings all converge to a global meaning. If I can take hold of my own little meaning and pursue it to the deepest place it can take me, the reflection of the global meaning might reveal itself. That will be enough.”
And how about you, is it enough…got meaning?