The Meaning of Meaning
- One of Sartre's points was that we come into a world that already has
meaning conferred upon it. It is a world that is already populated,
already named and interpreted, already defined and already explored.
In the final mix, we have a world that is already saturated with
meaning, which to me presents something of a major problem for the
individual today who seeks his own freedom, who is unable to find any
point of reference where he is not encroached upon by a flood of
things to be understood and competing meanings.
I think this has taken me on an inquiry to better understand the
nature of meaning itself. I had always reduced it to being simply
anything that could be understood; and of course we understand in a
cognitive as well as affective way. We grasp the significance of
things both through the reason as well as through our emotions.
However, it is more my inclination to understand rationally, so I
pursue meaning in the sense that I can understand things in a rational
manner. I personally pay careful attention to the details and try to
be as exact as I can on the subjects I am interested in.
As a group, I would like to see more of the meticulous examination of
Sartre's work, not so much overviews, but amplications of single
points from the large volumn of his work. I believe that here in this
group are people just as smart as Sartre.