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The concept of meaning starts with emptiness. It is like an empty bowl.

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You may fill an empty bowl with whatever you may wish – whether it be rice, fruit or soup – and yet it is impartial to its contents.

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And after you fill your bowl you soon empty it again.

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You ingest its contents, let them nourish you, and then the next day fill your bowl with something else and repeat the process all over again.

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Most of the time however, the bowl stays empty. And so it is with meaning.

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It starts out as an empty bowl, but people are uncomfortable with emptiness.

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They like things they can conceptualize.

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Things they can feel.

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So they quickly fill their empty bowl of meaning with whatever happens to come along, or with whatever makes them feel good.

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This is fine, but the problem is most people just leave their acquired meaning in the bowl. They never fully ingest its contents and let them nourish themselves.

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The bowl never goes back to being empty. It never gets the chance to be filled with anything else… something different.

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And just like rice in a bowl that never gets eaten gets rotten and stale, so does uningested meaning.

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The beauty of meaning is the fact that it may be whatever you wish. There is no intrinsic meaning of anything.

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You may fill your bowl again and again with different substance. You may find different meanings for the same thing and this is just fine. No contradiction needs to occur.

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Moreover, the treasures with which you may fill your bowl of meaning are unlimited.

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They are plentiful and boundless, and as deep as the dark blue sea. They can be positive, negative, or both at the same time.

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But don’t ever let your treasures of meaning go to waste. Never let them go stale. Ingest these treasures, let them nourish your being.

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Then let the bowl go back to being empty, without being uncomfortable about the emptiness.

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In fact, if you truly understand this, the emptiness is liberating.

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