Why Others Can Enable or Disable a Meaningful Life

It’s all in your evaluations

Jonas Ressem
Curious

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“Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.” — Albert Camus

The world doesn’t care about anything, but you do. And that’s what makes life so meaningful or meaningless to live — depending, of course, on how you evaluate it.

Every day, in every moment, you make evaluations. This can be of single items, lasting events, and even of yourself and life as a whole. In turn, these evaluations form a sense of significance, which is partly responsible for the meaningfulness you feel.

In general, positive evaluations leads to more significance, while negative evaluations leads to less significance. You can think of it as a balance scale, where the side with the most weight tips. Your experience is the scale, the sides are negative and positive, and your evaluations determine the weight and where it’s put. However, placing the weights isn’t as straightforward as one might think.

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Jonas Ressem
Curious

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