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My Definitive "Meaning Over Happiness" Post

Mike Radivis just asked asked some good questions on "Chase Meaning, Not Happiness" -

How do you measure meaning if not in terms of happiness? Aren't things that create more happiness for a longer time for a larger number of individuals better than those things who lack those qualities but are proclaimed to be personal achievements anyway? Does the scope of happiness make happiness meaningful to you or not? What are achievements good for if they aren't good at facilitating happiness? Imagine you wouldn't experience any pleasant or unpleasant emotions and would have to decide rationally what to pursue (assuming that is possible at all). Then what you want to do with your life? (Another way to formulate this question maybe would be to ask what's your grand strategy in that situation.)

I'm quite interested in your answers. I like that your blog posts are so outspoken. It's just that the message of this post is hard for me to grasp, as I'm pretty much utilitarian in my thinking.

Good questions. I'll go through it line by line.

How do you measure meaning if not in terms of happiness?

On Seeing "Noah"

On Blue Ridge Ramblings...

We rarely go to the movies; it's expensive and all too often we leave disappointed in what we've seen. When a highly anticipated film opens we sometimes make an exception; "Noah" was such an event. Sadly, we were disappointed again.

We're Christians. Snake-handling lunatics? Poison-sipping crazies? No. We ARE regular churchgoers who take fairly active roles in church activities. Our goal in life is to live in as Christ-like a manner as we can. We know we'll never reach that goal, but we try.

Hollywood has produced some wonderful movies about the Bible. Not one of them has been 100% accurate so far as I know, and "Noah" certainly isn't. In my opinion it's science fiction based very, very loosely on the Bible's account of the Great Flood.

Numerous people have commented that the film has to fictionalize or embellish the story in order to fill out a full-length feature film. Maybe so. You can read the Biblical account of Noah in five minutes, tops. Unfortunately, this movie carries the embellishment a little too far for me. At the end of the Book of Revelations is a stern warning against changing so much as one word of the Scriptures... and this movie changes far more than that.

If people see the film and it interests them enough that they read and discuss the Biblical account, then the movie has done a wonderful thing. However, if the film makes people believe the Bible is science fiction... well, that's another story.

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