Memory, Myth, and Meaning
Human beings are meaning-making creatures. We can’t help ourselves—we want to find meaning in our experiences and memories. I suspect it is our way of answering the question “Has my life mattered?” We ask the question differently depending on our age and circumstances, but we do ask. Philosophers have questioned the value of such questions, yet the questions do not go away. Times of change seem to heighten questions of meaning.
The British scholar, Terry Eagleton, writes “Once traditional beliefs begin to crumble in the face of historical crises, the meaning-of-life question tends to thrust itself to the fore.” In this talk (the third in David’s four-part series) he explores the way we construct meaning for ourselves out of our experiences and memories, and how we collectively structure meaning through story and myth. The answers he suggests lead into the fourth and final message in December “The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Know.”