24 thoughts on “meaning and purpose …

  1. As for the ‘peanuts’ in me (unintended), I can’t be that much of a ‘pedant’ (intended), if I can’t spot my own idiotic self editing errors! Ah me, there’s little hope for us pedants (or peanuts for that matter) …

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    1. LOL! I figured it was a British expression with which I had no familiarity. πŸ™‚ Big smiles… I think we are all pedants when it comes to the things about which we feel strongly. πŸ™‚

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  2. This quote bugs me a little, Jamie. I’ve seen it circulate a couple of times on Facebook now and, each time it has come round I’ve insisted that what he should have said was “The purpose of life is find your gift; the meaning of life is to give it away”. Or, put another way, giving away your gifts adds meaning to life; your initial purpose is to find out what your gifts are.

    I’m open to being persuaded otherwise, much as I would hate to disagree with a master of his art!

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    1. I have the sense that “meaning” and “purpose” are related like the spaces created by an infinity symbol with a balance that is reflective and further that all the quotes we cherish or stuggle with are meant – not as end-alls – but are almost like koans meant to provoke thinking (if not enlightenment), which you illustrate with your well-considered response. Usually, I know the context of the quotes I present. I don’t in this case and for all I know it’s not Picasso’s at all. (A lot of that going on around the Internet.) I thought it was provocative thought though and believe both his statement and yours offer truths. Who among us, known or not well known, ever says anything in the spirit of creating a quote with an absolute message, no further discussion invited? No matter how well-considered our thoughts and writing have some measure of spontaneity and often reflect the mood of a moment, not the conclusion of a life. I have a sense Picasso would be willing to debate with you and since I haven’t read much about or by him, I have no idea if this truly encapsulates his philosophy, what else was tagged onto it or before it, or at what stage of his life it was written. As for me, as I’ve hinted at with the infinity symbol, it’s all of a piece. Meaning and purpose are intertwined in the ebb and flow of discovering and sharing. Writting on the run today, John. I am in the processing of closing one apartment and moving to another place. Hence, like Pascal, I’ve written at length because I haven’t the time to write briefly. Forgive me. Thank you for your visit and comment. Have a wonderful evening.

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      1. That is one well considered response, Jamie, although I know what you mean that you are short of time and hence the long response (no time to edit and reconsider). But you have encapsulated the issue of quotations, accurately attributed or not, as thought provokers, plain and simple. I think my response to your post above was the peanut in me. Forgive. Hope the move goes with minimum stress and maximum efficiency.

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        1. I rather think the “peanuts” in us are assets, nudging us to be better and more thoughtful people. It’s probably going to take about three weeks to get this move done with. Have to buy almost everything new as it’s a smaller apartment (less of a burden) and needs efficient and diminutive furnishings, unlike the big bulky pieces I now have. For me shopping ranks right up there with going to the dentist. Yuk! πŸ™‚ Be well, John.

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  3. This is an inspiring quote and an inspiring photo. It makes you wonder what Picasso sees observing that praying mantis. What drawing, sketch, painting or statute will swirl in his artistic mind upon seeing this praying mantis?

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    1. Paula, what an eagle eye you have. I looked and looked at that photograph. I thought he was cleaning his spectacles and couldn’t figure out why someone would use that photograph. Yikes! πŸ™‚ Thank you.

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