The Pursuit of Meaning is Meaningless

The Pursuit of Meaning is Meaningless

You don’t need meaning. Meaning is only useful if you’re living in three distinct timelines – the past, the present, the future. You aren’t. If you think you are, you’re revisiting your past and envisioning futures that haven’t happened. You’re only living now. If there’s no meaning now, there’s no meaning in the past, and there’s certainly no meaning in the future.

The search for meaning is meaningless. It’s never ending and futile.

If you could measure meaning today, there would be a point to it. But you can’t. It’s somewhere off in the distance. And when you get there, there won’t be more meaning. Meaning doesn’t stack. The future will be another moment, much like the moment you’re experiencing right now.

Something you can feel daily is fulfillment. You can engage in work that matters. Mattering is what you’re truly looking for, not meaning. Finding what matters now is what’s going to contribute to fulfillment. Fulfillment can stack. You can look back on a day, a week, a month, a year, a decade of engaging in fulfilling work.

If you can’t experience it now, it doesn’t exist. You can experience fulfillment now. You can’t experience meaning now. Because you’re always in pursuit of it. Meaning is always deferred, somewhere, someplace, in some time you can’t even get to right now. Whatever you’re in pursuit of, you can’t experience, because it doesn’t exist.

Focus on the experience of now. Make now matter. That’s where the juice is.

What Wants to Emerge

What Wants to Emerge

You can go with the flow or fight against it.

Which isn’t to say that one way is right and the other is wrong.

It’s just that one path has the potential for fast progress, while the other is sure to be an uphill battle.

See, the reality is that not everything we undertake needs to be a struggle. It’s just that we aren’t always sure what it might look like to lean into what’s naturally and organically occurring instead of stubbornly insisting on our own ways. When we insist on our way, that’s when we struggle.

I say, “what’s becoming obvious,” but when we’re focused on trying to reach a specific destination we’ve been planning for and envisioning in our minds, going with the flow can seem counter intuitive. It can even look like heading down the wrong road entirely.

The prime example in my life has been Music Entrepreneur HQ. I recently shared how the business has always grown at its own pace, doing what it wants to. It has rarely heeded my commands.

But that isn’t to say that it doesn’t have a future it wants to live into.

If I were to lean into what I see happening with the business, it might mean turning it into a content site. It might mean hiring a writer-editor whose job it would be to create and manage all the content. And I’m beginning to see possibilities for what that might look like.

I have no plans of making any big pivots at this exact moment. I will be spending some time reflecting on my break in June.

But because of the volume of guest post requests I get, what seems obvious is that Music Entrepreneur HQ wants to be a content site.

Similarly, you might be missing the obvious, if only because you want to control outcomes and see things pan out a certain way.

But what if the projects and ideas you’re so heavily invested in are already progressing in a direction you never planned for? And what if what appears to be the wrong path leads exactly where you’ve been trying to get to all along?

What would it look like to go with the flow? In what areas do you find yourself insisting on your way instead of seizing the opportunities available? How are you resisting what wants to emerge?

Can you allow what wants to emerge?

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TQP 020: The Cloud and Our Future Part II

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Very soon, 100% of our digital lives will be stored and monitored inside the cloud.

Anyone that has an iPhone is probably using or very tentatively using the fingerprint ID feature on the phone. Fingerprint ID technology is perhaps the most familiar biometric utility that we encounter. Apple has promised that your fingerprint information is encrypted, and will never be uploaded to their Cloud.

But aren’t you already inside their house when you activate the phone? And even the most benevolent and courteous landlords still have the only master key to the whole house, don’t they?

You may also know that biometric identification is currently being applied to a much wider list of body parts and activities. Facial recognition – Facebook has a facial recognition algorithm, and there’s lots of facial recognition in law enforcement. Retinal and iris scans. DNA verification. Voice recognition. Walking characteristics and gate analysis. Keyboard typing rhythm and mouse clicks.

All these biometric measures, including fingerprint ID, are currently in use, and are being actively catalogued in databases everywhere – from the FBI to Facebook.

There is a developing tech science called multimodal biometrics that seeks to correlate individual biometric characteristics like fingerprint, iris scans, and voice recognition into a much more complete virtual profile of a subject. This virtual profiling, using our biometric data, will become more possible as this information is steadily gathered, uploaded, and stored in The Cloud.

Utilization of this data will depend on how users like the FBI and Facebook choose to apply it, but it’s The Cloud that makes it possible.

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TQP 019: The Cloud and Our Future Part I

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We love our personal technology. We love it in all its forms – desktop, handheld, mountable, wearable, drivable, virtual, and imaginable.

General technology is difficult to love. Just like a great cheeseburger is much easier to love than the greedy industrial food complex that made it possible. If general technology means the underlying technological foundations, the complex supporting infrastructure, the precisely engineered functionality, and the unbelievably intertwining operations that make our personal technology work, then it’s not surprising when we talk about general technology, the word “love” doesn’t immediately spring to mind. Like it’s often said, we generally don’t want to know how the sausage or burger is made.

We only love that our personal tech works, not how it works. Or even more importantly, not why it works. But “why?” is the question that takes us further down the path.

So, we can admit that we really don’t love everything about technology. But sit us down in front of a cheeseburger, the latest iPhone, the newest 4K Ultra HD TV, Oculus Rift virtual reality, Google Glass, or an autonomous vehicle, and we fall in love.

It may even be a condition worse than love, because our relationship with our personal tech resembles something closer to cult-like or dangerously addictive behavior.

In this episode of The Question podcast, you will hear highlights from Frederick Tamagi’s presentation on technology, The Cloud, and our future, as well as the music of Jonathan Ferguson.

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