How are these three concepts related?
Many of us have heard the adage: “With great power, comes great responsibility.” (Thanks, Uncle Ben!)
Adding to the adage above, knowledge is often equated with power–knowledge is power.
If knowledge is power, and with great power comes great responsibility…well, maybe great knowledge is required for great power.
We can achieve great knowledge, thereby attaining great power (and so, great responsibility). How does meaning fit in?
For psychologist Jordan Peterson, meaning derives from the responsible life. If we achieve great responsibility from the above chain, we should expect great meaning!
What is the relation between risk and meaning?
Faith and meaning are perhaps more obviously related. Look no further than to religion to see the interplay between these: the faithful life is inherently meaningful.
Leaps of faith involve risk. In life, we are not always 100% certain. These situations especially call for faith–“going for it”, even though we might fail.
Operating under uncertainty is what risk is all about!
Martin Seligman divides life into three kinds: the good, the pleasant, and the meaningful lives.
Viktor Frankl believed that the meaningful life consisted in surrendering to something or someone greater than oneself.
How do we achieve the good and pleasant lives?
Existentialism’s prime question is of what “it” means.
What is it? It could simply denote existentialism. This much might be somewhat circular. For if existentialism is concerned dearly with “meaning”, then it is foremost concerned with it’s own being.
Existential circularity need not be equated with the fallacious logical kind. Its status for all existent beings shall become the foregoing analysis’ next focus.