We are born, or accept into our lives, relations. We chose partners to travel through life with. And for. It is with a significant other we start and raise a family taking on the responsibility of offering meaning to others who we bring into this World.
Feedback from the first two pieces brought forward this set of themes.
Who, or what, is your Meaningful Other in Your Life?
A basic question many of us still find ourselves swanning around to answer. The term ‘swanning’ is deliberately used to invoke the mating, pairing, habits of swans and their devotion to one another. Whether such devotion brings meaning is something for a zoologist teamed with a neuroscientist to tell us.
Interestingly, the BBC once more provided a talk show where the issues of Meaningful Other were discussed. In a number of cases the Meaningful Other is not, first and foremost, a person but a belief. One gentleman lost his religion while another regained his. One moved to a form of mindfulness reinforced with leaving his profession, as a legal person, to working on wood; a carpenter or craftsman carver.
Is this meaning or is this being busy with purpose to avoid answering meaning?
Or does working in such engrossed ways create a sense of purpose to reinforce thinking about meaning in all one is doing?
as an aid worker I upheld a set of universal humanitarian values, and specifically the rights of children, first formulated by Eglantyne Jebb, the founder of Save the Children
Situationism. Situationism is a psychological theory that places emphasis on external and situational factors in personality and behavior. Rather than focusing on the importance of innate traits on influencing personality situationists believe that the current and immediate situation is the most influential.