I have known DrDD for 50 years or so, on and off. We met, when we were doing our PhDs. We are both straight talkers and can take a punch. We were colleagues for a time, working on the same research project. Our paths then diverged; but we both stayed in Academia and met up for jolly reunions at conferences. We are still in contact via e-mail. I asked DrDD what was the meaning of his life? I knew he would consider it a silly question and expected an acerbic answer. I was not disappointed; but it was also more amusing than I expected. See what you think. Hopefully, it will help curb my own pomposity on the matter. Never know your luck!
You Believe What?
I’ve just been asked, About the “meaning of life?’
A Professor’s question, Which has given me much mental strife.
There is none, Though the meaning concept is rife,
Everything is just belief, I gave ‘em all up in a trice.
On models of models, Are built some theoretical edifice,
But someone will believe anything, It’s intellectually sloppy zeitgeist.
There is no meaning, Throw Chaos Theory’s dice,
Believing in anything, It’s far too high a moral price.
Whatever is believed, It is a monumental vice.
Living in the moving Now, I find that this can suffice.
JL Comment: Originally, I was going to critique this post, word-for-word and eye-for-an-eye……..but on reflection, I thought enough rope would do a better job. Those wishing to assess my judgement on the matter should refer to ‘ DrDD’s other post in All Meaning.
PS I might just return later to the matter of scientific and lay-language similarities and differences between the use of concepts and language.
A Circular Photopoem