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Choice and meaning

Michael Clarke

in Challenging choices

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781847423986
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423986.003.0013
Choice and meaning

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This chapter discusses the various avenues that can be relied on for support for meaning of choice. Religion is supportive of the prevailing political order and the dominant religion engages with every aspect of society. Religion is a social institution which secures the meaningfulness of people's existence in societies when it is just there, taken for granted, inevitably. Hedonism, individualism, and the retreat into self in the search for meaning in this world are also examined. The chapter also explores self-improvement in finding meaning. Three options are presented if meaning and direction is subject to choice. First is to continue the rationalist grind and to accept that the price of this is lack of closure. Second is conversion to some form of certainty buttressed by powerful beliefs. The last option is one which is becoming ever more popular: the retreat into personal feelings.

Keywords: religion; choice; hedonism; self-improvement; personal feelings; rationalism

Chapter.  3548 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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