- The meaningful life, then, has four properties.
- It has purposes that guide actions from present and past into the future, lending it direction.
- It has values that enable us to judge what is good and bad; and, in particular, that allow us to justify our actions and strivings as good.
- It is marked by eﬃcacy, in which our actions make a positive contribution towards realising our goals and values.
- And it provides a basis for regarding ourselves in a positive light, as good and worthy people.
- People ask what is the meaning of life, as if there is a single answer. There is no one answer: there are thousands of diﬀerent ones. A life will be meaningful if it ﬁnds responses to the four questions of purpose, value, eﬃcacy, and self-worth. It is these questions, not the answers, that endure and unify.
- Distinction between Happiness (to do with the present) and Meaning (which binds a life together into a narrative).
- Consequently, Baumeister disagrees with "Strawson (Galen) - I am not a story".
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