Reminder that these are just concepts — they may be true or not but they’re just so interesting to me.
Meaning is contextual.
An inside joke can be meaningful to one community but completely irrelevant to another.
“A thing X will be perceived as meaningful in context C to the extent that it’s connected to other meaningful things in C.” - from the article linked
Feeling Meaning helps us avoid dead ends.
In a similar way, feeling meaning helps us realize what actions lead to long-term impact.
Pleasure is subjective but Meaning is objective (yet contextual).
You can close your eyes and bliss out as hard as you like, and the pleasure you experience will be no less valid because it’s “just in your mind.” Meaning, on the other hand, is entangled with external reality (if one believes the mathy definition above).
A great, well-known thought experiment example that might make you feel this point is: would you step into a chamber where you can be and experience anything you want (even meaning) but knowing that only you are experiencing this world and once you step in, there’s no way out of this “virtual” chamber?