Excellence Reporter: Prof. Rushkoff, what is the meaning of life?
Douglas Rushkoff: Meaning is not something that “is”. There’s no “what”. The search for meaning in life is a fruitless journey for external validation.
Meaning is not something we discover but something we make. That’s what people are: meaning makers.
Life can mean whatever we want to make it mean. Pretending that meaning is some pre-existing truth is a way of relinquishing responsibility and authority for reality.
~Douglas Rushkoff is the host of the Team Human podcast and author of Team Human as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity, Present Shock, Program or Be Programmed, Media Virus, and the novel Ecstasy Club. He is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens. He wrote the graphic novels Aleister & Adolf, Testament, and A.D.D., and made the television documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation. He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, and economics around the world.
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