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that doesn't mean there isn't room to provide our own.
"There is no fate but what we make for ourselves."
Why does everything need to have meaning?, what if there is no real meaning to anything?, how free a sensation would one have if it were all meaningless, to consider nothing but doing no intentional harm to any living thing and simply live your life until you die?
What if there were nothing to aspire to beyond death?, only hope that there is a reward for your good deeds?.
Why does there have to be a reward or reason to treat other living things and each other as we would like to be treated?
There is no meaning to anything aside for those who use others and exploit the existence of others to free themselves to take time to search for a meaning to life when there really isn't one.
You exist, but believe a pack of lies to ease your mind and justify the dastardly things you do to other living things to survive.
Life is meaningless, but that doesn't make it not worth living.
I've tried this many times, but in vain. My capacity for conscious self-delusion is remarkably small. Seeking the truth is one of my highest values.
I like that quote. Not only does it make sense in a universe void of some higher meaning, it also can spur someone to action. I'm fascinated by what George Orwell called "doublespeak". You could say that to someone, fully intending to say that they are wrong about the existence of "fate" and they could come away knowing only that they thought you meant they should "be what they can be" or some nonsense.
Self-delusion? Deciding what the world means to you, and how you should react to that meaning, is not delusional.
No more delusional than sticking your child's stick figure drawings on the fridge.
Seems to me that you are being deliberately difficult in processing the message I'm trying to convey.