Recently, during a visit to the grocery store, I overheard the blood curdling, inconsolable screams of a distressed child. It brought back memories of the numerous, similar experiences I had with my son Jordan.
Struggling with a sense of meaningless in our lives is a common phenomenon. There is also a significant association between meaninglessness and mental illness. The experience of a lack of meaning can be characterized by boredom, apathy, emptiness, anger, and cynicism. A person who feels that life is meaningless lacks direction, and questions the point of most of life’s activities. This void can lead to mental health issues like depression and reliance on drugs and alcohol to cope.