This was a great read. The way you break down “meaning” into its most basic components is really intriguing. Well done!. However, isn’t it fair to say that if there is nothing — or, if you’d prefer, a giant gaping hole like the one in a pair of pants — beyond death, nihilism is ultimately an objective truth? To be clear, I’m not suggesting that people should embrace nihilism. I agree with you that it can be a dangerous philosophy to hold onto, although I can also see how it might be liberating to some. At the same, the truth isn’t always pretty. And if all roads ultimately lead to a state of non-existence, then it seems to me that nihilism is perhaps the only philosophy that could be called an objective truth. Anyways, just playing devil’s advocate here, which I especially like doing with philosophical pieces. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts on this!