NOTE: see the expanded thinking process on this, version 2, as it were.
Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke:
A wise man once said that all human activity is a form of play. And the highest form of play is the search for Truth, Beauty and Love. What more is needed? Should there be a ‘meaning’ as well, that will be a bonus?
If we waste time looking for life’s meaning, we may have no time to live — or to play.
I once had a conversation with young fella who asked me, “How do we listen to God?” I replied that one of God’s words can take several years to form in a way in which we can “hear” it, and getting a sentence out … well, you do the math.
That was to say that “meaning” is more than implication. Meaning involves messages from an author. If the message be encrypted, then then we must learn the language. If its comprehension require experience, we must gain it.
But for sure, “meaning” comes in layers: grammar, syntax, experience, competence, definitions. I too often see humans yell commands at their dogs with the expectation that the dog will somehow comprehend the “meaning” beyond associating a human bark to some current circumstance.
Meaning can continue as long as the story lasts, adding more fullness to the “meaning” and thrilling us with twists and turns — discovery. Our story. The human story. The story of the universe.
You can’t force meaning, for then it is contrived. You can’t assume meaning, for then you arrogate. You cannot truncate meaning, for then your comprehension is stunted.
Best to be as a child learning language, and listen & observe, and following some basic commandments. Meaning will take care of itself.