Meaning Making

Of course, the literal by itself offers nothing to meaning. And we must rely on some sense of wonder to extract meaning from literal things and events. Such wonder makes us imagine something can be meaningful. Therefore, a person wonders if a story is more than the sum of events in a book. And therefore, a person wonders if a dream means more than the experiences while asleep. If one does not wonder, they would look at everything matter-of-factly. But looking at things in this manner does not reveal any meaning. When we talk about religion, the literal offers little to us. And the lives and actions of the prophets, apostles, and Jesus are important. But the wonder from an individual must mobilize to bring meaning to such literal words and events. For instance, it is the wonder of individuals that makes the acts of the apostles into something more than mere acts. Thus, to wonder is, in fact, meaning making. And one cannot have religion without some form of meaning making.

By Dwight A. Lucas II

I am an artist, musician, writer, professor, and believer. In my leisure, I write poetry, short stories, and articles. Playing the alto saxophone is another thing I do in my leisure time. I like to cover gospel and jazz standards. As a matter of fact, I sometimes compose my own music. One of my jobs is teaching Black history and graphic design at Danville Area Community College. This job allows me to keep on sharing and receiving knowledge. In 2005, I graduated with a B.A. in studio art from Illinois State University. I then graduated from Tiffin University with a Master’s in Humanities in 2010. Later, I received a Ph.D. in Humanities in 2019 from Faulkner University. I enjoy reading novels and books on theology and philosophy. I have a wide range of interests. And this website will show those diverse interests.