In the article, mention is made as follows from the section entitled ‘Reality and Meaning’: “First, the person must perceive that certain aspects of reality exist. Second, the person's mind or emotions must somehow create significant meaning from this reality. The reality is "out there" but meaning and purpose are then added by us individually and collectively. With the possible exceptions of God and advanced extraterrestrials, no aspect of reality directly tells us the meaning and purpose of the universe; instead we have to interpret or create the meaning ourselves.”
From our normal point of view this holds true. However, zen and other perspectives on the perennial philosophy (see Aldous Huxley’s book The Perennial Philosophy) insist that a flower, or anything or everything points directly to its own transcendence (replete with the full meaning and purpose of the Universe or Multiverse, and ourselves), which can be experienced in the eternal now or in eternity, in our everyday experience as embodied beings.
For those seeking ultimate meaning it’s really that simple and that difficult. Is that my personal belief? I say it isn’t because it’s beyond belief : )
On a related but not-so-mystical note:
‘Where you are now (your actual physical location, no matter how drab) is as important as any other place in this Universe, and no less mysterious.’ That’s one of my beliefs, anyhoo.
(I may have mentioned this elsewhere in this blog.)
And that’s about all I have to say on that : )