For meaning to be present, there must be lack of meaning. To illustrate, if blue was the only color in the world we would never see blue for it would not exist without non-blue. This is relevant to my early belief about the Christian faith when I felt it was the ultimate truth for everyone and that the mission of the church should be converting the entire world to Jesus. But if this should occur, the phenomenon of “Christian” would cease to have any meaning whatsoever. This thought reminds me of a time in graduate school when I posed the question to a counseling professor during a relevant discussion, “What would counselors do if suddenly the world was free of all mental illness?” I’m proud to say, I rattled his cage!
Here is another example that Trumpism has put on our table with his slogan, “Make America Great Again.” What if America was Great, even the Greatest, even “bigly” greatest so that the issue was not even on the table but was a given throughout the planet. What would the innocents who have imbibed of the “Make America Great Again” nectar do for meaning in their life?