What is the meaning of life? Meaning.
In other words, what do you mean when you do what you do? And what does God mean when He does what He does?
One of the mind numbing and soul numbing effects of the politically correct culture we live in is Deniability. People everywhere are doing horrendous things to other people everywhere and we are not supposed to acknowledge blame. We're supposed to buy the excuse that nobody means to do wrong. It all just happens. Stuff happens.
Well, mostly no. Mostly the stuff that happens is people doing bad things to you and you doing bad things to people. Now, it's true that when we act selfishly we usually don't intend the consequences of our actions, but we certainly intend the thing we aim for, and we go for it despite the consequences, despite the harm we cause.
- A man certainly doesn't intend to harm his wife and destroy his marriage when he starts cheating; the consequences aren't what he's aiming at. But what he's aiming at is clear enough. He means to do what he's doing. He knows what he's after - what it looks like, feels like and smells like and he's going for it. To hell with the wife and kids.
- The bishops don't mean to destroy the lives of children they put at risk by protecting molesting priests. They just mean to protect the priests, regardless of the safety of children. They just do what they want and are heedless of the harm it causes. That's what we all do, isn't it? The only difference is we typically aren't selfish if we know children will be harmed. Bishops aren't like us in that way; they're usually more willing to risk the innocent.
- The leader of a cult may begin by seeking to serve some sort of benign spiritual purpose, but sooner or later he means something very specific: he wants to own you, to control you, to abuse you. People who ignore this intention do themselves grave harm. Cults just don't happen. At some point, the cult leader has a very clear purpose, a very evil purpose, and he structures everything in his life and in his group to attain it.
So try asking God in prayer to answer you in a thousand different ways, to show you in small things and big things what He means, and what He wants your life to mean.