White Noise: Meaning of Life

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White Noise Something always difficult to establish and defend is a subject every human on the planet must cope with; our personalities are constructed by it, our goals depend on it, our understanding is changed through our perception of it and yet nobody can prove its existence on a physical, superficial level. What is the meaning of life? For some it is a spiritual connection – others – physical, even some believe in a psychological or social foundation, but all people have wondered their purpose at some point. The reality we live on earth only allows us to channel through our physical senses in order to make sense of the universe around us. Don DeLillo felt strongly about the meaning of life and death though it is not until the final sentence of his classic book White Noise that we hear his (or Jack, his character’s) true feelings. “This is the language of waves and radiation, or how the dead speak to the living…Everything we need that is not food or love is here in the tabloid racks. The tales of the supernatural and the extraterrestrial.”(White Noise pg. 326). White Noise is a book more about how our moralistic values are challenged in order to develop comfort with death than it is about overcoming death and fear of unknown. “The modern meaning of life's end: When does it end? How does it end? How should it end? What is the value of life? How do we measure it?” (quote from DeLillo). The world nowadays focuses more on scientific theories and explanation in an attempt
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