Todd Lekan
Muskingum College
In the title of the essay by the same name, James gives this answer to the question “What Makes a Life Significant:” “The solid meaning of life is always the same eternal thing—the marriage, namely, of some unhabitual ideal, however special, with some fidelity, courage, and endurance; with some man’s or woman’s pains.—And, whatever or wherever that life may be, there will always be the chance for that marriage to take place.”1 Significant lives, therefore, are comprised of two married components: they are based on consciously chosen ideals, which are energetically pursued with a devoted discipline. James’ metaphor of “marriage” richly indicates the relationship between ideals and...
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