If a person is looking to express meaning, the first question is, "What tools do I use?" Then what a mind does, is to look around and try to determine how others might have expressed meaning. This way traditions are born. Call them patterns if you like, or chains.
The other side of this, falls into that area that might be called, "Why even
bother." And here a well rounded cynic, might suggest that it's not about an
expression of meaning, it's more like an expression of self. Which of course is
why Cats can't help but purr.