What is the meaning of an event? This question blurs into a swirl of other issues like, "What were the events that lead up to this event, and what were their causes?" "What were the intentions and motives of the individuals who acted in this current event?" "What will the consequences be of this current event?"
Human intent itself is no doubt more complicated than most of us imagine. We usually speak and think of ourselves as single individuals, but we are no doubt a mixture of competing impulses deriving from physical brain structures and mixtures of chemicals affected by everything from what we ate for breakfast to how much sleep we had or whether we have just been exercising.
[By the way, I suspect that a realistic sense of human make-up makes a lot of theological speak about human will look ridiculous, e.g., Kierkegaard's idea of willing one thing.]
Albert Camus with his theater of the absurd capitalized on the disjunction between event and meaning. In The Stranger a man ends up being hanged for killing someone largely without much intention at all. Some of my friends at seminary used to joke about "Things that Change Your Life Forever." One suggested that his seminary career might quickly come to an end if he goose stepped down the center aisle of Estes Chapel while then President McKenna was preaching.
I have moments where the disjunction between things I do and their significance stands out as a mystery to me. Perhaps I am diagnosable ;-) Blogging I think especially causes this disjunction from time to time. I don't foresee the effect my thoughts might have on others. Humor especially can come off as quite unfunny to some even while hilarious to others.
Philosophically, I do not think that events have intrinsic meanings, even if they can have clear causes and consequences. I accept the fact-value divide as a real divide--the ascription of significance to events is a matter of minds and is not intrinsic to the world itself. Thus, the idea of a moral structure to the universe seems incoherent to me.
There are consequences. There are causes and effects. God assigns significance to events. But significance is ascribed; it is a matter of minds looking on. The idea of a moral fabric to the universe is a metaphor for God's ideal for the universe, the evaluation he makes of the universe.
I end with Paul's nominalist creed: "I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean" (Rom. 14:14, NRSV). I extend this claim philosophically thus: Moral absolutes are those actions that God always considers wrong to do, wrong to do in every circumstance without exception. This is not an aspect of the universe, but of God as he ascribes significance to the universe.