Man’s Search for Meaning:
Life can be scary funny sometimes. One minute we’re reveling in food, entertainment and gossip, the next hour, we’re dwelling in life’s deepest mystery, “Why are we here, what’s our purpose?”
Man’s Search for Meaning is a book that Viktor Frankl wrote after surviving 3 years in a concentration camp.
After being freed back into the world, Viktor went on to become the father of Logotherapy, the theory which describes that every human is motivated by a will to meaning in life. While this might not be a unique premise as far as humans having a primary existential angst, his concept is different in its basic tenet. “Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable ones.”
Frankl had said that it’s usually the “Not the physical pain, but the injustice of it all that hurts.” And he points out that life cannot be made unbearable by circumstances, but only by the lack of meaning and purpose. This is why probably this features as one of the top five regrets of people who face an untimely death, “Did my life have a purpose? Did I make an impact? Did I matter even a little to anyone?” We all tend to worry in those final moments, surveys have found.
Finally, the point here is what Frankl validates, “Those who have a ‘why’ to live can bear with almost any ‘how.’” And as long as we are alive, there’s always the unfinished business of living, for which one must find meaning of his life even in his suffering.
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