Man a being in search of meaning
Quote by Plato: “Man is a being in search of meaning.”
Meaning of Life: Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning
Man's Search for Meaning - by Viktor Frankl
For Frankl, meaning came from three possible sources: purposeful work , love , and courage in the face of difficulty. Love goes very far beyond the physical person of the beloved. It finds its deepest meaning in his spiritual being, his inner self. Whether or not he is actually present, whether or not he is still alive at all, ceases somehow to be of importance. Frankl illustrates this with a stirring example of how his feelings for his wife — who was eventually killed in the camps — gave him a sense of meaning:. We were at work in a trench.
Powerful, deep, etc. First half describes life inside Auschwitz. Second half has powerful succinctly-said insights into the universal struggle. There's a reason this book has sold a billion copies. He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How. Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure or a quest for power, but a quest for meaning.
Man's Search for Meaning is a book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positively about, and then immersively imagining that outcome. According to Frankl, the way a prisoner imagined the future affected his longevity. The book intends to answer the question "How was everyday life in a concentration camp reflected in the mind of the average prisoner? According to a survey conducted by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the Library of Congress , Man's Search for Meaning belongs to a list of "the ten most influential books in the United States. The book and Frankl himself would however garner considerable controversy from many, most notably from Holocaust analyst Lawrence L.
The book sheds light on the horrible experiences of Auschwitz and what they taught him about life, love, and our search for meaning. When all seems hopeless, why is it that some people push forward while others subside. If only to retreat from the terrible surroundings. Frankl gives an account of a typical morning and how that opened his eyes to the meaning of love and the greatest secret of human thought. First man about, left and left and left and left! Caps off!