“What is the meaning of life?” Pt. 1

I’ve been reading the book Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl, who chronicles his experiences at a concentration camp while introducing his psychotherapeutic method called logotherapy, based on the will to meaning.

It took me a (really) long time to truly understand the book. Even while 3/4 into the book, I still felt confused and not as agreeable with what he was saying as I had hoped to be. I’m almost finishing the book now, and I’m beginning to feel more enlightened by what he’s saying.

There’s this paragraph which really stood out in the whole book:

“As each situation in life represents a challenge to man and presents a problem for him to solve, the question of the meaning of life may actually be reversed. Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned in life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.”

Life presents us with a challenge and it’s up to us to answer life’s problems with meaning. Even if we suffer amidst the challenge, we have to face it head-on, and in our positive human-ness and love which we all are potentially capable of.

I will continue writing about this in another post. 🙂


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