Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Search For Meaning

I am trying to find the time to begin reading Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search For Meaning". May be I will make a quick survey of it today.

In times of prosperity, a book like this seems so unnecessary. Suffering, may be just hardship without its end in sight (think of unpleasant work or preparing for unending tests and exams) will force one to examine the meaning of all these briefly before returning to the pressure cooker.

Even without starting on the book, I believe this is a deeply personal journey which no one can accompany you. Nevertheless we should be able to help each other along the way with our sharing of experience. Isn't Dr. Fankl trying to do this?

For some, the search for meaning will turn out to be the search for God; but for many it would be alloys of denial, ignorance and inner conflict, which is more akin to rebellion. What alloy it will be depends on your natural endowments, defects and the environment.

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