I decided to start reading the very popular book “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Victor Frankl. He was a Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. Frankl’s best-selling book “Man’s Search for Meaning” sold over 20 million copies world wide. In it there lies answers… answers I may not even know the questions to, but it will be an interesting read none the less.
Here is a short snippet from wisdom that Frankl derived from his experiences there, in the middle of unimaginable human suffering, is just as relevant now as it was then:
“Being human always points, and is directed, to something or someone, other than oneself — be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself — by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love — the more human he is.”
Frankl made it clear that the pursuit of meaning is what makes human beings uniquely human. By putting aside our selfish interests to serve someone or something larger than ourselves. By devoting our lives to “giving” rather than “taking”. In this we are not only expressing our fundamental humanity, but are also acknowledging that that there is more to the good life than the pursuit of simple happiness.
So the most important question you can ask yourself is what is it that gives meaning to your life?