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 Man'sSearch for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

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"When we are no longer able to change asituation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

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"Everything can be taken from a man butone thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any givenset of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

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"Don't aim at success. The more you aimat it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success,like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintendedside effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or asthe by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happinessmust happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by notcaring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you todo and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will liveto see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow youprecisely because you had forgotten to think about it”

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"But there was no need to be ashamed oftears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, thecourage to suffer.”

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"Ultimately, man should not ask what themeaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked.In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life byanswering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.”

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"Love is the only way to grasp anotherhuman being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fullyaware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By hislove he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the belovedperson; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yetactualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the lovingperson enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By makinghim aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes thesepotentialities come true.”

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"In some ways suffering ceases to besuffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of asacrifice.”

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"So live as if you were living alreadyfor the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as youare about to act now!”

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"It did not really matter what weexpected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stopasking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as thosewho were being questioned by life—daily and hourly. Our answer must consist,not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Lifeultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to itsproblems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for eachindividual.”

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"For the first time in my life I saw thetruth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdomby so many thinkers. The truth - that Love is the ultimate and highest goal towhich man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret thathuman poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of manis through love and in love.”

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"An abnormal reaction to an abnormalsituation is normal behavior.”

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"Happiness cannot be pursued; it mustensue.”

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"Between stimulus and response, there isa space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our responselies our growth and our freedom.”

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"I do not forget any good deed done tome & I do not carry a grudge for a bad one.”

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"Those who have a 'why' to live, canbear with almost any 'how'.”

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"The pessimist resembles a man whoobserves with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he dailytears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, theperson who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes eachsuccessive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away withits predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back.He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down in these notes,on all the life he has already lived to the fullest. What will it matter to himif he notices that he is growing old? Has he any reason to envy the youngpeople whom he sees, or wax nostalgic over his own lost youth? What reasons hashe to envy a young person? For the possibilities that a young person has, thefuture which is in store for him?

 

No, thank you,' he will think. 'Insteadof possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of workdone and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferingsare even the things of which I am most proud, although these are things whichcannot inspire envy.' "

 

From "Logotherapy in aNutshell", an essay”

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tags: inspirational,reflection

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"A human being is not one thing amongothers; things determine each other, but man is ultimately self-determining.What he becomes - within the limits of endowment and environment- he has madeout of himself. In the concentration camps, for example, in this livinglaboratory and on this testing ground, we watched and witnessed some of ourcomrades behave like swine while others behaved like saints. Man has bothpotentialities within himself; which one is actualized depends on decisions butnot on conditions.”

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"By declaring that man is responsibleand must actualize the potential meaning of his life, I wish to stress that thetrue meaning of life is to be discovered in the world rather than within man orhis own psyche, as though it were a closed system. I have termed thisconstitutive characteristic "the self-transcendence of humanexistence." It denotes the fact that being human always points, and isdirected, to something or someone, other than oneself--be it a meaning tofulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself--bygiving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love--the more human heis and the more he actualizes himself. What is called self-actualization is notan attainable aim at all, for the simple reason that the more one would strivefor it, the more he would miss it. In other words, self-actualization ispossible only as a side-effect of self-transcendence.”

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"It is not freedom from conditions, butit is freedom to take a stand toward the conditions.”

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"A man who becomes conscious of theresponsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him,or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knowsthe "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any"how".”

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"Ironically enough, in the same way thatfear brings to pass what one is afraid of, likewise a forced intention makesimpossible what one forcibly wishes... Pleasure is, and must remain, aside-effect or by-product, and is destroyed and spoiled to the degree to whichit is made a goal in itself.”

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tags: psychology

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"For the world is in a bad state, buteverything will become still worse unless each of us does his best.”

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"No man should judge unless he askshimself in absolute honesty whether in a similar situation he might not havedone the same.”

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"A man's concern, even his despair, overthe worthwhileness of life is an existential distress but by no means a mentaldisease.”

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"I recommend that the Statue of Libertyon the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsiblity on the WestCoast.”

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"What is demanded of man is not, as someexistential philosophers teach, to endure the meaninglessness of life, butrather to bear his incapacity to grasp its unconditional meaninglessness inrational terms.”

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"Even though conditions such as lack ofsleep, insufficient food and various mental stresses may suggest that theinmates were bound to react in certain ways, in the final analysis it becomesclear that the sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an innerdecision, and not the result of camp influences alone.”

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"The crowning experience of all, for thehomecoming man, is the wonderful feeling that, after all he has suffered, thereis nothing he need fear anymore—except his God.”

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"Everyone has his own specific vocationor mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demandsfulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus,everyone's task is unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.”

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tags: purpose-in-life,raison-d-être

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"As each situation in life represents achallenge to man and presents a problem for him to solve, the question of themeaning of life may actually be reversed. Ultimately, man should not ask whatthe meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who isasked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer tolife by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by beingresponsible. Thus, logotherapy sees in responsibleness the very essence ofhuman existence.”

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tags: human-existence,inspirational,life, logotherapy, meaning, responsibility

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"To the European, it is a characteristicof the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to'be happy.' But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have areason to 'be happy.' Once the reason is found, however, one becomes happyautomatically. As we see, a human being is not one in pursuit of happiness butrather in search of a reason to become happy, last but not least, throughactualizing the potential meaning inherent and dormant in a given situation.”

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"And I quoted from Nietzsche: That whichdoes not kill me, makes me stronger.”

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"But today’s society is characterized byachievement orientation, and consequently it adores people who are successfuland happy and, in particular, it adores the young. It virtually ignores thevalue of all those who are otherwise, and in so doing blurs the decisivedifference between being valuable in the sense of dignity and being valuable inthe sense of usefulness. If one is not cognizant of this difference and holdsthat an individual’s value stems only from his present usefulness, then,believe me, one owes it only to personal inconsistency not to plead foreuthanasia along the lines of Hitler’s program, that is to say, ‘mercy’ killingof all those who have lost their social usefulness, be it because of old age,incurable illness, mental deterioration, or whatever handicap they may suffer.Confounding the dignity of man with mere usefulness arises from conceptualconfusion that in turn may be traced back to the contemporary nihilism transmittedon many an academic campus and many an analytical couch.”

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tags: dignity, existentialism,human-dignity,meaning, nihilism, usefulness

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"Man does not simply exist but alwaysdecides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By thesame token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.”

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"To draw an analogy: a man's sufferingis similar to the behavior of a gas. If a certain quantity of gas is pumpedinto an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber completely and evenly, nomatter how big the chamber. Thus suffering completely fills the human soul andconscious mind, no matter whether the suffering is great or little. Thereforethe "size" of human suffering is absolutely relative.”

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"Ultimate meaning necessarily exceedsand surpasses the finite intellectual capacities of man... What is demanded ofman is not, as some existential philosophers teach, to endure themeaninglessness of life, but rather to bear his incapacity to grasp itsunconditional meaningfulness in rational terms. Logos is deeper than logic.”

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"There are things which must cause youto lose your reason or you have none to lose”

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"...being human always points, and isdirected, to something, or someone, other than oneself—be it meaning to fulfillor another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himself—by givinghimself to a cause to serve or another person to love—the more human he is andthe more he actualizes himself.... What is called self-actualization is not anattainable aim at all, for the simple reason that the more one would strive forit, the more he would miss it. In other words, self-actualization is possibleonly as a side-effect of self-transcendence.”

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"Dostoevskisaid once, "There is only one thing I dread: not to be worthy of mysufferings." These words frequently came to my mind after I becameacquainted with those martyrs whose behavior in camp, whose suffering anddeath, bore witness to the fact that the last inner freedom cannot be lost. Itcan be said that they were worthy of the their sufferings; the way they boretheir suffering was a genuine inner achievement. It is this spiritualfreedom—which cannot be taken away—that makes life meaningful and purposeful.”

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"As a professor in two fields, neurologyand psychiatry, I am fully aware of the extent to which man is subject tobiological, psychological and sociological conditions. But in addition to beinga professor in two fields I am a survivor of four camps - concentration camps,that is - and as such I also bear witness to the unexpected extent to which manis capable of defying and braving even the worst conditions conceivable.”

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"Usually, to be sure, man considers onlythe stubble field of transitoriness and overlooks the full granaries of thepast, wherein he had salvaged once and for all his deeds, his joys and also hissufferings. Nothing can be undone, and nothing can be done away with. I shouldsay having been is the surest kind of being.”

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"The truth-that love is the highest goalto which man can aspire.”

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"Man is originally characterized by his"search for meaning" rather than his "search for himself."The more he forgets himself—giving himself to a cause or another person—themore human he is. And the more he is immersed and absorbed in somethingor someone other than himself the more he really becomes himself. p.85”

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tags: logotherapy, man, meaning, self

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"Woe to him who saw no more sense in hislife, no aim, no purpose, and therefore no point in carrying on.”

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"It is a peculiarity of man that he canonly live by looking to the future.”

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"There are some authors who contend thatmeanings and values are "nothing but defense mechanisms, reactionformations and sublimations." But as for myself, I would not be willing tolive merely for the sake of my "defense mechanisms," nor would I beready to die merely for the sake of my "reaction formations.”

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"would say that our patients neverreally despair because of any suffering in itself! Instead, their despair stemsin each instance from a doubt as to whether suffering is meaningful. Man isready and willing to shoulder any suffering as soon and as long as he can see ameaning in it.”

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"I understood how a man who has nothingleft in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in thecontemplation of his beloved.”

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"To be sure, man's search for meaningmay arouse inner tension rather than inner equilibrium. However, precisely suchtension is an indispensable prerequisite of mental health. There is nothing inthe world, I venture to say, that would so effectively help one to survive eventhe worst conditions as the knowledge that there is a meaning in one's life.There is much wisdom in the words of Nietzsche: "He who has a why to livefor can bear almost any how”

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"Since Auschwitz we know what man iscapable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.”

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