Man's Search for Meaning

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cole and I are currently in a class in which we read works of literature and determine how they are related to war. It has so far been a fairly interesting class and we are killing two birds with one stone by taking it since it covers too of the general classes that all BYU students have to take, so it's worked out pretty nicely.

The book we're currently reading is titled Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. This book talks about his experiences in Auschwitz and how he dealt with the sufferings he had while he was there. He was a psychiatrist previous to being in Auschwitz and upon being freed he then went on to come up with the term "logotherapy" which is how you figure out what your meaning in life is. 

My favorite quote from the book is actually from a German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche.

"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how."

Such a short sentence, but so much meaning. 

What "why" are you living for and "how" are you doing it?

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