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Questioned by life

1 July, 2007

Viktor Frankl, following his time in a Nazi concentration camp, concluded that, in some ways, asking about the meaning of our lives is asking the wrong question. 

“What was really needed was a fundamental change in our attitude toward life. We had to learn ourselves and, furthermore, we had to teach the despairing men, that it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who 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. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.

Viktor Frankl, concentration camp survivor, in Man’s search for meaning.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jze Chien Hana permalink
    2 July, 2007 4:43 pm

    i like yr writings. keep it up

  2. 12 July, 2007 10:22 am

    Thank you. I will.
    Though they’re mostly other people’s writings that I’ve found helpful.

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