Analysis: Man's Search For A Meaning

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Book Club #5
Man’s Search for a Meaning Every book we read in class had its purpose. Tuesday’s with Morrie, taught us valuable lessons on the things that really matter in life, and dealing with death at an old age. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, showed us death at a young age, trials, and hope someone can have. Man’s Search for a Meaning, give us a different perspective of life. It showed us someone’s life in suffering and pushing pass death. Made us acknowledge how lucky we are and anything is possible.
On page 177 of the book, he talks about a lady who says, she’s 30 years of age but in reality she was 80 and lying on her death bed. She began to explain her life, how she had lived her life to the fullest, she talked about her wealth,
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What was a valuable lesson you learned? In the search of the meaning of your life what have you come up with?” Andrew said, he learned that when you truly look at your life usually there is someone who has it worse and a possibility someone is happier. Perspective is huge and often times we are our own limitation. I believe he is right, in addition to his answer I believe we choose our suffering. The way we view situations in our lives has the power to determine their outcomes. Sometimes we think if only I had this in our lives, things would be different. We forget to be thankful for all we actually have being, and become oblivious to the fact others aren’t as fortune. The meaning of our life’s changes all the time when we discover new things about ourselves. Something for Andrew that has never changed is the relationships he forms with the people in his life. Mine meaning is living life to the fullest. Making mistakes on the way but learning from them. Because it’s what you do with those lesson that give meaning to your life.
Viktor E. Frankl, book is one of those books that changes your perspective of life, suffering, and character. Two of my favorite quotes from his book were;
“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning 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 by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.”
“In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a

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