Sense Of Reasoning In 'Man's Search For Meaning'

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“Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble” (Book of Job). In the book, “Man’s Search for Meaning” Viktor Frankl shares the history of his troubling days spent as a prisoner in the concentration camps. The question then rises, if life is full of trouble how is it that we as people persevere and go on to live full lives? Are we only here to hold a place in space and time or is there a bigger purpose or meaning to our existence? Frankl brings us his principle that, you (the individual) do not choose your meaning; meaning chooses you. As Frankl and the others were forced into the concentration camps and endured unsurmountable conditions, yet there were those who were able to maintain a sense of meaning to their lives. …show more content…
You have been hurried off the train and standing in line with hundreds of others, not knowing what lies ahead. Will you die or will your life be spared. Your mind begins to move into the first phase of reasoning, delusion of reprieve. You stand with the hope that someone or something will change at the last moment and you will be saved. As you are forced through the steps, that unknown to you, that lead you to the concentration camp; where your days of suffering and trouble will only become clearer. Time continues on and you try to make sense of what has happened and where those you love could be. The lack of food, heat and proper care force you to become apathetic to everything other than staying alive. Some would say this is the lowest mental state. How can you hold on, what is the point, will you ever make it through this trial? It is now that it what you, in this lowest state much make a choice, what to think on? Will you choose to focus only on all the negative of the current situation or will be place your hope in something or someone bigger than yourself. It is my view it is at this state when we as humans are at our lowest that help is only a heartbeat away. You see I believe in the Bible, and it tells me that God will never leave me or forsake me. Frankl too believed in a the Lord, as he states that after he was liberated and was in an open field he feel to him knees and said, “ I called to the …show more content…
I agree that our life experiences do play a role in our lives meaning, but I believe there are other factors in who we are as well. I am of the belief that we are born persons in God image and the He has a plan for my life. While I continue on my path with victories and trails, I must make a choice of where to focus. Will I focus on the problem in front of me and become overwhelmed as some of the prisoners, or will I look to the Lord for help and strength and guidance as Frankl chose to do? I am thankful for Viktor Frankl’s sharing his point of view as challenges the reader to look at the way he/she face troubles in

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