Life Is Not a Quest for Pleasure but a Quest for Meaning || Book Review of Man’s Search for Meaning

Life is not a quest for pleasure but a quest for meaning. This meaning could be found even in the darkest and most difficult times. Are you wondering how? Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning shows you how.

The author narrated his experiences while slaving as a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camp and how he found meaning in that horrendous camp that helped him to survive it. Besides, the book includes detailed info about logotherapy, and a transcript titled “A case for tragic optimism”.

Few things I liked about this book:

  • The way he narrated his experiences and wrapped it around logotherapy.
  • The disturbing illustrations, famous sayings from philosophers’, analogies from movies, and stories added clarity to the level of torture and suffering.
  • The message it conveyed. I had learned it via podcasts and books but from this perspective… it was powerful.

The holocaust was horrifying but it left me speechless too. I can’t believe how they found meaning in conditions like that. What started as a brutal and horrifying story slowly turned him and some inmates into their strongest selves.

I applaud him for his strength of character and mindset. He promised, in the first evening itself, never to touch that electrically charged barbed wire. He had no intention of losing hope and no intention of giving up. He believed that we never know what the future brings much less than the next hour.

The author’s therapeutic lessons and perspectives during the final pages blew my mind. Once while encouraging a depressed senior warren, he quoted Nietzsche’s “what doesn’t kill makes me stronger” and followed up with quite a few things that impressed me. I felt that the plot is centered around Nietzsche’s: ‘He who has a why for living can endure almost anyhow’.

Man’s Search for Meaning is an inspiring read. The author’s experiences and lessons he learned will have a great impact on your life. His story is proof that you can find meaning and hope in your most difficult situations and with meaning, YOUR WHY, you can endure almost anyhow.

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