Pursuit of meaning
“Freedom is a function of choice… Life has meaning under all circumstances.”
Viktor Frank’s Man’s Search for Meaning is one of the most powerful, important, and empowering books I have ever read—and since it was assigned in a college course on “Theology After Freud” more than five years ago, one I re-read annually.
Another short excerpt of an interview with Dr. Frankl in the early 1970s specifically about the will to meaning:
Logotherapy was developed by neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl. It is considered the “Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy“ after Freud’s psychoanalysis and Adler’s individual psychology. It is a type of existentialist analysis that focuses on a will to meaning as opposed to Adler’s Nietzschean doctrine of will to power or Freud’s will to pleasure. Rather than power or pleasure, logotherapy is founded upon the belief that it is the striving to find a meaning in one’s life that is the primary, most powerful motivating and driving force in humans. [More here]