One book that speaks profoundly to our need to find meaning in our lives is Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. He writes; “A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the ‘why’ for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any ‘how’ ” (p.127) Frankl, who survived the concentration camps of the 2nd world war doesn’t waste time pandering to any ‘feel good’ philosophy.
Rather, he is a proponent of responding to the world’s challenges as opposed to becoming a merely a victim of unfortunate events; “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.” (p.122)