"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."
The originality and deep humanism of Viktor Frankl's thinking enabled him to develop his own approach to the human soul: he became founder of the so-called Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy. Thrown into a Nazi death camp in 1942, he, by his spiritual strength and his will to life, had managed to survive and thus became a living proof of the main thesis of his philosophy:
Frankl (1905-1997) believed a societal sickness had been haunting the world for over 50 years and has now become pandemic. This sickness is the loss of meaning in people's lives. More and more people today have the means to live but no meaning for which to live. Boredom is the main symptom of the sickness. When boredom becomes unbearable, then addiction and aggression threaten the individual and society.
3) when confronted with an unchangeable fate (such as an incurable disease, an inoperable cancer) a change of attitudes. In such cases we still can wrest meaning from life by becoming witness of the most human of all human capacities: the ability to turn suffering into human triumph."
Many thanks to Genrich L. Krasko, VIKTOR FRANKL: THE PROPHET OF MEANING.
Genrich L. Krasko is a retired physicist still affiliated with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. He lives in Peabody, MA with his wife Zeya. Full article: http://stuff.mit.edu/people/gkrasko/Frankl.html