We live in a time when more and more people believe that life is random and meaningless. And that we’re passive victims of our biology and our environment. But is it true? And how can we find meaning and make sense of our lives? We explore those questions in this video.
One of the best answers I’ve ever seen to this is in the book “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Dr. Viktor E. Frankl. In it, he describes his own horrifying experiences as a Jewish survivor of the holocaust in the Second World War. One of his most powerful insights was that even in the most hopeless and horrific situations, life has meaning. It always has meaning, which continues until its very last moment.
Frankl developed his own approach to psychology called Logotherapy. The central claim is that the main driver of human motivation is the search for meaning. He described four main ways we can find meaning and purpose in our lives.
00:00 Is life meaningless? 00:44 Viktor Frankl’s book “Man’s Search for Meaning” 01:56 Finding the meaning of life in an age of meaninglessness: an introduction to Logotherapy 02:57 Part 1. Synchronicity and meaningful coincidence 05:31 Part 2. Meaningful work 06:47 Part 3. Meaning through love and relationships 08:30 Part 4. Meaning through facing suffering 13:07 Dr. J He and the last of all human freedoms
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