Thursday, February 19, 2009

What do we leave behind?

What Does Life Expect of Me?

Victor Frankl

Reflecting on his time in a Nazi concentration camp when someone was depressed and felt there was nothing to expect from life any more:

We had to learn and we had to teach the despairing men that 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 think instead 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. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment. Everyone has his own specific mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment, which demands fulfillment.

Source: Man's Search for Meaning

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