Man's Search for Meaning

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“Man’s search for meaning” and “The Myth of Sisyphus” are respectively written by Viktor Frankl and Albert Camus. They both try to find something invisible in the daily life. Then two theories had developed. They both agree that human beings should have free will choice. Furthermore, when people face the condition that is not beneficial, they should have the positive attitude to eliminate it. And at the same time, these two theorists believe that creating Art is meaningful / valuable. They both assert anti-suicide action as well. However, I favor Frankl’s since it is more acceptable to me and easier to occur. In the first place, Frankl considers Mankind is a creature of seeking the meaning in the life, it is the fundamental motivation of a person. With the meaning, individuals will find the color of living in the world and surely have more power to reach what characters are chasing for. “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.” ( Page 171) Everyone has his own vocation and mission in life. They are not allowed to be replaced. Similarly, life cannot be repeated. People have totally different path of life. Therefore, it is clear that everyone has to define the only meaning for self and go discover the meaning gradually. “We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by doing a deed; (2) by experiencing a value; and (3) by suffering.” ( Page 176) Certainly, meaning does not come in the head directly. People should discover the meaning by 3 ways above. On the other hand, in Camus’s perspective, he believes that hope for meaning is pointless and life has no meaning but value. “It was previously a question of finding out whether or not life had to have a meaning to be lived. It now becomes clear, or the contrary, that it will be lived all the better if it has no meaning.” ( The Myth of Sisyphus) Like Sisyphus, god orders him to push the stones up to the...
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