Episode 77 - Man's Search For Meaning

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Jack Canfield said; My belief is that the whole purpose of life is to gain mastery—master our emotions, our finances, our relationships, our consciousness—through meditation . . . things like that. And it’s not about the stuff. All the stuff can be taken away. People lose their fortunes. They lose their reputation. Beautiful spouses die or leave you. But who you become in the process can never be taken away. Never. You are mastering through the process of overcoming these obstacles that you face in life. And Oprah Winfrey said; As you think about what lasting fulfillment looks like in your own life, know that the divine force at work within all of us has a bigger dream for you than you could ever imagine for yourself. Success comes when you surrender to that dream and allow it to lead you to the next place. In his book, Man’s search for meaning, Victor Frankl outlined three areas in our lives where we find meaning. We find meaning in 1- Our vocation, 2- In love, and 3- In suffering. However, we live in a society where we are often shamed for suffering. Ms. Edith Weisskoff-Joelson, a professor of psychology at the university of Georgia said, “Our current mental-hygiene philosophy stresses the idea that people ought to be happy, that unhappiness is a symptom of maladjustment. Such a value system might be responsible for the fact that the burden of unavoidable unhappiness is increased by unhappiness about being unhappy. And she goas on to say that the theory of logotherapy may help counteract certain unhealthy trends in the present day culture of the united states, where the incurable sufferer is given little opportunity to be proud of his suffering and to consider it ennobling rather and degrading so that he is not only unhappy but also ashamed of being unhappy.” There is meaning to be had in our suffering. Instead of avoiding or escaping suffering through sex, drugs, alcohol etc, we should be encouraged to embrace our suffering with dignity. In this episode of the stoic podcast, I break down Victor Frankl’s book on what it means to find meaning in our suffering.

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