The Hole in the Doughnut

Obligatory Julian Jaynes reference.Title: “Man’s Search for Meaning”

Author: Viktor E. Frankl

Rank: 91

Blurb: “Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl’s theory — known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (‘meaning’) — holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.”

Review: “I am not familiar with this book. Did I order it? I cannot make an accurate assessment of this book.” (Amazon Verified Purchase)

Customers Also Bought: “The Stranger”, by Albert Camus

Footnote: We haven’t read Frankl, but the description corresponds with something we’ve long understood and cherished: We’re not just critters who use language — we’re critters who use language to tell stories. Stories about ourselves, stories about the world, stories about life and the meaning of life.

Our ancient stories — our myths, our legends — endure because they were originally told, aloud, recited from generation to generation. And they weren’t merely memorized, but evolved in the telling, finding a form — a rhythm, a heartbeat — that expressed our fundamental nature.

Whitman was right: We sing ourselves and celebrate ourselves. And any meaning we find, we make up as we go.

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11 comments:

11:16 am • Sunday • February 9, 2014

I’ll go you one better: I think human consciousness wouldn’t exist without narrative; that our “self” is a story told and retold to others- and then back again to us.

12:30 pm • Sunday • February 9, 2014

I have read it, more than once, and what stays with me is this: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

4:31 pm • Sunday • February 9, 2014

I got a “Date A Trekkie” ad in the not MSNBC ad.

Heh

5:52 pm • Sunday • February 9, 2014

@ManchuCandidate: Verizon Jetpack – just replaed my dead 4 w/ and iPhone 5C, so it sort of makes sense.

9:26 pm • Sunday • February 9, 2014

In news of Sport, a very highly-rated college football player who hopes to play in the NFL has come out as gay. BFD, you say? It is a BFD because the few guys who have come out have mostly been retired or washed up (Collins). This young man has pro career ahead of him.

7:20 pm • Monday • February 10, 2014

I wish that my life were as happy and fulfilling as those of women laughing while eating a salad. Life is as sweet as a tangerine… for them.

8:29 pm • Monday • February 10, 2014

@Dodgerblue: Did you know that Vince Lombardi supported gay players? Someone linked to an article about it on the W…

10:01 am • Tuesday • February 11, 2014

@¡Andrew!: Have you ever seen the bad stock art website? It’s a fun waste of time.

10:59 am • Tuesday • February 11, 2014

@Tommmcatt Au Gros Sel: No, I didn’t know that. As a fan of Sport, not having the best players on your team because they are gay or black or whatever is idiotic.

8:45 pm • Wednesday • February 12, 2014

Anyone catch the non-news about Barbie™ posing for this years SI Swimsuit addition? What a Doll!

11:08 pm • Wednesday • February 12, 2014

@DElurker:

“Does Barbie come with Ken?”

“Honey, no, Barbie fakes it with Ken. She comes with G.I. Joe.”

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