Key Points from Book: Man’s Search for Meaning

Nietzsche: he who has the why to live for can bear almost any how

Three possible sources for meaning:
Love (caring for another person)
Work (doing something significant)
Courage during difficult times

We give our suffering meaning by the way in which we respond to it

A person may remain brave, dignified, and unselfish, or in the bitter fight for self preservation he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an animal

Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation

The man, whose self esteem had always depended on the respect of others, is emptionally destroyed

We have come to know man as he really is. After all, man is that being whi invented the gas chamber of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord’s prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips

We can endure things more than we think we are capable of. We can eat very little and still be alive, not brushing our teeth and keep healthy

It’s the kindness we do when we are suffering that defines us as a man

The salvation of man is through love and in love

Et lux in tenebris lucet-and the light shineth in the darkness

Hold your tounge to bad mouthing or laughing at people, it might save your life

Any man can under such circumstances, decide what shall become of him, mentally and spiritually. He may reatin his human dignity even in a concentration camp

Dostoevski: there is only one thing i dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings

Without suffering and death human life cannot be complete

Difficult external situation gives man the opportunity to grow spiritually beyond himself

Life is like being at the dentist. You always think that the worst is still to come, and yet it is over already

It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us

Nietzsche: was mich nict umbringt, macht mich starker

Was du erlebst, kann keine Macht der Welt Dir rauben

The crowning experience of all, for the homecoming man, is the wonderful feeling that, after all he has suffered, there is nothing he need fear any more except his God

Live as if you were living for the second time and had acted wrongly the first time as you are about to act now


About Journeyman

A global macro analyst with over four years experience in the financial market, the author began his career as an equity analyst before transitioning to macro research focusing on Emerging Markets at a well-known independent research firm. He read voraciously, spending most of his free time following The Economist magazine and reading topics on finance and self-improvement. When off duty, he works part-time for Getty Images, taking pictures from all over the globe. To date, he has over 1200 pictures over 35 countries being sold through the company.
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