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March 2013

Jumping for A Search for Meaning

Man's search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a 'secondary rationalization' of instinctual drives. This meaning is unique and specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance which will satisfy his own will to meaning.

AndrewLogoBLOGThere are some authors who contend that meanings and values are "nothing but defense mechanisms, reaction formations and sublimations."

But for myself, I would not be willing to live merely for the sake of my "defense mechanisms" nor would I be ready to die merely for the sake of my "reactions formations." Man, however, is able to live and even to die for the sake of his ideals and values."

- Vicktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning