11Living and Working with Meaning

Man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a “secondary rationalization” of instinctual drives.93

“I don’t like working with maggots,” Rick said to me as we were discussing his current job and career aspirations. Believe it or not, Rick was referring to the clients he has as a probation officer for the state department of corrections! He had worked in his current position for over four years and said he had not changed his views about the people with whom he was in daily contact — people who obviously depended on him for advice and support.

After some probing, I learned that Rick had grown up as a ward of the state, bouncing between various sets of foster parents, with periodic stints ...

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