CHAPTER 7The Freedom of the Road

What’s It All About?

The theme song of the 1970s cult movie, Alfie, asks “What’s It All About?” Think of the tune as an anthem for everyone who seeks a reason for being — a reason “to get up in the morning.” In the face of bewildering change and endless transition, more people than ever before are hungry for a feeling that they matter. We find ourselves looking for what Viktor Frankl wrote about in Man’s Search for Meaning: a clear sense of what we were put on this planet to do and to be.

As its title suggests, Man’s Search for Meaning is written for anyone interested in what it means to live a meaningful life. In this classic work, inspired by his suffering and survival in the Holocaust, Frankl explains how anyone ...

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