Today I came across an interesting article from The Atlantic with an important perspective on the topic of happiness and meaning in life. Basically, it purports that a frivolous chasing of happiness, with the main objective of providing pleasure, is not a means to a life well lived. The attainment of meaning, it suggests, is far more important.
I agree wholeheartedly. Here’s the full article:
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing,” Frankl wrote in Man’s Search for Meaning, “the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Frankl also wrote, “it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to ‘be happy.’ But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to ‘be happy.'”