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One should not search for an abstract meaning of life. Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone's task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it. ( Man search for meaning, Frankl 2006:108-109)
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognise that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
Thus Logotherapy sees in responsibleness the very essence of human existence. (Man's search for Meaning Frankl 2006:109)
Frankl (1970, p. 50) contended that existence would falter unless there is "a strong idea" or a strong ideal or important values in life to hold on to. Frankl referred here to Freud (1927, p.113) who stated:
"Men are as strong as long as they stand for a strong idea" We need to feel that there is a goal to strive towards, or that there is something to live for, that life has a purpose.
We experience life as meaningful when we feel that we have a vocation in life, or a mission in life to fulfill. (Life's Meaning in the face of Suffering: Shantall 2002:18)