Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, as Freud believed, or a quest for power, as Alfred Adler taught, but a quest for meaning. The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her own life.
When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.
Man’s main concern is not to gain pleasure or to avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life.
When a man cannot find meaning, he numbs himself with pleasure.
Ironically enough, in the same way that fear brings to pass what one is afraid of, likewise a forced intention makes impossible what one forcibly wishes... Pleasure is, and must remain, a side-effect or by-product, and is destroyed and spoiled to the degree to which it is made a goal in itself.
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