My Search for Meaning


In the last couple of weeks I had the chance to read a book full of influence and positive energy called ”Man’s Search for Meaning.”

The author, Viktor Frankl, described his experience in a concentration camp during World War II, and how an experience full of pressures and challenges could affect the future of a prisoner.

In his book, Frankl introduced his logotherapy theory. According to Frankl’s theory, no matter what the circumstances under which we live, or the challenges that we face, life will always have a meaning. We will find that meaning the minute we start looking for it.

I think this book should be taught in our curriculum.

As Syrians, we are witnessing and living – and far too many of us dying – through an era where most of us lost the road, and we need to find the meaning of life – and in our lives – again.

Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning describes one individual’s account that what we are witnessing is not exceptional; far too many nations and families have suffered through such a circumstances.

What really makes the different between nations is the way they handle their crises. We should keep looking for the meaning of our lives until we manage to control the crisis and use it as a strength factor to become a better nation. A nation that has a clear vision for its life and its future, and a commitment to rebuild the familial foundation of our country, and to work with others – within and outside of Syria – to build a civil and humanitarian society that works steadfastly and earnestly to renew and create the institutions and organizations that will work together for peace such that no other country or peoples must endure what we have over these last several years.

We should make Syria stronger and the world as well.

And we must find our own Frankl’s and share their Syrian stories for they are indeed living heroic lives of inspiration amidst so much tragedy.

Safouh Takrouri

IIT Armour College of Engineering | Expected graduation, December 2014

Safouh can be reached at

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