Sigmund Freud believed the chief desire for all mankind is the desire for pleasure — that every one of our thoughts, actions, and dreams are a response to the question, “Will this bring me pleasure?”
Victor Frankl disagreed. He said what we want, more than anything, is a deep, experiential sense of purpose — that our thoughts, actions, and dreams are a response to the question, “Will my life have meaning as a result of this?”
When we don’t have a sense of purpose, Frankl argued, is when we numb ourselves with pleasure.
I’m with Frankl. How about you?
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,
but one who has insight draws them out.”
— Proverbs 20:5