Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life

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He cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated

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.

As each situation in life represents a challenge to man and presents a problem for him to solve, the question of the meaning of life may actually be reversed. ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize 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.

by Viktor Emil Frankl (March 26, 1905 – September 2, 1997)
from Man’s Search for Meaning (1993)
The Meaning of Life
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