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Can one find meaning in life by finding some glorious purpose in personal misfortune, pain, and anguish? Or is this simply some "slave philosophy"? It sounds perverse to me, but for many it seems a necessity.

Contrast the ideal of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"... but those can be pipe dreams to people in miserable and intractable situations. Oppression is usually profitable or at the least it is an easy way of controlling people.