2020 Vision

December 3, 2019 · Print This Article

“As the struggle for survival has subsided, the question has emerged: survival for what? Ever more people have the means to live, but no meaning to live for” – Viktor Frankl, The Unheard Cry for Meaning.

Viktor Frankl’s insights came out of the struggles he had surviving Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps. They tease out some of the most compelling lessons about human nature in the midst of despair.

Man’s Search for Meaning is the book he’s best known for; if anything, it’s a treatise on hope. Hope that lifts us up, transcending our immediate limitations and circumstances, and telling us meaning and purpose can be found even in these most desperate of circumstances.

I don’t know what circumstances surround your lead-up to 2020: you might be jobless; homeless; single; unsatisfied with your salary; in debt; depressed; disabled, dragged down by the weight of the expectations of what it is to live in our metropolitan, hyper-techno, 24/7 world. Whatever they are, one of Frankl’s most profound life hacks is about the last of the human freedoms when everything else is taken from us.

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”.[1]

Maybe it’s the family argument that left a sour taste, or that boss you have to go back to, or just trying to make ends meet. I guess in any circumstance there is always the chance to choose our attitude, hard though that may be.

“We must never forget”, Frankl explains, “that we may also find meaning in life even when confronted with a hopeless situation, when facing a fate that cannot be changed…When we are no longer able to change a situation…we are challenged to change ourselves”.[2]

If you’re looking for where that meaning might come from then why not reach out to us here at Because: 01858 437099 or email me.

Richard Fowler info@because.uk.com

Richard is editorial assistant at Because

[1] Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, published 2004.
[2] Ibid.
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