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VIKTOR E. FRANKL’S TERM WILL TO MEANING

Author(s): PETER TAVEL
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci
Keywords: Meaning of life; Existential frustration; Conscience; Logotherapy; Existential analysis

Summary/Abstract: The Will to Meaning is the will, the striving, and the effort of people for a meaningful existence. This is due to the uniqueness of an individual and the singularity of the situation in which the person lives. The substance of the human existence is in transcendence of the self. To be a human being also means to be faithful to some aims, being led and relying on somebody or something. Human beings have some awareness of meaning, an idea of it, or faith in a meaning. They believe in the meaning, no matter whether they are aware of it, or not. Faith in the meaning depends deeply on the substance of one’s human existence. This faith is independent of religious faith, although there is a connection between the two. Everything in human life has a deeper meaning. A spiritual dimension of man can be hidden in it. Life can become meaningful through work, if this work is not performed in an egocentric way, but to achieve something meaningful for others. The meaning of life can also be reached by an elevating experience. Finally, meaning in human life can be acquired, not only by work and experience, but also through the ability to suffer if the person is in a good and human position when the situation of suffering and pain comes.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 07
  • Page Range: 119-128
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: German