The Innovative Individual and the Search for Meaning
“It is a peculiarity of man that he can only live by looking at the future—sub specie aeternitatis.” –Viktor Frankl
- the need to live for a future and to aim at a goal (rather than close eyes and live in past)
- the need to see difficulties as a test of inner strength
- the need to be objective about the present situation (Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.)
- the need to recognize that it does not matter what we expect from life, but what life expects from us.
- rather that asking about the meaning of life, we must take the responsibility to find the right (an effective) answer to its problems (challenges) and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.
- No man and no destiny can be compared with any other man or any other destiny. No situation repeats itself, and each situation calls for a different response.
(Sometimes the situation in which a man finds himself may require him to shape his own fate by action. At other times it is more advantageous for him to make use of an opportunity for contemplation and to realize assets in this way.)