Model: comforts in dark times

May 8th, 2018

  1. irreplaceable losses

  2. future

  3. past

  4. opportunities for meaning

  5. meaning of sacrifice



1 ) How many irreplaceable losses have you really had?

Probably only a few.


"Whoever was still alive had reason for hope.

Health, family, happiness, professional abilities, fortune, position in society

all these were things that could be achieved again or restored."

-- Frankl


"That which doesn't kill me, makes me stronger."

-- Nietzsche



2 ) You don't know what the future will bring.

There are always opportunities for individuals to improve their situation a little on the short term.


"For no man knew what the future would bring, much less the hour"

-- Frankl


3 ) The past has had many joys, and that will stay with you forever.


"What you have experienced, no power on earth can take from you."

-- poet


"Having been is also a kind of being, and perhaps the surest kind"

-- Frankl


4 ) There are always opportunities to give life meaning


"keep their courage in the certainty that the hopelessness of our struggle did not detract from its dignity and its meaning"

-- Frankl



5 ) Sacrifice has meaning in any case


"I told them of a comrade who on his arrival in camp had tried to make a pact with Heaven

that his suffering and death should save the human being he loved from a painful end.

For this man, suffering and death were meaningful"

-- Frankl


(src: Man's Search for Meaning)