It does. That book really resonated with me, too. I love to talk books.
You get the sense that some of these things are profound truths, eternal truths about the human condition. That’s certainly how I felt about Bonds That Make Us Free. Not an easy read, BTW. Way more scholarly than your typical self-help book. He’s a philosophy professor. I think he expands on Frankl in a lot of ways.
We’d like to think that we’re responding with grace, with openness. That our judgements are all reasonable. That we have it all together, or at least more together than the next person. Not living our lives in comparison to other people, etc… Growth is recognizing that you could be better, or that you’ve told yourself some things out of pride, or out of a sense of preserving your own self-image. That you may not be as good or as right as you think you are. That you have been less than you could be, and maybe you’ve blamed your shortcomings on other things, accused other people for messing you up. That’s a bit painful, and humbling to contemplate.
I mean Frankl’s book really destroys that argument. He’s all about how man can triumph, can live a profoundly meaningful life even in a concentration camp. So much of life’s experience is about our own internal attitudes, the state of our own heart, personal responsibility for how we react and how we feel, no matter the circumstances. Certainly some common themes.
Have a good week, Beans.