Aim Higher!

A fascinating video clip of Viktor Frankl, filmed in Toronto Canada in 1972.  In this video, Frankl is calling humanity to aim to a higher standard, to pick a target beyond ourselves and while we may fall short of it, he argues we will reach further or closer to wholeness than if we aimed for something less.   In light of this, consider Apostle Paul's encouragement to the Philippians.

About Viktor Frankl:

"Viktor Frankl’s theory and work originated from his experiences in Nazi death camps.   By  observing who survived (given the opportunity to) and who didn't.  He observed that people who had hopes of being reunited with loved ones, or who had projects they felt a need to complete, or who had great faith, tended to have better chances than those who had lost all hope.

Frankl termed his form of therapy logotherapy, it root logos in the Greek can mean word, speech, God, or meaning.   Frankl focused on the term 'meaning' but the other definitions influenced it . Where Freud postulated that pleasure was the root of all human motivation, and Adler who asserted that power is the chief motivator, Frankl’s Logotherapy suggests that humans are motivated by a sense of meaning. People are motivated, inspired by meaning more than pleasure or power.

Source: http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/frankl.html

To Ponder:

  • Where do you find meaning for yourself?
  • Who / what are you aiming at?
  • What values, character and vision do you see that you respect?
  • From their values, can you surmise what is meaningful to them?
  • What is it about these you respect?
  • How do you see values, virtue and character working out in your life?
  • How do you see them as reflecting meaning in your life?
  • In what simple ways can you take deliberate steps towards cultivating meaning in your own life?

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