Man's Search For Meaning Essay

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Being Human: Solidarity, Suffering, and Spirituality
Reviewing Viktor Frankl’s novel “Man’s Search for Meaning,” John Hick’s “Soul-making Theodicy,” and Abraham Heschel’s writings on “Solidarity, Reciprocity, and Sanctity,” I will make a point of extracting core arguments that exhibit the purpose of human nature. Within the three texts there are comparable contexts and relevance to suffering; suffering being an central idea from each of the writers. Throughout the readings, there are large portions of text that consist of ideas that each writer has discussed, though each context differently written and shared. To further identify the subject of each text and to understand what it means of human nature to suffer, find spirituality, and
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He shares his story like many holocaust survivors had, but he chooses to focus on others more often than himself when he is making a point, an example of this is when he focuses on his friend’s F--- hopes which slowly die away as time begins to pass and nothing is fulfilled for him; and so with his hopes, the man also dies. F---’s hope was to see freedom come, and when it did not his body gave way to Typhus. His experiences are in sections; he places them in perspective by (1) arrival to the camps, (2) the degradation of live in the camps, and (3) then finally upon being released or liberated from the camps. Frankl’s and his fellow inmate’s struggles illuminated a path that was chosen and sought, beyond their immediate incapacities. “The opposite of humanity is brutality, the failure to acknowledge the humanity of one’s fellow man, the failure to be sensitive to his needs, to his situation. Brutality is often due to a failure of imagination as well as to the tendency to treat a person as a generality, to regard a person as an average man,” relevance of this quote is in regard to the Kapos, fellow inmates who disregard another person’s life for their own benefit. Upon arriving to the camps, they lose liberty. Once adapted to the life in the camps, they begin a search (this is the moment where community is sought) “Man achieves fullness of being in fellowship, in care for others. He expands his
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