The great existential questions that guide the lives of human beings and many of their answers occur, appear, or are modified along the way. Change is the only permanent thing in the search for one’s own identity. But it can happen that, when formulating these questions, they are denied by the individual. The questions are often uncomfortable, since to question and to question oneself, also implies a self-criticism. A deep reflection of our true desires and needs brings, as a consequence, our own truth, the reformulation of goals and finally, to work and sacrifice for one’s own happiness.
Viktor Frankl, founder of the psychological technique known as Logotherapy and author of the book «Man’s Search for Meaning», defines existential emptiness as the misunderstanding of the human being with his own desire. «They have the feeling that their lives are totally and definitively lacking in meaning. They are beset by the experience of their inner emptiness of the desert they harbor within themselves. They suffer from a feeling of inner emptiness and of the absurdity of life, an inability to feel things and beings.»
Meanwhile, the French sociologist Gilles Lipovetsky, in «The Age of Emptiness», explains that the postmodern subject, not knowing where to direct his meaning, has turned in on himself, seeks immediate enjoyment based on the activity of the moment and finds it difficult to plan for the long term. Thus, the «saturation of the self» is experienced, but a great paradox is produced since postmodern individualism does not necessarily fall back on the encounter with oneself.
According to the English sociologist Anthony Giddens, in «Modernity and identity of the self», he states that today’s society is governed by the «plurality of meanings», and the options are not limited by the beliefs and values offered by the great institutions, which, in some way, ordered and provided the social uses and customs. In other words, today there are millions of criteria to choose from. And there again appears the need to look inside each one of us.
It is essential to find meaning in actions such as the values of solidarity and empathy, essential tools available to all those who are interested in using them.
I invite you to read Matias’ post with the concept of the day.
Finally, I encourage everyone to reflect on the concept of the day. No one else but us can re-signify our own being