Challenging the Last Human Freedom
Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl is a timeless testament to the luminous tenacity of the spirit. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way,” he writes in Man’s Search for Meaning.
While some people proclaim that this is the era to search for purpose and meaning, I believe it is not so much the search but our ability to see ourselves and connect in purposeful ways. It’s time to let what is deep inside of us pave our ways forward. Not being told how to dress, how to behave and always needing to be liked. Did we really come here to only be liked and accepted?
Yes, everything is vying for our attention and it can be overwhelming but we were also gifted with the ability to choose who and what we consume. It is time to go off autopilot and choose value over convenience, for example. It’s time to do our work, which means questioning everything because this is why we are actually here. Success, in its current definition, is not enough for many of us. There is so much waiting for us to see and experience. Is it time to go deeper and truly choose our way?
Human Freedom is at A Crossroads
Is it utopian to believe that we’re on the verge of an evolution of humanity, for those of us ready to trust ourselves and create healthier paths?
When we look at the world today, we can see that in some areas, we’re freer than we’ve ever imagined. For example, in a span of just fifty years, women have gained more freedom in many countries. And yet, so many things have not truly changed when it comes to equality, justice, and quality of life. And why we have an opportunity to start focusing on our biggest opportunities and make them real.
No one will do it for us no matter how much we hope they will. It is a true time of letting go and experimentation. And at the heart of everything right now is questioning. The questions are so important as they will lead us down paths we never imagined and I can tell you firsthand that this is possible as I am living it.
Human history repeats itself and will continue to do so if we do not break the cycle. And your life will bring you the same lessons and people over and over until you start doing your work. As you watch history repeat itself, you have two basic choices: you can recognize that you have already seen this movie and its sequel before and therefore you can predict how it will play out next time, or you can start creating a different story. It’s a choice.
You can criticize, complain, and blame others for what is happening around you, or you can see what is possible and create. In a world that constantly tries to make you like everyone else, it’s time to release what no longer serves you. It is an opportunity to make room for what does serve you and help you create a more meaningful path.
Trusting in Our Freedom to Choose
Many of us are reevaluating who we trust as we witness human history repeating itself with the same plotlines, and continued divisions. The people in our stories may change but the plots are very much the same.
Some of the most popular science fiction and apocalyptic zombie movies paint a haunting picture of our collective evolution.
If we can create these stories, isn’t there an opportunity to believe that we can also paint a picture of the healthy life built on abundant trust in oneself, meaningful work, and shifting from being a consumer to being an adventurer and creator?
“Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human” shares Viktor Frankl who, in spite of his story, feels a responsibility to help each of us choose our path.
True human freedom is experienced by unleashing our full potential and going deep into the corners of our mind so we can free it from the known. The universe is here to give whatever level of push you may need, so you can move forward in the direction you feel called to take.