Frankl’s Ideas of the Existential Vacuum


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Frankl's Ideas of the Existential Vacuum
Adrian was a friend of my older brother when they were in college together, several years ago. My brother went to a (barely) sub-Ivy-League school filled with entitled children of rich parents, all of them still fuming about the fact that despite their exclusive prep schools and $100/hour tutors, they had somehow not made it into Harvard or Yale. My brother, for his part, was happy to go to school there: he had worked since he was fourteen years old and had never experienced the privileged opulence of his classmates, so was never taught to believe he belonged somewhere else, somewhere better. Adrian, however, was like many of my brother's college friends – he had been given the best of everything...
The end:, faith in meaning cannot always be cultivated, to a certain extent you either have it or you don't. I view Adrian's final act as an undergraduate as a rebellion against meaning generally, a resentful condemnation of anyone who would promise him he could find it. It seems fitting that he ended his rampage by trying to decapitate the monument of the college's founder, because he must have felt that monuments, statues, and legacies were as meaningless as everything else. If Frankl were to ask Adrian “for better or for worse, what will be the monument of [your] existence[?],” I'm sure Adrian would reply in calm tones, “nothing.”
Works Cited
Frankl, Victor. Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy. Boston: Beacon, 1992. Print.