We have no idea what will happen as a result of coronavirus pandemic. More people will suffer and die. But when you look at life on a continuum over many years this is normal. What is not normal is the idea that we should not have to experience any degree of pain or should ever have to be uncomfortable. The economy will turn around. The markets will go up. New businesses and jobs will be created. That’s normal. But to expect things to remain that way is not.
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Perfect can be defined as being entirely without fault or defect. It is human nature to desire perfection. In a perfect world, no one would suffer or struggle. But that is precisely the opposite of what we need or even want. In the words of Viktor Frankl, “Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.” Frankl, a neurologist and psychiatrist, was incarcerated in Auschwitz, the most famous of the Nazi’s concentration camps during World War II. It was in this hell-on-earth that Frankl validated his theory of Logotherapy which he chronicled in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning. “It is one of the basic tenets of Logotherapy that man’s main concern is not to gain pleasure or to avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life,” wrote Frankl. “That is why man is even ready to suffer, on the condition, to be sure, that his suffering has meaning.”