How To Find Meaning In Times Of Darkness

“Has all this suffering, this dying around us, a meaning?”

Michele Lian


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: The last of human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
-Viktor E. Frankl

The world is a rocky, traumatic place right now.

Wait. That’s not 100% correct. The truth is, it always has been.

If we’ve been lucky enough, perhaps life hasn’t been as rocky in our corner of the world or in our lifetime. But even then, almost no one is lucky enough to escape the personal turmoil and anguish that is part of the human condition.

You will be lied to.

You may be used and stepped on.

You will lose a parent.

You might lose a child.

You will lose friends.

You might have to go through trauma that others will never understand.

You may go through life feeling inexplicably lonely the entire time.

You may have to watch your career go up in smoke.

You might fall sick or experience a debilitating injury.

Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people every single day, and through it all, we try to make sense of everything that happens to and around us.

We try to find meaning in everything we see, hear and experience. It’s easier to do this for the good than it is for the bad.

Sometimes, we’re tempted to give up hope of finding any meaning at all.

But the thing is, I don’t want to.

And I don’t want you to either. If there’s no meaning to anything we do and experience, then what’s left?

Finding Light In Desolation

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In Holocaust survivor Viktor E. Frankl’s book Man’s Search For Meaning, he spoke about how despite the inhumane circumstances he and his fellow prisoners found themselves in, and…