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MEANING AT THE CORE: Society

We must never be content with what has already been achieved. Life never ceases to put new questions to us, never permits us to come to rest. . . . The man who stands still is passed by; the man who is smugly contented loses himself.

Neither in creating or experiencing may we rest content with achievement; every day, ever hour makes new deeds necessary and new experiences possible.1 (V. Frankl)

In addition to the crisis of meaning in our personal lives and workplaces, there is also a crisis of meaning in our society. The symptoms of this existential crisis echo what Viktor Frankl referred to many decades ago as the “mass neurotic triad” (addiction, aggression, and depression)—a notion we introduced in chapter 4 ...

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