In addition to discussing this Frankl quote:
Everything can be taken from 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.
Frankl, Viktor E. (2006-06-01). Man’s Search for Meaning (Kindle Locations 877-878). Beacon Press. Kindle Edition.
We discussed the parameters of the paper and reading assignments.
Take solid annotated noted in which you analyze why/how you are reacting to a particular passage, stylistic element, etc.
Part 1 of Man’s Search for Meaning is due Wednesday 9/17/2014
Here are your notes from the quote:
- Different ideas
- Creating a subjective reality
- React to things around you – hard to control the “gut” reaction but you can
- Apply this idea to circumstances, much like Frankl’s circumstances within the concentration camps – easy to agree with because of the magnitude of his circumstances
- Hard not to use the general you
- 1984 – Structured life can suppress the attitude; choice is the last human freedom – once this is gone, they are no longer human anymore
- Chose to believe that lives would still be there when they got out, and that they would get out
- Attitude is 100% controllable – but can we maintain an authenticity here?
- First reaction versus the second (which is closer to who you really are)
- The three vinegar men painting – the third
- If our first reaction is our “trained” reaction, then can we “choose” out of that?
- –attitude can be affected by those around us
- Murica versus America versus United States of America US or USA
- Attitude and Will –
- Anger is secondary
- Can’t always pick the path you go down, there are outside circumstances
- Considering two human freedoms: Attitude and way?
- Outlook on life is a path
- Create our own reality through interpretations of what happens around us
- Dying is a freedom
- Freedom lies in your choices
- Attitude is a great way to define character
- How others act can influence you
- Perhaps fear of….
- Attitude and actions
- People can take things, but not who you are – unless you let them
- Attitude chooses outcomes
- External circumstances do not mean the same external outcome – attitude matters
- “…to choose one’s own way” with external circumstances that are outside his control
- Way does not have to be a physical, tangible,
- Way can be a philosophy or “way of life”
- External circumstances were not chosen for the prisoners, there reactions are their choice
- When can’t control anything else, you can control your attitude and have power there
- 1984 – forced the attitude; IRL – nothing can actually FORCE you to comply or change attitude
- There are a few people who cannot control their attitude – what are the implications here?
- Optimistic – and this would not good in EVERY circumstance
- Looking at the nuance of the circumstances
- Sometimes attitude does control your circumstances
- School activities, etc.
- Attitude is the start of a chain reaction