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Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

“Freedom is not the last word. Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth. Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness. In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness.”



All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12 ESV



Viktor Frankl, an Austrian Jewish physician, neurologist, therapist, holocaust survivor wrote extensively and focused on finding meaning in all forms of life.  Responsibleness is a large aspect of Frankl’s theories because through responsibleness we take on tasks and actions that help us determine our meaning – the why in our lives. Responsibleness also balances freedom.

Responsibility:   Response  Ability: ability to respond.   


What are you responding to today?   You have the freedom to respond to many things: what to eat, what to say, who to associate, gestures to articulate, the manners to condone, and how many prayers to utter.  

Pray:  Utter prayers continually in “responsibleness”