One of the most profound books that I have had the privilege of reading has no doubt been Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl. This particular book was part of my reading as I embarked on my logotherapy journey and has had a phenomenal impact in and on my life.
One of the questions that the book raises is “How do you understand Human nature – what is it like?”
What follows are my personal thoughts shared:
In the words of Frankl where he himself describes human nature with the words the decent and the indecent man. That describes my understanding of human nature. We have the decent and the indecent man, however I do believe that the human being has the propensity to be both decent and indecent all in the same body and same life. It all depends which part we are embracing and to what purpose – this being applicable I would like to add that this is based on the level of spiritual evolvement of the human concerned. We are as human beings capable of the most shocking atrocities yet we are capable of the most amazing love and compassion. Human nature has both an animal instinct to survive and within us, an existential drive to survive. I believe that this speaks to awareness, presence and mindfulness.