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Searching through old research for a course I’m teaching in the fall, and came across Viktor Frankel’s brilliant work again on meaning and teleological existentialism:

“The existential vacuum [i.e. the feeling of inner emptiness and void] which is the mass neurosis of the present time can be described as a private and personal form of nihilism; for nihilism can be defined as the contention that being has no meaning…As to the causation of the feeling of meaninglessness, one may say, albeit in an oversimplifying vein, that people have enough to live by but nothing to live for, they have the means but no meaning.”
—Viktor Frankel, “Man’s Search for Meaning” (1984: 131, 142)

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