10 Aug Unconditional Faith
From Viktor Frankl’s The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy
The unconditional faith in an unconditional meaning may turn the complete failure into a heroic triumph. That this is possible has not only been demonstrated by many a patient in our days but also by a peasant who lived in Biblical times, somewhere in Palestine. His were granaries in the literal sense. And they were literally empty. And yet, out of unconditional trust in ultimate meaning and an unconditional faith in ultimate being, Habakkuk chanted his triumphant hymn:
“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet i will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
May this be the lesson to learn from my book.
This is profound. I don’t think Frankl thought people had to believe in God of the Bible to find meaning, but that one must have an unconditional faith in the fact that there is unconditional meaning in human life. My sense is that he found this in the divine realm of meaning, in the unseen and unspeakable truth of God.
What’s profound for me is facing my own suffering and somehow rejoicing. I don’t see this just as an old Evangelical Christian, “trust in God” kind of watered down general response, but a very real option in the face of suffering and failure. To trust and have faith. But what the peasant is offering is more! Habakkuk encourages us to rejoice and love God in the face of having nothing. Rejoice and lean on unconditional faith in unconditional being. Hmmm. I will have to sit with this.