Finding Meaning in Life, at Midlife and Beyond: Wisdom and Spirit from Logotherapy

Finding Meaning in Life, at Midlife and Beyond: Wisdom and Spirit from Logotherapy

Finding Meaning in Life, at Midlife and Beyond: Wisdom and Spirit from Logotherapy

Finding Meaning in Life, at Midlife and Beyond: Wisdom and Spirit from Logotherapy

Synopsis

Riding at the head of her army, Holy Matriarch of Mann plans to conquer the fortress city of Bar-Khos, whose walls have held the empire at bay for ten long years of siege. Ash is a man who would see her dead before that. The ailing Rōshun assassin is determined to seek vengeance for the Matriarch's previous crimes. But such a course of retribution goes against everything his life has taught him.

Meanwhile, Ché, a trained killer of the state, watches as the Mannian army slaughters their way across the remnants of the free world, and questions whether he believes the doctrines he has been trained to follow.

With the battle for the Free Ports intensifying, more lives are drawn into the bloody conflict: Bahn, the siege-shocked soldier; and Curl, a young woman determined to make a stand even if it costs her life. When the two armies clash all looks set to be decided. But sheer force alone will not be enough to win this war. Only the gruelling determination of one man seeking redemption may be enough to sway the final outcome...

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Excerpt

MEANINGFUL LIVING AS A CENTRAL CHALLENGE IN LIFE

Logotherapy concentrates on the age-old human quest to live a meaningful life. Created by Professor Viktor Emil Frankl, author of the best-selling book Man’s Search for Meaning, logotherapy means psychological and spiritual therapy by discovering meaning in life. It combines psychological and philosophical attitudes to life with a methodology that emphasizes a deep commitment to humanistic values, respect for human dignity and freedom of choice, and the right to choose and form one’s life so that it will be meaningful for him or her and for the society in which one lives.

This attitude to life emphasizes the importance of man’s spiritual dimension and his quest for freedom, as well as personal responsibility for one’s decisions and choices. Spirituality in its lay and religious sense is beyond the comprehension of the human being. It flows from hidden internal sources, nourishes one’s soul and identity, and helps one to accept life with understanding and willingness. Spirituality helps to cope with losses that characterize human life mainly in its second half.

Today close to half a billion people in the world are sixty-five years old or more, and their numbers are growing steadily from year to year. In most developed (industrialized) countries, the elderly and aged constitute on average from ten to fifteen percent of the total population. The fastest growing group among these people are those seventy-five years old and over. According to demographers, gerontologists, and researchers in life sciences who study the subject of human aging in the world, these percentages will grow even larger during the first half of the twenty-first century and will have a dramatic effect on the welfare and wellbeing of the aged and on the provision of care, services, supports, and benefits, in terms of both quality and quantity.

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