The Perfection of Our Imperfection

Our current mental hygiene/philosophy stresses the idea that people ought to be happy, that unhappiness is a symptom of maladjustment. Such a value system might be responsible for the fact that the burden of unavoidable unhappiness is increased by unhappiness about being unhappy… [given little opportunity to see it as] enobling rather than degrading, so that, he is not only unhappy, he is ashamed of being unhappy.
Edith Weisskopf-Joelson, quoted in Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning”

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